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What are the Whistle Punks league players like?

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A while ago we interviewed a few of our league players and one of the questions we asked them was ‘What were the other league members like?’

Here are their answers:

Baz:

There is a lot of support and encouragement between the league members. There are always people cheering you on when you’re competing or if you land a difficult trick-shot or manage to accurately smash a seven-pointer again and again. It’s great having that comradery, and a sense of belonging. Everyone is included in this WhatsApp group we have, and we keep in touch regularly and plan events away from axe-throwing too. The staff are always really helpful too. Some days you might come in and the axes just aren’t falling right, but they will always make sure you start nailing bullseyes after a bit.

Matt:

We’ve all bonded through a mutual love of axe-throwing. It’s a unique sport because there are lots of different personalities from varied backgrounds, and we spend one evening a week competing, catching up and having fun. It’s great. It feels like an alternatively popular sport, and that’s why it attracts so many people.

Lauren:

We think it’s brilliant because it attracts so many different types of people. I used to take part in roller derby as a sport and that was similar too. There are members from various walks of life, all friendly, but all share a similar craziness in a way that brings us together through axe throwing.

Ian:

There’s a real mix of people. There are teachers, university researchers, some who are part way through PhDs, tattoo artists, chemists and so on. It attracts a varied following, and everyone feels welcome to come and join in. There’s even a Whatsapp group we use to keep in touch with one another and plan activities together outside of axe-throwing.

Another thing they all said when we asked them what they would tell people who are considering joining the axe throwing league is to just do it. You won’t regret it.

Jack going through a safety brief at the start of a session

4 reasons why joining a sports league is great for you

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In this busy world, many people can forget to take time for themselves and when they do it is usually veging out in front of the telly watching the latest episode of Love Island or Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Forget that and try out joining a sports league, here are four reasons why you should consider it.

  1. Meet new people – Meeting new people and making new friends in a city is hard. Outside of work, there are very few opportunities to meet new potential friends. If only there was tinder for friends. Unfortunately, there isn’t (as far as we know) however, there is a plethora of cool after work activities that you can get involved in. Sports leagues are a great way to get off the couch, out of the house and meet your next best friend. The ice has already been broken by the activity, now all you need to do is bond over your shared interests. You’re welcome.
  2. Learn something new – learning something new has hundreds of benefits. Here are a few of our favourites: the more you learn and practice new skills, the more your brain chemistry changes and the faster you will learn. This is because you form more neural pathways which means you can process information much quicker. It also makes you happier and brings a feeling of accomplishment.
  3. Fuel the mind – exercise, competition and getting the blood pumping can increase brain power and make you happier.
  4. Having fun – the most important aspect of our lives is one that many people often forget. Fun brings balance to our lives. Paying the bills and grocery shopping need to be balanced with fun because it alleviates stress. Having fun also gives mental fortitude to get through the tough times. Finally, people who have fun are also more productive and harder working.
    You can get these aspects from any sports leagues and here at Whistle Punks, we think The Whistle Punks Axe Throwing League is the only way to go. Each league is 6 weeks long, one night per week for 2.5 hours. Many of our previous league players have created life-long friendships with the other league players.

What are you waiting for? Join our league now.

Baz - axe throwing league extraordinaire

It’s an addictive feeling to get that perfect throw!

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 Reasons to join the axe throwing league – Part Four

This is it, our final interview with our league members. To see this series out, we’re hearing from Baz. We chat about his time in the Whistle Punks Axe Olympics, and who he thinks would win in an axe-throwing duel between himself and Druss the Legend!

What was it that first attracted you to the league?
I’d been in before for a normal session. After that, I was pretty much hooked. I just wanted to throw more axes and sink them into the wood. It’s such an addictive feeling to get that perfect throw and watch the targets disintegrate as you get better. It’s so satisfying to wear out a bullseye that you want to do more of it.

What was the highlight of the league for you?
It has to be competing and winning in the axe Olympics. It’s a game we sometimes play after all the serious competition has finished for the evening and there is time left for fun and games.
With axes laid on the floor on each lane, the rule is you must do a different throw or trick-shot for each axe. By running across the lanes, the winner is the person who throws all the axes fastest, but there is a catch. Depending on where the axe lands on the board determines how many points you score.

By scoring points with trick-shots, the final total at the end gets converted into the number of seconds that is knocked off your overall time. You’re encouraged to throw the axes quickly, but accurately as well. If you throw the axes quickly but miss every target, you might get beaten by someone who completes slower but nails every shot. We had four different throws; the underarm throw, reversed axe throw, two axes simultaneously into two targets, and throwing for 7s. I landed all of them in the fastest time, and I kicked everyone’s ass!

What were the other league members like and did you make friends?
There is a lot of support and encouragement between the league members. There are always people cheering you on when you’re competing or if you land a difficult trick-shot or manage to accurately smash a seven-pointer again and again. It’s great having that comradery, and a sense of belonging. Everyone is included in this WhatsApp group we have, and we keep in touch regularly and plan events away from axe-throwing too. The staff are always really helpful too. Some days you might come in and the axes just aren’t falling right, but they will always make sure you start nailing bullseyes after a bit.

What piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about joining the league?
Just do it! You won’t regret it. It gets to the point where even on a Tuesday you’re missing axe-throwing already and you’re looking forward to next Monday when you get to throw axes again. You get passionate about it. Some members have even gone out and bought their own axes to bring in and practice with.

If you could be any axe-wielding character from fiction who would you be?
Druss the Legend from the David Gemmell books. He’s just an infinite badass, but I’d still beat him at axe throwing.

Check out the details for the league here.

See our previous interview with Matt here.

Written by Ben Cross

 

Lauren - axe throwing interview

I took the win by a single point! It was epic!

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 Reasons to join the axe throwing league – Part Two

This time we are speaking to Lauren, another league patron, telling us about the highlight of her league experience so far!

What was it that first attracted you to the league?

My partner Matt and I had already been to regular sessions twice before over a six-month period. We’d been with work as part of a team-building day, and we’d come with friends afterwards to show them how much fun it was (and maybe to show off how good we were after coming before). We took a chance that because we’d enjoyed it so much already, that we’d absolutely love the league, and we weren’t disappointed!

What was the highlight of the league for you?

My best throw was during the quarterfinals of the first league we were a part of. It was a close game all the way through. I don’t think there were more than two points separating us at any point. We’d both played two games already and had to play a third one to decide who went through.

It came down to the last axe. My opponent was one point in front, but on her last throw scored a bullseye. This meant she was now six points ahead. I still had my last throw, and the only way I could take the win now was hitting one of the tiny dots in the top corners which are worth seven points. As soon as the axe left my hand I knew it was a good throw. It felt perfect. I landed the axe right in the middle of the seven and took the win by a single point! It was epic!

What were the other league members like and did you make friends?

We’ve talked about this already with some members of the league in the past over drinks. We think it’s brilliant because it attracts so many different types of people. I used to take part in roller derby as a sport and that was similar too. There are members from various walks of life, all friendly, but all share a similar craziness in a way that brings us together through axe throwing.

What piece of advice would you give to someone thinking about joining the league?

I’m sure everyone you talk to will give you this answer but just do it. Don’t wait for six months like we did. Just think about all the axe-throwing you’d be missing out on.

If you could throw an axe into or at any object, what would it be?

Hmmmmm… It must be something that would explode when it got hit. My first thought is a balloon full of glitter, but that wouldn’t be spectacular enough. Maybe a pumpkin dipped in liquid nitrogen because it would shatter into pieces. Or what about a chain reaction that would cause a domino effect and end with a mechanism that throws an axe perfectly into the target. How satisfying would that be?

See our previous interview with Ian here.

 

Written by Ben Cross