YAA newsletter

Winter 2014

Triumphs for Amy and David

Amy Oliver won the Ladies Recurve title in the National Series in convincing style.
The recurve finals of the National Series were held in Nottingham on the 30th of August 2014, following a hard-fought series of matches around the UK.
Amy started very well, finishing top in the Ladies Recurve ranking round. Naomi Folkard was in a close second place, with Lizzie Cantopher in third and Ruth Welsh in fourth - a prophetic ranking, as it turned out.
In the quarter final, Amy beat Verity Gray by six sets to nil. In the semi final, she beat Lizzie Cantopher seven sets to three.
This set her up for a gold medal match against GBR team mate Naomi Folkard. Naomi had a similarly emphatic progress to the final, beating her head-to-head opponents 7-1 and 6-2.
Amy was unstoppable though. She finished with six perfect arrows and won by six sets to two to retain her title. Congratulations from the YAA to Amy.

David Hubber of Thirsk Bowmen won two golds at the Invictus Games.
Dave, a wheelchair user who served in the Royal Logistics Corps, won the Mixed Individual Recurve Open title in a head-to-head against GB team mate Gary Prout.
Later, He teamed up with Gary and with Steven Gill to win another gold in the Mixed Team Recurve Open category, beating the Netherlands.
Dave said:
It's not actually hit me yet. I'm happier for my team mates Prouty and Steve, who won silver and bronze, I'm just basking in their glory. It's fantastic.
I was totally amazed that I'd actually got into the final. In the team there are better archers than me, but I guess I performed a little bit better on the day.
For me archery is the perfect sport. It gives me a lot of movement and it gets me out of my house. That's one of the main things. I'd sit around doing nothing because I had nothing to do. Sport really takes my mind away from the daily troubles.
Congratulations to Dave from all at the YAA.

Kath selected for UK Sport's ASPIRE Coaching programme

Kath Fitzpatrick has been nominated by Archery GB and selected for UK Sport's ASPIRE Coaching programme, the first from archery to be accepted.
The programme is highly selective and is aimed at producing coaches who can work at the highest levels of talent development to support UK Sport's ambitions for Rio and beyond.
The programme starts in December. Kath will be attending the three-day World Class Coaching Conference in London as part of the Archery GB delegation.
This selection follows her appointment in August as a Lead Performance Academy Coach. She will lead and manage the programme at the Northern Academy, currently in Bishop Burton College, near Beverley. Kath is one of four coaches appointed to these posts for the Academies programme moving from coordination into a Lead Performance and Management role. Tony Gray leads the Central Academy, Steve Nicolson leads the South Academy and Charlotte Burgess leads the pilot Para Academy.

YAA senior squad - winter training programme

The following dates have been arranged for the YAA Senior squad winter training programme. All dates will be held at Haxby Scout Centre, York Road, Haxby YO32 3DY.
 Saturday 22nd November 2014
 Sunday 21st December 2014
 Sunday 25th January 2015
 Sunday 22nd February 2015
 Sunday 22nd March 2015

Each session will take a key element of technique as its theme, along with additional workshop sessions to improve knowledge and skills, drawing on best practice evolving within the Talent and Performance Pathways of Archery GB. These will focus on the importance and development of:
 posture, the bow hand and arm/front shoulder
 the draw action, scapula rotation and alignment
 shot execution - recurve and compound
 putting it all together - developing a consistent shot sequence
 preparing for competition - training to compete, mental management
 equipment, stabilisation, set up and tuning

Sessions have a cost to cover hire of venue and coach travel - this cost is 10 per session. Sessions can be booked individually or all at once using the form below:
 Senior winter training booking form (DOCX)

All sessions run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tea and coffee provided but please bring your own lunch.

Please make cheques payable to "Yorkshire Archery Association - Coaching".

Please send any enquiries or bookings to the lead coach for the sessions Ian Foster at:

Kath Fitzpatrick
Lead Performance Academy Coach, Northern Academy
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer
Northern Counties Regional Coaching Officer

YAA junior squad - winter training programme

Please note the dates and venues for the forthcoming junior training sessions. All sessions will be held at Haxby Scout Centre, York Road, Haxby YO32 3DY. All sessions run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Tea and coffee provided but please bring your own lunch.
 Saturday 15th November 2014
 Saturday 13th December 2014 - Christmas themed
 Sunday January 11th 2015
 Saturday February 14th 2015
 Sunday March 15th 2015

The cost is 10.00 per session, payable either at each attendance or in one sum. Please make cheques payable to "Yorkshire Archery Association - Coaching".

Sessions will consist of attention on an individual basis to:
 developing strong posture
 using band and bow drills to improve posture, draw action and execution
 strength and fitness for archery
 improving technique
 preparing for competition
 learning to train

Training will follow the principles in the Archery GB Talent Development Programme.

To confirm attendance please contact the Lead Coach for the squad, Kath Fitzpatrick, at:

To apply please return the form below to Kath at the same address or bring to the session:
 Junior winter training booking form (DOCX)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Lead Performance Academy Coach, Northern Academy
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer
Northern Counties Regional Coaching Officer

Chantry Bowmen reviving Double Two-Way Worcester

Attention all longbow archers.

Chantry Bowmen of Rotherham are intending to re-stage the Double 2 way Worcester at our Thrybergh indoor venue on the 14th of November 2015.

You must be a BLBS member to shoot for the Large and Small BLBS medals. If you need to join the BLBS it will be at a cost of 8.00 per year for seniors, 3.00 for under 16s, with a renewal fee of 7.00 for seniors, 2.00 for under 16s. For an application form please email Neil Dimmock:

Please contact me if you are interested, and would like to take part in the shoot, as I am checking out the potential interest in this shoot:
 07860 563557

Colin Hope
Chantry Bowmen of Rotherham

YAA Juniors for National Performance Academy

YAA Juniors selected for the National performance Academy - Northern Academy

YAA Juniors again feature largely in the new cohort for the Northern group of the National Performance Academy to train at Bishop Burton over the coming year, starting with an induction weekend at Lilleshall from the 26th to the 28th of September. They will benefit from 20 training days over the year in camps from one to three days, with support from sports science specialists in Strength & Conditioning and Bio-mechanics as well as working with coaches Kath Fitzpatrick and Charlotte Burgess.

The successful archers

Returning for a second year:
 Catherine Dales 15 - Bowmen of Leeds
 Joe Fairburn 12 - Panda Bowmen
 Tom Mowforth 17 - Archers of East Riding - Tom will also benefit from TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme)
 Lewis Slater 13 - Nova Bowmen

New this year:
 Luke Stocks 14 - Danum Archers
 Megan Tinker 13 - DVAC who was fast-tracked into the Academy from her initial Talent Development day.

They are joined by Amy Gott and Louis Perkins from Lincolnshire and Kitty Brown from Northumberland.

Athletes benefitting from TASS and Transition support:
 Mike Smith - Sheffield Hallam University
 Blain Nicholson - Northumbria University/Archers of East Riding
 Jessie Slater - Nova Bowmen

Congratulations to all concerned - what a great achievement for themselves and the county!

Now its up to the next cohort in the Talent Development programme - Ben, Niamh, Sophie, Jasmin...let's have a few more next year and show them that Yorkshire has the talent!

Kath Fitzpatrick
Lead Performance Academy Coach, Northern Academy
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer
Northern Counties Regional Coaching Officer

Indoor shooting with Chantry Bowmen

Chantry Bowmen's indoor venues are open to visitors throughout the winter months.

We shoot on Tuesday evenings at Thrybergh Leisure Centre from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

We shoot on Friday evenings at Sheffield Hallam Indoor Cricket School, Brinsworth (opposite the BOC works) from 7:30 PM until 9:30 PM.

Target fees are 3.00 per session.

If you have any problems finding the venues please contact Colin on 07860 563557.

Colin Hope
Chantry Bowmen of Rotherham

Richard Watts receives the Yorkshire Award

Richard Watts was presented with the Yorkshire Award at the York Archers Clout on Saturday the 11th of October 2014. Karen Winsett, YAA Vice President, bestowed the award on him.

Richard Watts has been a member of York Archers for a number of years and is now in his second stint as chairman. He has worked tirelessly for the club doing many jobs behind the scenes, from mending grass cutters, building lights for competitions and many other jobs around the site.
He had a vision for York Archers to be a club on the competition circuit and has worked to make that vision happen. He has TO'ed many of our competitions bringing the club and the membership along with him and I think everyone who has shot a competition at York will agree we are a great competition venue.
He is an archery representative on the Hopgrove committee which oversees the running of the whole sports complex.
Richard always has time for members of the club, helping and encouraging everyone whatever their ability, working with the individual archer or their bow, often putting their archery before his own.

Judith Marshall, Secretary of York Archers, making the nomination on behalf of the committee.

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator

Ascham 2014

A huge thank you to those that came and supported the Ascham Shoot this year. 25 archers this year, which is an increase on last year, so we are heading in the right direction! We hope you had a great day and that we will see you again next year. Next year bring your friends and spread the word.

A big thanks also to Andrew Neal for organising another successful shoot this year, and also to his little helpers, Dave Phillips, Mark Hayes, Carole Wade and Guy Hair.

Derise Smith

Ebor Archers seek your support for ground improvements

Ebor Archers used to practice archery at the British Sugar factory in York, but had to leave that ground in 2006, when the factory closed down. We secured shooting facilities at Long Marston, a village a few miles west of York and here we share the sports ground with a cricket club. Unfortunately, this ground is not large enough to put on the Les Kent Clout, a tournament which we successfully ran from our previous two sports grounds at the British Sugar Factory and the Civil Service Sport Club in York.

However, the cricket section at Long Marston is putting together a funding bid to Sport England for improvements to the ground. If the bid is successful, Ebor Archers would benefit from a larger ground and the potential to resurrect the Les Kent Clout tournament.

The purpose of this article is to seek your support for the proposals by signing up to the Sport England e-petition. The more support that is shown for the proposal, the better are its chances of success. A link to the e-petition is provided below, should you wish to support us:
 Change.org: The future of Long Marston CC

Thanking you in anticipation.

Ray Chaplin
Chairman, Ebor Archers

New county records

I've recently processed in excess of 100 new claims for county records. These are now on the YAA website:
 YAA county records

If you have a claim to a county record and it is not shown, please contact me:

Andrew Neal
YAA President and Records Officer

YAA juniors at Five Counties 2014

Yorkshire's juniors performed well at today's NCAS Five Counties Juniors Match, despite the foul weather.

Adam Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club is the Northern Counties Compound Champion.

Izzy Carpenter and Adam both won their categories.

Jessie Slater, Catherine Dales and Elizabeth Ferguson have won the Junior Ladies Recurve Team Title. The girls team led all day, at one moment by only 13 points, to win with a combined score of 3330. This is the first time Yorkshire has won this trophy since 2006.

Jessie Slater is the Bristol 2 Champion for the second year running.

Catherine Dales took the B3 title.

Harry Spencer won the boys B1 longbow.

Elizabeth Ferguson set a new county record, with a personal-best score and a six gold end in her first team event.

The boys recurve team lost narrowly to Cheshire after a good battle all day, with a final team score of 3340.

Congratulations to them!

Kath Fitzpatrick
Lead Performance Academy Coach, Northern Academy
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer
Northern Counties Regional Coaching Officer

Academies Cup 2014

Yorkshire archers took three medals at the Archery GB Academies Cup event at Lilleshall on the weekend of the 23rd and 24th of August 2014.

Joe Fairburn took bronze in the Cub category (13 and under) shooting against Lewis Slater, also of Yorkshire, and moving from 4-0 down to level at 5-5 before sealing the win on a one-arrow shoot-off.

Jessie Slater took the Junior Ladies bronze shooting at 70m.

Blain Nicholson took the Junior Gents bronze at 70m against Harrison Waterworth of Wales who had led ahead of recent silver medallist in Korea Tom Howse after the ranking round. It was a tough match going to 5-5 with Blain taking the win on a one-arrow shoot-off ending a real nail-biting match.

The Northern Academy athletes had Kukri shirts especially for the occasion and led out the parade of competitors for the opening ceremony under a Yorkshire flag, representing the location of the Northern Academy.

Photos of the day:
 Academies Cup 2014

Kath Fitzpatrick
Lead Performance Academy Coach, Northern Academy
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer
Northern Counties Regional Coaching Officer

YAA Longbow Championships 2014

The YAA Longbow Championships were held at Hutton Cranswick, home of Archers of East Riding, on the 16th of August 2014. Below are the award recipients.

Gent most hitsBrendon BourkeSpen Victoria
Gent highest scoreKeith NicholsonArchers of East Riding
Gent most goldsLewis MitchellThe Wakefield Archers
Best gold at 100ydsPatrick RevellAll Abilities Archery
Best veteranColin HopeChantry Bowmen
Best 1st end pmColin HopeChantry Bowmen
Worst whitePatrick RevellAll Abilities Archery
Lady most hitsSheila HudsonWhite Rose Archers
Lady highest scoreJanice ParrotWhite Rose Archers
Lady most goldsAnn ShooterWhite Rose Archers
Best gold at 60ydsJanice ParrotWhite Rose Archers
Best veteranJean HorwoodSelby Archers
Best 1st end pmSheila HudsonWhite Rose Archers
Worst whiteHelen FalkinghamBowmen of Leeds
Junior most hitsHarry SpencerBowmen of St Mary's
Junior best goldHarry SpencerBowmen of St Mary's
TeamDavid Whitham, Dave Bloomer and Sheila HudsonWhite Rose Archers
Jack and JillKeith and Ann ShooterWhite Rose Archers
Gent visitor hitsDale MessageAssheton Bowmen
Gent Visitor ScoreAndrew RoweAssheton Bowmen
Gent most goldsJohn GeldardSamlesbury Longbow
Lady visitor hitsJude LaneEccles Archery Club
Lady visitor scoreAlison de BurghHemel Hempstead
Gent shooting the Double NationalLen PerryArchers of East Riding
Gent visitorVic TindellGNAS

YAA Field Championships 2014

The YAA Field Championships were hosted by Dearne Valley Archery Club at their Savin Royd ground on the 26th of October 2014. A FITA 24 Marked round was shot.
The shoot was the second day of a FITA Combined round, which attracted 66 archers from all over the British Isles.
Below are the county's field archery champions.

Ladies U15 Recurve (blue peg)
1Megan TinkerDearne Valley AC
Ladies Recurve (red peg)
1Amy OliverDearne Valley AC
2Michelle KiddyDearne Valley AC
3Gwen SmithBarnsley Archery Club
Ladies Compound UL (red peg)
1Louise SmithBarnsley YMCA
Ladies Barebow (blue peg)
1Sarah DickinsonUniversity of Huddersfield
Gents U18 Recurve (red peg)
1Jake WebsterDearne Valley AC
Gents U15 Recurve (red peg)
1Joe FairburnPanda Bowmen
Gents Recurve (red peg)
1John YatesDearne Valley AC
2Steve ShawGreenman
3Mark TinkerDearne Valley AC
Gents Longbow (blue peg)
1Trevor AstleyArchers of East Riding
Gents Compound UL (red peg)
1Kevin BroughBarnsley YMCA
2Alan LightowlerBarnsley YMCA
Gents Barebow (blue peg)
1Colin FairburnGNAS
2Allan ShukerThirsk Bowmen

Junior target archery rankings 2014

The Archery GB target archery rankings for 2014 have been published, and Yorkshire's juniors have made an excellent showing.

Jessie Slater of Nova Bowmen has finished 10th nationally in Junior Girls Recurve. Catherine Dales (Bowmen of Leeds) and Megan Tinker (Dearne Valley Archery Club) have also made good placings.

Izzy Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club has achieved sixth place in Junior Girls Compound.

Joe Fairburn of Panda Bowmen is ranked 8th in Junior Boys Recurve. Lewis Slater (Nova Bowmen) and Ben Daniel (St George's Archery Club) also ranked well.

Adam Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club has taken fourth place in Junior Boys Compound.

Many congratulations from the YAA to them!

Full story:
 2014's top juniors named!

National target archery rankings 2014

Archery GB (the GNAS) has published the target archery rankings for 2014. Yorkshire archers figure prominently.

Amy Oliver of Dearne Valley AC is in second place in the Ladies Recurve rankings - Naomi Folkard has retained the top spot for the 11th year running. Jessie Slater (Nova Bowmen), Michelle Kiddy (Dearne Valley AC), Beverley Detoeuf (Aire Valley Archers), Jane Hough (The Wakefield Archers), Gwen Smith (Barnsley AC) and Bethany Woodcock (University of Huddersfield AC) also feature in the Ladies Recurve rankings.

Danielle Brown (British Wheelchair Archery Association) is fifth in the Ladies Compound rankings, which also feature Izzy Carpenter (Barnsley AC), Louise Smith (Barnsley YMCA) and Lynda Oliver (Dearne Valley AC).

Sarah Dickinson (University of Huddersfield AC) is our sole representative in Ladies Barebow.

Mike Smith (University of Sheffield AC), Robert Prince (Barnsley AC), Steve Shipley (Archers of East Riding), Tom Fewz (Thirsk Bowmen), Les Day (Thirsk Bowmen), Iain Smith (Barnsley AC), Richard Wood (Barnsley AC), Mick Whiteley (York Archers Society) and Adam Fazakerley (University of Huddersfield AC) all feature in the Gents Recurve rankings.

Patrick Revell (All Abilities Archery) and Richard Allan (York Archers Society) feature in the Gents Longbow rankings.

Will Kempf (Valley Bowmen), Stephen Dixon (Valley Bowmen), Adam Carpenter (Barnsley AC) and Richard Watts (York Archers Society) represent the county in Gents Compound.

Ash Niwaz (Selby Archers) and Lewis Shaw (University of Huddersfield AC) feature in the Gents Barebow category.

Congratutions to them!

The full rankings can be found on the AGB website:
 Archery GB: Target archery rankings 2014

NCAS Junior Indoor Postal League 2014-15

The Northern Counties Archery Society will be running its annual Junior Postal League again this winter, using scores shot on the Portsmouth round in the months of November, December, January, February and March.

As with last season, the competition will be run over the best 4 out of 5 scores. This approach was well-liked last year.

This is an individual competition, with the highest score shot in each month to be recorded.

Scores must be returned to the NCAS Junior Officer by the 10th of the following month.

Age Groups:
 Under 10
 Under 12
 Under 14
 Under 16
 Under 18
Competitor's age taken as from the 1st November 2014.

Full details:
 NCAS Junior Indoor Postal League 2014-2015 (PDF)

Tyler Fyfe

WFAL shoots at Dearne Valley AC

Dearne Valley Archery Club will be holding four Winter Field Archery League shoots this season.

The winter league shoots will be held on the following Sundays:
 28th December 2014
 25th January 2015
 22nd February 2015
 26th April 2015

The venue: Savin Royd Wood, Haigh Lane, Haigh, near Woolley - two minutes off junction 38 of the M1.

Assembly at 10:00 AM, start at 10:30 AM.

Cost to enter is 3 for both adults and juniors.

There will be 12 marked targets and you are welcome to shoot twice round.
There are 12 animal targets available to shoot.

All are welcome, entry on the day.

New YAA timing system available to clubs

A reminder that the YAA's new Danage timing system is available to YAA clubs for use at their own FITA shoots.

The system combines timer, lights, sound, scoreboard, archer rotation indicators and control panels. It's so energy efficient that the whole system can run for a two-day shoot using two car batteries.

Instructions for the use of the system are available from the Judging page:
 Judging: Instructions for new YAA timing system

Please contact Karen Winsett if you are interested in using this system at your club's open shoot.

Karen Winsett
Yorkshire Judges Liaison Officer

The Yorkshire Award

THE YORKSHIRE AWARD is a prestigious award where clubs can nominate individuals or couples who, in the eyes of their club, deserve recognition for services to that particular club.

There is no set deadline for submission of nominations.

If you think someone in your club deserves such recognition, please download the nomination form from the website, complete it, and send it to the county secretary.

 Yorkshire Award Nomination and Citation Form

Judges expenses form

The Judges Confirmation and Expense Form was designed following comments made by a number of judges.

The tournament organiser or club secretary should send the form to the judge well in advance of the event. The judge should return the confirmation of attendance and expected expenses, so matters can be settled in advance of the event.

To prevent double booking of Judges, the Judges Confirmation and Expense Form includes a tear off slip to send to Karen Winsett, the Judges Liaison Officer, when the booking has been confirmed. The form can be downloaded as a Word document from the YAA website:

 Judges confirmation and expense form (Word format)

Alternatively, write to the County Secretary or phone him for a copy.

If you want particular judges, please write their names on the slip that is to be sent to Karen.

Many thanks for your anticipated support.


Newsletter produced by Tim Mason on behalf of the Yorkshire Archery Association.

The next newsletter will be produced towards the end of January 2015. If you have anything you'd like to be included, please contact me via yaa@phoenixbowmen.co.uk.

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