Why the change of name?
First of all we remain as a family and an inclusive club, but there have been incidents of confusion between our club and the Invictus Foundation. We are not and never have been either “a purely disabled club” or part of either ” the Invictus Foundation or Invictus Trust”.
Through our connection to Peterborough and the mythical creature the Griffin – seen on the city’s crest, we chose our name to signify our strength of character and mastery of the beast that is archery and the air that signifies the flight of our arrows.
Invictus bowmen was founded in January 2016 by three local archers who believe strongly in archery as an inclusive sport that should be accessible to everyone. They each have been part of HM Forces; within the RAF, and the Police Service. These experiences have made them into the people they are today and created a firm foundation for a common belief in community, equality and inclusivity. The poem invokes a lot of the feelings that they have about the camaraderie of these services.
Two of the founders have since moved on to pursue a different path, but the basic ethos of the club remains undiminished.
This poem was a strong influence on both the name and the club ethos.
Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.
In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.
Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.
by William Ernest Henley