A COWDENBEATH man is hoping to hit the target this week when he shoots for glory on the European stage.

John Kerr Sneddon is one of five members of the Forest Spirit Archers club that will travel to the Netherlands to represent Scotland at the 2019 European Field Archery Championships.

The event, which will take place in Doorwerth, near Arnhem, is set to attract just under 600 competitors for five days of competition, which started on Monday, and includes 30 Scottish archers.

Joining Sneddon from the Forest Spirit Archers, who are based near Cluny, are Rosyth father and son Derek and Ross Hood; Dalgety Bay's Colin Witton; and Michael Dick, from Glenrothes.

It is the biggest entry that the club have had for a European championship and Derek, their shoot director, said: "There will be 595 competitors there and the shoot will take place from Monday to Friday.

"We are all representing the Scottish Field Archery Association – we've all got kilts and Scotland tops to wear – and it is the biggest entry we've had as a club for the European Championships.

"A few will have more expectations than others."

The club, which has 100 members, continues to grow and offers both competitive and non-competitive archery.