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Mr. Les Cooper

I started archery in 1979 joining firstly Llandaff City Bowmen and then, when my sons also became involved, I also joined Castle Bowmen with them.

At the request of both clubs I undertook Coach training, travelling to a GWAS course as there were none in Wales at the time, and I qualified in 1982.

I became involved in coach training and acted both as an assistant tutor and County coach candidate on the first training course when training was re-instigated in South Wales becoming a County Coach in 1989.

Over the next few years, I continued to coach at club level and worked on the SWAS and Glamorgan squads and ran the SWAS Compound Squad for one year.

I joined the UK Regional Coach training scheme in 1992 and gained further squad experience on GWAS squads before becoming a Regional Coach (now called Senior Coach) in 1995.

I became RCO SWAS in 1996 and RCO WAA on the merger of NWAS & SWAS continuing in that role until I resigned in 2007.

I have acted as lead tutor on Assistant Coach, Coach and County Coach courses in South & North Wales and have acted as examiner for GNAS on Coach examinations of all grades, including senior coach, throughout the UK acting as chairman of examiners at coach and county coach grade on several occasions.

At the request of GNAS I have qualified as an accredited tutor of sports coach UK material to GNAS courses and undertaken the sports coach UK Mentor training Workshop. I was also an accredited tutor for the GNAS Child Protection Course until it was withdrawn.

I have also undertaken the Certificate in Tutoring in Sport training course and only await the final practical assessment before being granted that award in full.

I am qualified to both tutor and assess Community Leader award courses.

I have also qualified as a role out tutor for Levels 1 and 2 and can act as Moderator, Lead Tutor, External & internal Assessor, Mentor and administrator on courses for those levels and have acted as moderator for three level 1 courses and external assessor on one level 1 course.

A shoulder injury some four years ago has curtailed my own shooting except for short periods with a light weight bow, but I have continued to coach acting as both Lead and training tutor on WAA squads and worked on Glamorgan squad, although family problems have meant I have been unable to devote much time to club coaching.

I feel my future archery interests lie in coach training and assessing and technique training.