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Clout rankings

Andrew Neal - 27 December 2011

I have in my capacity of NCAS Tassel Award Administrator completed the Clout Tassel Award Rankings for 2011 and these have been placed on the NCAS website.

This year I have also completed a ranking for the Metric Clout.

I have also advised of my intention to complete a "mixed" round ranking for 2012 which is to include 3 imperial scores and 2 metric scores.

 NCAS site: Imperial clout rankings
 NCAS site: Metric clout rankings

Andrew Neal
NCAS Tassel Award Administrator

ArcheryGB facilities strategy document

Andy Wilkinson - 8 December 2011

ArcheryGB (the GNAS) has issued a draft version of a strategy document on archery facilities, and invites comments from all interested parties - individuals, clubs, counties and regions. The document was created in response to the results of a survey on archery facilities that was conducted earlier this year.

You have until Friday 30 December 2011 to submit any comments.

The strategy document:
 ArcheryGB: National Target Archery Facility Strategy - Draft

The associated news item:
 ArcheryGB: National Target Archery Facilities Strategy - Have your say

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator

Chantry 'On Target' newsletter recipients lost

Tony Jones - 1 December 2011

Due to a computer meltdown, many email addresses of archers who receive Chantry Bowmen of Rotherham's newsletter 'On Target' have been erased.

If you wish to continue receiving the newsletter, please let the editor, Tony Jones, know by emailing him on:

Tony Jones

Coaching WY - Community Amateur Sports Club workshop

Coaching West Yorkshire - 8 November 2011

Could your Club be a Community Amateur Sports Club?

Did you know an estimated £100 million per year is lost by sports clubs who are not registered as Community Amateur Sports Clubs (CASC)?

The CASC scheme was introduced in April 2002 and has enabled many local amateur sports clubs to register with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and benefit from a range of tax relief including a mandatory 80% rate relief and Gift Aid.

Make sure your club doesn't miss out and can spend more of its cash on things that matter. All you have to do is attend this practical CASC workshop, which gives you everything you need to find out if applying for CASC is right for your club and how to make an application.

Community Amateur Sports Club workshop

Venue: Cleckheaton Sports Club, The Pavilion, Bradford Road, Cleckheaton, West Yorkshire BD19 3UD

Dates: Wednesday 21st November, 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Cost: £30

Bookings To book on this course visit the Coaching West Yorkshire website - you'll also find details of other upcoming course here.

Five reasons to attend this CASC workshop:
 Learn about the benefits of CASC status to your club
 Increases your chances of a successful CASC application
 Benefit from the latest information that will save your club money!
 Get face-to face support from sports specialists
 Gain ideas and learn from other sports volunteers

You'll also get a helpful accompanying workbook that will help you understand how the scheme works and take advantage of the relief available.

To see how CASC status could benefit your club check out how it helped other clubs:
 Ashton-on-Mersey Cricket Club (PDF)
 Goodwood Bowls Club (PDF)
 Dorchester Sailing Club (PDF)

YooDo Sports

Andy Wilkinson - 19 October 2011 is a brand new, free online community website designed to encourage disabled people to become more active. The scheme is currently operating in North and West Yorkshire, prior to a national roll out in 2012.

Yoodo Sports is for anyone who is disabled or has a long term health condition and wants to get more active, and for anyone, with or without a disability, who wants to volunteer as a buddy to keep someone company and motivated to do regular sports and exercise. Yoodo Sports makes it easier to find someone to exercise with and have more fun.

We all know the advantages of regular exercise, from fighting obesity to reducing our chances of contracting certain long term illnesses, improving our mood to improving our physique. Yoodo Sports enables you to meet new people and get active.

It's very easy to join and get involved. The website provides a platform for finding activities, accessible facilities, buddies, buddy groups and clubs. Male or female, young or old, anybody over 18 years old can be a Yoodo Sports member or buddy, whatever your ability or fitness levels.

Yoodo Sports will also provide you with opportunities to feedback your experiences and will provide volunteer buddies with support and recognition for your contribution to the Yoodo Sports community.

You can join this exciting new community with just one click of the button; register at or alternatively you can ring the helpline on 08456 717173.It is also possible to register as a club to let people know what you have available. Panda Bowmen and Savile Bowmen have already registered, so thanks to them for being ahead of the game. The project is being run by Leonard Cheshire Disability with funding from Sport England.

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator

Inspired Facilities

Andy Wilkinson - 19 October 2011

Sport England have started a process to distribute £50m over 5 years to improve facilities.

The application process has been simplified compared to previous grant processes and there is also a catalogue of options to choose from including modular buildings all costed out including professional fees.

The first round of funding has already closed but the next one starts in February 2012.

Any club which owns their own facilities or has a long term (7 years plus) lease should look at this programme to improve their facilities. This is a capital grant programme and is for grounds and buildings, although kit might be added as part of a bigger project.

It is important to include in the bid a view of how this will increase participation, particularly in the post 16 age groups, as this is a priority for Sport England at the moment. Local council Sport Development officers and County Sport Partnerships are aware of the programme and should be able to offer advice and help with bids. This is a national programme and there is no regional allocation so the quality of the bid will determine the outcome.

Remember the aim is to improve facilities and therefore increase participation. Lets get some of this money coming to archery and in Yorkshire.

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator

29th Annual Isle of Man Student Festival of Sport 2012

Helen Pope - 14 October 2011

Incorporating the long standing ARCHERY competition

The Isle of Man Student Festival of Sport 2012 will be held from the 29th of March to the 2nd of April.

This will be our 29th Annual Competition specialising in lots of different sports, but mainly archery. Please see our leaflet:
 IoM Student Festival of Sport 2012 leaflet (PDF)

We hope that our leaflet explains everything but if not, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or myself personally on 07624 483346. Alternatively please have a look at our website:

As many of the teams have attended the competition every year, we are sure that you will also enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

Helen Pope, Group Travel Manager
On Behalf of the Isle of Man Student Festival of Sport

Archery UK magazine: Calling all longbow craftsmen

Jane Percival - 14 October 2011

Are you a longbow craftsman? Are you one of Britain's growing band of longbow makers? If so, Archery UK wants to hear from you!

We want to hear about your experience, how you got involved and the creative process. Is demand growing? Is the profile of your customer base changing? How do you actually go about making a bow?

We want to know for a feature in the winter edition - but be quick, the deadline is looming!

If you can help, get in touch at:
by 25 October.

 Archery GB: Calling all longbow craftsmen

Jane Percival
Editor, Archery UK

The Selby AC ShootDown for Dummies

Mike and Amanda Bartram - 8 October 2011

Selby Archers will be holding a ShootDown tournament on Saturday the 29th of October. It's intended to be a fun way of kicking off the indoor season, so we thought we'd better remove any mystery with this easy-to-use pull-out guide for dummies.

It's very simple really. Firstly, there's a qualifying round which is 3 dozen on a Portsmouth face (60 cm) to determine a seeding.

The seeding list will be divided into flights or teams of four who will have a series of head-to-head matches, with the winner staying on. Basically the fourth seed in each flight will shoot against the third, the winner stays on and shoots against the second and so on.

The five "winners" will have a head-to-head series with fifth against fourth etc, the order determined by the original seeding.

While the above goes on, the bottom two in each flight will shoot a head to head as a pair against the other flight pairs. The order determined also by the original seeding.

All will be explained on the day. If I can figure it out.

Mike Bartram, Club Captain
Amanda Bartram, Vice Chairperson
Selby Archery Club

NCAS Intercounties Seniors match, 2nd October 2011

2 October 2011

Yorkshire's senior team emulated the successes of the juniors at today's Intercounties match at the ground of Assheton Bowmen in Manchester.

The Ladies Compound team of Amanda Bartram, Gemma Breese and Gayle Cogan won their category. The Recurve teams won the Guss Moses Horn. And Izabela Modras achieved her third Master Bowman score. Izabela was one of several YAA archers who shot personal bests and season's bests.

Well done to all the Yorkshire team members!

Photo courtesy of Gemma Breese.

Yorkshire Team training day at Selby

Deb Pasley - 25 September 2011

On Saturday 24th September, 10 members of the 2011 Yorkshire Team met at Selby to spend a day practicing together ahead of the NCAS 5 counties tournament. We all had a great day, the weather was wonderful and good shooting was had by all.

We would like to say thank you to Selby Archers for allowing us to use their ground and equipment. Fingers crossed for next weekend!

Deb Pasley, on behalf of the Yorkshire Team 2011

Amy claims bronze

18 September 2011

Amy Oliver of Dearne Valley Archery Club won bronze in the finals of the Archery GB National Series today.

Amy finished second in the ranking round to Naomi Folkard. She won through the eliminations to meet third-placed Alison Williamson in the semi finals. Williamson won, and went on to claim silver in the final match against Charlotte Burgess.

Amy faced Naomi Folkard in the bronze medal match. Naomi won the first end by 28-25, but Amy won the next three by 27-25, 26-25 and 28-27, giving her bronze.

The YAA sends its congratulations to Amy!

Chelle wins European silver

16 September 2011

Michelle Kiddy of Dearne Valley Archery Club today won European silver as part of the Great Britain Ladies team at the European Field Archery Championships in Montevachi, Italy.

GBR beat Germany in the quarter finals by 98 points to 93, then overcame the Netherlands in the semi finals by 44 points to 34. They met hosts Italy in the final. The home team won this match, unfortunately! But GBR have every reason to be happy with a well-won silver.

Congratulations from the YAA to Michelle and her team mates.

NCAS junior indoor postal league

16 September 2011

The Northern Counties Archery Society has announced details of this winter's junior indoor postal league.

The league will be based on scores shot in the Portsmouth round from November 2011 till March 2012 (inclusive). Age groups, based on the archers age on the 1st of November 2011, are:
 under 10
 under 12
 under 14
 under 16
 under 18

Recognised bow styles are recurve, compound, longbow and barebow. Recognised genders are male (boys) and female (girls).

To be eligible for an award, at least 3 monthly rounds must be entered

Full details:
 NCAS junior postal league flyer (DOC)

Bronte trophies

14 September 2011

Bronte Archers have a large number of unreturned trophies in the wild. At Sunday's Back-End Westerns, the club only had the team trophies and the Jack & Jill trophies available for this year's winners - no other trophies were returned.

Lez Newsome (Bronte President) asks anyone who has a Bronte trophy that they won before 2011 to return it to him at Aardvark Archery, please, so they can be passed to this year's winners.

Bronte's Back-End Western trophies, as they were in 2007

Score submissions for Intercounties matches

Michelle Kiddy - 24 August 2011

The e-mail address on the submissions form for adults was wrong - it should read It has now been corrected.

Please get your submissions in. There is still a lack of submissions for:
 Ladies Recurve
 Gents Recurve
 Gents Compound
 Gents Longbow
 Junior Girl Recurve
 Junior Boy Recurve
 Junior Girl Compound
 Junior Girl Longbow
 Junior Boy Longbow

The forms can be found here:

 YAA Intercounties Facebook page (login required)

Michelle Kiddy
County Teams Coordinator

Amanda and Gayle are Masters of the art

21 August 2011

Amanda Bartram of Selby Archers and Gayle Cogan of Nova Bowmen today achieved their third Master Bowman scores at Abbeydale's shoot.

Gayle's score was somewhat nerve-wracking, going right down to the last arrow. She dug deep and drew on the good support she's had from fellow archers this year. She says: "I would like to thank my coach Andy Arnold for all his help and patience and also my fellow archers for all their support".

Congratulations from the YAA to Amanda and Gayle!

YAA tournament traffic lights rehoused

Dave Phillips - 19 August 2011

The YAA traffic light equipment which had become surplus to requirements has now been disposed of by transfer to a Yorkshire club. We believe this particular club, All Abilities Archery, will be able to make especially good use of the equipment, given its good work with deaf archers.

Dave Phillips
YAA Treasurer

Dani and Sarah in the medals

18 August 2011

Danielle Brown and Sarah Beamish have won an impressive array of gold and silver medals at the Paralympic World Ranking event which has just been held in Nymburk in the Czech Republic.

Dani and Sarah faced each other in the individual Ladies Compound final, after they cut through the elimination rounds in fine style. Dani won this showdown.

They teamed up with Pippa Britton to win gold in the Ladies Compound team final.

Dani teamed up with John Stubbs to win gold in the Mixed Compound team final.

Their performances were part of a very impressive performance by the Great Britain squad, which won eight golds, three silvers and two bronzes.

Congratulations from the YAA to Sarah, Dani and all the other GB representatives!

More details:
 Archery GB: GB archers return home with medals galore from Nymburk

Dani and Sarah to meet in final

15 August 2011

Danielle Brown and Sarah Beamish will face each other in the final of the Paralympic World Ranking event being held in Nymburk in the Czech Republic.

They finished first and third respectively in the Ladies Compound ranking round, with GB team mate Pippa Britton in second. They won through today's eliminations, and will now meet in the final, which will be held on Wednesday the 17th of August.

Dani and Sarah to meet in final

15 August 2011

Danielle Brown and Sarah Beamish will face each other in the final of the Paralympic World Ranking event being held in Nymburk in the Czech Republic.

They finished first and third respectively in the Ladies Compound ranking round, with GB team mate Pippa Britton in second. They won through today's eliminations, and will now meet in the final, which will be held on Wednesday the 17th of August.

Georgie and Mark excel at BTC

15 August 2011

Georgina Brown and Mark Farrow performed extremely well at the British Target Championships 2011 on the 13th and 14th of August.

Mark, of the Company of Scorton Archers, finished fourth in the Gents Recurve category. He shot Gents FITA scores of 1287 on Saturday and 1267 on Sunday, giving a total for the Double Gents FITA of 2554. This is a new Yorkshire record. Mark was also part of the victorious England Recurve team.

Georgie finished fourth in the Ladies Compound category. She shot 1365 on Saturday and and 1375 on Sunday, making 2740 for the Double Ladies FITA.

Richard Seekins joins the MB class

9 August 2011

Richard Seekins of Nova Bowmen is the latest Yorkshire archer to achieve Master Bowman. He shot the required third score at the Cheshire weekend. In addition, he has achieved his 1200 Rose and 1300 FITA Star.

Richard says: "This is down to my coach Andy Arnold, with help from Martin Holtby too, and Aardvark Archery, my club team mates at Nova Bowmen (especially Gayle Cogan) and lots and lots of people I have pestered the life out for help and tips etc."

Congratulations from the YAA to Richard!

Dani named IPC Athlete of the Month

9 August 2011

Danielle Brown has been named the International Paralympic Committee's (IPC) Athlete of the Month. This is the latest in a long stream of prestigious awards for the Skipton archer.

She won 29 percent of the vote against a strong field which included Dutch wheelchair tennis pair Maikel Scheffers and Ronald Vink, who won the men's doubles at the British Open and Wimbledon.

Congratulations to Dani!

More details:
 Archery GB: Dani scoops another major international honour

Yorkshire archers rack up MB scores

1 August 2011

Paul Jones of Wolds Archers has gained his third score for Master Bowman classification this weekend, at the Grand Northern Archery Meeting in Eccles. Paul's always been seen as one of the county's best archers, but it's actually taken him 15 years to crack MB.

He expresses his thanks to Martin Holtby and all the coaches at the county squad for all the help and support over the last few years.

Yorkshire had a great weekend at the Grand Northern. Amanda Bartram (Selby Archers) and Gayle Cogan (Nova Bowmen) each racked up Master Bowman scores on both days.

Congratulations to Paul, Gayle and Amanda on these masterly performances!

Dani is Paralympic World Champion

17 July 2011

Danielle Brown has retained her Women's Compound world title at the Paralympic World Championships in Turin. Dani beat Russia's Stepanida Artakhinova by 7 points to 3 over five ends. The match was tight until Dani won the fifth end by 29 points to 25.

Dani and Stepanida faced each other three times today, with the Russian gaining the golds in the team events.

Dani and John Stubbs had to settle for silver in the Mixed Compound Team final, with Russia narrowly winning by 154 points to 153.

Russia had a more emphatic victory over Great Britain's Women's Compound Team, consisting of Dani, Sarah Beamish and Pippa Britton, winning by 211 points to 199.

With gold for Dani, and silvers for Sarah and Dani, Yorkshire had an excellent Paralympic World Champs! Congratulations to Dani and Sarah from all at the YAA.

More on today's matches:
 Archery GB: Dani is GB's golden girl yet again
 Archery GB: A golden double and silver treble for GB archers in Turin

Dani and Sarah going for gold in Turin

16 July 2011

Danielle Brown will be shooting in the Women's Compound gold medal match on Sunday at the Paralympic World Championships in Turin.

Dani beat Ainara Badiola of Spain by 6 points to 2 in the quarter finals, then beat Min Yi Chen of China by 7 points to 1 in the semi finals to earn a place in the final against Stepanida Artakhinova of Russia.

Sarah Beamish of York Archers Society was knocked out of the last 16 by Min Yi Chen. Sarah shot equal scores to Chen in two ends, but was beaten by a single point in the other two ends.

Dani and Sarah will team up with Pippa Britton when Great Britain takes on Russia in Sunday's Women's Compound Team final.

Dani will also team up with John Stubbs for Sunday's Mixed Compound Team final against...Russia again!

Best wishes to Dani, Sarah and their team mates for tomorrow's matches.
More details:
 Archery GB: Thumbs up, as GB archers chase six World Championship medals

Request from Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Colin Fairburn - 14 July 2011

Wentbridge House Hotel, near Pontefract, are holding a Gala on Monday 1st August (Yorkshire Day), and have asked if any archery club would like to hold a Have a Go at the event. The hotel will pay the club for their time, and all proceeds from the day will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity.

Any interested clubs please contact Kerry (Yorkshire Air Ambulance co-ordinator) on 07825 560365 as soon as possible.

Colin Fairburn

Dani takes the lead in Turin

11 July 2011

Danielle Brown has made a flying start to the defence of her Women's Compound title at the Paralympic World Championships in Turin. She scored 1386 in the Ladies FITA qualifying round to finish top, 11 points ahead of Sweden's Zandra Reppe.

Sarah Beamish of York Archers Society teamed up with Dani and Pippa Britton to form the Great Britain Women's Compound team, which finished second in the qualifying round to Russia.

Dani's score was combined with the 1365 (Gents FITA) of John Stubbs to give the Great Britain Mixed Compound team a score of 2751, putting them in the lead by 35 points over Sweden.

Yorkshire's other representative at the Paralympic World Championships is Richard Breese of Bronte Archers, who is working as a judge. He also had a good day, despite the punishing heat.

Best wishes to Dani, Sarah and Richard for a good Championships.

Amy and Larry win Mixed Recurve Team bronze at the Worlds

10 July 2011

Amy Oliver and Larry Godfrey have beaten Poland in the third-place match to win bronze in the Mixed Recurve Team category at the World Championships in Turin.

Amy and Larry were convincing winners. They had a seven point lead by the halfway mark, and won by 147 points to 139.

Congratulations to Amy from all at the YAA.

More details:
 Archery GB: Bronze joy for Amy and Larry at World Championships

 Amy Oliver official website

Amy's great start at the Worlds

6 July 2011

Amy Oliver has made a great start at the World Championships in Turin. She shot a combined score of 1340 in the qualifying rounds, a new personal best, to finish as 10th seed for the individual head-to-head rounds. She'll face Un Hyang Ryu of North Korea on the 7th of July.
Amy paired up with Larry Godfrey for the Mixed Recurve team event. After overcoming Mongolia by 148 points to 142, they faced second seeds Chinese Taipei. The teams were level after the first end, then GB took a one-point lead. They extended this to two points with four arrows to go, but then Chinese Taipei pulled back level on the next arrow. They remained level until the very last arrow - Chinese Taipei shot a 9, GB shot a 10, giving Amy and Larry victory.
GB met Mexico in the semi-final. The two teams were neck and neck after the first two ends, but then Mexico pulled ahead to win by 145 points to 140.

The GB Women Recurve team, consisting of Amy, Alison Williamson and Naomi Folkard, finished 7th in the qualifiers. They were narrowly beaten in the elimination stage by Russia. Russia took the lead initially, by 51 to 50 points after 6 arrows. GB pulled back to take the lead by 159 to 158 after 12 arrows. But Russia snatched it back to win by 214 points to 213.

 Amy Oliver official website

European Masters Games

Claudio Canesin - 30 June 2011

The European Masters Games, open to athletes aged 35 and over, will be held in the Italian seaside resort of Lignano Sabbiadoro from the 10th to the 20th of September 2011. The archery event will last from the 13th to the 16th of September. The archery event will have the age classes of 40+, 50+ and 60+.

All archery entrants must be members of an EMAU (European-Mediterranean Archery Union) affiliated national governing body (such as the GNAS/Archery GB).

Although athletes will not officially be representing their nations, we're expecting entrants from over 50 countries to collaborate in rendering this event unique and colourful.

The closing date for entries is the 31st of July 2011. Athlete registration costs 120 Euros, coach registration costs 60 Euros.

Full details in English:
 European Masters Games (English language page)

Full details in Italian:
 European Masters Games (Italian language page)

Claudio Canesin
Sport Organizing Committee, European Masters Games

Sport for Life, Sport for All

Amy takes the lead

27 June 2011

Amy Oliver has taken the lead in the Ladies Recurve category of the Archery GB National Series.

Amy, of Dearne Valley Archery Club, won the third leg of the series, which was held at Lilleshall on the 25th and 26th of June. She beat defending champion Naomi Folkard in the head-to-head shootout, which came down to a nail-biting one-arrow shoot-off.

Combined with her third places in the previous two legs, this puts her top of the Ladies Recurve standings.

Congratulations and best wishes to Amy from the YAA.

Full story:
 Archery GB: Oliver's Army is heading to Liverpool as Amy wins at Lilleshall

 Archery GB: National Summer Event results

Amy's homepage:
 Amy Oliver official website

AGB National Series homepage:
 Archery GB National Series 2011

Yorkshire successes at the 157th GNAM

26 June 2011

Yorkshire archers launched an audacious raid on Lilleshall's trophy cabinet at the 157th Grand National Archery Meeting, which was held over three days from the 22nd to the 24th of June.

Deb Pasley (Ladies Recurve) of York Archers Society was third in the Hereford, receiving a gilt spider. She also received salvers for most hits overall and most hits at 80 yards. She was second in the Long National. She was awarded the GNAS Challenge Tankard and Gilt Medal for being the highest on handicap-adjusted scoring over the three days.

Derise Smith (Ladies Recurve) of Wakefield Archers was fourth on score in the Hereford, and received a silver spider for her score at 80 yards. She also received the Beck Quiver for most hits in the Double National round. She finished third in the Long National.

Deb and Derise made up the winning county team (Yorkshire, of course), receiving the Walrond Cup and Brooches.

Sarah Beamish (Ladies Compound) of York Archers Society finished fourth in the Long National.

Congratulations to Deb, Derise and Sarah from the YAA.

 Archery GB: GNAM 2011 results

Medals for Dani and Sarah

19 June 2011

Danielle Brown and Sarah Beamish are among the British Paralympic archers who have won medals at the Stoke Mandeville Invitational tournament.

Dani was the individual Gold Medallist in Women's Compound, beating GB team mate Mel Clarke.

Sarah, Dani and Pippa Britton won team silver for Great Britain in Women's Compound.

Congratulations to Dani and Sarah, and best wishes for the upcoming World Championships.

Full story:
 Archery GB: Ten good reasons to be confident ahead of the World Championships!

Dani Brown and Mark Farrow win at UK Masters

7 June 2011

Danielle Brown and Mark Farrow have won their respective titles at the UK Masters 2011, which were held at Lilleshall on the 4th and 5th of June.

Dani Brown dominated the Ladies Compound events. She finished top in all three disciplines - the FITA 50 metres, the Head-To-Head, and the Ladies FITA. The final rankings are decided by adding each archer's positions in the three events, and the one with the lowest points wins. Dani had a perfect 3 points, 13 better than nearest rival Nichola Simpson.

Dani's sister Georgie also did very well, finishing 5th overall in Ladies Compound.

Mark Farrow, of the Company of Scorton Archers, finished 4th in the FITA 70 metres, 4th in the Head-To-Head, and 3rd in the Gents FITA (with a superb score of 1281). His combined positions from the three disciplines - 4 plus 4 plus 3 - gave him 11 points, 3 points better than second placed Colin Wysall.

Mark Franklin of York Archers Society also did well, finishing 3rd in Gents Compound. In a very tightly contested category, he finished 5th in the 50 metre ranking round, 3rd in the Head-to-Head, and 6th in the Gents FITA with a score of 1368.

Congratulations to Dani, Mark, Mark and Georgie on these masterful performances!

More details:
 Archery GB: Dominating Dani is a masterful champion!

 Archery GB: UK Masters results

 WinkBall: interviews with UK Masters competitors

Karen Winsett awarded the Yorkshire Sword

6 June 2011

Karen Winsett was presented with the Yorkshire Sword at the annual county championships at Wetherby on the 5th of June 2011. This was in recognition for her outstanding service as a judge for many years, and her excellent work in the role of Yorkshire's Judges Liaison Officer.

Karen was nominated by Dennis Heritage, Judge and County Chairman. The citation reads:
It is my opinion that this nomination for the Yorkshire Sword is one of the most deserved we have had for a long time. She has worked tirelessly to further the cause of judging within the county. She is always on the lookout to increase the judging team and she gives full backup to judges from National down to Candidate beginners. The training and mentoring is all organised by her. After all that she has to organise the assessments of judges up to Regional level. The next phase of the job is the unenviable task of allocating judges to tournaments around the county. It can be quite a daunting job; I know, I have done it myself. So as you can see I have no problem in proposing Karen Winsett for the Yorkshire Sword.

Karen being presented with the Yorkshire Sword by YAA Secretary Andy Wilkinson.

Selby AC Shootdown

Mike and Amanda Bartram - 19 May 2011

Selby Archers would like to promote a new fun shoot to kick off the Indoor Season. A shoot-down style tournament with head to head will be shot on Saturday 29th October.

Preference initially will be given to visitors but Selby Archery Club members are not prevented from entering.

Selby Archery Club members please note it is the Captain's intention to propose a similar competition for club members for the 2011 Christmas Fuddle instead of the Frostbite.

 Selby Archery Club 1st Indoor Tournament

Note (26th August 2011): Spaces are still available.

Mike Bartram, Club Captain
Amanda Bartram, Vice Chairperson
Selby Archery Club

Mark Croker receives the Yorkshire Award

14 May 2011

Mark Croker of East Park Archers, Hull, today received the Yorkshire Award from the County Secretary Andy Wilkinson, in recognition of his tireless work for the club since its inception.

The citation reads:
We at East Park Archers (Hull) would like to nominate Mark for his dedication to the above mentioned club and its members. He started the club with his own money to buy targets, bosses, bows etc, and from a group of four, we now, eight months later, have about twenty members.

Mark is in constant pain and suffers from a number of illnesses, one of which resulted in him losing a finger, but he still continues to help people to learn to shoot. Without his hard work and time we wouldn't have the happy, friendly club, indeed group of friends we have today.

All the members have asked me to nominate Mark.

Elizabeth A Croker on behalf of East Park Archers

Mark Croker and Andy Wilkinson

Invitation to try Big Game 3D field archery

Colin Fairburn - 23 April 2011

Ever wanted to try big game 3D field archery?

Stonebow Field Archers, based near Thirsk, are inviting GNAS members to come and have a go at shooting their unmarked, full-3D 30-target course. Whilst we are an NFAS club, we also have our own insurance which enables any archer from any society to come and give it a try.

Just 13 minutes from the A1, we are easy to get to and a very welcoming club. So come on, give it a go!

For more information, visit our website at:
 Stonebow Field Archers
and/or email us at:

St George Longbow Shoot and Royal Armouries Arrow

David O'Carroll - 23 April 2011

The Custodians are pleased to announce that the shoot-off for the Royal Armouries Arrow was won by Lewis Mitchell of Arrowflight. The Bowmen of Adel hosted the competition again with the Royal Society of St. George at the Morley Rugby Ground, Scatcherd Lane, Morley, West Yorkshire on Sunday 17th April 2011.

The winners of the Western round on hits were:
 Jane Motson - ladies;
 Colin Hope - gentlemen;
 and Toby Johnson - junior.

Full results are available on the Bowmen of Adel website:
 Bowmen of Adel
 St George and Royal Armouries Arrow results

Message to club secretaries from the Archery GB Press Relations Officer

Jane Percival - 18 April 2011


Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jane Percival and I am the new editor of Archery UK - and your new press relations officer.

This is an exciting time for Archery GB. A real momentum is building, starting with the 150th anniversary, the World Championships, the World Para Championships, the World Cup and the Olympic trials, to name but a few. But these are not isolated events - they are part of the build-up to the Olympics and Paralympics. And it is the perfect time to put British archery where it deserves to be - firmly in the limelight.

As the Olympics get closer, there will be lots in the press about our elite archers. But the story doesn't end there. Your stories are just as important.

We all know how great archery is - now it's time to let everyone else in on the secret. You are the first point of contact for anyone who wants to get involved in the sport. It's you who will raise the profile of archery in your community.

So if you have a great story, please let me know and I will help you get it into the news.

And if you already have a good relationship with the press that's great but please, copy me into the emails so that I can keep track of what's being published and where.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,
Jane Percival
Archery GB Press Relations Officer
Editor, Archery UK

Hit it for Heather

Jean Horwood - 20 March 2011

Dear All

A date has finally been set for Heather Urquhart's Memorial Clout, taking place at the Stewartry Archers in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway on 8th May. Although GNAS rules will be strictly observed for safety reasons, the club is not affiliated to GNAS, and carries its own insurance.
 Hit It For Heather - details and entry form (PDF)

Clouts will be set at the usual distances, and archers may keep their own scores as this is not a competition. Six arrow ends may be shot according to numbers present, in order to facilitate an early finish for those who have to travel.

We hope that this will be a social gathering of clout archers from across Northern Counties and Scotland who knew Heather and to celebrate the years she shot amongst us.

Jean Horwood
Ebor Archers

Yorkshire Award recipients March 2011

13 March 2011

Tony Carpenter and Patrick Revell became the latest recipients of the Yorkshire Award at today's YAA Indoor Championships. They were presented with the awards by the YAA's new President, Andrew Neal.

Patrick Revell

Patrick set up Hull's first all inclusive archery club in May 2009. Since then the club has become one of the biggest archery clubs within the Humber region. Patrick has worked hard to develop All Abilities Archery Club and it shows. The club has a variety of people who have a varied range of disabilities including:
 people who have visual impairments;
 hearing impaired;
 mental health issues;
 learning and physical disabilities.
Patrick has come up with new ways to adapt to any ability.
Christopher Oakley

Tony Carpenter

Tony Carpenter has been in the sport for less than three years, but in those few years he has thrown himself wholeheartedly into the sport at club level, rapidly making himself invaluable to the club in every aspect of its activities, and contributing far more than most can manage in such a short time. He has also found time enough for his own shooting to gain a place on the YAA Senior Squad.

He is a stalwart of the club committee, taking on the PRO work, establishing an electronic newsletter for members and ensuring all members are kept up to date with events and forthcoming activities.

He has worked tirelessly at our open tournaments in the organisation of field party, field layout and setting up, catering - wherever help is needed Tony will be there. Today has been just one example; at the Early Bird tournament, even after 8 hours on the field of constant activity, he was still working to the last minute, making sure everything went smoothly. Yesterday he supported the beginners course, bringing his kids to YAA squad at the same time, and rounding up club members to make sure the field party was large and effective - drumming up the "Blue Army" ready for action.

Because of his enthusiasm for the sport, his whole family now shoot, and the Carpenter children are well known already not only for their high achievements in their first year, but also for their good manners and delightful personalities. I am sure this is no small way due to the example set by Tony and his wife Sophie - the constant example of a strong work ethic, love for the sport and drive to make everything work well for the club that Tony displays. He is certainly a hard worker and is valued for those qualities he brings to the club.

I truly feel he will be around for a long time in the sport, and is certainly a most worthy "unsung hero" recipient of this award.

Kath & Mick Fitzpatrick
Barnsley AC

The Leather Archer

25 February 2011

Well-known longbow archer Carol Hall has launched a small business manufacturing hand-stitched leather archery goods with a medieval theme. Her company, The Leather Archer, makes quivers, pouches, bags, bracers and belts of various designs and sizes, which can be customised to your requirements.
 Archers Review: The Leather Archer side quiver
 01843 582995

Northern Counties Archery Society AGM 2011

Ann Shepherd - 25 February 2011

The Annual General Meeting of N.C.A.S. will take place on Saturday 19th March 2011 at 10:30 AM at the Wetherby & District Social Club, Sandbeck Way, Wetherby, Yorkshire LS22 7DN.


  1. Apologies for Absence.
  2. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of 2010.
  3. Matters Arising.
  4. Chairman's Report: Charlie Hall
  5. Treasurer's Report: Mike Shepherd
  6. Officers Reports:
    • Vice Chairman: John Davnall
    • Secretary: Ann Shepherd
    • Regional Coaching Organiser: Kath Fitzpatrick
    • Judges Liaison Officer Neil Foden
    • P.R.O: Tony George
    • Junior: Peter Galbraith
    • Flight: Tony Bakes
    • Clout: Andrew Neal
    • Field: Tony Tideswell
    • E.A.F. Rep: Karen McMillan / Steve Richardson
    • Child Protection Nick Beeson
  7. Affiliation Fees. It is proposed to raise the Society's fees to the following amounts:
    • Senior fee £2.00
    • Junior fee £1.00
    • University Club £10.00
    • Disabled clubs and School clubs fees to remain at £1.00
  8. The Committee has become aware over the last year that the Regional Constitution requires revision to update some sections. A copy showing the proposed changes has been provided to club secretaries and the Committee propose that this revised edition be accepted.
  9. Election of Officers
    • Chairman
    • Vice Chairman
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Regional Coaching Officer
    • Judges Liaison Officer
    • Junior Organiser
    • Flight Representative
    • Clout Representative
    • Field Archery Representative
    • Press Relations Officer
    • E.A.F. Representative
    • Auditor
Nominations have been received so far for the following positions:
  • Treasurer: Nick Beeson
All other officers are willing to stand again so are automatically nominated.
After the formal meeting is concluded it is hoped that members will raise any relevant archery topics.

GNAS/AGB 150th anniversary celebrations

Kath Fitzpatrick - 11 February 2011

ArcheryGB are planning a series of awards to be made at county and regional level at a gala dinner to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the formation of the society. Details of plans for the Big Celebration have been on the Archery GB website for a while, and the two awards are now open for submissions. Submissions can be made through online forms, and the details are shown below with links to the forms, or you can download from the home page of the Archery GB website.

Unsung Hero - 150th Anniversary Volunteering Awards

Why not nominate your unsung hero for a 150th Anniversary Volunteering award? We want to reward the ‘unsung heroes' who make a significant contribution to archery at a grassroots level. It could be someone who has dedicated their time to helping others into the sport, been a vital presence at events and tournaments, or acted as an inspiration for others. There will be one winner from each region and an overall winner. To nominate people for the awards, please use the form below. The national winner will be chosen by the awards panel (chaired by Director Finance & General Purposes) and announced at the gala dinner in July.
 Unsung Hero nomination form

President's Medal

We will be creating 150 President's medals that will be awarded to any club, county or region. They can then award it in any fashion to a member such as at a shoot or for volunteering service.
The only stipulation is that we will call upon a number to contribute a short story for the web site and magazine, so you should have a story and some digital pictures ready.
If we are oversubscribed, then we will select recipients by ballot.
Closing date is 4 April.
 President's Medal Application

150th anniversary badge

A new 150th anniversary badge is available from the GNAS/AGB shop:
 AGB shop - 150th anniversary badge

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer
Northern Counties Regional Coaching Officer

Kath Fitzpatrick Associates
 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Heather Urquhart - proposed memorial clout shoot

Jean Horwood - 1 February 2011

Dear All

Felicity Gelder from Castle Douglas, who did so much for the recently departed Heather Urquhart, wants to put on a memorial clout for her and I suggested that archers from around Northern Counties might want to share in this event with the Scottish archers. At the moment there is no date for this, but the dates of 18th or 19th June are being considered. Felicity's club is not affiliated to GNAS, but it carries its own insurance with AXA and she has emailed me a copy of the certificate. The local council have also agreed to rope off a public footpath for the day, so that the full 180yds plus overshoot can be reached. Heather was a highly respected member of the community.

Obviously, this will not be record status and it will more than likely clash with other competitions, but Heather left instructions for a celebration of her life together with champagne to be served, and this seems an appropriate way of remembering her.

I'd like to take a straw poll around all the clout fraternity and find out how many would be interested in travelling up to Castle Douglas for this one-off event. Once Felicity has an idea of numbers she can go ahead and make plans and draw up an entry form. Naturally, it's a long way and times are hard, so I'm not expecting many takers. I've asked her to make it a double one-way starting at 11ish with champagne and nibbles at half time. People should be away by 4.30ish with plenty of daylight left. There will be a small fee to cover the champagne.

Please send your response to the YAA webmaster, who will pass it on:

Jean Horwood
Ebor Archers

303rd Antient Scorton Silver Arrow

Philip Rolls - 25 January 2011

Dear Archer,

The venue and details for the 303rd Antient Scorton Silver Arrow are now confirmed for Saturday 21 May 2011 at Spen Valley Sports College, WF15 7LX.

Entry Forms, Guidance Notes, Location Map, Accommodation details and even an Advertising Poster that can be downloaded and printed off for your Club House are all available now from our website:
 The Society of Archers
 Entry details

Let's hope the sun god is with us this year after the winter we have just had.

Kind regards,
Philip Rolls
Website Editor, The Society of Archers

Reminder of Rule 26: All Gentlemen taking Luncheon with the Captain and Lieutenant shall wear a Jacket or Blazer and Tie or Cravat.
Note also that following Luncheon, all guests who have NOT shot in the Competition will be required to vacate the dining room whilst the Annual General Meeting takes place.

Peter Jackman RIP

Andy Wilkinson - 21 January 2011

Peter Jackman, one of the founding members of the Bowmen of Leeds, died on 4th of January 2011.

Peter was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1937 and after moving around the world ended up as a draughtsman at the Royal Ordnance Factory at Barnbow in Crossgates, Leeds. In the mid-seventies along with fellow employees he founded the ROF Bowmen of Leeds. Once they were left with only one member still an employee, they moved out of the factory and became the Bowmen of Leeds, shooting indoors at our current home of the Miners Welfare in Garforth.

I first met Peter in the early noughties when I went along with my son to start a beginners' course. Peter fired my enthusiasm which has still not waned and started me on my archery "career". I still don't know how Peter managed to get me to become club chairman but that soft Geordie voice was very persuasive.

Peter died peacefully in St Leonard's Hospice, York.

Andy Wilkinson
Chairman, Bowmen of Leeds

Heather Urquhart

Jean Horwood - 17 January 2011

It is with great sadness that I inform all clout archers of the passing of Heather Urquhart on 17th January after a very swift and sudden battle with cancer.

Although Heather lived in Scotland, her larger-than-life figure was a familiar sight throughout the whole of Northern Counties.

Heather's forte was flight and clout, and she set many Scottish compound records and some national and international records as well. Two years ago she took up the longbow, and in August 2010 set a new 180 yd one-way single clout national record at St George's AC, Harrogate.

A kind, warm-hearted and delightfully unique person, she will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Jean Horwood
Ebor Archers

Kath Fitzpatrick - 17 January 2011

It was with great sadness that I read of Heather's death today. She was a great character, very gentle but with great spirit and sense of fun, always a pleasure to shoot with. She will be a great loss on the clout field, and our heartfelt best wishes go to her family and friends - a great loss to the archery community.

Kath Fitzpatrick
Barnsley Archery Club

Break-in at Merlin Archery Centre

Ben Jones - 17 January 2011

Please keep an eye out on eBay and elsewhere for any Bear Compound bows. We had a break-in last night (16th January 2011) and 21 compound bows were stolen. A few other models, but mostly camo Bears.

Ben Jones
 Merlin Archery Centre

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