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YAA Longbow Championships cancelled

Colin Hope - 5 August 2022

There are still some places available at the Chantry Double American, scheduled for Saturday the 13th of August.

We will take entries up to Wednesday/Thursday, but may not be able to order pie & peas for entries received after Tuesday the 9th.

 Upcoming: Chantry Bowmen of Rotherham American/Rotherham/Phoenix

Colin Hope
Chantry Bowmen of Rotherham

YAA Longbow Championships cancelled

Simon Slater - 28 July 2022

The YAA regret to announce that this year's YAA Longbow shoot, scheduled for the 6th August, is cancelled for 2022 due to lack of entries.

Thanks to those archers who did send entry forms in - hopefully the shoot will run again in 2023.

For those who sent payments via cheque, these have NOT been cashed and will be destroyed.

Simon Slater
Tournament Organiser, YAA Longbow Championships

Izzy and Team GB win silver at Worlds

23 July 2022

Isabelle Carpenter of Barnsley AC has won silver with her Great Britain Women's Compound team mates at the 2022 Hyundai World Cup in Medellin, Columbia.

The GB team - Ella Gibson, Lizzie Foster and Izzy - came first in the qualification round and earned a bye through the first round.

In the quarter finals they beat Brazil by 232 points to 224.

The semi final was against the very strong South Korean team. In a close and hard-fought round, Great Britain prevailed by one point - 233 to Korea's 232.

The final was against the hosts, Colombia. They won by 232 points against GB's 228.

Congratulations to Izzy and her team mates on this fantastic result.

Sarah selected for Team GB

1 July 2022

Sarah Monteith recently shot for Team England and now, after successfully meeting the qualifying scores at shoots over the past nine months, has been selected by Archery GB to be one of ten archers representing Great Britain at the upcoming World 3D Championships being held in Terni, Italy in September.

Sarah says: "I am proud to be representing my country, but also my home county of Yorkshire at this major event. This will be my first international archery event where I am part of Team GB."

Congratulations and best wishes to Sarah from all at the YAA.

More on this news:
 Archery GB: World Archery 3D Championships - team announcement
 World Archery: Terni Rinehart World Archery 3D Championships

Chantry American not Record Status this time

Colin Hope - 29 June 2022

Due to the problem of getting judges for the Chantry Bowmen Double American, the shoot will still go ahead but will not be UK record status.

Please accept my apologies, and if you want to withdraw from the shoot, please let the tournament organiser know as soon as possible.

Colin Hope
Chantry Bowmen of Rotherham

Interest in shorter-distance rounds at the YAA Metric Weekend

Andrew Neal - 13 June 2022

YAA Metric Weekend 2-3 July 2022.

First of all there are spaces left - get your entries in.

The main reason for this post is that I've had a few direct and indirect approaches as to whether we put on Juniors distances at this shoot.

The answer is no we don't because it clashes with the Junior Nationals BUT, if I were to put on Junior distances, would it be worthwhile?

We are 3 weeks away, but if any juniors or seniors would like to shoot shorter rounds then can they please contact me URGENTLY telling me the distances they would want to shoot. I will then consider whether it is viable.

Please email me on:

Andrew Neal
YAA President and Tournament Organiser

Izzy does the double

11 June 2022

Isabelle Carpenter of Barnsley AC has won double gold at today's European Championships in Munich, Germany.

The Great Britain Women's Compound Team, consisting of Izzy, Ella Gibson and Jessica Stretton, had overcome Denmark and Estonia to set up today's gold medal match against Italy. GBR won by 232 points to 229.

Izzy had battled through five close matches to reach today's Women's Compound Individual final. She beat Sophie Dodemont of France by 143 points to 141 to claim her second gold medal of the day.

Congratulations to Izzy on her superb performances, from all at the YAA.

Two gold matches for Izzy this weekend

9 June 2022

Isabelle Carpenter of Barnsley AC will be competing in two gold medal matches this weekend at the European Championships in Munich.

She will be part of the GBR Womens Compound team, alongside Jessica Stretton and Ella Gibson. This is the first time they've worked together as a team, but they have combined very well.

Izzy will shoot for individual gold in the Womens Compound category. She battled through several tough matches to achieve her best individual performance to date, and now she's guaranteed a medal.

Best wishes to Izzy and her team mates.

Full story:
 Archery GB: Not just one medal match...but three!

No catering at Bronte Weekend

John Fell - 9 June 2022

Bronte Archers regret to announce that due to circumstances beyond our control there will be no catering available for our Double WA1440 on the weekend of 16th and 17th of July.

Please can all attending the shoot remember to bring food and drink for the weekend.

John Fell
Tournament Organiser, Bronte Archers

No catering at Wetherby weekend

Andrew Neal - 30 May 2022

Best laid plans and all that...

Due to unforeseen circumstances (stolen van), it is unlikely there will be any catering on site at the weekend. My apologies for this and the late notice.

Andrew Neal
YAA President and Tournament Organiser

Thirsk Bowmen flight workshop

Thomas Keane - 12 April 2022, updated 4 May 2022

Thirsk Bowmen are hosting a Flight Workshop on Saturday 7th May, starting at 1:00 PM.

Flight is one of the many disciplines of archery not frequently shot in this country, and so we are inviting all archers in Yorkshire to come along to Thirsk Bowmen and learn about the different aspects of Flight. There'll also be the opportunity to have a go at the shooting technique, using supplied flu-flu arrows (for safety, no other arrows will be allowed on the range during this workshop).

This is a great experience for those who have never tried it before, or just want to know more about the ins and outs of this different form of shooting. This workshop will also be very useful to coaches - it's an opportunity to gain some extra knowledge, and by attending this workshop you will also earn CPD points.

This workshop will be led by Ann and Ian Norwood of DNAA, who have created a great event to teach flight archery, and we are very fortunate that they are giving up their time to come to Yorkshire to present this for us. The day will cover information about the Range, Equipment, Scoring, Rules and of course Safety. How to shoot your bow to try to achieve distances that you’ve never shot before is a key part of this.

Ann and Ian have already delivered this workshop in Newcastle and Penrith, with some excellent results. Here is just some of the great feedback they've received:
 "Thank you for the brilliant workshop you and Ian did on Monday it certainly generated a lot of interest"
 "Thanks for a great day out, very informative, couldn't wait to tell club all about it."
 "Thank you for yesterday's workshop. Thoroughly enjoyed it."
 "Many thanks, it was a very interesting - far more so than I thought it would be"
 "Just wanted to say thank you for today - I loved it! Really informative and great to actually have a go at flight, I think you might have a few converts from today"

This workshop is open to all Yorkshire archers - seniors and juniors, experienced or new to archery, shooting any bowstyle. If you come along to Thirsk on Saturday, we're sure you'll have a great time!

Whilst there is no attendance fee, a voluntary donation towards the club's chosen charity would be greatly appreciated. Serve-yourself drinks will be available throughout the afternoon.

This will be held at Thirsk Bowmen, Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, YO7 3PG.

Booking is essential, as it's important we know attending numbers in advance. To book your place, or if you would like more information, please email:

Thomas Keane
Thirsk Bowmen

County teams shoots 2022

Sarah Dickenson - 29 March 2022

Dates for County Team events:
 National County Teams Championships, Lilleshall, 24-25th September
 Junior 5 Counties, Saturday 1st October (TBC)
 Senior 5 Counties, Sunday 2nd October (TBC)

The Intercounties is being held by Lancashire this year. Location and dates to be confirmed.

Score submission deadline for all 3 events will be the 31st August.

All bow types welcome to enter scores for all 3 events.

Information on how to submit scores and the selection criteria will be released beginning of April.

Sarah Dickenson
YAA County Teams Coordinator

ABBA receive Sport England grant

Dave Hunt - 29 March 2022

Sport England invests in Archers of Bridlington & Burton Agnes Project, Boosting Children's Archery Opportunities

Great news for the Club. We have been awarded a grant from the National Lottery, via Sport England Queen's Platinum Jubilee Activity fund for equipment for our Junior members.

We have had a few Juniors come and go over the years, but recently the number of very young Juniors has increased significantly. Then after a visit to a local school to carry out a demonstration of Archery and run a have a go there, the numbers shot up again. This highlighted the Club's lack of Junior kit in general and the need to be in a position to give all, who do our beginners courses and go on to join the Club, the best chance of doing their best and not be impeded by equipment.

This grant will really balance out the opportunities to do well for all Juniors at the Club, this year and going forward.

The Club would like to thank The National Lottery and Sport England for this investment in the Club.

Thanks also to everyone who plays National Lottery games for your support.

Dave Hunt
ABBA Club Coach


Flight shoots postponed and combined

Tony Bakes - 26 March 2022

I hope you aren't going to shoot the messenger.

I found out just before the NCAS AGM that we have been double-booked at Leeds Airport (East) with an air show across both weekends of the NCAS and National Flight Championships.

For safety, we have had to reschedule to later in the year.

I can only secure the 11th of September. It was suggested at the AGM that we hold a combined National and NCAS flight for this year.

I hope you will understand that safety must take priority. So for this year we shall be holding the National Flight Championships (incorporating the NCAS Flight Championships) at Leeds Airport (East) on Sunday the 11th of September 2022.

Tony Bakes
NCAS Flight Officer

Morecambe Bay Archers Summer Postal Competition

Stuart Scott - 13 March 2022

Morecambe Bay Archers will be running the Sunburn Postal League tournament again this year. Last year's tournament was a great success, with 120 archers from 20 clubs participating. We hope to make the competition even bigger and better this year.

The round is a Frostbite...! Submit your best score each month from May to August, inclusive, to compete for various monthly and overall titles. There is no entry fee.

Please see the entry form for full details:

 Morecambe Bay Archers Summer Sunburn Postal League (DOCX)

Stuart Scott
Tournament Organiser
Morecambe Bay Archers

British Transplant Games 2022, Leeds - help needed

Kath Fitzpatrick - 5 March 2022

The British Transplant Games are to be held in Leeds from the 28th to the 31st of July 2022. The archery day will be on Thursday the 28th of July.

As always we need volunteers, sponsors and equipment to make the event the major success that it has become over the past few years.

Please see the document below for full details:
 British Transplant Games 2022 - Archery (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Archery Sport Manager
British Transplant Games

Valley Bowmen to Celebrate the Opening of their new Indoor Shooting Range

Will Kempf - 19 February 2022

Further to the events and work of more than a year the committee of the Valley Bowmen of Huddersfield are delighted to announce they will be organising a grand opening of their new indoor shooting range in June of this year.

It is hoped the event can be held on Sunday June 5th as part of the Jubilee Weekend celebrations.

Here are some photographs to whet your appetite for the big day.

Foundation work

Construction of 24m x 7m indoor shooting range

Four foam bosses ready to use

COVID19 secure taster session January 2022

All the best and many thanks to everyone who supported our archery club and this project.

Shoot well,

W Kempf
President, Valley Bowmen of Huddersfield
On behalf of the Executive Committee of the Valley Bowmen of Huddersfield

Bronte May Bank Holiday shoot - not this year

John Fell - 7 February 2022

Bronte Archers regret to announce that we will not be running our May Bank Holiday Double York/Hereford and Bristols this year.

We will be running the May Bank Holiday shoot next year.

John Fell
Tournament Organiser, Bronte Archers

It is with disappointment that we have decided to postpone the Bronte Spring Weekend Tournament until 2023 due to essential flood defence work taking place at Rawdon Meadows by Leeds and Bradford Councils. As this work is due to start in April, we do not want to take the risk of committing to host an event when we may not have access to the field.

We hope to welcome you all back in July 2022 with our double WA1440 weekend taking place on 16 and 17 July. The entry form is available on the Bronte Facebook page or website.

After that we are looking to host our very successful Yorkshire Inter-Club friendly tournament again in August this year and will let you know the details shortly. The May Spring Weekend will return in 2023.

Until then, happy shooting and I hope to see you in July.

Shelley Hurst
Chair, Bronte Archers

Field Archery Training Day

Colin Fairburn - 3 February 2022

Following the survey on Field Archery which was sent out last year to members, and the resulting responses, the YAA, in conjunction with York Archers have developed a field archery training resource. This will enable anyone who wishes to learn the basics of field archery to do so under tuition and in an environment which allows members to practice techniques, range distance effectively, learn about the format of field archery, and gain confidence before tackling a field archery shoot.

The inaugural training day will be held at York Archers on Sunday 20th March 2022.

The training is specifically aimed at those archers who have either never tried field archery but would like to, and those that have tried it before, enjoyed it, but felt out of their depth.

The day will be split into two sessions:
 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon
 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Numbers will be strictly limited to 10 archers per session.

(A minimum of 5 archers per session will be required to make the session viable)

Target fee of £5 per archer is payable on the day to York Archers.

The sessions will be run by Colin Fairburn, YAA Field Archery officer.

To book, and for any further information, please email:

Please note that training for archers with a little more experience of field archery is being planned for a future date.

There will also be a specific training day arranged in the future for those wishing to learn about 3D archery.

If anyone is interested in these two specific sessions please contact me to register your interest.

Colin Fairburn
YAA Field Officer

Wharfe Valley field shoot 2022

Colin Fairburn - 2 February 2022

This year's YAA Field Championships will be held on the weekend of the 18th & 19th of June at Wharfe Valley Archers.

The event will also incorporate the English and NCAS Field Championships along with the This Girl Can promotion.

The full schedule and entry form can be found at:
 WVA tournaments

Entries are filling up fast so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Colin Fairburn
YAA Field Officer

YAA Annual General Meeting 2022

Andy Wilkinson - 10 January 2022

The YAA AGM will be held on Saturday 12th March 2022.

The current intention is for a face-to-face meeting at Shaw Lane Barnsley, depending on circumstances and legalities.

This year there will be elections for the following posts:
 Clout Officer
 Junior Officer
 Judges Liaison Officer
 County Teams Co-ordinator
and a number of general committee posts.

If any member of the YAA would like to express an interest in any of the posts please contact me in the first instance and consider attending the AGM. You are a member of YAA through your club membership.

Also the Target Tournament Organiser will be stepping down in 2023. If you are interested in organising shoots for Yorkshire please get in touch now - an understudy role is available.

Andy Wilkinson
YAA Secretary

YAA Indoor Championships 2022 cancelled

Andrew Neal - 9 January 2022

The Committee have decided that due to the ongoing uncertainty of the Covid pandemic they will not be putting on the Yorkshire Indoor Championships on the usual date of 13 March 2022.

The Committee are considering options as to whether they can put on the Championships in the Autumn of 2022. We appreciate this will be disappointing to archers but given the scheduled date is only 9 weeks away we do not want to get into a position of "hopefully" putting the shoot on and then cancelling it at a later date.

Should anyone have trophies from the last held Championships in March 2019 and wish to return them, then can you please contact Andrew on

Andrew Neal
YAA President and Tournament Organiser

Dave Harrison

5 January 2022

Dave Harrison, former Chairman of Archery GB, has passed away. He died in his sleep on the night of the 3rd of January.

Dave was a lifelong ambassador for the sport, and a very well-known character nationally and regionally. He was a judge for many years, covering many Yorkshire events and tournaments around the NCAS and nationally.

He performed great work as a committee member for Durham & Northumberland and the Northern Counties Archery Society. He served as Chairman of Archery GB at a time of important and often controversial changes, steering a steady course.

He leaves a wife, Dorothy, and two daughters, Donna and Victoria.

The YAA extends its sincere condolences to his family and many friends.

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