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Introduction to archery - course at C I Adventures

Catherine Crowther - 22 October 2016

We are an adventure centre in Halifax called C I Adventures and one of our activities is archery. We have a number of level 1 and level 2 coaches. We are aware that clubs have long waiting lists for beginners courses owing to the popularity of the sport and so we would like to meet some of the demand by running additional courses at our centre. We hope that this will encourage new people to enter the sport and join clubs.

Our introduction to archery course will start on Tuesday the 1st of November at 7:00 PM. It will then run every Tuesday evening for eight weeks until the 20th of December, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The cost of the course is 60 per participant.

The course will be held at The Boiler House, Boys Lane, Shaw Lodge Mills, Halifax HX3 9EZ.

Information can be requested from or by telephone on 01422 410727.

Catherine Crowther
C I Adventures
 01422 410727

YAA teams at the NCAS Inter Counties 2016

Gareth Beeby - 9 October 2016

The weekend of the 1st and 2nd of October saw the annual Northern Counties Inter-Counties event. This year's event was held at the Bowmen of Pendle and Samlesbury in Lancashire. Saturday was the junior event and Yorkshire's 15-strong team put in a strong performance on a chilly and overcast day, with several members of the team representing Yorkshire for the first time. This event also incorporates the Regional Junior championship.

Individual honours went to:
 Millie Bartrop, 1st place Girls Longbow on the Bristol 5
 Rosie Elliott, 1st place Girls Longbow on the Bristol 4
 Alyssa Barraclough, 3rd place Girls Recurve on the Bristol 3
 Luca Jaques, 3rd place Boys Recurve on the Bristol 3
 Jessica Howden, 3rd place Girls Recurve on the Bristol 2
 Megan Tinker, 1st place Girls Recurve on the Bristol 2
 Izzy Carpenter, 1st place Girls Compound on the Bristol 2
 Lewis Slater, 3rd place Boys Recurve on the Bristol 2
 Ben Daniel, 2nd place Boys Recurve on the Bristol 2
 Luke Stocks, 1st place Boys Recurve on the Bristol 2
 Adam Carpenter, 1st place Boys Compound on the Bristol 2

Overall Champions titles went to:
 Rosie Elliott for Girls Longbow
 Izzy Carpenter for Girls Compound
 Adam Carpenter for Boys compound with a new National Record and maximum score of 1296

Rosie Elliott and Millie Bartrop also won the Longbow Girls Team trophy.

Other members of the team were:
 Hannah Stocks
 Lauren Rogers
 Niamh Titchener
 Emma-Rose Culshaw

Congratulations to all those that shot on your amazing performances.

Thanks also to Mary for looking after the team.

Sunday was the Senior event with a full complement 16 person team making the trip to Lancashire. On a bright sunny day there were many top performances with many Personal best shot on the day.

Yorkshire returned with many trophies from the event:
 The Wilkinson Sword for the overall Compound Team
 The Wooden Love Spoon for the overall Longbow Team
 The Durham Lamp Trophy for the Ladies Recurve Team
 The Cumbria Glass Trophy for the Ladies Compound Team
 The Cumbria Glass Trophy for the Gentleman Compound Team
 The Claret Jug for the Overall County Team Champions

There were highest score medals for:
 Sheila Hudson - Ladies Longbow
 Izzy Carpenter - Ladies Compound
 Mark Franklin - Gents Compound

The full team was:
 Jessie Slater
 Shelley Hurst
 Sarah Monteith
 Gemma Breese
 Izzy Carpenter
 Marina Rose
 Sheila Hudson
 Helen Woodcock
 Neil Crickmore
 Pete Bargewell
 Simon Adams
 Mark Franklin
 Adam Carpenter
 Jez Clarke
 Patrick Revell
 Richard Allan

Congratulations to all of those that shot and to all those selected for the first time.

Thanks to Simon Slater for the pictures.

Gareth Beeby
YAA County Teams Coordinator

Amy is double world field archery champion

2 October 2016

Amy Oliver today won Women Recurve gold at the Dublin 2016 World Archery Field Championships. This follows the Women Recurve Team gold she won yesterday with team mates Tracey Hill and Jessica Nilsson.

The GBR Women Recurve team beat Spain by 106 points to 81 in the quarter finals, top face Slovakia in the semi-finals. The first end was drawn, but GBR won the second end by a large margin. Slovakia won the third and fourth ends, but not by enough to close the gap. They went on to face Sweden in the final. Sweden won the first end by one point, but GBR overtook them in the second end. The third end was tied. GBR won the fourth end, with the help of a miss by Sweden, to claim gold.

Amy topped the individual ranking round with a score of 695. She won two elimination matches convincingly, to face Italian Jessica Tomasi in Sunday's final. Tomasi took the lead after the first target, but Amy overtook her on the second target. Tomasi tied the match on the third target. At the fourth target, Tomasi shot a miss. Amy held her nerve to shoot the decisive arrows which earned her the title.

Congratulations to Amy on these outstanding achievements.

More news:
 Archery GB: World champions - and more to come!

 Archery GB: Amy does the double!

 World Archery: Oliver wins "emotional" women's world field title

Yorkshire at the National Series final

26 September 2016

Yorkshire archers had mixed fortunes at the Archery GB National Series Finals 2016, which were held in Nottingham on Saturday the 24th of September.

Defending champion and top seed Amy Oliver topped the ranking round, but suffered a shock defeat in the head-to-head. Nicola Turner, bottom in the ranking round, out-scored her by a single point on each of the three ends, going on to win the title.

Izzy Carpenter finished fifth in the ranking round but was knocked out of the head-to-head by Sarah Prieels. Izzy finished fifth overall.

Congratulations to them on reaching the finals and good performances on the day.

H-frame stands and straw bosses for sale

Gwen Smith - 3 September 2016

Barnsley Archery Club are selling straw bosses and H frame stands that have previously been used for their outdoor competitions. Each boss and stand will cost 50 and must be collected from the club. There are over 20 for sale on a first come first served basis.

If you are interested please email to organise pick up.


Gwen Smith
Barnsley Archery Club

Record year for Sheila Hudson

Simon Slater - 3 September 2016

2016 has been an outstanding year for Sheila Hudson of White Rose Archers. She has won the Ladies Longbow title at:
 UK Masters
 British Target Championships
 English Archery Federation Longbow Championships
 English Archery Federation Target Championships
 NCAS Grand Northern Archery Meeting
 Archery GB January Challenge
 British Longbow Society Indoor and Outdoor postal competitions

Shooting for the YAA Ladies Longbow team she ranked in 1st place at the National County Team Tournament (Midsummer shoot) at Lilleshall.

She has set 5 Indoor and 20 Outdoor UK records, as well as numerous County records. The highlights include: setting all seven available UK records for a double 1440 round; increasing the single round record from 771 to 832; taking the Hereford round record then increasing it twice two weeks later on a double Hereford round weekend, increasing the score from 657 to 780, a record which had stood for over 10 years.

She has shot GMB scores on every available qualifying round so far and looks set for a fantastic 2016 final ranking position.

This is fantastic shooting from Sheila, who only swapped to longbow from recurve just over 2 years ago.

Congratulations from all at the YAA and hope it continues into 2017.

Simon Slater

Adel Open Westerns cancelled

Nick Beeson - 30 August 2016

We are very sorry but have decided to cancel our Open Westerns tournament which was due to be held on Sunday the 4th of September. We have had very few entries, with no more than two archers in any one category. We did not feel this made for a proper competition - everybody would have won at least one medal!

We are grateful to those few who did enter.

We expect to resume the shoot in 2017.

Nick Beeson
Bowmen of Adel

Bridlington Indoor cancelled

Ivan Read - 20 August 2016

It is with regret that due to circumstances and a lack of suitable venue we will be unable to host our usual Portsmouth this year.

We hope we will be able to resume the shoot in 2017.

Ivan Read
Records Officer
Archers of Bridlington and Burton Agnes

Change of venue for the Ted Mallett Clout

Carol Fairbrother - 8 July 2016

Apologies - we've just had confirmation today that our Ted Mallett Open Clout on Sunday the 17th of July will be reverting to the original venue of St John Fisher School in Harrogate (as opposed to Boroughbridge High School). The shoot is still Record Status and Tassel Status.

Everyone who has entered should be contacted but if you could spread the word around we'd be very grateful.

Thank you and apologies for any confusion and inconvenience caused.

Carol Fairbrother
St George's Archery Club

British Transplant Games 2016

Kath Fitzpatrick - 1 July 2016

Each year MLS, a sports event management company, organises the British Transplant Games which is sponsored by Westfield Health. This year the games come to Liverpool, at Liverpool Cricket Club, Aigburth Rd, Liverpool L19 3QF on Thursday the 28th of July. I am acting as the sport organiser for this event - as I have done in 2015 Gateshead, 2014 Bolton and 2013 Sheffield. I am asking local clubs and coaches for help in putting on this inspirational event.

Below is my "shopping list". I already have coaches from Yorkshire, East Midlands and Durham volunteering, but we urgently need to source equipment for the day - we can't pay for anything but can provide transport for targets, stands etc:
 20-30 bosses and stands;
 20-40 beginners bows - very light weight, max 20lbs if possible;
 30-40 sets of beginners arrows (in sets of 3) - mininimum length 28" but ideally longer;
 clipboards for scoresheets;
 coaches to instruct - we have over 100 people attending the majority of whom are either complete novices or have only shot at this event before;
 two Judges or judge candidates to run the field;
 archers who can help with instructing and supervising participants, scoring for them, and performing work party duties.

I am hoping that one of the archery dealers will once again sponsor the target faces and pins.

If you would like to volunteer as a coach, judge or helper please let me know. With the numbers we have, we need 20-30 people to run smoothly and allow people breaks. Some coaches are bringing a few sets of beginners equipment with them, so if you can do that please add on how many - and please make sure your equipment is identifiable too.

If your club can loan any equipment such as bosses, stands or clipboards we would love to hear from you - please let me know.

We have 27 days to go and I know we can once again make it an event to remember!

Kath Fitzpatrick

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Wakefield Albion cancelled

Wendy Fryer - 11 June 2016

The Wakefield Archers regret that they will not be holding their annual Albion competition in July this year.

We would appreciate it if winners from last year could return the trophies, either to a member of The Wakefield Archers at any forthcoming competition, or by post to:
    Georgina Lawrence
    22 Cleveland Garth
    WF2 8LP

We hope to reinstate the competition in July 2017. Apologies for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.

Wendy Fryer
The Wakefield Archers

Val Henty receives the Yorkshire Sword

Andy Wilkinson - 7 June 2016

The Yorkshire Sword for services to archery was presented to Valerie Henty at the YAA Championships on Sunday the 5th of June 2016 by YAA President Andrew Neal.


Val has been instrumental this year in helping in setting up the field, and helping out during the Yorkshire Tournament Weekends. Whilst not being a member of the county committee, she has committed to proving help on all three set up days and returned during the Saturday and Sunday when she could.

She took over the job of white lining the field this year, being promoted from apprentice (which she has done regularly over the last few years),and the job was completed in record time.

Despite a family wedding commitment on the third weekend she still turned up on time, did the job then set off to a wedding event with no fuss.

Val has become a regular feature in turning up to help set up, and, where possible, returning to help out on the Saturdays and Sundays at the YAA shoots at Wetherby over the last few years. Always sticking to the task in hand to its conclusion, often changing her prior plans to achieve this. Her help and support is valued by the others in the Work Party.

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator

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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