Exciting new Academy programme at Arrowhawks Archery Academy

Kath Fitzpatrick - 19 September 2017

Arrowhawks Archery Academy brings national talent development and academy programmes to Yorkshire

Winter training will begin again in October as part of an academy provision which will be starting in York through the new Arrowhawks Archery Academy. This will bring the national talent development pathway into a regional and county locality through three venues in York.

As many know I have worked with Archery GB on the national academy for just over six years. In the past couple of years the number of juniors coming into talent development from the north has drastically reduced, though there is an increase from the midlands and south. It was evident that something needed to be done in the north since the regional AGB Academy closed a year ago and everything moved to Lilleshall, significantly increasing costs for northern juniors. With support from the National Academy team, I have stepped out of the Academy this year while remaining involved with the talent coach team so that I can devote some time and resource to developing northern talent, both recurve and compound.

To do this I have secured use of facilities in York and registered a club, Arrowhawks (one venue is at the York Bird of Prey Centre), to provide a basis for the academy.

Although it won't be a club in the usual sense, with no beginners or regular weekday shooting other than training and coaching sessions, it will aim to provide for recurve and compound juniors and also provide facilities for YAA senior squad sessions as well as open coaching days and coach development.

This is being developed with the support of Archery GB and archers in the north will be referred there for additional support, as well as existing and past national academy members. It is not an ATC as such so that we have greater flexibility, but will be similar in operation. The existing YAA junior squad will be part of this development with coaching teams for under 12 led by Lesley Wallace, 13-20 academy led by myself and senior squad led by Ian Foster. There will also be support for university students in specific sessions.

There will be costs for sessions and block booking for the academy will be available as we do have venue costs and travel costs to cover for the coaches. However, the aim is to keep this affordable for all, not to make profit.

The strength and conditioning programmes from the national academy, developed by the English Institute for Sport, will also be brought in supported by Bev Detoeuf and Lynette Williams, both qualified in physical training as well as being archery coaches.

Further details will be posted on the YAA and YAA Coaching websites as soon as dates are set; anyone interested in joining the academy or attending one-off training sessions can contact me by email or telephone at:
 01226 218518

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Tom Musgrove

Kath Fitzpatrick - 8 September 2017

It is with great sadness that I was informed that Tom Musgrove passed away on Monday September 4th 2017.

Tom was an amazing person and coach and I count myself privileged to have known him as a coach, friend and mentor for so many years.

Tom and Stan Snow were synonymous with Yorkshire archery and coaching when Mick and I came into archery in the early 80s. Tom was a Senior Coach before I was born! He went on to be a National Coach, working with the country's top juniors in the national squad, and was also responsible for the original Leader course. He was an avid learner as well as an educator, being one of the first to gain the new NCF-developed Degree in Sports Coaching, following this up with a Diploma in Sports Psychology - just to see and understand the relatively new field.

He had an enquiring mind and would love nothing more than to debate new ideas and research he had read - and playing devil's advocate just to see if you would stick to your opinions!

I don't know what Tom's epitaph would be, but whenever I think of him I can always hear him say "of course".

A great man and coach and I for one will miss just knowing that he's there if needed - as he always was.

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer

Level 1 Coach training course in Linthwaite, Huddersfield

Helen Woodcock - 5 August 2017

We are running a Level 1 coach training course in conjunction with the North of England University Archery League (NEUAL) and still have a few places.

The dates are:
 23 September 2017
 7 October 2017
 8 October 2017
 9 December 2017 - assessment

The cost is 250 and all sessions will run at our range in Linthwaite with Grahame Cotterill as tutor.

Please complete and return the application form:
 Application form (DOCX)

Helen Woodcock
NFP Archery
 NFP Archery

Level 1 Coach Course for 15-25s

Kath Fitzpatrick - 13 May 2017

YAA Coaching will be running a L1 coaching course at Haxby Scout centre in York aimed at 15-25 year olds - primarily students at school, college or university, or younger employed people. We have 8 places available at a cost of 250.00 each - we can add more, up to 12 in total. The dates are compressed to avoid clashes with exams - 18th, 24th, 25th June with the assessment day on 10th September

For Archery GB members this will provide you with:
 The 1st4sport Level 1 certificate in coaching Archery
 Archery GB licensed coach status

Non-members may still do the course but will receive only the 1st4sport certificate.

Course organiser is Jean Clarkson - please contact her via email:

Course tutor will be myself. Jean will need your name, full contact details (for uni students please provide home and term time addresses) and deposit.

To do the course you need:
 some experience of shooting a recurve bow
 to be a minimum of 15 on day 1 of the course
 a mentor of at least L1 - we will help with sorting out appropriate mentors
 ability to commit to all of the dates

The course has been designed for archers wanting to deliver single archery sessions or a course for beginners.

The full course is 4 days in duration, including the assessment delivered over a period of 12 weeks.

Learners also need to take part in 12 hours of 'supported practice' between day 2 and day 4 of the course. (This is where you practice coaching in your own time, for example at your local club).

To attend the course you need to be:
 A minimum of 15 years old by the first day of the course.
 When coaching, learners under the age of 18 should be supervised by a legally responsible supervisor.

A deposit of 100 payable to YAA Coaching secures your place, sent to Jean Clarkson, 7 Purbeck Grove, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1HP - or contact me if BACS is easier and I can provide details. The remainder is payable when the course begins and can be made using two cheques post dated to spread the cost.

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Northern Counties coaching conference 2017

25 February 2017

The Northern Counties coaching conference 2017 will be hosted by the Durham & Northumberland Archery Association, and will be held at Park View School, North Lodge, Chester-le-Street DH3 4BD on Sunday the 23rd of April.

The programme is still to be confirmed but will include presentations by:
 Richard Priestman, Senior Olympic Coach for Archery GB
 Helen George, Senior Coach and member of the World Archery Para Committee
 Abby Thornton, Level 2 Coach, physiotherapist
 Dave Harrison, County Coach, National Judge and former Chair of Archery GB

The cost is 25, which includes refreshments and lunch.

Places may be limited so early booking would be appreciated.

The conference will qualify for CPD points towards renewal as well as providing the opportunity to improve your coaching knowledge.

Further details will be posted on the NCAS and DNAA web sites when arrangements are confirmed.

More details and the booking form are available on the DNAA website:
 DNAA: Northern Counties Coaching Conference Sunday 23rd April 2017

Coach qualification grants revised

Dave Phillips - revised 8 January 2017


At the January 2017 Committee Meeting, the YAA Committee reviewed the YAA Coach Qualification Grant Policy. Based on evidence of claims received during 2016 it was agreed that the September 2015 Policy would be amended to issue Coach Qualification Grants during 2017 as they are received, rather than waiting until 31st of January of the following year.

In line with the paragraph from the original May 2014 Policy, but updated in terms of dates, this revised policy will take effect from 1 January 2017 for coaches qualifying at Level 1, Level 2, County Coach and Senior Coach. Applications for grants from coaches qualifying at these levels in the 12 months prior to this date will be accepted. No applications for grants will be accepted for any coach qualification achieved before 1 January 2016.

In future, retrospective applications will be accepted for Coach Qualification Grants from coaches qualifying in the current and previous calendar years only.

The date of course completion will be taken as the date of the issue of the Coach Qualification Certificate.

This policy will be reviewed throughout 2017, with a view to not exceeding the maximum budget set by the Committee at the January 2017 Committee Meeting. If the amount claimed during 2017 is greater than the budget set, this grant scheme may be withdrawn with immediate effect.

January 2017 Grant Conditions
As with all YAA grants, all applications will be considered on merit by the YAA Committee, giving due consideration to the state of the association's circumstances and finances at the time of considering the application.

The grant is only available to coaches affiliated to the YAA, either through their club or directly, and who operate as coaches in the YAA area.

The application for a Coach Qualification Grant must be made on the application form below and must be accompanied by a COPY of the Coach Qualification Certificate. The completed application should be sent to the YAA Treasurer at the address given in the form. Applications via e-mail are acceptable, providing a copy of the certificate is attached.

With effect from January 2017 the levels of grant available are:
 Level 1 - 30.00
 Level 2 - 50.00
 County Coach - 75.00
 Senior Coach - 75.00

Application form:
 Application form, January 2017 revision (DOCX)

Dave Phillips
YAA Treasurer

Level 1 course in Keighley

Bev DeToeuf - 6 December 2016

A Level 1 Coach training course will be held in Keighley, starting on Saturday the 1st of April 2017.

The course will be held at Keighley Table Tennis and Recreation Centre, Floor 2, Keighley Business Centre, South Street, Keighley, BD21 1SY. All sessions will be indoors.

The dates are:
 Session 1: 1st April 2017
 Session 2: 8th April 2017
 Session 3: 13th May 2017
 Session 4: 17th June 2017 (assessment)

Cost: 260

Please contact me by email for more details:

Bev DeToeuf

YAA junior and senior squad training, winter 2016-17

Kath Fitzpatrick - 5 October 2016

Junior squad

The YAA winter training for juniors starts this weekend at Haxby Scout centre, Haxby, York. Dates for the winter are:
 Saturday October 8th
 Saturday November 12th
 Saturday December 17th
 Sunday January 8th
 Saturday February 5th
 Saturday March 18th
Costs for sessions are 10 for the day as last year.
Any juniors interested please contact Kath Fitzpatrick at:

 01226 218518

Senior squad

The YAA winter training for seniors also starts soon at Haxby Scout centre, Haxby, York. Dates for the winter are:
 Sunday November 13th
 Sunday December 11th
 Saturday January 7th
 Sunday February 5th
 Sunday March 19th
Costs for sessions are 10 for the day as last year.
Any seniors interested, any bow style, please contact Ian Foster at:

 07768 861331

New archers to either group will be able to complete the required paperwork at the first session.

The postcode for the venue is YO32 3DY.

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer
Northern Counties Regional Coaching Officer

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Level 1 course places available

NFP Archery - 26 September 2016

NFP Archery will be running a Level 1 Coach training course in 2017, starting on the 18th and 19th of February.

The course will be held in our indoor range in Linthwaite, Huddersfield.

Places for this course are now available. For more details and to reserve a place, please email us:

NFP Archery

Information for coach renewals

Kath Fitzpatrick - 13 March 2016

All coaches should note that there is now an updated renewal CPD matrix with a wider range of recognised activities, especially for L1 wishing to move to L2 and L2.

When you are completing your renewal form please use this matrix and not any previous versions:
 Great Britain Talent Coach Prospectus (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer
Northern Counties Regional Coaching Officer

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

CPD information for coaches

Kath Fitzpatrick - 13 March 2016

Here are a few presentations I've used that coaches have been asking about.

Archery GB Pathways for All presentation was given at a series of seminars for Development in February last year:
 Pathways for All (PDF)

The ASPIRE one is about the coaching programme I will shortly graduate from with Sport England/ScUK and was given at the recent National Coaching Conference:
 ASPIRE coaching programme (PDF)

The Rotator Cuff is a simple short one showing the key muscles used in the shoulder area during the shot and was developed from a talk by Jamal Mashlab of EIS, who was the lead physiotherapist for Archery GB for 8 years:
 Rotator cuff (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer
Northern Counties Regional Coaching Officer

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

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