Archery meets paintball in the Robin Hood Challenge, an exciting new team event being launched by Weston Hospicecare.

The Weston-super-Mare charity is always on the lookout for new events to complement a packed calendar which already includes It’s A Hospice Knockout, the recent Men’s March and flagship Mendip Challenge event on 2 June.

That search for new ideas has seen the hospice expand its offering this year with the addition of innovative challenge events like a wing-walking day and a group trek in the Sahara Desert.

However, this latest addition offers something a little bit different again – a competitive yet fun team-based sporting challenge.

The day-long Robin Hood Challenge will take place at the 56-acre Sandford Quarry on 17 August, and will see 16 teams of 8 people competing in this novel contest.

The archery-based games will see players shooting one another with foam-tipped arrows under the safe supervision of experts from Mendip Outdoor Pursuits.

Each team will enjoy a morning of archery training games, before a series of head-to-head battles against other teams in the afternoon. Everybody who signs up will enjoy at least three battles in a round robin group stage, before the most successful teams advance to the sudden death quarter finals.

One team will end the day being crowned as the hospice’s first ever Robin Hood Challenge champions.

Weston Hospicecare’s challenge manager Simon Angear said: “We are proud that we have a busy events calendar with loads going on through the year, but until now, our It’s A Hospice Knockout has been our only event specially designed for teams.

“The Robin Hood Challenge is something a little bit different. It’s a new twist on an old sport, and offers a perfect bonding opportunity for groups of friends and family, work colleagues or team mates.

“It promises to be a huge amount of fun, all in aid of a wonderful cause, and I can’t wait to get involved – I’ve begun rounding up a team of my own and am looking forward to it already.”

Teams can secure their place for an £80 registration fee (just £10 per person), and are then asked to raise money on behalf of the hospice too. The suggested minimum sponsorship amount stands at £250 per team – an amount which breaks down to just over £30 per player.

You can find out more about how the day works – or sign up your team, as registration is now open – by logging on to But be quick – there are only 16 team slots available, and they are expected to fill up fast.

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