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Automatic amalgamation of clubs

14 May 2016

At the Archery GB AGM 2016, the en-bloc fees for junior clubs and disabled clubs were scrapped. Instead, juniors and disabled archers will pay individual fees at one quarter of the full rate. Archers aged between 18 and 24 years will also pay this reduced rate. University clubs are unaffected.

As a result, Archery GB will automatically merge any junior and disabled clubs into their associated senior club at the 2016 renewals, unless the club explicitly opts out of this amalgamation. Any decision by a club to keep junior and disabled clubs separate from the senior club must be notified to Archery GB by the 31st of May 2016.

Here is the letter which was sent to club secretaries, containing full information:
 Archery GB: Club amalgamation (DOCX)

Joyce Kiddy's funeral arrangements

Michelle Kiddy - 8 April 2016

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone for your kind words and wishes for our beautiful mum, wife and grandma Joyce. They all show what a lovely, kind, inspirational and loved individual she was.

If you would like to join us to say goodbye and celebrate her amazing life, the service will be at Barnsley Crematorium, Doncaster Road, Ardsley, S71 5DH at 2:10pm on the 19th April 2016 and then afterwards at The Crown Inn, 1 Ludwell Close, Barnburgh, Doncaster, DN5 7JQ.

Thanks again X

Michelle Kiddy

Joyce Kiddy

7 April 2016

Joyce Kiddy, one of Yorkshire's most well-known and well-liked archers, has passed away.

Joyce enjoyed great success as an archer, winning British and European titles as well as representing Great Britain.

Joyce was the matriarch of a great archery dynasty. Her husband Albert, daughters Michelle and Lynda, granddaughter Amy and son-in-law Neil are all high-achieving archers.

She was a real stalwart of her club, Dearne Valley AC, and put in a huge amount of work at the club and at its open shoots.

She was always very friendly and welcoming to all, and will be much missed.

The YAA extends its sincere commiserations to Joyce's family and friends.

Active Humber club courses

Kath Fitzpatrick - 19 March 2016

Active Humber (formerly the Humber Sports Partnership) will be running several workshops and courses which are intended to help clubs manage themselves well.

Club funding
In response to club need, Active Humber are bringing you a series of workshops on club funding. The workshop is a 2 hour session and is aimed at people who want to learn about the key principles for writing successful funding applications. The workshop will cover:
 the process of applying for funding for your project.
 how to be funding-ready and what you need to have in place prior to applying for funding.
 how to demonstrate that your project meets the funders priorities.
 how to highlight your project budget in an accurate and realistic way.
 and have more confidence in writing successful funding applications.

To book a place on the Club Funding workshops, please visit:
 Active Humber: Courses

Social Media for Clubs
This 2-hour workshop will cover the basics of using Facebook and Twitter; what an effective account says, posts, and how to drive up engagement. It will also include information on how to use Facebook advertising to generate interest in your club and e-safety for those with children and young people.

To book a place on the Social Media for Clubs workshops, please visit:
 Active Humber: Courses

Club Finances
Date: Wednesday 20th April 2016, 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: Grimsby Golf Club, Little Coates Road, Grimsby, DN34 4LU
This seminar will give you the tools to tackle your clubs finances:
 Active Humber: Club finances (20th April)

Club Finances
Date: Wednesday 18th May 2016, 15:00 to 16:00
Venue: Longcroft School, Burton Road, Beverley, HU17 7EJ
This seminar will give you the tools to tackle your clubs finances:
 Active Humber: Club finances (18th May)

Marketing Strategy
Date: Wednesday 15th June 2016, 19:00 to 21:00
Venue: The Pods, Ashby Road, Scunthorpe, DN16 1AA
This seminar will guide you through the marketing options for your club:
 Active Humber: Marketing strategy (15th June)

Tony Rollin receives the Yorkshire Award

Andy Wilkinson - 15 March 2016

Tony Rollin was presented with the Yorkshire Award at Sunday's YAA Indoor Championships. Andrew Neal, YAA President, made the presentation.


For the past seven years Tony has been Tournament Secretary for The Wakefield Archers, organising between 3 and 4 tournaments a year both for the Club and for the Northern Counties Indoor Championships. He is always the first on the field to begin laying out for competitions and last to leave after putting away equipment. During the competitions he works as one of the service team ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

For a number of years he has been involved with delivering courses for beginners. Three years ago he completed a Level 1 coaching course and together with others, has continued to deliver beginners courses three or four times a year. He also finds time to encourage and support the intermediate archers.

He can always be found assisting with Have-a-Go events, which he greatly enjoys.

He is a quiet and unassuming person who never asks for reward but who deserves a special thank you in appreciation of all his tireless efforts on behalf of The Wakefield Archers.

The Wakefield Archers

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator

YAA teams for National Midsummer Team Tournament 2016

Gareth Beeby - 15 March 2016

The YAA is offering to support up to 6 teams, one each lady/gent, compound, recurve and longbow, to attend the National Midsummer Tournament 2016. Brief details of the event below, or from the ArcheryGB website.

The Archery GB National Midsummer Team Championships will be held on the 25th and 26th of June 2016 at Lilleshall.

For full details, please see the application form:
 Application form for YAA teams to the Midsummer Team Championships (DOCX)

Closing date for submission of teams to the YAA - 30th of April 2016.

Gareth Beeby
YAA County Teams Coordinator

Certificate of Employers Liability Insurance 2016

Andy Wilkinson - 13th March 2016

The YAA's certificate of Employers Liability Insurance for 2016 is available to view:
 Certificate of Employers Liability Insurance 2016 (PDF)

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator

Funds raised at Barnsley AC Early Bird

Sophie and Tony Carpenter - 8th March 2016

Barnsley Archery Club would like to thank all the archers for supporting our Early Bird shoot.

This charity shoot has a great significance to many of us as we all know somebody who has been affected by cancer and I am delighted to say that due to your generosity a grand total of 414 will be shared equally between Cancer Research and MacMillan Cancer Support.

We would like to thank Wentworth Pewter for donating the Best Gold Trophy for 60 yards. They also donated a pewter hip flask that was awarded for the Best Gold at the first end at 50 yards, which archers donated money to be in with a chance to win and keep as a memento.

Finally, many thanks to our Lady Paramount Sharon Tideswell and our wonderful judges Karen Hunt and Martin Middleton who helped the day run so smoothly.

Hope to see you all again next year!!

Sophie and Tony Carpenter
Barnsley Archery Club

Jessie is Bradford's Senior Sportswoman 2016

3rd March 2016

The inaugural Bradford Sports Awards were held on the 25th of February 2016. Jessie Slater, nominated in the Senior Sportswomen, category was shortlisted for the finals which were held at The Bradford Hotel in the centre of Bradford.

This was the first year of the awards, organised by Active Bradford and the event saw over 300 of the city's local sportsmen/women, clubs and volunteers enjoy an evening of local sporting achievement. Jess was up against some tough competition from Michelle Smith, who has represented both England and Great Britain at rifle shooting. However Jessie's list of achievements at such a young age gave her the edge and she took the top honour of Bradford Senior Sportswomen 2016.

She was presented with her award by the host, BBC sports reporter/presenter Tanya Arnold.

Congratulations to Jessie on this excellent achievement!

Below are some photos of the event, courtesy of Simon Slater.

Joe raising funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Colin Fairburn - 27th February 2016

Joe Fairburn will be travelling to the USA in April to compete in the Arizona Cup, and he has decided to use the trip as a fund raiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity. Yorkshire Air Ambulance
Given the nature of our sport, the Air Ambulance could easily be called into action at any of our shooting venues around the county. Therefore I am sure members would like to help Joe raise as much as possible for this very worthy cause. You can donate via the Just Giving link below, and please don't forget to tick the Gift Aid box to enhance your contribution.

Colin Fairburn

West Yorkshire club development evenings

Debra Cummins - 13th February 2016

West Yorkshire Sport are working in partnership with our local authority colleagues to deliver a series of club development evenings. These evenings will include an array of information useful to support local clubs. Clubs will be able to attend a number of workshops and meet staff from the local authority and West Yorkshire Sport.

All the evenings are free and booking is recommended, which can be done via the following links:

Calderdale: Wednesday 24th February 6:00-8:30 PM at The Shay, Halifax.
 WY Sport: Calderdale club development evening

Bradford: Thursday 3rd March, 6:00-9:00 PM at The Carlisle Business Centre, Bradford.
 WY Sport: Bradford club development evening

Kirklees: Tuesday 8th March, 6:30-9:00 PM at The Textile Centre, Huddersfield.
 WY Sport: Kirklees club development conference

Bradford: Thursday 10th March, 6:00-9:00 PM at The Central Hall, Keighley.
 WY Sport: Bradford (Keighley) club development evening

Debra Cummins
Development Manager
West Yorkshire Sport

66th AGM of the YAA

Andy Wilkinson - 10th February 2016

Notice of the 66th Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Yorkshire Archery Association has been arranged for Saturday 12th March 2016 at Barnsley Archery Club, Barnsley Rugby Club, Shaw Lane, Barnsley at 10:30 AM. 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 66th AGM

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the 65th 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
    • Junior Officer
    • PRO
    • Tournaments (Target, Clout, Field & Longbow)
    • CPO
  8. Committee Recommendations
    • None
  9. Election of Officers and Members of the General Committee
  10. Confirmation in post of Child Protection Officers

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator

Information sought about archer Jim Mason

Adrian Taylor - 28 January 2016

I recently located a large number of archery medals belonging to my father-in-law and I am trying to establish a little about their background and my father-in-law's role within local archery circles. I would greatly appreciate any information that archers can provide about him and the medals.

His name was James Aaron Mason, widely known as Jim Mason. He lived in Meltham and worked at David Browns until his untimely death (in his early 40s) in 1972. I believe that throughout the 1950s and 1960s he was a very active member of local archery clubs, including the former Huddersfield Archers. It is not clear whether or not he joined the Valley Bowmen when Huddersfield Archers joined them in 1963.

The medals that I have date from 1955 to 1959 and include the following engravings on the backs:
 Goulder Most Golds 1956
 Sheriffs Golden Arrow 1957 Bath & West Horn M.B & 1st Class
 Goulder Cup 1957 Most Hits
 Michael Smith Trophy 1958
 Mallinson Trophy 1958 Gents 2nd Highest Score
 Leyland 1959 Champion Team
 1959 Championship Most Golds
 Goulder Trophy 1959 Most Golds

Do any of these things mean anything to you, please?

I look forward to hearing from you and please don't hesitate to contact me directly if you need any further information.

Adrian Taylor
 07894 067179

Bronte to host National Series

Gareth Allen - 14 January 2016

Bronte Archers of Bradford will be hosting the 6th stage of the National Series on Sunday the 4th of September 2016.

The shoot will be a WA 720 plus Head-to-Head.

Local archers were very keen to have the shoot up here and now we have it! We hope Yorkshire's archers and clubs will support this shoot well.

More information will be available soon.

Gareth Allen
Bronte Archers

Indoor shooting at Hull Kingston Archers

John Parker - 14 January 2016

We at Hull Kingston Archers have availability for additional archers (all disciplines welcome) wishing to shoot indoors up to mid-April 2016.

Details are as follows:
 Venue - Walton Street Leisure, Goathland Close, Walton Street, Hull HU3 6JB
 Time - Wednesdays 7:30 PM until about 9:00 PM
 Cost - 2.50 per night
 Range - 20 yards

John Parker
Hull Kingston Archers

47th Malta Annual International Tournament

Simon Vassallo - 14 January 2016

The Archery Association of Malta invites you to participate in its annual International Tournament to be held between the 8th and 10th of April. Below is the registration form for this event. The competition will comprise of a double WA 1440 round.
 Entry form - 47th Malta Annual International Tournament (DOCX)

Filled in registrations are to be forwarded by email on:

If you have any queries, you may reach us on the same email address or via Facebook:
 Facebook: Archery Association of Malta

We hope to see you on the shooting line!

Best Regards,
Simon Vassallo
Public Relations Officer
Archery Association of Malta

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