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End-of-Month Shoot - Jan 26

We had an excellent turn-out for the end of month shoot. The Worcester shoot is one we haven't done before, but it all went very well.

Here are the results from the shoot. Should be self explanatory, but a couple of things to note:-
- Names in bold indicate a new Club record (congratulations!)
- The Classification and Handicap columns have been generated based on yesterday's score
- If you have submitted scores for three or more indoor rounds you will have a Handicap Allowance and hence a handicap adjusted score too.

Many thanks to all the organizers, records officer, field captain, and of course, to everyone for the amazing turnout.

Missed coverage of the Olympic Archery events?

Archery TV in association with the Olympic organisers are getting ready to publish lots of video footage from the London games. Take a look at the teaser trailer they've made available (can't wait!)

New day, time & location for mid-week shooting

Club members are reminded that mid-week shooting is now on Tuesday evenings from 8pm-10pm at our regular Saturday venue in the main sports hall at Netherhall School.

Our next session will be tomorrow, Tuesday January the 8th, at 8pm.

Frostbite Round blows away the Christmas cobwebs.

Members braved a grey and chilly afternoon to blow away the Christmas IMG 5349cobwebs last Friday (28th Dec) with a Frostbite round at our regular outdoor shooting venue in Cambridge.

Everyone was pleased to re-fuel and warm up with hot chocolate and a mince pie at half time which also meant they could catch up with friends and find out what Archery related goodies Father Christmas had been leaving in stockings.

Check out pictures of the event here.

Caitlin is one to watch!

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One of our newest members, Caitlin, is turning out to be a bit of an Archery 'wizz'. She's only been shooting a few weeks but she's not averse to showing the rest of the club how it should be done.

Well done Caitlin!

Christmas fun shoot

Lots of fun was had by all at our now traditional Christmas fun shoot. 2012 12 15 12Holiday themed target faces and spot prizes ensured that the everyone had a chance of success and mulled none-alcoholic punch and mince pies gave members the opportunity to chat and compare scores during the event.

Special prizes were up for grabs for those brave souls who joined in the holiday spirit with fancy dress. On the right, club chairman (Philip) shows off his Robin Hood costume.

More pictures from the morning can be found here.



Final line up

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




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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!