Helen Woodcock - 21 September 2017
As the Junior Organiser for Yorkshire Archery Association I have arranged some sessions during the indoor season. These will be open to all Yorkshire Juniors irrespective of bow type, gender, age or level of experience and will take place at:
NFP Archery, Unit 35 Colne Valley Business Park, Manchester Road, Linthwaite HD7 5QG.
At all sessions there will be coaches present and available to discuss any questions which may arise. Initially coaches will be from Pennine Archers, an AGB Performance Club. However the main emphasis will not be on the coaching but on giving juniors an opportunity to shoot together, to enjoy each others’ company and to build the team atmosphere.
There will be at least one session each month during which we may shoot a scoring round, include a variety of Archery Games, team building and other archery related activities. It is hoped that the juniors will lead some of the decision making relating to the activities undertaken.
Dates planned are:
28th October 2017
18th November 2017
16th December 2017
6th January 2018
27th January 2018
24th February 2018
24th March 2018
Sessions will be from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
Yorkshire Archery Association has agreed to pay the venue costs for the sessions and the coaches are donating their time so there is no charge for those wishing to attend, you just need to let me know you are coming and then get there.
If other coaches want to become involved they only need to contact me to arrange this.
Please contact me via:
YAA Junior Organiser
4 July 2017
Yorkshire's juniors put in some barnstorming performances at the Junior National Outdoor Championships 2017. There'll be a full report in the next newsletter, but here are some highlights.
Rosie Elliot of Chantry Bowmen dominated with her longbow, outscoring all other longbow archers in all categories. She won the Junior Ladies U14 Longbow title by a huge margin.
Orlaith Tichener of Archers of East Riding won silver in the Junior Ladies U12 Compound category.
Megan Tinker of Dearne Valley Archery Club won bronze in the Junior Ladies U18 Recurve category.
Joe Fairburn of Wharfe Valley Archers won the Junior Gentlemen U16 Recurve title against strong competition - see the next story.
Thomas Oakley of the Bowmen of Adel won the Junior Gentlemen U16 Barebow title.
Maxwell Oakley of the Bowmen of Adel took third place in the Junior Gentlemen U12 Barebow category.
The Yorkshire Recurve team achieved the second-highest score since 1965.
Congratulations to them and to all the other Yorkshire juniors who took part.
4 July 2017
Joe Fairburn of Wharfe Valley Archers had a highly successful 2017 Junior National Outdoor Championships at Lilleshall at the weekend.
On Saturday in the Metrics he finished 2nd in the individual Metric 2 and 1st in the team event helping to secure NCAS the recurve title.
On Sunday he won the Bristol 2 with a national record score of 1268. This was shot during intense competition with never more than 2 points separating him and his closest rival over the 144 arrow round. He was also one of the team that won the recurve trophy for Yorkshire for only the 8th time in 52 years.
This tournament capped off an incredibly successful five weeks of archery in which Joe has broken six national records across both target and field archery, claimed two national individual titles and two national team titles.
Photo courtesy of Colin Fairburn
16 June 2017
Isabelle and Adam Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club have been selected for the Great Britain team which will compete in the second stage of the European Youth Cup. The tournament will be held in Porec, Croatia from the 9th to the 14th of July.
Adam will shoot in the Compound Cadet Men category, and Izzy in the Compound Junior Women category.
This has been achieved against extraordinarily strong competition for places.
Congratulations and best wishes to them from all at the YAA.
Archery GB: European Youth Cup Stage 2 Selection Announcement
1 June 2017
Congratulations to Joe Fairburn on his outstanding shooting in the All British Field Championships at Pentref this weekend - 3 strong PBs and a new national record, beating Patrick Huston's record by one point! Well over the selection scores for the Europeans in Slovenia! fingers crossed for that selection.
Joe Fairburn (15) of Wharfe Valley Archers, became the U18 British Junior Field Archery Freestyle champion last weekend shooting a National record score of 343 on the marked round, beating Patrick Huston's existing record.
Joe's two day score was less than a dozen points off the men's podium as well as another European Championships qualification score.
An excellent weekend's work.
Photo courtesy of Colin Fairburn
Kath Fitzpatrick - 16 May 2017
Well done to Joe Fairburn and Megan Tinker for winning the gents and ladies eliminations at Daventry Field shoot on Sunday the 14th.
Both shot the full round at adult distance then went into the shoot-offs in the adult categories.
Excellent performance from our two leading Field juniors!
Photo courtesy of Colin Fairburn
22 April 2017
Adam Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club has won team gold for Great Britain at the European Youth Cup in Marathon, Greece.
The compound cadets team of Adam, Liam Peake and Kai Thomas-Prause won through to the final against the home nation. GB opened very strongly with three Xs and three 10s in their first end, and held the lead to the end, despite a strong comeback by Greece. GB won by 224 points to 213.
Congratulations to Adam and his team mates on this superb victory.
17 April 2017
Yorkshire's juniors had mixed fortunes at the Key Event 1 for World Youth Championships Selection, which took place at Lilleshall on the 15th and 16th of April.
Ben Daniel won Recurve Cadet Men Tier 3. He qualified in second place, and shot a brilliant head-to-head to win his category. With Rhiannion Easton he finished third in the Mixed Team. His Cadet Men's team qualified in top place and went on to win gold.
Niamh Tichener qualified in fourth place in Recurve Junior Women Tier 3. She had a difficult head-to-head, but finished in 5th overall. Her mixed team qualified in third but finished in fifth. She did better in the cadet women's team event though, qualifying in first place and finishing in second.
Megan Ashleigh Tinker of Dearne Valley AC qualified in fourth place in Recurve Junior Women Tier 1, with a personal best at 70 metres. She was knocked out in a very close head-to-head, finishing 5th overall. Her mixed team finished fourth, but her girls team won gold.
Joe Fairburn had a tough time in Recurve Cadet Men Tier 1. He qualified in 4th place with a very good score of 592 - just 6 points off the top place. But he had a difficult head-to-head and, despite winning several matches, finished 8th overall.
Congratulations to them from the YAA.
26 February 2017
Isabelle Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club will represent Great Britain at the European Indoor Championships which are to be held at Vittel in France from the 5th to the 13th of March 2017.
Izzy will be part of Team GB's strong-looking Junior Compound team, alongside Bayley Sargent, Layla Annison, James Howse, Luke Ralls and Jacob Caine.
Compound Coach Jon Nott said: "By taking a highly experienced and competitive team I believe we are definitely in the hunt for medals".
Best wishes to Izzy from all at the YAA.
Archery GB: European Indoor Championships
10 December 2016
Rosie Elliott of Chantry Bowmen became National Junior Ladies Champion at the Junior National Indoor Championships, which were held at Lilleshall in early December.
Shooting longbow, Rosie scored 410 on a Portsmouth round, a personal best and a Yorkshire record. In achieving this score, Rosie became the U14 Champion and also the National Junior Ladies Champion - her total was more than any other age group competitor, including the junior men.
YAA President Andrew Neal said "This is an excellent achievement and rounds off a magnificent calendar year Rosie has had with her longbow. On behalf of the YAA and all Yorkshire archers, I'd like to congratulate Rosie."
2 October 2016
Adam Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club smashed a national record at the Inter Counties shoot on Saturday the 1st of October 2016. He scored the maximum of 1296 points on a Bristol 2, shooting compound.
Congratulations to Adam on this brilliant achievement.
Gareth Beeby - 26 September 2016
I have one space available at the Junior Inter Counties event, which will take place this coming Saturday, the 1st of October. The shoot will be hosted by the Bowmen of Pendle and Samlesbury near Preston, Lancashire.
I am taking applications from all bow styles and genders.
If possible, please provide evidence of scores from 12-dozen rounds.
If you're interested, please contact me at:
County Teams Coordinator
5 July 2016
Yorkshire's junior archers have achieved brilliant results at the Junior National Outdoors Championships 2016, which were held on the 2nd and 3rd of July.
Metric rounds were shot on Saturday.
In Junior Gentlemen Compound, 13 year old Adam Carpenter (Barnsley AC) won his category, shooting the senior men's distances - 90m, 70m, 50m and 30m. He scored 1328, which was 42 points higher than the top scorer on the 70-60-50-30 distances.
Isabelle Carpenter (Barnsley AC) finished second in Junior Ladies Compound, with a score of 1299 on the Ladies WA 1440.
Joe Fairburn (Panda Bowmen) won gold in the Metric 2 Junior Gentleman Recurve category with a score of 1263. His score helped the NCAS Junior Gentlemen Recurve team to win the regional title.
Megan Tinker (Dearne Valley AC) finished fourth in the Metric 2 Junior Ladies Recurve category with a score of 1121.
Alyssa Barraclough (Dearne Valley AC) finished fifth in the Metric 4 Junior Ladies Recurve category with a score of 1245. She was part of the NCAS Junior Ladies Recurve team, which took fourth place.
Hannah Stocks (Danum Junior Archers) won bronze in the Metric 4 Junior Ladies Compound category with a score of 1331.
Imperial rounds were shot on Sunday, for the national titles.
Hannah Stocks (Danum Junior Archers) won bronze in the Bristol 4 Junior Ladies Compound category with a score of 1276.
Catherine Dales (Bowmen of Leeds) won silver in the Bristol 2 Junior Ladies Compound category with a score of 1196.
Megan Tinker (Dearne Valley AC) finished fifth in the Bristol 2 Junior Ladies Recurve category with a score of 1121.
Joe Fairburn (Panda Bowmen) won silver in the Bristol 2 Junior Gentleman Recurve category with a score of 1246.
Isabelle Carpenter (Barnsley AC) won gold in Junior Ladies Compound, with a score of 1268 on the Hereford round.
Adam Carpenter (Barnsley AC) won gold in Junior Gentlemen Compound, with a score of 1248 on the York round.
Yorkshire finished third in the County Mixed Recurve Team category thanks to scores from Alyssa Barraclough, Elizabeth Ferguson, Catherine Dales and Joe Fairburn.
Yorkshire finished second in the County Mixed Compound Team category thanks to scores from Hannah Stocks, Isabelle Carpenter and Adam Carpenter.
Congratulations to them all, and to the other Yorkshire juniors who took part in the biggest and best JNOC ever!
6 April 2016
Megan Ashleigh Tinker won the English Field Archery Championships and the Northern Counties Field Archery Championships at Kendal last weekend.
Megan, of Dearne Valley Archery Club, scored a total of 442 points over the two days in very wet conditions on a tough course.
These titles add to the UK and Yorkshire titles that she already holds.
Outstanding shooting - congratulations to Megan from all at the YAA.
8 March 2016
Isabelle Carpenter and Adam Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club have been selected for the Great Britain compound team which will take part in the European Youth Cup.
The tournament will be held in Budapest, Hungary from the 2nd to the 7th of May.
This is an outstanding achievement against very strong competition. Best wishes to them both from the YAA!
Archery GB: European Youth Cup teams named
10 August 2015
Adam Carpenter and Isabelle Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club have had an amazing weekend at the British Target Championships, held on the 8th and 9th of August.
Adam won day 1 of the British Target Championships in Gents Compound. Despite being only 13 years old, Adam competed in the senior category and won very well.
Adam ranked 15th out of 57 in the double 50 metre qualification round, just 22 points behind first-ranked John Stubbs in a very tightly contested field.
Adam commenced the long battle through the head-to-head matches with 144 to 137 win. After winning again by 139 points to 134 he faced Chris Bell in the quarter final, winning by 138 points to 133. He overcame Daniel Tompkins by 142 points to 140 in the semi final, to meet Carl Richards in the final. Adam won by 143 points to 140 to take the title.
Izzy ranked 6th in the double 50 metre Compound Women qualification round on day 1, just six points behind first-placed Lucy O'Sullivan. She won her first two head-to-head matches but was halted by Hope Greenwood in the quarter finals. Greenwood went on to win the title. Izzy finished fifth overall in the Compound Women category for day 1.
On day 2 Izzy topped the rankings of the qualification round, scoring 1359 on a Women's WA1440. She was equal on points and tens to Hope Greenwood, but won by 40 Xs to 33. This is a personal best for Izzy and her first Grand Master Bowman score.
Izzy finished third overall for the weekend and won the Short Metric Trophy too.
Outstanding performances - congratulations to both from the YAA.
6 August 2015
This year's Junior Masters tournaments were held in Yorkshire, jointly hosted by Greenman Archers and Barnsley Archery Club at the Silverwood Miners Welfare Resource Centre in Rotherham on the 1st and 2nd of August. Yorkshire's juniors put in some excellent performances.
Saturday 1st August
Six-dozen ranking rounds were shot in the morning and individual match rounds in the afternoon, for the Junior Masters titles.
Jessie Slater topped the rankings after the Recurve S2 - Junior Women U18 qualification round. She got a bye through the quarter finals then won the semi final and final to take the category title on her last outing to this tournament. Jessie was fourth across all age categories in the Recurve Junior Women.
Lewis Slater was 3rd in the Recurve S3 - Junior Men U16 qualification round and took bronze in his category.
Luke Stocks was up against very strong competition in the Recurve S5 - Junior Men U14 category. He ranked 8th in the qualification round and went on to finish 8th in his category.
Megan Tinker was 2nd in the Recurve S4 - Junior Women U16 qualification round. She got a bye through the quarter finals, won her semi final match then beat first-ranked Katrina Brown in the gold medal match. Megan was third across all age categories in the Recurve Junior Women.
Adam Carpenter ranked 1st in the Compound MU18 - Junior Men U18 qualification round. He won silver in the final, edged out by one point, but triumphed as overall Junior Masters Champion in the Compound Junior Men.
Izzy Carpenter ranked 1st in the Compound WU18 - Junior Women U18 qualification round. Izzy Carpenter got a bye through the quarter finals then won the semi final and final to take her category title. She took silver overall in the Compound Junior Women.
Sunday 2nd August
Round-robin head-to-heads were shot for rankings in the morning and individual match rounds in the afternoon.
Jessie Slater finished 1st in the Recurve S2 - Junior Women U18 round-robins. As on Saturday, she got a bye through the quarter finals then won the semi final and final to take the category title.
Lewis Slater was 3rd in the Recurve S3 - Junior Men U16 round-robins and took bronze in his category.
Luke Stocks was 6th in the Recurve S5 - Junior Men U14 round-robins. He went on to finish 6th in his category.
Megan Tinker ranked 3rd in the Recurve S4 - Junior Women U16 round-robins. She won her semi final match then won the gold medal match.
Adam Carpenter ranked 1st in the Compound MU18 - Junior Men U18 round-robins. He went on to win gold in the final.
Izzy Carpenter ranked 1st in the Compound WU18 - Junior Women U18 round-robins. She went on to take the gold medal.
Outstanding performances by the county's juniors, and excellent hosting by Greenman and Barnsley. Congratulations to all!
7 July 2015
Isabelle Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club became National Champion at the Junior National Outdoor Championships last weekend. She scored 1252 on a Hereford round - a new Yorkshire record, despite thunder, high winds and heavy downpours - to take the Women's Compound title.
This followed on from a first place the previous day when she shot a Ladies WA1440 (FITA).
There were other good performances by Yorkshire juniors over the weekend.
Jessie Slater of Nova Bowmen finished second in Recurve Women on Saturday, shooting a Ladies WA1440 (FITA).
Niamh Titchener of Archers of East Riding finished 4th on Saturday and 5th on Sunday in Recurve Bow - Section 8 - Junior Women U12.
Megan Tinker of Dearne Valley Archery Club surged from 11th place on Saturday to 4th place on Sunday in Recurve Bow - Section 4 - Junior Women U16. This is just her second year of shooting.
Adam Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club finished 3rd in Compound Men on Saturday, shooting a Gents WA1440 (FITA). On Sunday he finished 2nd in Compound Bow - Section 5 - Junior Men U14.
Great performances all round - congratulations to all Yorkshire juniors who took part.
7 July 2015
Joe Fairburn of Panda Bowmen won individual gold and bronze, and narrowly missed out on a team bronze, at the USA National Junior Championships, which took place in Decatur, Alabama, from the 1st to the 5th of July.
If he had been a US citizen, he would also have been crowned overall Under-15 Boy Supreme Champion!
A great achievement for him and a feather in the cap for Yorkshire archery and his club. Congratulations to Joe from the YAA.
4 July 2015
Adam and Isabelle Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club have been selected again for the Great Britain team. They will fly out to Rome in just over a week's time to compete in the European Archery Cup.
Congratulations to them, and our best wishes for success!
22 June 2015
Joe Fairburn of Panda Bowmen overcame strong winds and showers to break two long-standing national records at York last weekend.
On Saturday the 20th he scored 1278 on a Bristol 3 round, taking the record from Brad Denny.
On Sunday the 21st he scored 1234 on a Bristol 3 round. Added to Saturday's score, this made 2512 for the Double Bristol 3, beating Tom Barber's record.
This comes on top of recently winning the YAA Under 14 recurve title, and ahead of his invitation to the U.S. National Target Championships, U.S. Open and Easton JOAD Nationals, which will be held from the 1st to the 5th of July in Decatur, Alabama.
Congratulations and best wishes to Joe!
13 June 2015
Isabelle and Adam Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club have performed brilliantly at the World Archery Youth Championships in Yankton, USA.
Adam, James Howse and Luke Rails formed the GB Cadet Mens Compound team. They beat Australia by 223 points to 221 in the quarter finals, then beat favourites Turkey by 230 points to 228 in the semi finals. The United States won the final, but silver is a fantastic result for Team GB.
Izzy, Lucy Mason and Rebecca Lennon trounced Canada by 216 points to 204 in the Cadet Womens Compound team quarter finals, but Mexico won the semi final and Australia narrowly won the bronze medal match.
A great performance by the Carpenters - congratulations to them from the YAA.
13 May 2015
Megan Ashleigh Tinker has won the Doncaster Junior Sports Personality of the Year award.
Megan, of Dearne Valley Archery Club, received the award at the Doncaster Free Press Community Awards ceremony on the 6th of May. The award was presented in recognition of her excellent achievements in archery over the last 12 months.
Many congratulations to Megan from the YAA!
29 March 2015
Isabelle Carpenter and Adam Carpenter, both of Barnsley Archery Club, have been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Archery Youth Championships after finishing 2nd in their categories at the recent selection shoot.
The championships will take place in Yankton, USA, from the 8th to the 14th of June 2015.
Izzy and Adam will be members of the six-strong Compound Cadets team.
Congratulations and best wishes to them from the YAA!
Archery GB: Off to the World Youth Champs
24 January 2015
Joe Fairburn has been shortlisted as a finalist for the 2015 Leeds Sports Awards in the U14 Young Achievers category. He will be up against a Taekwondo champion and a Gymnastics champion.
The winner will be announced at the Gala dinner on Thursday 5th March, which will be held at the New Dock Hall, Clarence Dock, Leeds.
Congratulations to Joe from everyone at the YAA!
2015 Leeds Sports Awards
7 November 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!
2014's top juniors named!
Kath Fitzpatrick - 4 October 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!
21 September 2014
Congratulations to Izzy Carpenter and Adam Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club, who have been selected onto the Archery GB Compound Youth Development Squad - testament to their hard work and achievements this year.
Kath Fitzpatrick - 28 August 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
22 July 2014
12 year old Joe Fairburn from Panda Bowmen shot an under-15 junior gents record-breaking score for the 24 target FITA Mixed round from the red pegs at the Junior Field Champs at Kendal on the weekend of 19/20 July.
In winning the under-18 recurve title, his overall score for the two days was only one point off his own record total which he set earlier in the summer at Daventry. This title takes his national titles tally for the year to five, having already won the under-15 NFAS 3D Field Championship, plus the Metric and Imperial distances at the Junior National Outdoor Championships earlier this month and the regional national title with his team mates from NCAS.
A great year so far with still plenty to shoot for over the remaining months of the outdoor season.
23 April 2014
Izzy Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club has been selected to shoot for Team GB. She'll shoot in the cadet compound category at the European Outdoor Youth Championships in Slovenia from the 19th to the 24th of May (round 1) with around 300 of Europe's best youth archers competing.
The team of 12 male and 7 female archers have been selected in both junior (Under 20) and cadet (Under 17) categories in recurve and compound bow styles. The athletes will compete in both individual and team events during that week.
The event will be held just outside Slovenia's capital city, Ljubljana.
Following the qualification round, archers will compete in a head-to-head event, run in the same format as the Olympics/Paralympics, with a 70m target for the recurve archers and a 50m target for the compound archers, which Isabelle will compete in.
NCAS archers and coaches feature strongly in the team.
Kath Fitzpatrick has been selected as part of the GB coaching team going to Slovenia for the Junior European Championships.
NCAS archer Jack Grogan will also represent GB in the Junior Men's Recurve class.
The youngest GB competitor is Lucy Mason, aged 13, who finished second in the selection shoot behind Aalin George - also from the Northern Counties, specifically the Isle of Man.
30 January 2014
Congratulations to Izzy Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club on winning the bronze medal at the European Archery Festival in Telford last weekend in the Junior Compound Ladies event.
She shot extremely well in her first FITA 18 and Head-To-Head, fighting off some high-quality older opposition.
Some really strong shooting under a lot of pressure at such a high profile international event!
There was lots of family support for all the competing Yorkshire archers, especially during Izzy's final rounds.
Izzy on the podium, right of picture. Photo by Malcolm Rees - used by kind permission.