Danny Cameron, new RCO

Kath Fitzpatrick - 24 March 2018

Danny Cameron from Thirsk Bowmen was elected as the new Regional Coaching Organiser at the NCAS AGM last weekend.

The last four RCOs have all been from the YAA. Norman Foster succeeded Bob Parkinson. Kath Fitzpatrick took over from Norman and stayed in post for 12 years, succeeded briefly by Carol Byde who resigned mid term with Kath standing in again.

Danny is a County Coach and the first RCO for many years who has not been a Senior coach.

As retiring RCO (again!) I wish him lots of luck in the role which I am sure he will make his own and carry out very well

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Erin Prior workshop - Performing Under Pressure

Kath Fitzpatrick - updated 6 March 2018

Only five places are left for the 25th of March and six spaces for the 24th of March.
Great CPD for coaches, great info for archers.
If interested, please book your place now through Kath Fitzpatrick.

Erin Prior will be running workshops in Haxby, York in March, aimed at helping archers to improve their performance under pressure.

There will be workshops on Saturday the 24th of March and Sunday the 25th of March. Arrowhawks archers, parents and coaches have priority for the Saturday, but the Sunday session is open to all.

Book your place through Kath Fitzpatrick.

Full details:
 Performing Under Pressure workshops (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Northern Counties Coaching Conference 2018

13 February 2018

The Northern Counties Coaching Conference 2018 will be hosted by the Cheshire Archery Association, and will be held at The Whitby High School, Sycamore Drive, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH66 2NU on Saturday the 28th of April.


9:30 AM10:00 AMArrival, tea/coffee and bacon bap
10:00 AM10:05 AMWelcome and introduction
10:00 AM11:15 AMThe anatomy of the hand
Coaching juniors and the growth spurt
Warm-ups and cool-downs
11:15 AM11:30 AMTea/coffee break
11:30 AM12:30 PMUsing the Hooter Shooter to check compound bow set up
EAF - another route for aspiring archers
12:30 PM1:15 PMLunch provided - baked potato with topping, tea, coffee and biscuits
1:15 PM2:00 PMInsight into clout archery
2:15 PM3:00 PMInsight into field archery
3:00 PM3:30 PMObservation skills related to the Level 1 stages of shooting, AGB videos and the "high set up"
3:30 PM3:45 PMCPD points and license renewal or moving on to becoming a Level 2 coach

The cost is 25, which includes refreshments and lunch.

To book a place on the conference, please complete the booking form and send it off with the booking fee:
 Northern Counties Coaching Conference 2018 booking form (PDF)

YAA Seniors - coaching sessions

Ian Foster - 4 January 2018

There are four more Seniors coaching sessions planned for this winter:
 Saturday 20 January at Haxby
 Sunday 4 February at Snowball Plantation, York
 Sunday 18 March at Snowball Plantation, York
 Saturday 21 April at York Bird of Prey Centre

The sessions are available to all YAA archers - any bow-type, and all current abilities are welcome. You will be able to access high coach-to-archer ratio training, draft a development plan and receive photographic analysis of your current technique - all designed to improve your shooting for the next outdoor season!

The sessions will also cover bow setup and tuning according to demand.

Sessions are charged at 15 each, with discounts for students.

Secure your place by contacting Ian Foster at:

Ian Foster

Arrowhawks sessions January-April 2018

Kath Fitzpatrick - 4 January 2018

Here are the dates for the Arrowhawks Archery Academy coaching sessions in the first quarter of 2018.

Sunday 7thAdvancedHaxby
Saturday 13thU13 & NovicesHaxby
Saturday 20thYAA SeniorsHaxby
Saturday 3rdU13 & NovicesHaxby
Sunday 4thYAA SeniorsSnowball
Saturday 10thAdvancedSnowball
Sunday 11thOpen coaching dayHaxby
Saturday 24thAdvancedSnowball
Saturday 3rdAll juniorsYork Bird of Prey centre
Saturday 17thU13 & NovicesSnowball
Sunday 18thYAA SeniorsSnowball
Saturday 31stOpen coaching dayHaxby
Sunday 8thAll juniorsYork Bird of Prey centre
Saturday 21stYAA Seniors & openYork Bird of Prey centre
Sunday 22ndAll juniorsYork Bird of Prey centre

Please note that the 8th of April is a correction - this was previously given as the 7th.

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

YAA Senior Squad training session

Kath Fitzpatrick - 9 November 2017

The first training session for the YAA senior squad will take place on Sunday 12th November at Haxby, York.

Sessions are open to any YAA archer over 18 - any bow style or discipline. The coaches are all experienced in improving performance across target, field and clout archery with recurve, compound, longbow and barebow.

Sessions last around six hours and the cost is 15 per session. All archers attending will have development plans to help progress between sessions.

The lead coach is Ian Foster - if you'd like to attend please contact him at:

 01977 704247 (evenings)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Arrowhawks Archery Academy performance coaching sessions

Kath Fitzpatrick - 4 November 2017

Performance Coaching: Session dates to March 2018

We are pleased to offer four Arrowhawks groups, plus open coaching days, over the next six months, with further dates during the outdoor season to follow. All sessions are open to any bow style or preferred shooting discipline.

The junior and senior groups include those previously with the YAA junior and senior squads.

Strength & Conditioning - lead Bev Detoeuf; Lynette Williams.

Session dates

Open coaching days:
 Saturday 25th November
 Sunday 11th February
 Saturday 31st March
 Sunday 29th April

Open coaching days are open to any age group or level, with a discount for college and university students. These are bookable by emailing the organiser:

Juniors U13/novices
Lead coach - Lesley Wallace coaches - Ben Daniel, Andy Wilkinson, Jean Clarkson/Mick Fitzpatrick as available.

Indoor sessions:
 Saturday 4th November - Haxby
 Sunday 26th November - Haxby
 Saturday 9th December - Haxby
 Saturday 13th January - Haxby
 Saturday 3rd February - Haxby
 Saturday 17th March - Snowball

Outdoor sessions:
 Saturday 3rd March
 Sunday April 7th
 Sunday April 22nd

Juniors 13+ intermediate/advanced
Lead coach Kath Fitzpatrick; coaches Bev Detoeuf, Mick Fitzpatrick, Jean Clarkson as available.

Indoor sessions:
 Saturday 11th November - Haxby
 Sunday 10th December - Haxby
 Sunday 17th December - Christmas shoot Sunday 19th November - (all)
 Sunday 7th January - Haxby
 Saturday 10th February - Snowball
 Saturday 24th February - Snowball

Outdoor sessions (all juniors):
 Saturday 3rd March - York Bird of Prey centre
 Sunday April 7th - York Bird of Prey centre
 Sunday April 22nd - York Bird of Prey centre

Lead coach - Ian Foster; coaches - Steve Jones, Andy Howe, Mary Hannan. Mick/Kath Fitzpatrick as available
 Sunday 12th November - Haxby
 Sunday 17th December - Haxby
 Saturday 20th January - Haxby
 Sunday 4th February - Snowball
 Sunday 18th March - Snowball
 Saturday 21st April - York Bird of Prey centre

Enquiries to:

 01226 218518
Or via Messenger/Facebook

Contact details for Lead Coaches:
 Kath Fitzpatrick -
 Ian Foster -
 Lesley Wallace -

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

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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