Wellingborough Open Archery Club (WOAC) would like to tell the Northants archery community about Boost Archery. This is a program being run by ArcheryGB nationally, to improve and encourage the uptake of our sport, especially at the junior level. It is open to all affiliated clubs and details can be found on the ArcheryGB website.
WOAC has a thriving junior ‘Colts’ Section with two designated coaches and over twenty enthusiastic juniors. Our lead junior coach applied for Boost funding which involved completing a short application form (two pages I believe) stating that we wished to introduce our Colts – at an early stage – to the different forms of archery and encourage different bow types in competitions. We subsequently received funding to the tune of £350 which has enabled us to purchase a compound, a longbow and two American Flatbows just for the use of the juniors in the Club. Up until now, while the club had these bow types available they were too powerful for junior use, but now they have their own and training has begun.
This is something all our County clubs have the potential to do and WOAC would like the clubs to be make aware of the scheme.
ArcheryGB have recently made a significant change to the rules of shooting regarding sighters for multiple rounds.
From 1st October 2016, archers may now shoot sighter arrows prior to each round shot at the same venue on the same day. This brings ArcheryGB rounds more into line with WA rounds, except you still shoot the required number of sighter arrows for that round rather than having ‘practice’.
This means that national, regional and county records CAN be claimed for the second (or third, or fourth) round shot at the same venue on the same day, irrespective of round and bowstyle.
For example: if you shoot two Portsmouth rounds as a Double Portsmouth. It used to be that you could only claim a record for the first round shot, irrespective of bowstyle. But now you can claim a record for the second round if the score is better than the first round. You can also claim a record if you have changed bowstyle for the second round.
Another example: at the Duston Bowmen Triple (David Clarke Memorial), an archer can shoot all three rounds (Worcester, Vegas and Portsmouth) with three different bowstyles and claim records for any or all round scores on the day.
The official notes on the changes to rules from ArcheryGB can be found here.
If you have any questions please get in touch.
Dean Edwards(Contact) NCAS County Records Officer & Web Master
Our website has won the ‘ArcheryGB – County & Regional Website of the Year’ award!
County archer and webmaster Dean Edwards, built and maintains the current site.
“This is a fantastic achievement and Dean should be extremely pleased with the results of all his hard work and the recognition from Archery GB” Glenn Taylor County Chairman
Dean himself says about the website: “It’s great for the county to get this award. I think the site reflects the county well and hopefully it’s a useful tool for communication and information to Northants archers. As with all things digital, technology and web development moves on quite quickly. I’m hoping to develop the site further over the next few months and make it more mobile friendly and bring it right up to date with social media etc. Any ideas or suggestions for how we might improve the website are always welcome.”