News and events

2018 news

Yorkshire Archers attend Kings of Archery Series: JVD Open

25 November 2018

After an offhand suggestion at the start of the outdoor season that they head out to the Kings of Archery Tournament, a small contingent of Yorkshire archers (Aaron Bainton, Anca Tutuianu, Matthew Gardiner and Oskars Lock) set off for Eindhoven, Netherlands.

The scale of the event was insane: 379 Compound Men, 99 Compound Women, 148 Recurve Men and 67 Recurve Women. Below are the placings of our archers.

Well done for stepping out into the international arena and representing Yorkshire and GBR!

Nova Bowmen are moving to East Bierley

Simon Slater - 25 November 2018

Nova Bowmen Archery Club in Spen Valley will be based at East Bierley Playing Fields from 2019!

The target archery club, Nova Bowmen, has signed an agreement with East Bierley Community Sports Association (EBCSA) to use the sports fields at East Bierley as their club base from January 2019.
Nova Bowmen was formed in 2008 with the ethos being to provide friendly target archery shooting for the local community around the Cleckheaton area. As interest has grown over the last ten years the club decided to find a suitable base that would support the long term plans to grow the club, provide more bosses (targets) and potentially more open club sessions. They approached East Bierley Community Sports Association (EBCSA) who are a UK registered charity set up to manage the sports facilities at the East Bierley Playing Fields and a favourable partnership has been formed.
EBCSA are a group of volunteers who decided that the playing fields and changing facilities at East Bierley, where hundreds of children and adults play football and rugby league, needed to be improved. In 2012, Birkenshaw ARLFC and Hunsworth FC formed a new community charity, which raised the much needed funds to redevelop the changing rooms and improve the site just off Hunsworth Lane.

Simon Armitage, Secretary of EBCSA said "Our vision was to build new changing rooms, create a safer sporting arena, and develop the grounds to make easier and safer access to the site. But we wanted to go beyond that and keep our community active, getting more local people involved in sport, more often. So when Nova Bowmen approached us we saw it as a great opportunity to provide an additional sport, an alternative to rugby and football and support Nova in their growth plans. It really is a great fit for EBCSA."
The archery club will use the existing football field, which is surrounded by barriers, and will have a field captain in charge during sessions to maintain safety, making sure other visitors to the playing fields are aware that a shooting session is taking place. During the summer season sessions will be held on Monday and Wednesday evenings and most Saturday mornings. Sessions may be scheduled all year round on a weekend, weather permitting and with agreement from EBCSA.

Simon Slater, Chairman of Nova Bowmen, commented "EBCSA have been really helpful in getting us established up here. We assessed the facilities for suitability in line with Archery GB's range policy; following this we put together a plan, worked with EBCSA and now we have moved all our equipment up here. As a club we are really looking forward to starting outdoor shooting again in the New Year. Nova Bowmen has an open membership and caters for archers of all abilities, so with our new base here at East Bierley we expect our membership to grow again in 2019."
Simon Armitage also commented that "We've got lots of ideas in the pipeline to be able to give the wider community the ability to get active, not just in football or rugby (and now archery), so look out for our future plans and feel free to visit us up at the playing fields most weekends."

Mr and Mrs Franklin

Mark Hayes - 11 November 2018

Congratulations to Yorkshire archers Jayne Motson and Mark Franklin who were married at Cusworth Hall in Doncaster on Saturday 10th November.

Mark Hayes
YAA Chairman

Yorkshire Award for Sarah and Dave

Mick & Kath Fitzpatrick - 11 November 2018

Nomination of Sarah Wilson and David Shaw for The Yorkshire Award
We would like to nominate Dave Shaw and Sarah Wilson of University of York Archery Club, both jointly and individually for The Yorkshire Award. Individually for the award, but jointly, as just about everything they have achieved at York University Archery Club is a result of a joint effort on their part.
After being a founder of Queen's University of Belfast, and being a Level One Coach, Sarah joined York Uni. Archery Club in 2014. Dave joined in 2015 with no previous archery experience.
In May 2015 Sarah became Head Coach at York Uni. and immediately signed the club up to the ArcheryGB On Target scheme and by September the club had been granted performance status.
To help Sarah, Dave successfully completed a Level One coaching course in 2015 and about this time Sarah encouraged eleven members to complete an instructors course.
By the end of 2015 Sarah had built up the club to a substantial 85 members.
Sarah organised (as course administrator) a level 2 coaching course to run at York over the Summer of 2016 on which both Sarah and Dave achieved their Level Two Coaching qualifications.
Dave organised the recruitment of new members at the freshers fair. This was so successful that 100 new members were allowed to take the beginners course whilst over 200 students were put on a waiting list. After this the club was over 120 members strong and had become, at this point, the second largest sports society at the university.
Dave had applied to host the Northern Universities Team Championships in 2016. He planned and organised the York side of the event over the summer. He helped run it on the day while also shooting in it and achieving the gents highest score. York went on to win with a team of Sarah, Dave, and Malachy Evans.
Dave approached and organised myself (Mick Fitzpatrick) as a County Coach to attend the university sessions each week. Whenever possible I would bring Kath (Fitzpatrick) as a Senior Coach along with me to the sessions. The club went from being at the bottom of the league in 2015-2016 to being fourth of seventeen in 2016-2017.
Over the year 2016-2017 the club only had one archery session per week (which was indoors).
At the end of the summer term the club won "Most Improved Club" at the University Colours Ball.
Over the summer of 2017 Sarah acted as mentor for 4 York University members to complete a Level One Coaching Course that was tutored by Kath Fitzpatrick.
Dave created a sponsorship package for the club and approached local businesses and was successful in securing one thousand pounds in sponsorship from Autohorn Ltd, a local, commercial car hire company.
Dave organised the September 2017 freshers fair. With a massive amount of interest with 250+ joining the mailing list, they limited the beginners courses to two 25-person courses. This limited membership but, as retention of members had also improved, the club was at 88 members by the end of the September courses. This makes them the 4th largest club at the university.
Sarah organised and ran the beginners courses in which she was assisted by the 4 new level 1 coaches.
Over the indoor season (2017-2018) Dave and Sarah led York University Archery Club to achieve first place in the NEUAL league and won the NEUAL championships and the club was also voted the most fair, friendly, and helpful team in the league, by the other universities.
The ethos of the club has been completely transformed since Sarah and Dave joined the club. It no longer relies on one or two archers to get in high scores, it has a depth of good archers who all have a good attitude towards competing and striving to improve.
It is our opinion that the club would not be in the good shape it is today without the tremendous efforts of both Sarah and Dave. Each worked together but to their strengths, Sarah with coaching and Dave with the university, improving the standing of the sport there and resulting in a strong and vibrant club that is a good example of what can be achieved.

These are the kind of people for whom this award was created.

Mick & Kath Fitzpatrick

Inter Counties report 2018

Sarah Dickinson - 20 October 2018

The 2018 Junior Inter Counties took place on the 6th of October at Eagle Bowmen's ground, Penrith, CCAA.

The day started off chilly but got warmer as the day went on. Yorkshire sent a full team of 15 juniors which was made up of 4 girl recurves, 6 boy recurves, 3 girl compounds, 1 boy compound and 1 girl longbow. 6 members of the team were representing Yorkshire for the first time.

Yorkshire secured the Boys Recurve Team title with a team of Max Oakley, William Thompson and Johnny Smart. Rosie Elliott won the title of Overall Girls Longbow Champion.

The event is also the NCAS Junior Championships and there were individual awards for many Yorkshire archers:
 Elizabeth Ferguson 2nd Girls Recurve Bristol 3
 Eleanor Stott 1st Girls Recurve Bristol 5
 Hannah Fox 2nd Girls Recurve Bristol 5
 Hannah Stocks 2nd Girls Compound Bristol 2
 Rowen Herdsman 2nd Girls Compound Bristol 5
 Rosie Elliott 1st Girls Longbow shooting Bristol 3
 Luke Stocks 1st Boys Recurve Bristol 1
 William Thompson 1st Boys Recurve Bristol 2
 Johnny Smart 1st Boys Recurve Bristol 3
 Luke English 2nd Boys Recurve Bristol 3
 Max Oakley 2nd Boys Recurve Bristol 4

Other members of the team were
 Niamh Titchener
 Luca Jaques
 Orlaith Titchener
 Finlay Clark

The team was managed by Sarah Dickinson, YAA County Teams Coordinator.

The 2018 Senior Inter Counties match took place on the 7th of October at Eagle Bowmen's ground, Penrith, CCAA. The weather was cloudy, cold and very windy.

Yorkshire won the following bow specific trophies:
 Overall Longbow Team with a team of Helen Woodcock, Sheila Hudson, Patrick Revell and Richard Allan
 Gents Compound Team with Oskars Lock, Aaron Bainton and Neil Crickmore
 YAA vs DNAA Recurve Team with Shelley Hurst, Bethany Woodcock-Dexter, Megan Tinker, Stephane Lericolais, Peter Bargewell and Matthew Gardiner.

There was an individual highest score award for Sheila Hudson, Ladies Longbow.

Yorkshire was also declared the overall champions!

The full team was:
 Shelley Hurst
 Bethany Woodcock-Dexter
 Megan Tinker
 Marina Rose
 Gemma Breese
 Anca Tutuianu
 Helen Woodcock
 Sheila Hudson
 Stephane Lericolais
 Peter Bargewell
 Matthew Gardiner
 Aaron Bainton
 Oskars Lock
 Neil Crickmore
 Patrick Revell
 Richard Allan

The team was managed by Sarah Dickinson, YAA County Teams Coordinator.

Sarah Dickinson
YAA County Teams Coordinator

Student archery schedule 2018-2019

Bethany Dexter - 3 October 2018

The dates of student archery championship events in 2018 and 2019 have been announced. They are:
 NEUAL Team Championships: 3rd November 2018, Bradford
 NEUAL Novice Championships: 1st December 2018, Liverpool
 BUCS Indoor Northern Regional: 16th and 17th February 2019, Edinburgh Napier
 BUCS Indoor Southern Regional: 23rd February 2019, K2 Crawley
 BUCS Indoor Finals: 16th March 2019, Leeds
 BUCS Outdoor Championships: 8th and 9th June 2019, TBA

Two more NEUAL dates are to be announced - details as soon as available.

Bethany Dexter
Pennine Archers

Megan excels at World Field Championships

14 September 2018

Megan Ashleigh Tinker of Dearne Valley Archery Club has achieved seventh place at the World Field Archery Championships, which were recently held in Italy.

The course was considered one of the toughest ever set for this event, with steeper slopes than we see in Britain and much longer walks between targets. Megan battled through these challenges to finish just two points below her personal best on the unmarked day and gaining 7th place on both the unmarked and marked days, against a very strong field. She won her first match convincingly on the elimination day, but was edged out in her second match by a former world champion.

Her team were ranked second going into the team events, giving them a bye through to the semi finals, but unfortunately they were beaten. They took a superb overall 4th place, though.

Congratulations to Megan on an awesome performance.

Check out Megan's web site:

Izzy and Adam in National Tour Finals

Simon Slater - 14 September 2018

Huge congratulations and good luck to Izzy and Adam Carpenter of Barnsley Archery Club, who have both made the National Tour Finals which are taking place at Lilleshall for 2018. Compound day is Saturday and recurve day is Sunday.

All the best from all at the YAA.

Simon Slater

Chris Jones

Kath Fitzpatrick - 2 September 2018

Sad to report that Chris Jones, founder of Merlin Archery, died on the morning of Saturday the 1st of September at home surrounded by his family, after losing his most recent battle with cancer.

Chris played a major role in the development of compound archery in this country and leaves a great legacy through his endeavours, his family and the business they have built together.

Chris was always trying to improve everything they did - a proper inventor. His enthusiasm and excitement at the prospect of a new development couldn't fail to be infectious - extending to his love for powerful fast cars too!

Mick and I have been privileged to know Chris for well over 30 years and I'm just sad we won't get the chance to shoot his new field course with him as he wanted us to do.

A warm, funny and passionate man always happy to share his knowledge and enthusiasm to help other people. I'll really miss him.

Chris Jones (centre) with son Ben (right) and Senior Coach Tommy Miller (left) in Wetherby.

Kath Fitzpatrick

Yorkshire Ladies Tea and Cake Shoots

Helen Woodcock - 23 August 2018

Following on from discussions on archery fields and because we all really like cake...

Pennine Archers are planning some Yorkshire Ladies tea and cake archery and meet up sessions over winter.

An afternoon with an opportunity to catch up, eat cake, drink tea and shoot some arrows(!)

The archery range has been booked at NFP Archery, Unit 35 Colne Valley Business Park, Manchester Road, Linthwaite HD7 5QG from 1:00 PM for each session.

All attendees are asked to contribute 2 towards the range hire.

All contributions of cake-based products are encouraged!

Dates (provisionally) booked are:
 Saturday 17th November 2018
 Saturday 15th December 2018
 Saturday 19th January 2019
 Saturday 16th February 2019
 Saturday 30th March 2019

Let us know if you are coming via Facebook - look for Yorkshire Ladies Tea and Cake Fun Shoot (thing).

Or by email:

Helen Woodcock
Pennine Archers

Wakefield Albion trophies - one missing

The Wakefield Archers - 23 August 2018

The Wakefield Archers thank all the archers who have responded to our call and have returned most of the missing trophies for our Albion & Windsors shoot.

Just one trophy is still unaccounted for - the Gentlemen's Compound trophy. Below is a photo.

If you have this trophy please contact Christine at:

Christine Heap
The Wakefield Archers

Wakefield Albion trophies missing

The Wakefield Archers - 2 August 2018

The Wakefield Archers ask archers who have taken part in their Albion shoots to check whether they have unreturned trophies.

We were unable to award several trophies at this year's Albion because they have not been returned.

If you have been a previous winner and have a trophy please contact Christine at:

Christine Heap
The Wakefield Archers

York Archers Spring Clout

Mark Hayes - 17 July 2018

York Archers are pleased to announce that from 2019 we will be hosting an annual AGB Double One Way Spring clout competition which will take place on the second Sunday in April and which will afford clout archers the opportunity to practise for the following weekend's YAA tournament.

As with the October clout the event will be tassel award status and the entry form will be published over the winter.

We look forward to welcoming you to the club for the first spring clout on Sunday 14th April 2019.

Mark Hayes
York Archers Society

Thanks to our volunteers

Mark Hayes - 9 July 2018

I would like to thank all Yorkshire Archery Association members who helped at the two Wetherby weekends this summer. It is only through people volunteering time on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday that we are able to provide these events on behalf of the county.

Our sport relies almost entirely on volunteers at county and club level and I would like to encourage all YAA members to think about just a few hours a year to your club or county and this will have a beneficial impact and make it easier to keep archery in Yorkshire vibrant and open to all.

Mark Hayes
YAA Chairman

Joe selected for GB field team

Kath Fitzpatrick - 9 July 2018

Joe Fairburn will represent GB at the World Field Championships in Italy.

Joe (16) will shoot in the U21 category alongside fellow YAA archer Megan Tinker.

Both attended the Archery GB Northern and National academies for three years into last year. This shows great results from their hard work and training.

Kath Fitzpatrick

Megan selected for GB field team

8 July 2018

Congratulations to Megan Tinker of Dearne Valley Archery Club, who has been selected to represent Great Britain at the World Field Championships in Italy later this year.

Best wishes to Megan from all at the YAA.

Help needed for British Transplant Games

Kath FItzpatrick - 8 July 2018

I am casting this appeal far and wide as although I have sent information and flyers all over the place the response has been very limited and with just a few weeks to go we urgently need help to make this record-breaking event a success.

Every year the British Transplant Games occurs and we have built the archery from 40 entries to a staggering 163 this year - of whom only 40 odd are regular archers! We urgently need coaches, helpers and equipment to put this event on. There;s no budget as its a charitable event, but equipment could be collected/returned.

The games will be held at venues in and around Birmingham from Thursday 2nd August to Sunday 5th August 2018.

Below is a summary of what we need and have so far.

I estimate we would need:
 Bosses - foam in H-frame stands. We cannot use straw and tripod stands as we are on an all weather pitch so cannot peg down). We have 7 but need 20.
 Bows - from 66 to 70+ light weights for beginners - at least 60 preferably 80 - we have 15 definite plus some unspecified numbers
 Coaches - we need 30 coaches/helpers - we have 10, mostly qualified coaches with a few experienced archers
 Judges - three if possible.

Any offers to me ASAP please!


 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Fraud attempts on archery clubs

8 July 2018

Please be aware that several frauds have been attempted on archery clubs in Northamptonshire - it's quite possible that similar attempts will be made against Yorkshire clubs.

Someone has tried to con club treasurers into making a bank transfer from archery club funds by purporting to be the club chairman.

More information:
 Northamptonshire County Archery Society: news

Midsummer County Teams 2018

Richard Hudson - 8 July 2018

This last weekend saw our County represented at the National County Teams Tournament at Lilleshall, with quite a few "newbies" in the teams. The shoot consisted of a WA720 ranking round and Head to Head on the Saturday and a WA1440 on the Sunday.

At the end of the ranking round our teams were in the following positions:
 Recurve Men 8th (Stephane Lericolas, Roger Smart and Peter Bargewell)
 Recurve Women 8th (Shelley Hurst, Megan Tinker and Bev Detoeuf)
 Compound Men 10th (Oskars Lock, Neil Crickmore, Aaron Bainton)
 Compound Women 7th (Anca Tutuianu, Marina Rose and Louise Smith)
 Longbow Men 3rd (Patrick Revell, David Whitman and Mick Dwyer)
 Longbow Women 1st (Sheila Hudson, Rosie Elliott and Sharon Revell)

A notable mention goes to Rosie Elliot for setting a new Junior UK record of 192 for the WA720 and to Sheila Hudson who qualified first in her category.

The afternoon saw the teams go into the H2H matches, and our teams fought strongly.

Our Recurve Men were knocked out in the 1/8 matches having won their 1/16 match 6-2.

Our Recurve Ladies won the 1/8 match against Worcestershire 6-0 but lost the 1/4 match against Warwickshire 5-1

Our compound men lost the 1/8 204 against Berkshire 211.

Our Compound Women Won the 1/8, 195 to Devon & Cornwall's 177 but lost the 1/4 match 193 to the overall winning team Kent 210

Our Longbow Men won the semi final match with a one arrow shoot off with Essex 5-4 but lost the final against Devon & Cornwall 5-1.

Our longbow ladies were straight into the final with Devon & Cornwall. Having lost the first set, they went on to win 6-2 with some very respectable shooting from Rosie in her first team head to head at only 14 years old.

The final H2H results were:
 Recurve Men 8th
 Recurve Women 6th
 Compound Men 9th
 Compound Women 7th
 Longbow Men 2nd
 Longbow Women 1st

Day Two saw all archers shooting a WA1440.

Again notable mentions for the WA1440 to Rosie for a new Junior UK record of 185 for the Ladies Long Metric, and to Sheila for a 5 Gold end at 70 metres, a new UK Record of 196 for the 70 metre distance and a new UK record of 854 for the Ladies WA1440.

The final positions at the end of the tournament were:
 Recurve Men 7th
 Recurve Women 7th
 Compound Men 7th
 Compound Women 8th
 Longbow Men 2nd
 Longbow Women 1st

The longbow ladies team consisting of Sharon Revell, Rosie Elliott and Sheila Hudson took the overall Longbow Ladies team award - the third win for Yorkshire Ladies in four years.

All our teams all did really well over a blisteringly hot weekend - copious amounts of water were drunk (and sprayed around) and the umbrellas were used for sunshade rather than the usual rain.

Great shooting (and shouting) from all of Team Yorkshire!

Richard Hudson

National County Teams squad

Sarah Dickinson - 10 June 2018

The teams representing Yorkshire at the National County Teams this year are:
 Ladies Recurve - Shelley Hurst, Megan Tinker and Beverley Detoeuf
 Ladies Longbow - Sheila Hudson, Rosie Elliott and Sharon Revell
 Ladies Compound - Marina Rose, Louise Smith and Anca Tutuianu
 Gents Recurve - Peter Bargewell, Stephane Lericolas and Roger Smart
 Gents Longbow - Patrick Revell, David Whitham and Mick Dwyer
 Gents Compound - Aaron Bainton, Oskars Lock and Neil Crickmore
 Team Manager - TBC

Unfortunately we did not receive enough entrants to field any barebow teams this year.

Sarah Dickinson
YAA County Teams Coordinator

Helen Woodcock receives the Yorkshire Sword

Andy Wilkinson - 5 June 2018

The Yorkshire Sword for services to archery in Yorkshire was presented to Helen Woodcock at the YAA Championships on Sunday the 3rd of June 2018 by YAA Secretary Andy Wilkinson.

We would like to nominate Helen "Boss Lady" Woodcock for the Yorkshire Sword. We feel that she has contributed to her adoptive county splendidly, and this is how...

She has created the Yorkshire Junior Archery sessions, providing support for both juniors and their parents county wide, backed by her current doctorate studies in child development in sport.

Whilst helping the future of our sport by nurturing our future champions (both in the club, at county level and nationally) she has managed to represent the county on multiple occasions, all by chucking wooden twigs but some at clout flags and some at targets.

Through her club she has run have-a-go sessions for the public, engaging more new members and participants in our sport, organised a leg of the British Barebow Championships and kept us all well fuelled with baked goods. As an individual she has also coached at other Yorkshire Clubs helping them with their Boost sessions. She has also run several coaching courses so that more coaches have the opportunity to become qualified, and supports many of the candidates on these as a mentor.

We feel that Boss Lady is a worthy candidate for this award as she not only excels in her own shooting, but also supports those around her regardless of their age (although maybe with a bias towards those shorter than her!) and is a well loved and respected member of the Archery community.

Pennine Archers

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator

Meg and Joe triumph at British Field Championships

31 May 2018

Yorkshire archers put in outstanding performances at the British Field Championships, which took place at Overton Archers' ground on the last weekend in May.

Megan Ashleigh Tinker of Dearne Valley AC is now senior lady British Field Champion and Open Champion.

Joe Fairburn is now the Under 18 Recurve British Field Champion and part of the winning England team in the Home Nations competition.

This follows on from excellent performances at the English Field Archery Championships the previous week, where Luke Stocks became the Under 18 Compound champion, Joe became the Under 18 Recurve champion and Megan became the Lady Recurve champion.

Congratulations to them on these great achievements.

Help needed for YAA shoots

Andy Wilkinson - 26th May 2018

The YAA needs volunteers to help out at the upcoming Wetherby weekends:
 Lez Newsome Memorial WA1440 Star, Saturday 2nd June
 YAA Championships, Sunday 3rd June
 NCAS/YAA Double WA1440 Star, Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July

On the Saturday and Sunday of each weekend, we definitely need more volunteers to help with the following tasks throughout the day:
 Put on the target faces before sighters commence;
 Look for lost arrows (metal detectors and arrow drag operators);
 Move bosses, re-align and secure stands at up to three changes of distance;
 Change faces (120cm to 80cm) on WA 1440 days;
 Collect running slips and maintaining the leader board;
 Sell raffle tickets and arranging the raffle;
 Re-set the field at the end of Saturday, moving bosses and stands from 30m back to 100 yards/90metres, removing faces and re-aligning and securing.

On the Sunday evening:
 Dismantle and pack away the car park/caravan ropes and posts;
 Dismantle stands and bosses which the gents have kindly carried over to the container for us, and pack into the container;
 Collect the stands and bosses into the trailer from the ladies and junior lines, unload at the container, then dismantle and stack in the container;
 Dismantle the leader boards and stands and transport over to the container;
 Dismantle the marquee and tables, sound system and lighting and load into the trailer;
 Manoeuvre the loaded trailer into the container and check the site before leaving.

Obviously a number of these jobs require a reasonable level of strength and fitness when moving and lifting bosses and stands and loading into and out of the trailer, but not all jobs do.


If you feel you can help and would like to ensure the YAA Tournaments can continue for the benefit of our Yorkshire archers and visitors, please contact either Andrew Neal, Andy Wilkinson or Dave Phillips.

Many thanks in anticipation.

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator

Archery GB fees to increase

Dave Phillips - 28 April 2018

At the Archery GB AGM on Saturday it was agreed to support the proposals to increase the AGB fees for 2018-19.

The fees from 1st October 2018 will be as follows:

Archer categoryAnnual AGB subscription
Senior over 2446.00
Senior 18-2412.00
Archer with disabilities12.00
School club90.00
University club160.00
Direct senior over 2454.00
Direct junior12.00
Direct senior 18-2412.00
Direct archer with disabilities12.00

Dave Phillips

Yorkshire Clout weekend 2018

Mark Hayes - 19 April 2018

The second Yorkshire clout weekend took place over the 14th and 15th of April and was hosted at Hutton Cranswick by Archers of East Riding who, as always, proved to be excellent hosts.

Saturday 14th was the WA and Metric clout day and the open shoot saw 84 entries across all disciplines. We were lucky to have a mostly sunny day with light winds which was appreciated by all after the recent cold and snow and rainy weather. Shooting finished at 3:30 PM and 6 tassels were claimed, with Danny Walsh of Adwalton Moor claiming a gold.

Sunday 15th incorporated the YAA Clout Champs. Following a short period of reflection for Pam Snow a slightly larger entry of 87 archers commenced shooting AGB clout rounds. Again the weather was OK although a strengthening breeze made the shooting more challenging as the day progressed. The shooting concluded at 3:15 PM and shortly after the awards were made by our Lady Paramount for the weekend, Karen Winsett.

I would like to thank Karen for acting as Lady P and Martin Middleton, Allan Shuker, Sarah Dickinson and John Fell for judging over the weekend. Thanks must also go to Archers of East Riding for the use of the venue as well as having hot food and drinks available all weekend.

Lastly, the 2019 YAA clout weekend will take place on the 20th and 21st April 2019 at the same venue.

Here are the results:
 Yorkshire Archery Association Senior & Junior Metric Clout Championships 2018 results
 Yorkshire Archery Association Senior & Junior Imperial Clout Championships 2018 results

Mark Hayes
Chairman and Clout Officer
Yorkshire Archery Association

Abbeydale Longbow cancelled

Steve Keen - 1 April 2018

Abbeydale Archers regret to announce the cancellation of the Longbow shoot scheduled for the 7th of April.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Steve Keen
Abbeydale Archers

Yorkshire Awards in March 2018

24 March 2018

Three more people have received the Yorkshire Award in recognition of the great work they've done for their clubs.

Mary and Brian Hannan each received the Yorkshire Award from YAA President Andrew Neal. Mary and Brian have worked tirelessly for their club, Cobra Archers of Goole, and have contributed greatly to the county and region for many years.

We are sure the Yorkshire committee will need no introduction to Mary, a long standing archer, coach, County coach, coach trainer, club founder and tireless promoter of archery in the county and beyond. As a club founder, she brought archery to Goole and surrounding towns and villages and has taught and inspired several generations of archers. She introduced Arrows to local schools, takes archery out to fetes, schools and care homes. She includes all ages and abilities in "have a goes" and is a regular visitor to homes for people with both physical and mental challenges. She has manufactured her own aids for archers with physical challenges, including poor sight and severely diminished mental and physical abilities. She has inspired several generations of new archers and encouraged and supported those who were unconvinced of their potential abilities. She fundraises for the club and has been instrumental in securing venues for it to meet at. She has encouraged and supported members to try different disciplines within archery, even securing shooting areas to promote different forms of the sport when necessary. She has provided the club with certainty, encouragement, support, funds, skills, coaching and inspiration.

Brian too needs no introduction in the County. A tireless supporter of both the club and Mary. A longbowman with an unusual but effective style of shooting. A master maker of "things" that all clubs need to run efficiently and cheaply. Always at Mary's side. An inspiration to all. A quiet guide, possessing a knowledge of the art of archery surpassed only by his quiet and calm ability to guide and encourage even the most timid beginner to competition winning potential. A quiet and calming voice in the midst of panic and low self belief. There is no greater pleasure in life than to have spent an afternoon shooting with him.

Their continuing contribution to archery in Yorkshire and beyond can only be a good thing for the area and the County and recognition for this is well over due. We urge you to approve their nomination.

John Hall, Rachel Kenny

Jane Jones of Wyke Archers was presented with the Yorkshire Award on the 4th of March 2018 by Andrew Neal. This is a fitting farewell present to Jane, who is moving down south. She and her family will be missed by all at Wyke.

Jane contacted our club in July 2014 asking if her daughter would be able to attend a beginner's course with us, then shortly after her husband did the same. Both became club members by the end of the year, and Jane naturally joined Wyke Archers in April 2015. Since joining Jane has fully embedded herself as a key member of our club and although she has not actively engaged in the archery itself very much despite being a fully paid up member she did however show interest in helping out over the sessions. Very quickly I realised that I had a true friend and assistant to help with the day to day running of the club. At that time I was shouldering much of the responsibilities myself and needed others to join me on the club committee to take the club forward over the next few years. Jane took on the role of club Records Officer, and worked very hard to engage our members in competing for badges and our trophies. Following the departure of our Treasurer, Jane trained up a new records officer and took over the treasurer role herself. Since then she has rarely missed a session and worked very, very hard with myself to get the club to where it is now. In this time we have taken the club from a handful of archers (approx. 6) to a fully fledged, community active, pro family club with over 80 members including a very healthy junior section. Her husband is now one of our equipment officers, and her daughter is one of our junior representatives.

Unfortunately Jane and her whole family are leaving Yorkshire and moving to a new home in Hampshire in the New Year, and I would like to recognize her unerring commitment to our club and the promotion of archery in our area. She, and her family, will be much missed and I feel she will leave a large hole in our club which will be hard to fill no matter how much further the club grows. Jane has helped me set Wyke Archers on a path for the future which is full of promise, and my thanks for her efforts both for me personally and the club in general is such that written text cannot fully portray. I have full confidence that awarding Jane with the Yorkshire Award will go a little way to expressing how much I, the club committee and Wyke Archers appreciate what she has done for archery in Yorkshire.

Owen Hillerby (Chairman, Wyke Archers)

Pam Snow

Janet and Helen - 18 March 2018

We would like to let YAA members know of the death of Pam Snow, widow of Stan who left us in 2013.

Pam died peacefully and with dignity in her nursing home on 9th March at the grand age of 92 years. She was well up until last year when she had a mastectomy following breast cancer. Although she recovered from her operation, she succumbed to her frailty following a brave battle. She was independent, determined and chirpy until Christmas when she finally moved into a nursing home.

Pam and Stan were heavily involved with Harvester Archers, Doncaster and the YAA and, in her younger years, Pam was a successful archer herself. Later she shot socially with the Ascham Society, was Lady Paramount at countless tournaments and was always at Stan's side, managing and administering events and competitions. A particular family favourite was the "Chicken and Dinner Wine Supper" when our house smelled delicious!

Pam was awarded the Yorkshire Sword in 1985 and the YAA Award of Merit in 2001.

If anyone would like to join us to celebrate Pam's life and say goodbye, her service is at Rose Hill Crematorium, Doncaster on Monday 9th April at 2:20 PM and afterwards at Doncaster Deaf Trust on Leger Way.

Janet and Helen
(nee Snow)

Bowmen of Adel 70th birthday

14 March 2018

Congratulations to the Bowmen of Adel, who celebrate their 70th birthday this year.

They will again be hosting the St George Longbow Tournament for the Royal Armouries Arrow:
 Upcoming: The Saint George Longbow Tournament
 Bowmen of Adel: Tournaments

They will also be introducing more people to our sport through a series of six beginners courses:
 Bowmen of Adel: beginners courses

Many happy returns!

NCAS Field Championships cancelled

11 March 2018

Owing to the damaging after-effects of Storm Emma, the Kendal Bowmen Field Tournament scheduled for the 7th and 8th of April has been cancelled. This incorporated the Northern Counties Field Championships.

Tony Tideswell will provide refunds for those who booked and paid.

Barnsley Early Bird cancelled

Sophie Carpenter - 28 February 2018

We regret that our Early Bird shoot, scheduled for the 4th of March, unfortunately has been cancelled owing to the weather, the state of the field and concerns over safety.

Huge thanks to those that entered. It's always a popular shoot as it's our charity event, so we intend to use our Albion and Windsor shoot in September as our charity event instead.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Sophie Carpenter
Barnsley Archery Club

England team selection

24 February 2018

The English Archery Federation (EAF) holds events and selects teams on behalf of English archery.

Archers who are affiliated to any of the five English regions are eligible to shoot for team England in the Home Nations tournaments against Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales as well as other Commonwealth countries in the Commonweath/Euronations tournaments. There are senior tournaments and junior tournaments.

In order to become a member of Team England, archers (juniors and seniors) must submit three scores online to the selection team. Events we need teams for are the Indoor and Outdoor National Championships and the Commonwealth/Euronations Games. Anyone who has shot for AGB, however, is not eligible to shoot for the Indoor and Outdoor championships.

Information about what rounds you can submit scores for, deadline dates and any age criteria can be found on the English Archery Federation website:

EAF Team selection committee

YAA Indoor Championships 2018 entrants

Andrew Neal - 20 February 2018

Here is a list of the entrants for the Yorkshire Indoor Championships on 11 March 2018. There are still a few spaces left in the morning session. Should your name not appear on the listing it means I have not received your entry as of 17 February 2018.
 YAA Indoor Championships 2018 entrants

The Target List will be published nearer the date of the shoot.

Andrew Neal
YAA Tournament Organiser
YAA President

Dearne Valley March Field Open Day cancelled

Mark Tinker - 13 February 2018

Sorry to report that Dearne Valley Archery Club must cancel its March Field Open Day, scheduled for the 18th of March. We have found that we need more time to prepare the course for our Easter Weekend field shoot.

Our February Field Open Day will be going ahead on the 25th of February, and we hope to see you there. We also hope to welcome you to our Easter Weekend field shoot on the 31st of March and the 1st of April.

Mark Tinker
Dearne Valley Archery Club

Ted Mallett cancelled

Paul Lomas - 10 February 2018

St George's Archery Club has had to cancel the Ted Mallet open clout competition scheduled for the 8th of April 2018, owing to unfortunate circumstances.

It is the intention to reorganise the competition ready for next year.

We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment this causes.

Paul Lomas
Assistant event organiser
St George's Archery Club

68th AGM of the YAA

Andy Wilkinson - 6th February 2018

Notice of the 68th Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Yorkshire Archery Association has been arranged for Saturday 10th March 2018 at Barnsley Archery Club, Barnsley Rugby Club, Shaw Lane, Barnsley at 10:30 AM in the Holgate suite. 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 68th AGM

  1. Apologies
  2. Minutes of the 67th 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)
    • Teams
    • Safeguarding
  8. Committee Recommendations
    • Proposed changes to the Constitution
  9. Election of Officers and Members of the General Committee
  10. Confirmation in post of Safeguarding Officers

 YAA Annual General Meeting 2017 minutes

Andy Wilkinson
Yorkshire Archery Association Secretary
Archery GB County Development Coordinator

Barnsley WRS WA Combined cancelled

Sophie Carpenter - 3 February 2018

Barnsley Archery Club regret to announce that we are having to cancel the WRS Combined competition that was to be held on the 11th of February owing to lack of entries.

We apologise for any inconvenience or disappointment caused.

Sophie Carpenter
Barnsley Archery Club

AGB competitions review, presentation and discussion

Kath Fitzpatrick - 26 January 2018

Jon Nott, Archery GB's Competitions and Events manager, invites you to a session in Haxby, York on the 10th of March. This session will discuss the future of archery competitions in the UK.

If you're an archer, tournament organiser or a coach, please come and let AGB know your thoughts.

For full details and the contact email address for registering your interest, please see the flyer:
 AGB competitions review, presentation and discussion (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Yorkshire County Coaching Officer

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Break-in and theft at Aire Valley Archers

Keith Riley - 17 January 2018

Aire Valley Archers had their club house broken into this week. Approximately fifty beginner and intermediate bows were stolen, along with a petrol-powered strimmer and a Viking metal detector.

Please be on the lookout for anyone trying to offload this type of equipment, and contact us directly or via the YAA.

Keith Riley
Aire Valley Archers

Student archery schedule 2018

Bethany Dexter - 21 December 2017

The dates of student archery championship events in 2018 have been announced. They are:
 BUCS Indoor Southern Regional: 24th February, K2 Crawley
 BUCS Indoor Northern Regional: 24th and 25th February, UCLan
 NEUAL Indoor Championships: 3rd March, Salford
 BUCS Indoor Finals: 11th March, Bristol
 BUTC: 25th March, Birmingham
 NEUAL Outdoor Championships: 12th May, UCLan

Bethany Dexter
Pennine Archers

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