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Holiday shooting schedule

With the holiday period fast approaching, we can confirm the shooting schedule for the next few weeks...

  • Wed 19th Dec (7pm-10pm): Sawston VC
  • Sat 22nd Dec (10am-Noon): Netherhall School
  • Wed 26th Dec: No shooting
  • Fri 28th Dec (1pm-3pm): Frostbite round. Hills Road Sixth Form College playing fields (Sedley Taylor Rd.)
  • Sat 29th Dec: No shooting
  • Wed 2nd Dec: No shooting
  • Sat 5th Dec (10am-Noon): Netherhall School
  • Tue 8th Dec (8pm-10pm): Netherhall School

Cancellation of some archery sessions

The following archery sessions have been cancelled:

  1. Shooting on Wednesday 28th November at Sawston will have to be cancelled due to the hall being used for school exams.
  2. Unfortunately shooting on Saturday 8th December at Netherhall will have to be cancelled as the sports centre has been selected to host the national Goalball championships. We have been offered Sunday 9th December (the following day), same time slot (10-12) for free so rather than not shoot at all that week, we've decided to go with the Sunday (at no cost to the club!)
  3. Mid-week shooting after Christmas. Watch this space. We're sorting paperwork and expect to be shooting at Netherhall mid-week after Christmas.

Maggie's back for winter season coaching

The Club was delighted to welcome Maggie Squires back for the start of the winter season and a new series of coaching sessions.

Kevin, Tytn, Vanessa and John were the first to benefit from the video analysis and 1-2-1 coaching and no doubt have plenty of 'skills & drills' to keep them busy until their next session!

Here's a selection of pictures from the day.

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More competition success for club members

Club members have been at it again. This time at Ely Archers 5th Annual Portsmouth competition held at Littleport Leisure Centre.

Mary Watson, Philip Watson and Tytn Hays took the Bronze medal in the team division and Philip Watson took the Gold medal for the Double Portsmouth.

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Well done to all!

Club members turn out in force for Maggie Squires coaching

Members were out in force for the third in a series of highly successful coaching sessions we've been running during the outdoor season this year.

Lead by County Coach, Maggie Squires, members have been getting to grips with a host of important details on form and equipment which will really pay dividends in the coming months.

Francois and Luke our Webmaster were on hand with cameras to capture candid shots during the day which you can see in the gallery here.

Netherhall members victorious at local shoot

Sunday saw the annual Jolly Archers Open York/Hereford/Bristol shoot. This year, Jolly's were kind enough to also offer a series of National rounds which provided the ideal opportunity to introduce a few of our new members to the joy's of competition.

Full of anticipation, club coaches Mary and Philip took Tytn and Sarah along to shoot National and Short National rounds with them.

The team at Jolly Archers were, as always, perfect hosts with a great field party and tournament organiser in John Gorman (thanks John!). It was just a shame that the weather couldn't be sorted to order. With about twenty minutes to go to the sighters, the rain started to come down and as the afternoon's shooting progressed it just got heavier and the wind started to blow.

With only half of the 6-doz. arrows shot, the judging team quite rightly brought the shoot to a halt and it was  decided on safety grounds to abandon the remainder of the competition.

That didn't stop medals being awarded and we were delighted when the following was announced.

National Round: Ladies senior recurve:

  • 1st place, Mary Watson
  • 2nd place, Sarah Austin

National Round: Gents senior recurve:

  • 1st place, Philip Watson

Short National Round: Gents senior recurve:

  • 1st place, Tytn Hays




Missed the Archery at London 2012?

Missed the Archery at London 2012?

Korea's Ki Bo Bae celebrates Gold

Missed the Archery at London 2012? Then catch up on all the action at the newly launched Olympics channel on YouTube. Click here and follow the links on the right hand frame to see all the matches including a dramatic ladies individual final between KI Bo Bae (South Korea) and Aida Roman (Mexico).

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Club members at London 2012

IMG 4800Mary, Philip & Ruth managed to nab tickets to the final day of the Ladies individual competition at Lords. The pictures from what turned out to be a fantastic days shooting can be found here.

Club welcomes Maggie Squires

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Members were excited at the prospect of a full day's coaching from Champion Field archer and leading coach Maggie Squires who visited the club for the first of a series of all day coaching sessions recently.




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Armed with a pile of hi-tec video analysis equipment, Maggie soon had everyone furiously practicing under the watchful gaze of club coaches Mary and Philip Watson.


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Just because you're a coach doesn't mean you're immune to having your faults spotted and your shooting improved!


Members are already seeing improvements in their shooting and are looking forward to the next session! More pictures from this session can be found here.

Club members have their sights set high

Left to right (Sarah, Tytn, Mary & Ruth)All the practice is obviously paying off as members Sarah, Tytn, Mary & Ruth were presented with the Bowman classification badges they have earned recently.

Pictured left to right. Sarah (3rd Class), Tytn (3rd Class), Mary (1st Class) and Ruth (3rd Class) are rightly delighted with their progress. Keep it up!

Left to right (Sarah, Tytn, Mary & Ruth)

April 2012 ArcheryGB Newsletter

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London Paralympics Test Event Tickets

This Paralympic Test Event is being held at Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich as part of the London Prepares series on Saturday 5 May and Sunday 6 May.

Archery GB has been allocated 90 tickets for its member on each day.

Members can obtain free tickets for themselves, their friends and family using this form It should be returned to Membership Services together with a stamp addressed DL (22cm by 11cm) envelope (SAE).

Please note that the tickets will be in the form of wristbands. More

Archery GB Wristband

Archery GB is seeking your help on the design for an official Archery GB wristband.

The wristbands are to be worn to show our support for the Archery GB Olympic and Paralympic team members and we thought who better to decide the final design than the people who will be wearing the wristbands.


Members' Charter and Service Standards

Archery GB is committed to continuously improving its customer service to its members.

Accordingly we have developed a Member Charter which highlights our commitment to you and what you can expect from Archery GB.

We have also developed Service Standards which sets out how our members will be treated when they contact us and the minimum standards they may expect to receive.

We would appreciate your feedback on these documents and would be pleased if you could e-mail your comments to Rachel Watson   More

Personal Performance Courses

Recurve, compound and longbow disciplines are covered and the course content mixes practical coaching with seminars. The course helps you achieve your full potential as an archer, covering everything from equipment and tuning to training schedules, physiology and psychology.

There are one or two spaces still left for the April course.  To find out more contact Helen Franklin on 01952 677 888.    More

Foresters Friendly Society update

As official sponsors of Archery GB, Foresters Friendly Society ran a competition for 12 members to spend a day at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall to try their hand at Archery, alongside some of the best archers in the world.

During the day they had the opportunity to see some of the Elite Archers such as Amy Oliver, Sean Evans, Andrew Randall and Becky Martin shooting, who were all putting in the hours to prepare for the 2012 selections.

Amy joined the Foresters competition winners for lunch with Olympic Coach Lloyd Brown which gave a great opportunity to ask questions of the team before they were taught the techniques of using a bow and arrow. Tim Hazell, Paralympic Coach was also on hand to coach some of the lucky Foresters members!

Neil Armitage, Marketing Director at Foresters commented, “This taster day provided members a terrific opportunity to try out the sport first hand.  Teaming up with Archery GB is a great partnership for Foresters given our brand and its historic links to the master archers Robin Hood and Little John!"

Archery Big Weekend

Archery GB is organising an Archery Big Weekend on 25, 26 and 27 August - and we want your club or organisation to be part of it!

The national campaign, which has been organised to celebrate this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games, will see archery open days running across the whole country, welcoming members of the public to come and experience archery.

This is set to be a great weekend for archery, with the Archery Big Weekend to the National Series Final, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.


Performance Coach CPD Opportunity

Archery GB Performance is pleased to invite all coaches working with young people under the age of 20 years in Great Britain (any level) to express interest for participating in two three-part pilot Performance Coach CPD Opportunities.

Run over three full weekends, Autumn/Winter 2012/2013 at Lilleshall National Sport Centre, coaches will be offered education on Technical Coaching from Olympic Coach Lloyd Brown.

Added to this, some key insights from English Institute of Sport lead practitioners and other staff who work within our World Class Performance Programme and you will improve your understanding of Performance Coaching theory and practice. More

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Outdoor shooting programme announced

We are pleased to announce details of the outdoor shooting programme for this year.

Along with the regular practice nights (all of which are designated as target days), we are setting aside the last Saturday of the month to shoot a specific round (details in the events calendar).

Here's the summary

    Apr 28th: Warwick & Junior Warwick

    May 26th: National & Junior National

    Jun 30th: National & Junior National

    Jul 28th: Long Metric III & IV

    Aug 25th: Short Metric II & III

    Sep 29th: End of season handicap shoot (Western rounds)

Scores from these rounds (and scores from other rounds shot on target days (basically any other club day)) can be submitted to to generate the handicap needed for the end of season shoot in September. If you have any questions about rounds or handicaps, don't hesitate to ask one of the committee who will be happy to explain things to you.

Novices & seasoned archers celebrate success

A double celebration was held during the practice session on Saturday (14th) as Francois and Mary were congratulated by members of the club for their recent achievements.

copy_of_IMG_4751.JPGFrancois (pictured here with coach Philip Watson), who has recently returned to archery after a long absence from the sport, clearly has his sights set high as he shot a fabulous score of 126 to easily pass the requirements for the FITA White Arrow award. While Mary, one of our club coaches, shot a new personal best of 488 for the National round and qualified as Bowman 2nd Class.

Congratulations to both!

New coaching videos from Archery GB

Lloyd Brown, Archery GB's head coach, along with his coaching team at Lilleshall have put together a fabulous series of YouTube style video clips which will be a huge benefit to those looking to improve their shooting.

Take a look at Archery GB Coaching Videos then why not ask one of the Club coaches for more hands on help and advice.

Rainy start to outdoor season doesn't dampen enthusiasm

The rain couldn't dampen the enthusiasm as the outdoor season got underway on Tuesday evening. With Bosses at distances ranging from 20yds-60yds most folks were taking the opportunity to update their sight-marks and check their wet weather gear was performing well!

Thankfully the weather for Thursday looks better so why not come on down and enjoy a little early evening practice.

Also check out the handy/dandy forecast widget on the shooting times page here.

Results of End of Indoor Season Portsmouth Shoot (24.03.2012)

Adult Recurve

  • Chris Ferney 508
  • James Beal 484
  • Mary Watson 483
  • Martin Hathaway 455
  • Debbie Mould 410


Bare Bow

  • James Bridges 416
  • Joe Bridges 405
  • Daniel Gibson 351
  • Julian Harpum 134



  • Graham Taylor 409
  • Vanessa Cox 396
  • Sarah 352
  • John Cox 339
  • Diana Cox 327
  • Nick Scott 211


Junior Recurve

  • Peter Cox 353



  • Francis Williams 463

End of Indoor Season Shoot

On Saturday we had an excellent turn out of club members for the end of indoor season Portsmouth shoot. Here are some photos of that event. The full results of the shoot have been posted here.

March 2012 ArcheryGB Newsletter

March 2012 Archery GB Members' Newsletter
March 2012 Archery GB Members' Newsletter

Annual General Meeting Update

The AGM will be held on Saturday 28 April 2012 starting at 11 am. The venue will be at the University of East London in Stratford and there will be an opportunity for up to 90 members to tour the Olympic Park after the AGM in the afternoon.

Arthur Credland, who produced a history of Archery for the 150thanniversary, and who is the newly appointed Archery GB’s official historian, will be present at the AGM.


Calling all members - we need your help!

Do you want to help influence into how British archery develops over the next few years? Then your sport needs you!

Sport England has invited us to apply for funding to help the sport develop from 2013 to 2017 – and we want to know how you think it should be spent. What do we need to do to help British archery grow? It doesn’t matter who you are - if you have an opinion, we want to know about it.

Think about where do we go from here? How do we get more people involved in archery? What can we do to develop potential? If you have any great ideas, we want to hear from you - and the closing date is 30 March, so there’s no time to waste.

Send your ideas and how you think they would work, along with your name and contact details to

Check out the Current Plan here. It might give you some ideas, or at least act as a springboard. And remember, the deadline is 30 March.


Calling ambitious archers under 20

If you are under 20, love our sport and want to do what it takes to become an Olympian we want to hear from you!

Performance is hosting an open recruitment talent weekend at the Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre on 26/27 May 2012 and is looking ahead to unearth ‘precocious’ talent whether it be for Rio in 2016 or for the 2020 Olympic Games.  The closing date to express your interest is 30 April 2012.


Archery GB’s Big Weekend!

Archery GB is celebrating London hosting the Games by organising 'Archery's Big Weekend' on 25 and 26 August 2012.

The "Archery Big Weekend" will see clubs and other archery providers from all over the country come together and open up their doors to host an archery open day for their local community.

As part of a nation-wide campaign to mark the Games, the event will enable members of the public to come along to their local venue and give archery a go.


Archery UK Magazine is online

This issue, we focus on our grass roots side of the sport, showing how archery is an inclusive sport.  One of our main features is about Martin Hughes who has taken up archery after being seriously injured in a farming accident.  His courage in the face of adversity is inspiring and to know that archery has helped him get through the toughest year of his life is also very humbling.

We also continue our quest to find our oldest archer.  This time we feature Norman Perry who is 93 and Den Smith, a mere stripling at 91!

Our club profile this issue is Leicester Archery Academy which shows how archery has a strong connection with Islamic history and tradition.


Personal Performance Courses

Three-day Personal Performance courses are being held at the Lilleshall National Sports & Conferencing Centre.   The next courses are being held from 27 – 30 April and 5 – 8 October.  Accommodation and meals are included in the price.

Recurve, compound and longbow disciplines are covered and the course content mixes practical coaching with seminars. The course helps you achieve your full potential as an archer, covering everything from equipment and tuning to training schedules, physiology and psychology.


Calling all torchbearers...

Have you been chosen as an Olympic torchbearer? Or are you going to be a volunteer at either the Olympics or Paralympics? If so, we want to hear from you.

We know it’s all very hush-hush and that we can’t reveal your identities before the events - but we would like to know who you are so that we can get in touch afterwards and find out all about the experience and what you thought.

Please get in touch with and we promise we will keep your secret until your big day!


A word from our Performance Sponsor

Foresters Friendly Society has been the performance partner of Archery GB since 2010, but both our histories date back to the first half of the 19thCentury.

Foresters, which is 10 years the senior of Archery GB, was founded back in 1834, and has weathered the same storms as Archery GB, including 2 World Wars and the Great Depression.

In fact our paths even crossed in 1972 when the Foresters President at the time, presented the Foresters Trophy at the European Field Archery Championship.

With the countdown to the Olympics firmly underway, Foresters Friendly Society would like to extend their best wishes to the Team GB Archers, and hope that some golden history is written in the summer of 2012.  For more information on Foresters Friendly Society please click here

Reminder... End of season shoot 24th March

Just a quick reminder about the end of season shoot.

This year the end of season shoot will be held on the 24th of March at our usual Saturday venue (Netherhall School).

We'll be shooting a Portsmouth round. Medals and certificates will be available in five different classes:-

  • Compound
  • Recurve (Snr.)
  • Recurve (Jnr.)
  • Longbow/Barebow
  • Novices (those who have been shooting for less than a year)

Everyone should be in with a chance of a medal and either way it should be a good social and the chance to get together as a whole club and enjoy a good morning's shooting so why not come along and have a bit of a giggle.