News and events 2020

2020 news

ABBA Dabba Do shoot 2021

Dave Hunt - 31 October 2020

With regret we are cancelling the Archers of Bridlington & Burton Agnes 2021 ABBA Dabba Do shoot.

THis is due to COVID-19 and the restrictions which look as though they are going to be with us for a long time.

We hope to be running the shoot again in 2022.

Dave Hunt
Club coach

Gold for Adam, bronze for Izzy

19 September 2020

Izzy and Adam Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club have won medals at today's finals of the National Tour, which were held today at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

Izzy won bronze in the Ladies Compound category.

Adam won gold in the Men's Compound category.

Congratulations to them on these fantastic achievements from all at the YAA.

Selby Winter League 2020-21

Andrew Neal - 19 September 2020

With the cancellation of the BA Winter Postal League, I have decided to get a Winter League up and running.

There will be a Portsmouth league and a Frostbite league.

Shooting, scoring and points awarded will be on a teams basis.

Please see this document for full details:
 Selby Leabuye Winter 2020-21 rules and Entry Details (PDF)

Andrew Neal
YAA President and Tournament Organiser

NCAS Virtual Competition 2020 results

Ann Shepherd - 19 September 2020

The Northern Counties Archery Society has published the results of the NCAS Virtual Target Competition 2020, which was held on the 5th and 6th of September 2020:
 NCAS Virtual Target Competition 2020 results (PDF)

Restarting indoor archery

30 August 2020

Archery GB has published an article on restarting indoor archery safely, with good anti-pandemic practice.

The case study features our very own Pennine Archers:
 Archery GB: Covid-beating solutions for the indoor archery range

Pennine Archers and NFP Archery are open for bookings. Members of other clubs can book sessions at the indoor range in Linthwaite, Huddersfield. Please contact them via:

Bev DeToeuf memorial fund raiser

Anthony DeToeuf - 26 August 2020

It is with a heavy and broken heart that I post this but on Wednesday 12th August my mum was rushed to hospital and unfortunately she passed away with me and Jonathan with her in the early hours of Thursday 13th August. She died of a stroke, completely unexpectedly and with no warning signs.

My mum was a wonderful woman, whose passion for adventure and travel saw her live her life to the full. From trekking through South America, Vietnam and east Asia to volunteering in Malawi and visiting Antarctica and had it not been for Covid-19 she was due to go to the Galapagos earlier in the year.

She was an advocate for sport and wanting to increase participation in sport particularly archery and making it more accessible to more people through social enterprises. As well as developing the next generation of archers including her grandson Reuben, who at aged three was the youngest unofficial member of Aire Valley Archers!

Mum was an inspiration to me and my brother Jonathan helping us both more than she will ever know. It is only now as parents we truly realise the sacrifices, time, determination and love she gave us growing up to make sure we had every opportunity possible.

I will strive to live the rest of my life in the same vein as my mum did hers, seek out adventure, live life for now and ensure my children are given the same love, opportunities and support she gave me and my brother. Not only as children but right through our adult lives.

Mum's funeral will take place on Thursday 27th August at 12:30pm at Skipton Crematorium. Sadly due to COVID we are limited to numbers inside the building and these have been allocated, you are welcome to join us outside the venue where the service will be broadcast via speakers. There is also an online webcast of the service which can be viewed at:

Website: Obitus
Username: Gevo3862
Password: 536595

In lieu of flowers we are wanting to raise some money for the British Heart Foundation as their research is vitally important into the causes of heart disease and stroke.

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving - they'll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to the charity. So it's the most efficient way to donate - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
 Just Giving: Bev DeToeuf fundraiser for the BHF

Mum you have been taken so soon and had so much more to offer the world...we will love you always...

On behalf of the Detoeuf Family

NCAS Virtual Competition 5th & 6th Sept 2020

Ann Shepherd - 26 August 2020

The Northern Counties Archery Society is running the Virtual NCAS Target Competition 2020 on the 5th and 6th of September 2020.

NCAS President Chris Battersby is organising this in the absence of this year's Actual Inter County Tournament.

The tournament is based on rounds of six dozen arrows at an appropriate distance for the archer's age and bow style.

Please see this document for full details:
 NCAS Virtual Competition 5th & 6th Sept 2020 (DOCX)

Bev DeToeuf

16 August 2020

Bev DeToeuf of Aire Valley Archers has died. She passed away in the early hours of Thursday the 13th of August 2020, surrounded by her sons.

Bev was a highly accomplished archer, who represented Yorkshire. She was also one of the county's most active archery coaches. With Sarah Tilbrook she ran First Point Archery in Keighley, and was very involved with YAA Coaching, Arrowhawks Archery Academy and the National Talent Development Programme North. She was a serving member of the YAA committee at the time of her passing, She helped a huge number of archers over the years, and was always a great shooting companion at tournaments.

She will be much missed. The YAA extends its sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Blackridge Archery reopening indoor archery

6 August 2020

Blackridge Archery of Driffield has reopened its indoor archery range. Safety measures have been put in place which allow the range to open three times a day for two hours each time, Monday to Saturday.

Pre-booking is essential!

Full details are in this document:
 Blackridge Archery Indoor Reopening, August 2020 (PDF)

Donation of target stands by Aardvark Archery to YAA

Gwen Smith - 23 July 2020

At this time when local businesses need support from their community, Aardvark Archery is generously supporting the Yorkshire archery community with a donation of 20 new target stands to the YAA. The stands are designed and built by Aardvark Archery for use with the brand new Tell foam targets purchased last year and will enable 3 or 4 compound faces on a single boss for the double 720.

At a time when income is low and funds are tight the donation is greatly appreciated and has saved YAA a considerable sum. We look forward to using the new stands (and bosses) at the Wetherby shoots in 2021.

Thank you to the Aardvarks!


Gwen Smith
YAA Treasurer

Estelle Edwick

23 May 2020

Estelle Edwick, formerly of Bronte Archers, has passed away. She died at North Devon Hospice after a battle with cancer.

Estelle represented England, and many archers in Yorkshire will know her from tournaments.

Her family will be holding a ceremony at 11:30 on Wednesday the 27th of May. They invite people who knew Estelle to share their memories of her.

For more details, please see this Facebook post:
 Facebook: Estelle Edwick

Selby and YAA shoots cancelled

Andrew Neal - 29 April 2020

Owing to the ongoing lockdown, the following shoots have been cancelled:
 17 May 2020 - Selby Open
 6 June 2020 - Lez Newsome Metrics
 7 June 2020 - YAA Outdoor Championships.

I will be contacting all entrants in due course with regard to refunds.

Andrew Neal
YAA President and Tournament Organiser

Max is Young Volunteer of the Year

29 April 2020

Max Oakley of the Bowmen of Adel was announced as the Young Volunteer of the Year at the Archery GB onTarget Club and Volunteer Awards 2020.

The awards were held on the 28th of April. Owing to the lockdown, the awards were held online for the first time.

Congratulations to Max on this well-earned and very prestigious award.

Full story:
 Archery GB: Winners announced at Archery GB's ontarget Club and Volunteer Awards 2020 presentation

Wharfe Valley Archers MIdsummer Field Shoot rescheduled

Colin Fairburn - 22 April 2020

As expected it looks like Wharfe Valley Archers are going to have to move our Midsummer field shoot to the reserve weekend of the 10th-11th of October. The shoot remains a record status event and incorporates the 2020 English Field Championships.

The good news about the delay is that hopefully all the logging that is taking place will have been completed and the woods will be even better than they are now. Additionally October, along with spring are the nicest times of the year in the woods at Wharfe Valley (although we can't do anything about the weather).

All entries remain valid. However, please contact me directly via email:

if you can't make the new dates and would like a refund of your entry fee. Your support is very much appreciated.

Many thanks,
The Management
Wharfe Valley Archers

Noel Lawrence

Chantry Bowmen of Rotherham - 2 April 2020

It is with deep regret that we inform you that Noel Lawrence passed away on March 27th 2020.

Noel and his wife Audrey founded Chantry Bowmen in 1959. It's safe to say that without Noel there would be no Chantry and many of its members wouldn't be archers at all. The world will be a poorer place without him and archery will never be the same again without his guidance and support.

Just the thought of him being there improved peoples' shooting and I will miss him dearly.

If ever a man deserved a send-off to rival royalty it's Noel Lawrence and sadly with the current restrictions in place we won't be able to give him that. His nephew, Robert, plans to hold a memorial service when it is possible. Our thoughts are with all Noel's family at this tragic time.

Noel's funeral service will be held on Tuesday 7th April at 3:30 PM. We invite archers to observe a two-minute silence in place of our presence.

Chantry Bowmen of Rotherham

Thirsk Bowmen awarded Performance Specialism Club status

Danny Cameron - 24 March 2020

Thirsk Bowmen was today given Performance Specialism Club status. It was awarded based on the first application made, but was a culmination of a two year strategy at the club.

For the last two seasons, Thirsk has based its coaching on an annual coaching plan, where each coach has a specific area of responsibility, which is then supported by the rest of the coaching team. Then last year, in addition to its established and successful Beginners and Improvers Courses, it added a Performance Group, so ambitious archers have a framework within which to progress.

The Performance Group (to which a Junior Performance Group is also planned) meets regularly, shares information, and each archer is provided with an innovative Shooting Journal and a periodised plan.

Like all other current activity, this is now under review due to the Covid-19 situation, but is a solid footing for the club to move forwards.

Danny Cameron ComIH
County Coach (Archery GB)
Regional Coaching Officer (RCO) for Northern Counties Archery

Archers of East Riding Clout Weekend cancelled

Trevor Astley - 22 March 2020

Due to the present corona virus, we are cancelling the 23rd-24th of May Clout Weekend at the Archers of East Riding shooting ground at Hutton Cranswick.

I will be contacting all those who have entered to inform them.

Trevor Astley
Archers of East Riding

Archers of East Riding Clout Weekend cancelled

Trevor Astley - 22 March 2020

Due to the present corona virus, we are cancelling the 23rd-24th of May Clout Weekend at the Archers of East Riding shooting ground at Hutton Cranswick.

I will be contacting all those who have entered to inform them.

Trevor Astley
Archers of East Riding

Pennine Combined Brays cancelled

Pennine Archers - 19 March 2020

In the current circumstances, Pennine Archers have made the decision to cancel the Combined Brays shoot planned for the end of March.

Those who have entered have been contacted by email.

Pennine Archers

YAA Clout Weekend cancelled

Mark Hayes - 18 March 2020

The committee of the Yorkshire Archery Association have made the decision to cancel the upcoming YAA Clout Weekend which was to be held at Hutton Cranswick.

This is due to Government advice regarding the Covid-19 outbreak and the AGB communication cancelling all archery for the safety of the archery community.

Mark Hayes
Chairman and Clout Officer
Yorkshire Archery Association

Bronte Spring Weekend cancelled

John Fell - 18 March 2020

Bronte Archers have taken the decision to cancel their Double York/Hereford due to take place on the 9th and 10th of May, for reasons of public safety in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Please contact John Fell at to arrange a refund or the safe disposal of cheques.

John Fell
Bronte Archers

Chantry Longbow cancelled

Colin Hope - 17 March 2020

Hi All Archers,

Due to the current situation regarding the coronavirus, Chantry Bowmen have reluctantly decided to cancel the longbow shoot on the 2nd of May. I know this seems to be a bit previous, but we feel that as I am in the group of people that may be more susceptible, I have to be more vigilant. Also in the coming months I may be in isolation and unable to run the tournaments.

As for the other shoots in our calendar we are still hoping to host them, so please still send your entry forms in but don't send any payments in case of cancellation. Payments will be taken on the day - we just need to know the numbers for the ease of organisation and food orders etc. Any payments already received will be returned if the shoot is cancelled.

Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Colin Hope
Tournament Organiser
Chantry Bowmen

Ted Mallet cancelled

Paul Lomas - 17 March 2020

The committee of St George's Archery Club has made the decision to cancel the 19th Ted Mallet Open Clout 2020 for reasons of public safety, owing to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Paul Lomas
St George's Archery Club

York AS Spring Clout cancelled

Mark Hayes - 17 March 2020

York Archers Society have taken the decision to cancel their Spring Clout tournament, due to take place on the 12th of April, owing to the COVID-19 outbreak, in consideration of the archery community and of public safety.

Mark Hayes
Tournament Organiser
York Archers Society

Dearne Valley AC Easter Weekend cancelled

Mark Tinker - 17 March 2020

In light of the most recent Government advice and guidance from Archery GB, it is with heavy hearts and regret that the committee here at DVAC have come to the unfortunate decision that the Easter Shoot on the 11th and 12th of April won't be going ahead.

The safety of competitors, officials and work crews is paramount and while ever there is a risk, the only way to fully mitigate that is to cancel the event completely.

We can only apologise for this but hope that you understand.

Obviously, full refunds will be given through Eventbrite.

Our field crew has put in an inordindate amount of work to get this year's course ready and it is with great thanks to everyone who helped out - this is no reflection on the hard work you have done.

As of now, we can't see the shoot being put on at a later date but we do have the Joyce Kiddy Memorial Shoot to look forward to on October 24th and 25th, which this year will be incorporating the Yorkshire and Northern Counties Championships. Hopefully, the situation will have eased by then and we can continue to enjoy our field archery!

Stay safe everyone and all the best.

Mark Tinker
Dearne Valley Archery Club

NCAS AGM and Committee meeting cancelled

Ann Shepherd - 15 March 2020

Good Afternoon,

The NCAS Executive Committee have decided to call off both the AGM and the Committee meeting that were due to take place on Saturday 21st March.

Although we would not expect huge numbers of archers to attend our AGM it would be irresponsible of us to go ahead with the meeting given the current situation with coronavirus especially as we know the size of the room that we use and the fact that even a reasonable attendance would mean people sitting in close proximity to each other. This decision has therefore been taken as a precautionary measure.

The NCAS Constitution states that we shall hold an AGM in the month of March.

Obviously this year's exceptional circumstances mean this will not be possible and it has been agreed that no alternative date will be put forward and the following will apply:
 The Society's Balance Sheet and accounts have already been presented to the membership as required by the Constitution.
 There will be no change to the membership fees.
 All NCAS Officers who wished to stand for re-election will automatically carry on until March 2021.
 The Committee will hold an online vote to elect the PRO as the current postholder is not standing for re-election. It is believed that more than one candidate is to be nominated.

If you have any queries or issues with the decision taken please do not hesitate to send them to me.

Best regards

Ann Shepherd
Hon. Secretary
Northern Counties Archery Society

White Rose Crazy National cancelled

Richard Hudson - 15 March 2020

White Rose Archers are sorry to announce that due to the current situation with coronavirus, it has been decided to cancel their Crazy National Longbow competition scheduled for Saturday the 21st of March 2020.

David Whitham will be in touch re refunds.

Richard Hudson
White Rose Archers

Adel St George shoot - expressions of intent requested

Nick Beeson - 14 March 2020

At the moment, the Bowmen of Adel are still intending to hold our competition on April 26th (entry form is on our and the YAA websites). This, of course, is subject to many current factors, not least government advice on Coronavirus or the health situation at our club.

However, we still need to prepare. To this end, could we ask anyone who is thinking of entering to send me an entry form; it is important that the form contains information on how best to contact archers, in case we have to cancel. I will happily accept email entries, so long as they contain all the necessary details. At this time, we would ask that archers do not send in an entry fee, but pay on the day. In this way we retain flexibility both for ourselves and archers, while still being able to estimate how many pies to buy!

Thank you for your assistance. I hope that you and your club are as little affected by the virus as possible - and that your archery can thrive in adversity.

Nick Beeson
Tournament Organiser
Bowmen of Adel

Wharfe Valley Archers MIdsummer Field Shoot

Colin Fairburn - 11 February 2020

Wharfe Valley Archers are pleased to announce that their Midsummer Shoot on June 20 and 21 will be supporting the This Girl Can campaign. We would like to encourage as many female archers as possible to this shoot to try their hand at field archery. If you're a little wary and it's the first time you've tried field archery, there will be white pegs (max distance 30m) laid on the course and if you let us know when booking, we will ensure that you are put in a group with experienced field archers who can show you the ropes.

If you haven't tried field archery before but would like to give it a go (male or female, young or old) then our course is the ideal place to learn. It is set in a beautiful, broadleaf mixed woodland on a very gentle slope 10 miles north of Leeds. Click here for all the relevant information:
 Wharfe Valley Archers: Midsummer Shoot

For more information on WA field archery please click here:
 Great Britain and Northern Ireland Field Archery

Colin Fairburn
Wharfe Valley Archers

70th AGM of the YAA

Andy Wilkinson - 1 February 2020

Notice of the 70th Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Yorkshire Archery Association has been arranged for Saturday 7th March 2020 at Barnsley Archery Club, Barnsley Rugby Club, Shaw Lane, Barnsley at 10:30 AM.

Clubs have been sent by email notification of the YAA AGM - if this has not been received by your club please contact the YAA Secretary.

All members of the YAA are entitled to attend, vote and stand for the committee.

I look forward to seeing you there but should you be unable to attend please try to ensure that your club is represented.

Agenda for the 70th AGM

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the 69th AGM
    • Points of Accuracy
    • Approval
  3. Matters Arising
  4. Chairman's Report
  5. Secretary's Report
  6. Treasurer's Report
    • Approve accounts
    • Set Affiliation Fees
    • Appointment of a Validator
  7. Officers reports
    • CCO
    • JLO
    • Juniors Officer
    • PRO
    • Tournaments (Target, Clout, Field & Longbow)
    • Teams
    • Safeguarding
  8. Committee Recommendations
    • Proposed changes to the Constitution
  9. Election of Officers and Members of the General Committee
  10. Confirmation in post of Safeguarding Officers

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator

AGB club development workshop

Helen Smedley - 12 January 2020

Dear archer,

Through 2020, Archery GB will be delivering a number of club workshops across the country. We wanted to highlight that there will be a workshop close to your area, on Saturday 22 February, at Pennine Archers from 9:30 AM until 4:00 PM.

This workshop identifies and supports effective running of main club committees and boards, and highlights the importance of recruiting the right people for the right roles. The workshop covers: Reviewing your current leadership club structure, identifying the key components of an excellent leadership team of a sports club, and identifying how to achieve an excellent leadership team for your club.

The Club Development workshops are a great way to create space for committee members to discuss developing your club as a team, for clubs and volunteers to receive all the latest news and information from Archery GB, engage with content aimed at grassroots development, and also network and share best practice with members from local clubs and Archery GB staff. Other areas will include key updates from Archery GB and interactive group sessions to help grow and sustain membership, develop your club and ensure all archers receive a quality experience. We will share latest insights into our different types of members, funding opportunities and facility development.

Places are 20 per person: please book through the event on the members online portal and pay by card. If you are part of an onTarget club, there is a discount making entry just 10 per person. Lunch and drinks throughout the day are all provided.

For other training opportunities, please see the information available here (full brochure downloadable on this page):
 Archery GB: Club Development and Training Programme

With kind regards,
Helen Smedley
Places and Participation Co-Ordinator
Archery GB

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