Regional coaching conference

Thomas Keane - 18 November 2023

I'm very pleased to share the details of the upcoming NCAS Coaching Conference.

This will be held on Sunday 21st January 2024, 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM at Barnsley Rugby Club, Shaw Lane, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S70 6HZ.

Following the NCAS coaches survey responses, the themes on the day will include:
 Recruitment, retention and development of juniors
 Coaching barebow
 Eye dominance
 Coaching archers with a hearing impairment
 Working with your County Coaching Organiser (CCO)

For full details and booking, please follow this link:
 Archery GB: NCAS Coaching Conference 2024

Thomas Keane
County Coaching Officer

YAA Coaches Forum - fourth meeting

Thomas Keane - 2 October 2023

The next session of the YAA Coaches Forum will be held on Saturday the 28th of October, starting at 2:00 PM and finishing around 4:30 PM. It will be hosted by Pennine Archers at Colne Valley Business Park, Linthwaite, Huddersfield HD7 5QG.

These forums are a great opportunity for coaches to come together to discuss and explore coaching issues and share ideas.

All coaches are welcome. It would be great to see you there. This event will qualify for CPD points.

If you would like to join in, please email Helen on:

If there is anything you would like included on the agenda, please let Helen know in your email.

Pennine Archers are hosting a YAA Juniors session in the morning (10am start) and coaches are welcome to attend, then stay for the forum in the afternoon. Please just let Helen know if you would like to do this.

Thomas Keane
County Coaching Officer

UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children course

Ed Montague - 17 August 2023

Yorkshire Sport has arranged for a UK Coaching Safeguarding and Protecting Children course to run on Thursday 21st September, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM in Sheffield.

Please use the link below if you would like to sign up for the course. There are limited spaces available:
 Yorkshire Sport: UK Coaching Safeguarding And Protecting Children

Ed Montague
Development Officer (Wakefield)

 0330 2020 280
 07714 733651
 Yorkshire Sport

Last two outdoor Arrowhawks sessions of 2023

Kath Fitzpatrick - 15 August 2023

The last two outdoor Arrowhawks sessions of 2023 will take place at York Archers Society on Sunday 20th August and Saturday 16th September, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

All bow styles and age groups welcome!

Please email me to book a place:

Kath Fitzpatrick
Coach Developer, Archery GB

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

National Talent Development Programme 2023

Kath Fitzpatrick - 7 August 2023

The Archery GB National Talent Development Programme will start on the 15th of October at Arrowhawks Archery Academy in York.

Please see this document for more information:
 National Talent Development Programme 2023 (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Coach Developer, Archery GB

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

YAA Coaches Forum - third meeting

Thomas Keane - 26 June 2023

The third meeting of the YAA Coaches Forum will be hosted by Thirsk Bowmen on Saturday 8th July, 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. The venue is the East Thirsk Community Hall, Hambleton Place, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1SL.

It would be great to see you there. To book for this event, please contact Thomas Keane:

If there is anything you would like to be discussed, please include this in your email and it will be added to the agenda.

We will look forward to hopefully seeing you there.

Thomas Keane
County Coaching Officer

Volunteers and equipment needed for British Transplant Games 2023

Kath Fitzpatrick - 17 June 2023

The British Transplant Games will be held at Warwick University campus athletics stadium in Coventry on the 27th of July.

The event relies on sport-specific volunteers. We need quite a few volunteers to make the archery events a success. We also need equipment suitable for novices.

Please see this document for more information:
 British Transplant Games 2023 (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Coach Developer, Archery GB

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Safeguarding training

Thomas Keane - 19 May 2023

I would just like to ensure that all coaches in the county are aware of the requirements of Safeguarding training.

It is now mandatory for Archery GB licensed coaches to complete tutor-led safeguarding training as part of their licence, and this should be renewed every 3 years. This is in line with guidance from UK Coaching and Child Protection in Sport Unit (CPSU).

This safeguarding training MUST be tutor-led, either an online or face-to-face classroom. Full details about Archery GB Safeguarding can be found on the AGB website, the link here will take you straight to the relevant page:
 Archery GB - Safeguarding Training

Tutor-led courses can be found on your Sport80 portal, in the 'courses' section. Here you will find a number of safeguarding workshops, run by UK Coaching, which have an Archery GB discount. These can be booked on your portal, and there are courses taking place on 28th June, 12th July, 26th July, 9th August and 23th August 2023.

If a face-to-face safeguarding workshop would be prefered, YAA can organise one of these if there is sufficient interest in the county. If this would be of interest to you and your coaches, please let me know.

Thomas Keane
County Coaching Officer

Arrowhawks field archery training day

Kath Fitzpatrick - 15 May 2023

Kath Fitzpatrick
Coach Developer, Archery GB

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Coach training courses at Pennine

Helen Woodcock - 25 February 2023

NFP Archery have arranged two courses, both to be delivered face to face (no online modules) at our indoor range in Linthwaite, HD7 5QG.

Development coach (Level 2):
 Saturday 22nd April: Role of the Development Coach, Developing the archer in front of you, Empowering Archery Part 2 (Part 1 should be completed before the start of the course.)
 Saturday 13th May: Archery technique - skills and drills
 Sunday 14th May: Coaching technique - practice
 Saturday 20th May: Compound equipment selection, set-up and tuning
 Saturday 24th June: Recurve equipment selection, set-up and tuning
 Saturday 9th September: Supported practice and Coach presentations

Session coach (Level 1):
 Saturday 16th September: Starting your coaching journey, Empowering Archery part 1
 Saturday 23rd September: Introduction to technique, Creating engaging sessions
 Saturday 7th October: Using your coaching skills
 Saturday 25th November: Supported practice and Coach presentations

Both courses are bookable through Sport 80. If people have completed online modules they can select the modules they need to complete.

Any questions please contact Helen on:

Helen Woodcock
NFP Archery
 NFP Archery

Coach licence renewal diagram

Kath Fitzpatrick - 19 January 2023

A diagram has been produced which shows the related factors involved in renewing Coach licences.

Please see this document:
 Coach licence renewal diagram (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Talent Pathway Coach

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

YAA Coaches Forum, second meeting

Kath Fitzpatrick - 7 January 2023

The second meeting of the YAA Coaches Forum will be held at Arrowhawks Archery Academy, Haxby Scout Centre, York Road, Haxby YO32 3DY on Saturday the 25th of February from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Light refreshments available courtesy of Arrowhawks - 12:30 PM.

To book in for this informal event please contact Kath Fitzpatrick:

 07590 466907

Agenda: to be agreed on the day
Requested from last meeting: Mentoring

Please see this flyer:
 YAA Coaches Forum, second meeting (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Talent Pathway Coach

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Sports Structures safeguarding courses

Kath Fitzpatrick - 6 October 2022

Sport Structures have three available dates for Safeguarding workshops, which can be used for coach licence renewal or Session Coach qualification requirements.

Accredited by UK Coaching, this workshop will raise your awareness of the tell-tale signs of abuse and give you the tools and confidence you need to deal with any issues sensitively, appropriately and effectively should the need ever arise in your coaching career.

Workshops, costing 30 per learner, will take place on the 10th of October, the 20th of October, and the 3rd of November.

Please see the Sport Structures website:
 Sport Structures: Education and Training

Kath Fitzpatrick
Talent Pathway Coach

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Coaches' Forum at Pennine

Helen Woodcock - 1 October 2022

As an Archery GB Performance Club and after discussion with a number of coaches in Yorkshire, Pennine Archers are establishing a COACHES' FORUM.

The idea is that coaches will be able to get together every 2 or 3 months to discuss and explore coaching issues and questions and share ideas or news.

The first meeting will take place on Saturday 12th November at Pennine Archers in Linthwaite (HD7 5QG) at 2:00 PM. Further sessions may be at other venues.

Tea, coffee etc will be provided but there will be a 3 per person contribution towards room hire costs.

All coaches in Yorkshire (and beyond) are welcome to come along and share their thoughts and ideas. The agenda for the day will be sent to those who have notified us of their attendance and will be made up of items requested by the participants.

Please let us know if you intend to be there by emailing:

Helen Woodcock
NFP Archery
 NFP Archery

NCAS Coaching Conference, 6th November 2022

Yvonne Stead - 1 October 2022

I am pleased to advise that the NCAS Coaches Conference is open for bookings.

Northern Counties Archery Society
Annual Coaching Conference 2022
Media City, Salford, Manchester
Sunday 6th November 2022

With a theme of Participation and Performance, this full day event will have relevant content for archery coaches of all grades. It will include a practical session on coaching (from beginner onwards) an archer with visual impairment, a forum on engagement with schools and club coach succession planning. All of these elements will have NCAS coaches sharing experiences of good practice. We will have archery GB staff in attendance presenting on latest thinking on strength and conditioning, how coaches learn and a Pathway 101 session, explaining how to support your most ambitious archers. Finally, we will be recording an exclusive Q&A with one of the world's top target-sports psychologists (someone who has coached mental toughness to countless Olympians) for showing on the day.

Places can be booked, available on a first-come, first-served basis. CPD points can be claimed for attendance.

Book online through Eventbrite:
 NCAS Coaching Conference 2022 (Eventbrite)

Yvonne Stead
Regional Development Officer - NCAS

Training session September 24th at St George's AC, Harrogate

Kath Fitzpatrick - 4 September 2022

YAA Junior Team members are invited to join Arrowhawks regulars at the final summer training session, which will be held on Saturday the 24th of September at St George's AC from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

This will be a great opportunity to practice the rounds which will be shot at the Junior Inter Counties the next week, in a friendly atmosphere supported by experienced coaches.

For full details, please see this document:
 Arrowhawks session 24th September (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Talent Pathway Coach

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

National Talent Development Programme 2022-23

Kath Fitzpatrick - 4 September 2022

Arrowhawks Archery Academy will be delivering the National Talent Development Programme for the north again this year.

Sessions will be held indoors at the Northern training centre, Haxby Scout Centre, Haxby, York on the following dates:
 Sunday 23rd of October 2022
 Sunday 11th of December 2022
 Sunday 19th of February 2023
 Sunday 23rd of April 2023

For full details, please see this document:
 National Talent Development Programme 2022-23 (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Talent Pathway Coach

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Arrowhawks Winter Training programme 2022-23

Kath Fitzpatrick - 4 September 2022

Dates are now available for booking for the winter training programme with Arrowhawks Archery Academy:
 Sunday 9th October 2022
 Sunday 6th November 2022
 Sunday 27th November 2022
 Sunday 4th December 2022
 Sunday 18th December 2022 - Christmas fun shoot
 Sunday 8th January 2023
 Sunday 5th February 2023
 Sunday 5th March 2023
 Sunday 2nd April 2023

For full details, please see this document:
 Arrowhawks winter training programme 2022-23 (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Talent Pathway Coach

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Arrowhawks booklet

Kath Fitzpatrick - 4 September 2022

Arrowhawks Archery Academy have produced a short booklet describing who they are and what they do:
 Arrowhawks booklet (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Talent Pathway Coach

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Winter coaching and training 2022-23 with Trinity

Trinity Archery Coaching - 19 August 2022

Trinity Archery Coaching have announced their winter 2022-23 coaching schedule. All sessions will be held at Leeds Trinity University indoor sports hall.

The dates are:
 9 October 2022
 20 November 2022
 11 December 2022
 22 January 2023
 19 February 2023
 19 March 2023

Sessions will run from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
For more information please visit our website:  Trinity Coaching

To reserve your place, contact Andy Arnold on:

 07879 330945

Guy Hair
Trinity Archery Coaching

Arrowhawks outdoor dates for 2022

Kath Fitzpatrick - 13 June 2022

Arrowhawks Archery Academy has announced the outdoor training dates of its summer 2022 programme.

The sessions will be at York Archers Society and St George's Archery Club.

For full details, please see this document:
 Arrowhawks outdoor dates (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Talent Pathway Coach

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Coach training courses at NFP Archery

Helen Woodcock - 12 May 2022

NFP Archery and Pennine Archers are pleased to be able to work together to deliver coaching courses face to face at the NFP Archery Range in Linthwaite. There are no online modules.

We have three courses arranged.

Session Coach (1):
18th, 19th, 25th June and 3rd September - total cost 300

Session Coach (2):
8th, 22nd, 29th October and 10th December - total cost 300

Development Coach:
9th, 16th, 17th, 23rd OR 24th July and 10th September - total cost 400

Courses can be booked via Sport 80 or directly with NFP Archery. If anyone wants further details please email:

Helen Woodcock
NFP Archery
 NFP Archery

NTDP second session at Arrowhawks

Kath Fitzpatrick - 2 November 2021

The second session of the National Talent Development Programme in the north will take place at Arrowhawks Archery Academy, Haxby, York on Sunday the 12th of December 2021.

Kath Fitzpatrick
Talent Pathway Coach

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

National Talent Development Programme, Northern Area

Kath Fitzpatrick - 8 September 2021

I am pleased to say that Archery GB is recommencing the National Talent Development Programme. The Northern area will be hosted by Arrowhawks Archery Academy at Haxby, York.

The first two dates are now confirmed as October 17th and December 12th.

We will be delighted to see any returning athletes as well as new ones, recurve or compound.

Booking places will be through Sport 80 they should be listed under Events.

To help us plan our coach numbers, if you do intend to book a place, I would be grateful if you could let me know. Please feel free to pass this information on to other juniors (under 20) and to contact me if you need any further information, or see our Facebook page:
 Facebook: NTDP North

Archery GB information on the programme is shown below.

Archery GB Performance Pathway
The aim of our programmes is to support the development of athletes through an environment of sporting and professional excellence. The development of athletes' physical, mental, and technical performance attributes are key themes within our programmes, enabling Britain's future archers to maximise their talents leading ultimately to medal success at senior international championships.

How it works
The National Talent Development Programme (NTDP) is fully inclusive. All young athletes who are keen to improve, including those with disabilities, are actively encouraged to sign up. The NTDP is open for any athlete under the age of 20. From 2018, the programme was also extended to compound archers.

The NTDP is the key connect between the grass roots Talent activity of our sport, including OnTarget Performance Clubs and our HCSC (Home Country Sports Councils) Talent Pathway. We piloted this programme in 2012 and it has been highly successful as a means of defining and refining our Talent pool. It is an inclusive programme, with no criteria to register except age.

Archers attend coaching* and benchmarking days throughout the year and are profiled in August at the end of the cycle. Those demonstrating talent against the "what it takes to win" criteria can be selected to the National Age Group Academy, the induction for which takes place each September.

* in 2021-22 the aim is for sessions to be held every two months between October and April, leaving the competition season clear.

Kath Fitzpatrick
Talent Pathway Coach

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Coach licence renewals

Kath Fitzpatrick - 15 March 2021

All coaches need to renew their qualification licence every three years along with their DBS. Please note that these may be due at different times, particularly for those people who have held their qualifications a long time.

Reminders are sent out about your DBS - however, I do recommend making sure this is in your forward diary.

Reminders are not always sent out for coaching licence renewal. If you do receive one it will be by email, so ensure that AGB has your up-to-date email address. You do need to make sure you record when this will be due and send in the form as shown below 6-8 weeks before the due date. Different levels go to different people:

 Level 1 to CCO
 Level 2 to CCO
 County coach to RCO
 Senior coach to National Panel

For L1 and 2 the forms go to a county panel of senior and county coaches. In the case of any appeals there is an appeal panel separate from this. The CCO is currently Kath Fitzpatrick.

For county coaches forms go to the RCO who is currently Danny Cameron.

Senior coaches - forms used to go to the NCO Education. As this role no longer exists there is an annual renewal panel and forms are submitted to the panel chair.

As Archery GB transitions into the new coaching scheme it is possible that this may move to an online process.

I am often asked about CPD.

At L1 currently there is no CPD requirement. However, all coaches benefit from opportunities to learn and develop their skills further.

At L2 there is an expectation of CPD (15 points) and the matrix can be used to calculate these - this is reviewed and can be updated each year.

At County Coach there is an expectation of CPD (20 points) and these now include delivering CPD as well as receiving it.

Senior Coaches are expected to be contributing to national, regional and county developments as well as extending their own learning. A minimum of 25 points is required.

There is a guidance document on the Archery GB website coaching section that clearly explains the process:
 Archery GB: Coach Licence Renewal Guide (PDF)

AGB have also issued a statement on the coach renewal section of the website relating to Covid and the lack of opportunity for coaches to both practise and gain CPD. It is recognised that these are unusual times and renewal panels are asked to treat all renewals sympathetically where there may be gaps. Similarly, where an individual has taken a year out of AGB membership because of Covid, when they rejoin they can also apply to have their coaching licence reinstated by following the renewal process.

There is no reason to delay your renewal due to lack of work record or CPD, so if you wish to continue post-Covid please send it in and we can process it promptly.

Kath Fitzpatrick
CCO Yorkshire

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Archery GB statement on coaching licence renewal

Archery GB - 15 March 2021

Coach Licence Renewal

We recognise that coaches work hard to achieve their coaching qualifications, and with that a licence to coach in Archery GB affiliated clubs.

We encourage coaches to remain active and maintain their standards of coaching. However, many people are facing challenging work, personal and financial situations due to COVID and being able to dedicate time to coaching has not been possible. We understand this and want to help make it easier for coaches to return to their role when they are able to without feeling penalised or unfairly treated.

We have received a number of enquiries from coaches and County / Regional Coaching Organisers who are concerned about the impact of COVID-19 on coaching. We have shared our responses to these questions below, to help guide coaches and coaching organisers.

What is Archery GB's priority when it comes to coaching?

This is an unprecedented time and our priority is on supporting coaches in archery to keep doing what they love. Coaching is a great means to connect with others and enjoy a sense of wellbeing, for both the coach and the archer.

Many clubs have experienced a significant loss in membership and so it is crucial that they have recognised coaches who can help them rebuild their membership base. Licensed coaches are needed more than ever to provide have-a-go's, beginner courses, and on-going opportunities to be coached in the club.

How is Archery GB supporting coaches?

In the last year we have had to suspend in person training courses and we have worked hard to provide alternative opportunities for coaches to engage online instead. Many of these opportunities can be considered as 'informal learning' or 'social learning', which doesn't directly result in a qualification being achieved. However, this does not make the learning any less valid!

Our approach is to encourage coaches to engage in all types of learning; formal, informal and social. This is underpinned by our provision of Learning Curve which promotes the community aspect of coaching, and also how we have restructured our coaching courses into modules, which allows coaches to have more control over what topics they learn about and when.

As an example, we have recently launched the Empowering Archery workshop. This is an excellent stand-alone workshop that all volunteers can access and find useful, and it also doubles up as a module towards achieving a coaching qualification. So, by completing Empowering Archery, you will be one step closer to attaining a qualification, if that is what you want to do.

I have not joined Archery GB this year, but plan to in 2021/22. Will my coaching licence still be valid when I re-join?

When you re-join Archery GB next year, your coaching licence can also be reactivated, so that you can continue coaching from where you left off. When you re-join Archery GB please look at your membership profile to check if your coaching licence has lapsed. If it has, simply follow the usual renewal process via your County Coaching Organiser.

I have been able to continue my development as a coach this year, but mainly through online learning. Does this count towards renewal?

Yes! We are really encouraged by the number of coaches who have engaged with online learning opportunities this year. From joining webinars, online workshops or simply engaging in conversations on Learning Curve; many coaches have been active in their personal development during COVID-19.

We encourage coaches to continue their development through online opportunities and submit this as part of their renewal.

I am a licensed coach and have not been able to coach or invest much time into developing my knowledge this year due to COVID-19. Can I still renew my coaching licence at my current grade?

County and Regional Coaching Organisers are responsible for renewing coaches locally. Archery GB asks County and Regional Coaching Organisers to demonstrate absolute flexibility towards coaches renewing their licence in 2021 and 2022, regardless if they meet the usual requirements or not.

Session Coach - new entry-level coach qualification

Kath Fitzpatrick - 28 February 2021

For archers interested in starting their coaching qualification, Archery GB has released details of the new entry grade of Session Coach, with a series of dates available for the online module Empowering Coaching available on Sport 80 for booking now.

It does not matter which you book onto as only the practical days are locally organised - each module is separately certificated to allow flexibility for candidates.

Empowering Coaching is in 4 sessions for L2 and above or existing L1 wising to move to the next level of Development Coach. The first two sessions form the requirement for Session Coach; sessions 3 and 4 are for existing qualified coaches at all levels.

If you would be interested in taking a Session Coach course please inform the CCO Kath Fitzpatrick (so that practical days can be organised when we are able to offer them) then book onto an Empowering Coaching module via Sport 80.

Any queries please feel free to contact me.

For more information, please see this document:
 Session Coach (PDF)

Please contact me at:

 07590 466907

Kath Fitzpatrick
AGB Senior Coach and Coach Developer
AGB Talent Team

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