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Archery coach named BBC West Sports Unsung Hero 2012

An archery coach from Gloucestershire has been named BBC West Sports Unsung Hero for 2012.

Roger Crang was part of a team of 12 which set up the Cowley-based Deer Park Archers club 16 years ago and he has been involved ever since.

He also works as a coach to hundreds of children within more than 50 schools across Gloucestershire.

He said: "If you cut me in half you'd find Deer Park Archers right through me."

'Amazing man'

He currently runs 13 sessions a week helping more than 350 children and adults.

It is a passion which is shared throughout the family as his wife is the club secretary and both his daughters and also a son-in-law are all archery coaches.

Since its launch in 1996, Deer Park Archers has grown to around 200 members - half of which are juniors.

Julia Howse, from the club, said Mr Crang could not be described in one word.

"An amazing man, just always there for others and gives up so much of his time to children, adults and those with disabilities or special needs - he is a fantastic person," she said.

Image caption Deer Park Archers boats some 200 members

That view is shared by Sarah Roylance, a sports coordinator at Balcarras School in Cheltenham, who said he "is so hard working".

She remembers him helping start a club at the school with a dozen children, and seeing it "grow and grow" ever since.

"His enthusiasm just makes my job really easy. He's great," she added.

The BBC Unsung Hero Award celebrates people working behind the scenes to make sport accessible to all.

Mr Crang will now join 11 other regional Unsung Hero finalists at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards in London in December.

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