News and events

2014 news

National clout tassel award rankings 2014

29 December 2014

The Clout Tassel Award Rankings for 2014 can be found on the Northern Counties Archery Society website.

There are 3 sets of rankings:
 Imperial clout rankings
 Metric clout rankings
 Combined clout rankings

Christmas wishes from Chantry Bowmen

Colin Hope - 19 December 2014

 Chantry Bowmen Christmas message 2014 (XLS)

CHANTRY BOWMEN OF ROTHERHAM would like to thank all who have attended our shoots in the last year and supported us at our tournaments. We would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a prosperous new year. Chantry Bowmen look forward to your support in the coming year and hope you will enjoy the tournaments we have planned, which can be found on the YAA web site.

Wishing you all the best,

Chantry Bowmen of Rotherham

Archery GB National Awards - AGM 2015

Freddie Collier - 19 December 2014

If you would like to nominate anyone for a national award please complete and return the form below:
 AGB Annual Awards 2015 nomination form (DOC)

We are particularly keen to receive nominations for Plaquettes as we are intending to use this award to recognise the hard work of all our volunteers.

Kind regards,

Freddie Collier, Membership Services Manager
Archery GB, Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 9AT
 01952 602 794

Chantry Bowmen reviving Double Two-Way Worcester

Colin Hope - 15 November 2014

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

WFAL shoots at Dearne Valley AC

15 November 2014

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.

Indoor shooting with Chantry Bowmen

Colin Hope - 5 November 2014

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

National target archery rankings 2014

1 November 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

Richard Watts receives the Yorkshire Award

Andy Wilkinson - 13 October 2014

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

YAA/NCAS affiliations 2014/15

Dave Phillips - 30 September 2014

As the 2014/15 YAA/NCAS Affiliations and Annual Returns are now filtering through, a couple of common issues are starting to be repeated with the paperwork and fees. Hopefully raising this at this time may well help other clubs when completing their returns.

Block Fees
Although the Block Fees are an option for Junior, School and Disabled clubs, the details (names & membership numbers) of the club membership are still required, please. This is probably best achieved by simply copying the forms (Annual Returns and Member Details forms) sent to GNAS (Archery GB) and sending these copies to me as the YAA Treasurer.

A few clubs have not included the names or numbers of Juniors or Disabled members registered in the particular section of the club. The numbers of members joining under the block fee arrangement will assist the YAA Committee in evaluating the one year trial of the 5 block fee.

Please remember, where a block fee has been paid, still to notify the YAA Treasurer of all new starts during the year at the same time as notifying GNAS, so that we can keep track of our YAA membership numbers.

Summary of Numbers affiliated
A number of under/over payments have occurred, where the club has not provided a summary of the numbers of members being affiliated. Possibly miscalculating the number of names to numbers, often where there are senior and junior clubs affiliated together. When I've counted the existing and new members on the forms, I have been unable to tie this to the fee being submitted, making it impossible to confirm if the payment is correct or not. This then involves some further contact with the club official to check the details. Where clubs have provided some form of a summary sheet or summary table, showing numbers and fees, there have been no problems and no over or under payments identified.

I have produced a simple pro-forma (a hybrid of a number of the different forms submitted over the last few years). If club secretaries/treasurers would find this useful, please make use of it or adapt it. It would certainly make my job easier when receiving the forms:
 YAA-NCAS affiliations pro-forma document (DOC)

Many thanks
Dave Phillips
YAA Treasurer
NCAS Treasurer

Missing Adel trophy

Nick Beeson - 27 September 2014

I am trying to track down the recurve team trophy from the End of Season Tournament at the Bowmen of Adel.

As you might expect, it is becoming something of a detective thriller, particularly as my meticulously-kept records have gone astray. So far, I have gone back to 2009, and no one seems to have recalled receiving it.

In 2008, it was won by Scarborough Archers, with a team of people who have all since left the club. There's also a possibility that we incorrectly awarded it at our indoor shoot.

I would be greatly appreciative if Yorkshire's archers could apply their memories and eyes to help me locate this trophy.

Nick Beeson
Secretary, Bowmen of Adel

Ebor Archers seek your support for ground improvements

Ray Chaplin - 15 September 2014

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: The future of Long Marston CC

Thanking you in anticipation.

Ray Chaplin
Chairman, Ebor Archers

David's double gold at the Invictus Games

13 September 2014

David Hubber of Thirsk Bowmen has 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.

Full story:
The British Army: Gold, silver and bronze for Archery team

Selby Shootdown accepting entries

Mike and Amanda Bartram - 13 September 2014

Selby Archers still have a few spaces at their Shootdown tournament (Saturday 25th October). Please get your entry in soon if you want to take part:
Selby Archery Club 4th Indoor Tournament

Mike and Amanda Bartram
Tournament Organisers

Ascham 2014

Derise Smith - 13 September 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

Liam and David at the Invictus Games

9 September 2014

Liam Brentley of Bronte Archers will be competing in the archery programme of the Invictus Games this coming Friday.

More than 400 injured men and women from the world's military services will take part in the Invictus Games at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, in September. The archery will take place on Friday the 12th of September.

Liam served with 42 Commando of the Royal Marines. While on duty in Afghanistan he and his colleagues got into a firefight with insurgents. Liam was hit in the head and suffered extremely serious injuries. His survival was a miracle.

Getting back into civilian life, he decided to try archery. With the help of Bronte's Gareth Allen, Liam has reached a strikingly good standard in a relatively short time.

He has also become one of the faces of the Games - he features prominently in the Invictus Games trailers on the BBC.

David Hubber of Thirsk Bowmen will also be competing at the Invictus Games, shooting recurve in contrast to Liam's compound.

David, who uses a wheelchair, served in the Royal Logistics Corps. You can follow his blog:

or follow him on Twitter:

David Hubber:

Photo by Kath Fitzpatrick

The GB archery team for the Invictus Games:

Photo by Kath Fitzpatrick

The YAA sends its best wishes to David and Liam for success at the Games.

Barnsley AC shoots

4 September 2014

Barnsley Archery Club will be holding their Longbow shoot and Albion & Windsors shoot on the last weekend in September.

These shoots are very popular, and for good reason! Please remember to get your entries in soon - Barnsley AC promise that they've ordered good weather.

 Barnsley Archery Club's 25th Open Longbow Tournament

 Barnsley Archery Club's 27th Open Albion and Windsors

Amy wins the National Series

30 August 2014

Amy Oliver has 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.

Full story:
 Archery GB: It's gold for Larry and Amy!

YAA and NCAS affiliation fees for 2014-2015

Dave Phillips - 10 August 2014

As we fast approach the receipt of the annual returns from the GNAS (Archery GB), a reminder about the affiliation fees for the YAA and NCAS for the 2014-2015 year. There have been a number of changes to junior, schools and disabled club fees, for both YAA and NCAS, although some are initially only a trial for one year.

The first change is for junior clubs to have the option to pay block fees of 5 to the YAA and 5 to the NCAS, or to continue to pay fees of 1.50 per junior to YAA and 1.25 per junior to NCAS. To qualify for the 5 block fee option, the club must be registered with GNAS as a junior club and have paid their 65 affiliation fee. It is hoped this will encourage more clubs with juniors in senior clubs to establish junior clubs, and also save clubs and the parents of juniors some affiliation fee money.

School clubs also have the option of block fees of 5 to the YAA and 5 to the NCAS.

The YAA have also introduced a 5 block fee for all registered disabled clubs, rather than the per capita fee applied previously.

If you have any questions regarding the fees please contact Dave Phillips, YAA and NCAS Treasurer.

The complete summary of YAA and NCAS fees is as follows.


Senior Archer3.00 per person2.50 per person
Junior Archer in senior club1.50 per person1.25 per person
Junior archer in junior club5.00 block club fee5.00 block club fee


Junior Archer in Junior Club1.50 per person1.25 per person
Disabled Club5.00 block club fee5.00 block club fee
School Junior Club5.00 block club fee5.00 block club fee
University Club50.00 block club fee20.00 block club fee

Dave Phillips
YAA Treasurer
NCAS Treasurer

Archery Strike event in Glasshoughton

Mike of Archery Strike - 9 August 2014

The next Archery Strike will be held at The Glasshoughton Centre, Leeds Road, Glasshoughton, WF10 4PF on Thursday the 18th of August. It'll start at 6:00 PM and run for two hours.

Archery Tag is a fun activity in which two teams of up to seven players pop at each other with foam-tipped arrows. Generally there are two game sessions, each made up of five mini games.

The cost per player is 15 and the event is open to players aged 15 years and over.

We'll gladly offer a 15% discount for anyone mentioning the Yorkshire Archery Association when booking a place.

 078 5559 3336

Jim Everitt

Kath Fitzpatrick - 4 August 2014

It is with great sadness that I learned today that Jim Everitt, formerly of Chantry Bowmen and father of Nick Everitt, known to many in archery, passed away this morning (4th August) after battling with leukaemia.

Jim was a real gentleman and an avid photographer. He had a great enthusiasm for many things but especially his family and I am sure he will be much missed by his wife Cynthia and family.

Thoughts and best wishes are with them.

Kath Fitzpatrick

Baby Dixon

Will Kempf - 22 July 2014

Lacey Rose Dixon was born on July 21st 2014 weighing 8lb 14oz to Sarah and Stephen Dixon.

They are all doing really well and very excited!

Will Kempf
Valley Bowmen

British Transplant games - call for archery helpers and coaches

Kath Fitzpatrick - 22 July 2014

The British Transplant Games this year take place at the Bolton Arena, with the archery on Thursday the 7th of August.

Last year in Sheffield we had a great team of volunteers that delivered the day for 96 participants. I have the pleasure of being the archery Sport Manager again.

This year is even bigger. We have 117 entrants of which 98 are complete beginners. We have about 3-4 ends to teach them to shoot then score 24 arrows in three-arrow ends - if time permits, this will be stretched to a total of 36 arrows.

We need archery volunteers for the day - as many coaches as we can muster, scorers, organisers, people who can look after kitting the archers up, master score, help with the awards, etc.

I've already got a few names but if you can help please contact me for more details.

It's a very inspirational day and a great opportunity to showcase our sport.

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer
Northern Counties Regional Coaching Officer
 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Missing Bowmen of Adel trophies

Nick Beeson - 20 July 2014

We have a couple (at least) of trophies that appear to have gone walkabout. In particular, the two in the photos below:

The bowl for the recurve team from our End of Season Long Westerns.

The platter for the Ladies Recurve from our End of Season Long Westerns.

There may be others (shows how good at keeping track I am). And, of course, I need to track down any of the trophies from our indoor shoot, which has been dormant for a couple of years.

Could anyone with any trophy from the Bowmen of Adel, from any of our tournaments, please drop me a line and let me know. If I can get a definitive list of all of them my sense of being a good housekeeper can be restored.

Nick Beeson
Bowmen of Adel

Amy triumphs at Clophill and heads for Armenia

15 July 2014

Amy Oliver won the Ladies Recurve gold at stages three and four of Archery GB's National Series, which were held in Clophill, Bedfordshire, at the weekend.

On Saturday she beat fellow Olympian Naomi Folkard to the Stage Three title, and on Sunday she overtook Nicky Hunt for the Stage Four title.

This puts Amy in second place in the series, with Naomi in first and Nicky in third.

Congratulations from the YAA and best wishes to Amy for stages five and six in Exmouth and the final in Nottingham.

Full story:
 Archery GB: Amy piles on the pressure

Before the remaining stages of the National Series, Amy will be competing for Great Britain at the European Archery Championships which are being held in Echmiadzin, Armenia, from the 21st to the 26th of July:
 Archery GB: Heading for Armenia

Dani awarded the Freedom of London

15 July 2014

Danielle Brown has been inducted as Freemen of the Worshipful Company of Fletchers, which means that she is a Freeman of the City of London.

The ceremony took place at London's Guildhall.

Dani said: "I would like to acknowledge the contributions given to all archers from the Worshipful Company of Fletchers and to thank it for its support. Many archers with disabilities have received the Company's help over the years to buy archery equipment, and that has contributed towards the success of many of our para archers. It has also given Archery GB training schemes and British Wheelchair Archery Association tournaments considerable support."

Full story:
 Archery GB: Another award for Dani

Yorkshire Longbows Win Silver!

Will Kempf - 5 July 2014

The National County Team Tournament held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre on June 28th and 29th saw fifteen archers from Yorkshire compete in a field of 260 archers and 25 counties from across the country.

Saturday's 720 round and team head-to-head elimination shoot saw the longbows from Yorkshire take gold in the head-to-head despite a very wet start and strongly partisan crowds - where did all those Yorkshire flags come from?

Sunday's FITA was a blustery affair at the longer distances but at least it was dry and fairly warm.

Overall the weekend was a great success capped off by the Yorkshire longbow team's podium finish. The results table below summarises the county's performance and the full official results can be downloaded from:
 Archery GB: National County Team Tournament 2014 results

Bow styleTeam membersOverall result
Ladies recurveAmy Oliver
Michelle Kiddy
Gwen Smith
12th out of 18
Ladies compoundViv Oxley
Lynda Oliver
Izzy Carpenter
7th out of 13
Gentlemen recurveJohn Lane
Paul Jones
Robert Prince
14th out of 25
Gentlemen longbowPatrick Revell
Samm Campbell
Richard Allen
2nd out of 6
Gentlemen compoundWill Kempf
Gareth Allen
Richard Watts
16th out of 21

Will Kempf
Valley Bowmen
Yorkshire team member

Archery Strike event in Glasshoughton

Mike of Archery Strike - 3 July 2014

The next Archery Strike will be held at The Glasshoughton Centre, Leeds Road, Glasshoughton, WF10 4PF on Thursday the 10th of July. It'll start at 6:00 PM and run for two hours.

Archery Tag is a fun activity in which two teams of up to seven players pop at each other with foam-tipped arrows. Generally there are two game sessions, each made up of five mini games.

We'll gladly offer a 15% discount for anyone mentioning the Yorkshire Archery Association when booking a place.

 078 5559 3336

Martin Middleton receives the Yorkshire Award

13 June 2014

Martin Middleton of Aardwolf Archers has been presented with the Yorkshire Award in recognition of his excellent work for the club.

Below is a photo of Martin with YAA President Andrew Neal.

Clare Spencer receives the Yorkshire Award

25 May 2014

Clare Spencer has received the Yorkshire Award for her outstanding work for her club, the Bowmen of St Mary's.

Below is a photo of Clare being presented with the award by the YAA President Andrew Neal.

Danum Westerns cancelled

Elaine Jackson - 15 May 2014

Unfortunately our Westerns tournament, scheduled for Sunday the 18th of May, has been cancelled owing to to circumstances beyond our control. We have had scheduling issues with the owners of our ground. An update should be on our website soon to explain.

We hope this will not stop you attending future events. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Elaine Jackson
Danum Archers

Roger Greaves receives the Yorkshire Award

10 May 2014

Roger Greaves of Scarborough Archers has become the latest recipient of the Yorkshire Award. Roger has been a member of Scarborough Archers for over 40 years and has seen the club through all stages from only a handful of archers to the healthy membership it has now.

Below is a photo of Roger with YAA President Andrew Neal, who presented the award on the 4th of May.

Pat Revell to carry the baton

29 April 2014

Pat Revell of All Abilities Archery has been selected to carry the Commonwealth Games baton when the Queen's Baton Relay passes through Hull in the summer.

Pat is one of five community stalwarts selected for this honour. Pat's selection is in recognition of his tireless work as an archery coach since 2007. He has opened up archery to a large number of people of all ages and physical conditions, breaking down the barriers that disabled people in particular often face.

Congratulations to Pat from the YAA.

Stolen recurve kit

26 April 2014

Cat Fogg of Bradford University has had her archery kit stolen by a burglar. Her housemates lost other items too - An X-Box, a guitar and an amplifier.

Cat's kit consists of:
 Riser - 25" Cartel Fantom in blue (right handed)
 Limbs - short 24lb Sebastien Flute Elite Fibre Foam limbs, black
 String - 66" Fastflight string, red and black
 Sight - Cartel K Sight, black
 Long rod - SF axiom long rod, black
 Pressure button - Cartel Triple
 Arm guard - Gompy, leather, long, black
 Finger tab - A&F leather platform tab (white spacer looks like an alien head)
 Finger sling - Hunter finger sling (has been broken)

If you see this kit or hear of its possible whereabouts, please contact the police or the YAA website administrator:

Janet Sargent's funeral arrangements

Neil Crickmore - 18 April 2014

Steve Sargent has provided details of the funeral arrangements for Janet Sargent (nee Bancroft).

Janet's funeral will take place at Sherwood Forest Crematorium on Wednesday the 30th of April 2014 at 1:30 PM.

    Sherwood Forest Crematorium
    Newark Road
    New Ollerton
    NG22 0DY

 Google Maps link

The family requests that no flowers are brought or sent. Instead, they'd be grateful if donations could be made to MacMillan Cancer Support.

Neil Crickmore
Aardvark Archery

Joe's record-breaking weekend

18 April 2014

A record-breaking weekend for Joe Fairburn of Panda Bowmen at the Chris Farr Memorial Field Archery shoot at Pentref in South Wales on the 12th and 13th of April.

Joe smashed the under 15 (Red peg) unmarked record which stood for 14 years and was held by a past European Champion. He equalled the marked record and broke the combined record by 27, again both held for 14 years.

A fantastic achievement given that this was only his second shoot at the full adult distances.

Archery Strike event in Wakefield

Mike of Archery Strike - 18 April 2014

Archery Strike will be holding an open event at Lightwaves Leisure Centre in Wakefield on Friday the 9th of May.

Archery Tag is a fun activity in which two teams of up to seven players pop at each other with foam-tipped arrows. Generally there are two game sessions, each made up of five mini games.

We'll gladly offer a 15% discount for anyone mentioning the Yorkshire Archery Association when booking a place.

 078 5559 3336

Bronte shoots

Gareth Allen - 5 April 2014

Bronte Archers will be holding our World Record Status Double FITA on the 12th and 13th of July 2014:
 Bronte Archers NCAS WRS Double FITA

We'd also like to remind archers of our Spring Weekend Tournaments, which will be held on the May Bank Holiday weekend, Sunday the 4th and Monday the 5th of May 2014. This will be a Record Status and Rose Award Status Double York/Hereford/Bristol. There are still plenty of spaces available and we'd love to see you there:
 Bronte Archers Spring Weekend Tournaments

Gareth Allen
Tournament Organiser
Bronte Archers

Sheila Clark receives the Yorkshire Award

5 April 2014

Sheila Clark of Beverley Target Club has become the latest recipient of the Yorkshire Award. Sheila has provided great service to the club over many years, and is an extremely deserving recipient of this recognition. Below is a photo of Sheila receiving her award from YAA President Andrew Neal.

Theft of equipment in Leeds

Neil Crickmore - 23 March 2014

Peter Brayshaw (Leeds LS19) unfortunately had his car broken into recently.

Can Yorkshire archers be on the look out for his kit. The distinguishing items are:
 SF Forged Plus Riser Dark Grey RH
 Kaya K1 Limbs Long 38lb
 Decut Crown Stabilizer - Set
 Shibuya Ultima Rec. Sight Black RH
 Beiter Sight Tunnel 12mmBLK
 ACC Arrow Fully Built x12
 3-18, 100gr point, Orange Nocks, X-Vanes White and Neon Orange

The kit includes a very distinctive quiver, a one-off handmade by Lez Newsome.

Neil Crickmore
Aardvark Archery

AGB Governance Review 2nd Round Meetings

Dave Harrison - 19 March 2014

The second round of Governance Roadshow meetings is over and thank you so much to everyone who joined us or took part in the consultation process. If you couldn't make it, don't worry, there is still the time to find out more about these important proposals and be part of the process.

All the information presented at the meetings, plus the answers to frequently asked questions, are now available at:
There is also a handy guide to the proposed changes to the Board at:

Please could you circulate this information within your archery network and help us communicate the importance of these changes to our sport.

Proposed amendments to the Articles of Association
The full amendments to the Articles of Association will be published in the AGM information, which is sent to all direct members and club electors 21 days before the AGM. This year the AGM is on 26 April at the University of Derby Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby, DE1 3LD. If you or your club elector does not receive the AGM documentation by Saturday 5 April, please contact Membership Services on 01952 667788 or at

You will be able to download all the AGM information, including the proposed amendments to the Articles of Association, from the website from early April.

Keep up to date
If you have missed anything or would like to go through any previous documents relating to these important governance proposals, please click here.

If you have any questions about the proposals or the project, please email or contact Membership Services on 01952 677888 and we will do our best to answer all questions as quickly as possible.

This is an important time for our sport and thank you once again to everyone who took part in the consultation process. Now we need every member to play their part. If you support the proposals please make sure you, if you are a direct member, or your club elector registers your vote.

We can only do this with your help!

Kind Regards,

Dave Harrison
Archery GB

Dani Brown, motivator

11 March 2014

Danielle Brown - Paralympic Games gold medallist, Paralympic World Champion, Commonwealth Games gold medallist and British Champion - is offering archery coaching, motivational speaking, and courses aimed at helping people to realise their potential.

She says:
None of my achievements would have been possible without the incredible support team behind me and it's time I put something back. I want to use my story to inspire others so I am offering a wide range of courses to help you accomplish your own goals and give you that competitive edge necessary for success. From motivational talks on achieving through adversity, or workshops specifically designed to help you deal with pressure - a skill that undoubtedly underpins peak performance in every field - there is something to help enhance your performance in your business, sport, or school. Send me a booking request or email to help transform your life today!

More information:
 Danielle Brown's website

Barnsley AC Early Bird - funds raised

Tony Carpenter - 3 March 2014

We had a great crowd of archers for Sunday's Early Bird Western shoot, despite the chilly wind and showers. Here are the results:
 Barnsley Early Bird 2014 results

The proceeds from the raffle and catering raised a total amount of 312.50. This will be split between Cancer Research and The MacMillan Trust.

Many thanks to all the archers for their generosity and support of the event. It was a fabulous turn out with 74 entries! We look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Tony Carpenter
Barnsley Archery Club

Flood damage - Sport England fund

Andy Wilkinson - 1 March 2014

Sport England has announced a special 5 million flood relief fund to help restore pitches and repair sports facilities damaged by the recent floods and storms.

5 million of National Lottery funding will be made available to sports clubs, local authorities and other community organisations for emergency repairs to damaged facilities such as pitches, water sports centres, pavilions, changing rooms and floodlights.

I have been asked by Archery GB to coordinate the reponse from Yorkshire clubs. Any YAA clubs which wish to apply for funding should get back to me as soon as possible so I can get them in contact with the development team at Lilleshall.

Find out more:
 WY Sport: 5 million flood relief fund for sport
 Sport England: Flood Relief Fund

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary


Big Weekend 2014

20 February 2014

Archery GB (the GNAS) have moved the date of the Big Weekend 2014 forward - it will be held on the 24th to the 26th of May. In feedback from the last two events, clubs asked for it to be earlier to allow time for more beginner's courses to be held over the summer.

The first 30 clubs to sign up before the 31st of March will be entered into a prize draw to win equipment vouchers worth 100. And to help promote your event, you will receive a kitbag full of free branded goodies that you can share, edit and print, as well as free T-shirts to those clubs that sign up by the 11th of April.

Find out more:
 Archery GB: Big Weekend
 Archery GB news: Big Weekend: Are you ready?

Dani's protest unsuccessful

18 February 2014

Danielle Brown's protest against a reclassification that excludes her from Paralympic competition has been turned down - the decision to classify her as "Not Eligible" has been upheld by a further classification exercise which was held at Lilleshall recently.

Dani stated on her Facebook page:
"CRPS has now been classed as a non-eligible disability for the purposes of para archery because one day I could get better. Whilst I cannot wait for that day, I still have to live with it for the time being so this is understandingly a bitterly disappointing result. This time however, it was decided that my disability warrants the use of my shooting stool so I can still compete in able-bodied events. I'm in the process of exploring the medical evidence to see if there is a strong enough case for me to appeal. I would like to thank everybody for their support; I have been truly overwhelmed by it and has made this whole nightmare a little easier to get through. I also want to mention the great support from the British Athletes Commission, Lewis Silkin LLP and ArcheryGB."

 Archery GB: Danielle Brown: Classification protest outcome

AGB governance consultation round 2

18 February 2014

The second round of GNAS/Archery GB Governance Roadshows will be hitting the road soon, and one of those roadshows will take place in West Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday the 5th of March 2014 at the Cedar Court Hotel at Ainley Top, Huddersfield, just off junction 24 of the M62.

The full message reads:

Join us to help shape the future of our sport

The second round of Governance Roadshows to hit Maidstone, Bristol, Cambridge, Newcastle, Huddersfield and Telford.

During October and November 2013 we asked you, our members, to let us know your views on how you would like your Board to operate. You gave us feedback on which skills and behaviours you believe Directors need to allow them to successfully lead Archery GB in the future and how members' views can be best represented at Board level.

This is an important time for Archery GB as it plans to future proof our sport and in the next two weeks, our Chairman, Dave Harrison and Chief Executive, Dave Sherratt will present proposals on a dynamic new Board structure, based on the feedback you gave us. This is your opportunity to see what that structure will look like and to ask any questions you may have.

We would be delighted if you could join us at one of the meetings below, to give us the opportunity to go through the final proposals for the new Board structure. Your sport needs you!

        Monday 24 February, 7:00 PM
        Best Western Russell Hotel & Conferencing Centre

        Tuesday 25 February, 7:00 PM
        Aztec Hotel

        Wednesday 26 February, 7:00 PM
        Holiday Inn Cambridge

        Tuesday 4 March, 7:00 PM
        Novotel Newcastle Airport

        Wednesday 5 March, 7:00 PM
        Cedar Court

        Thursday 6 March, 7:00 PM
        Ramada Hotel Telford Ironbridge

Following the presentation there will be light buffet and the opportunity to speak with your Chairman and Chief Executive.

If you would like to join us, please email with your name, the meeting you can attend and how many people will be accompanying you.

Please help spread the word, we need you to help shape the future of archery.

If you are unable to attend one of the roadshows, then you can find the latest information on this important work at

Alternatively keep a look out over the coming weeks and months for regular updates via our ezines.

BBC One Perfection gameshow

Shane McGill - 16 February 2014

BBC One is looking for participants to take part in a new gameshow, Perfection.

Hosted by Nick Knowles, Perfection is an exciting true or false quiz show where contestants must achieve 100% accuracy to win a cash prize. Sort the fact from the fiction and the contestant will win. If they slip up they may have to rely on their co-players for help - but help comes at a cost. Are the co-players double bluffing to get their hands on some of the money? The contestant must decide who to trust.

We are currently looking for lively, intelligent and competitive personalities to take part in the programme and will be holding nationwide auditions over the next few weeks.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need any more information or if you would like an application form.

Please contact us via email:

or post:
    Perfection Applications
    12 Yard Productions
    G7 The Hub
    70 Pacific Quay
    G51 1DZ

Shane McGill
12 Yard Productions

Panda Bowmen shoots 2014

Anthony Hilton - 9 February 2014

Panda Bowmen's Pandamonium longbow shoot will be held on Easter Saturday, 19th April 2014. Entry form available from:

Panda Bowmen will not be holding an Easter Clout shoot in 2014.

Panda Bowmen's Crecy shoot for longbows and barebows will be held on Saturday 12th July 2014. Entry form available from: Shoot.htm

Anthony Hilton
Vice Chairman
Panda Bowmen

YAA Indoor target list

Andrew Neal - 9 February 2014

Here is the target list for the YAA Indoor Championships shoot, which will be held in Wakefield on the 9th of March:
 2014 target list

There are currently 10 archers on the waiting list. If any archer on the target list is not intending to shoot, please advise me as soon as possible to enable the space to be offered to someone else.

Andrew Neal
YAA Target Tournaments Organiser
YAA President

Notice of the 64th Annual General Meeting

Andy Wilkinson - 6 February 2014

The Annual General Meeting of the Yorkshire Archery Association has been arranged for Saturday the 8th of March 2014 at Barnsley Archery Club, Barnsley Rugby Club, Shaw Lane, Barnsley at 10:30 AM.

Formal notification has been sent to affiliated club secretaries and should arrive over the next few days.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary

Clout Times newsletter

Andrew Neal - 6 February 2014

Here is the first edition of Clout Times, the clout archery newsletter. I hope you find it informative and interesting:
 Clout Times February 2014

I will consider news connected to clout archery, and reports from shoots (including photographs). Please send them to me by email:

My aim is to run a couple of newsletters a season, dependent on contributions.

Andrew Neal
YAA Target Tournaments Organiser
YAA President

YAA teams for National Midsummer Team Tournament 2014

Michelle Kiddy - 30 January 2014

The YAA is offering to support up to 6 teams, one each lady/gent, compound, recurve and longbow, to attend the National Tournament's Midsummer Tournament 2014. Brief details of the event below, or from the ArcheryGB website.

To be considered for selection you are required to submit a minimum of 3 FITA/Metric and/or 12 dozen imperial rounds rounds from the 2013 & 2014 seasons and these must have been shot in Open Competition. Scores from other rounds will be considered if insufficient scores are submitted matching the above criteria. If insufficient scores are received for any team, late submitted scores may be accepted as required, on a first come first served basis. Scores will be compared using the handicap tables.

Whilst it is expected the individuals selected to represent Yorkshire will be responsible for paying their own entry fee, the YAA will pay travel expenses to and from Lilleshall at the rate of 25p per mile and will help pay towards up to 2 nights accommodation, at the rate of 30 per night.

The Archery GB National Midsummer Team Championships will be held on the 28th and 29th of June 2014 at Lilleshall. The event will comprise of teams of 3 of the same gender competing in either, compound, recurve or longbow events. The shoot (based on 2013 details) will be 2 days, with a team qualifying 70/50m round on the Saturday morning, followed by the team H2H eliminations on the Saturday afternoon, very much on an Olympic basis, finishing with a Gents/Ladies FITA Star on the Sunday. The winning teams will be judged to be the most successful team across the 3 disciplines, assessed in the same manner as the UK Masters.

It is expected that selected archers will make themselves available for Team Practice events prior to the Tournament.

Closing date for submission of teams to YAA - 30th of April 2014.

 Application form for YAA Midsummer teams (DOCX)

Michelle Kiddy
YAA County Teams Coordinator

Team manager/coordinator for YAA teams 2014

Michelle Kiddy - 30 January 2014

TEAM MANAGER/CO-ORDINATOR for the NCAS Inter-Counties Senior Tournament and the National Midsummer Team Tournament 2014

The YAA are looking to appoint a Team Manager/Co-ordinator for each of the above two events. They are willing to appoint one person for both events or to see two different people appointed to the two events.

The Midsummer Team Championships will take place at Lilleshall on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of June 2014.

NCAS Inter-Counties Senior Tournament will take place in Cheshire on Sunday the 5th of October 2014.

For full details, please see this document:
 Team manager/coordinator (DOCX)

Michelle Kiddy
YAA County Teams Coordinator

YAA Indoor Championships full

Andrew Neal - 30 January 2014

The YAA Indoor Championships is now full, apart from one space in the morning and one space on the afternoon, each on three-spot face. These will be filled on a receipts basis ONLY - not by phone!

I have never known the shoot to be full by the end of January!

I will be publishing the Target List in the next couple of weeks. Should anyone not now be able to shoot, can they please advise me as I have a waiting list.

Andrew Neal
YAA Target Tournaments Organiser
YAA President

Archery Strike launching soon

We are now able to announce a launch night for the first Archery Tag event in Yorkshire with Archery Strike.

The first open event for people to come along to play will be on the 3rd March 2014 at the Futsal Arena in Leeds:
 Futsal Arena, Leeds

The address for the arena is:
    Unit 25
    Millshaw Park
    LS11 0LU

There will be two game sessions, the first running from 6:15 PM till 7:15 PM and the second from 7.30 PM till 8.30 PM. Each game will be made up of two teams with up to seven players on each.

The normal price is 10 per person per hour-long session. Each session will be made up of 5 mini games.

 078 5559 3336

Cedric Abbot

Nick Beeson - 2 January 2014

I am sorry to have to inform you that Cedric Abbott, one of the longest serving members of the Bowmen of Adel, passed away on New Year's Eve after a struggle with cancer. His funeral will be held at Lawnswood on January 17th at 11:00 AM. I shall forward any further details as I know them.

A member at Adel for 40 years, Cedric had taken on virtually every position in the club at one time or another, and served the club magnificently in everything he did. He has also been a stalwart in his support for the Ascham and Scorton for many years. It is impossible to imagine the club without him.

Our thoughts are with his wife Phyl and his family at this sad time.

Cedric acting as Lord Patron at the Bowmen of Adel Open Westerns, September 2013

Nick Beeson
Bowmen of Adel

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