Senior & Junior County Winter Coaching Programmes

Senior & Junior County Winter Coaching Programmes

We are pleased to re-introduce the NCAS coaching programme and invite all archers registered with NCAS to apply.

Please see the below attachments for both the Senior & Junior programmes for further information, plus the application form.

Senior County Coaching Programme

Junior County Coaching Programme

Application Form

All applications please send to either John Marshall or Tim Bull.

L&RCAA vs NCAS – 28th August 2022

Our thanks go to the host club The Bowmen of Rutland who provided excellent hospitality and perfect weather conditions. The smaller than normal number of archers involved in the match enabled the shooting of what is possibly the fastest WA1440 in history! We commenced at 9am, had lunch at 11.30 and were packed away awaiting the results at 15.30.

Just 22 archers took to the field with 10 of those from Northants. Of those 10 both Frances Hobbs and Vivien Lane were representing the County for the first time and shot well, against more experienced opposition, narrowly missing out in victories in their respective categories.

The size of both teams and the lack of archers in certain categories meant that the team captains had to compromise on team structures and whose scores could be taken into consideration.

The final result was an excellent win for NCAS with a score of 7, 241 against 6,661 for Leicester & Rutland. There were some outstanding individual performances and a good number of PB’s. Iulia Petre (Ladies Compound) shot the highest score of the day with 1366 and other highlights were as follows:

Gents Compound
NCAS win – Jon Bull 1347

Gents Longbow
NCAS win – Mark Bennet 476

Gents Barebow
NCAS win – Derek Bett 1082


As we all know, the taking part is more important than the result but it is much nicer when you take part and win! Our thanks go again to The Bowmen of Rutland for being wonderful hosts, we also take this opportunity to thank L&RCAA for arranging the match, and the judges for enabling an early finish. But most of all a huge thank you to all those County archers who attended the match and did NCAS proud.

Tim Bull
Very temporary stand in captain

NCAS Junior Coaching Sessions 2015/16

The last of the 5 sessions planned for the 2015 – 2016 indoor season was completed in March.

I would like to thank the parents of our juniors who supported these sessions, the coaches who gave up their time and most of all the juniors themselves for their enthusiasm, dedication and hard work.

We will be arranging new sessions commencing in November 2016 through to March 2017 and very much look forward to seeing both new and old faces.

Whilst we will be mailing all clubs in September with details, if juniors would like to reserve a place now, please contact me by e-mail I will need your name and club details, age in September 16, bow style and contact details please.

We welcome all bow styles and ages up to 21.

For those who have not attended the previous junior coaching sessions, we have covered:

  • Technique Improvement
  • Strength & Conditioning exercises
  • Bow Tuning
  • AGB Bow Skills and Drills
  • Progression pathways – County / Region / AGB academy’s
  • Mental Skills
  • Head to Head experience
  • These sessions are not possible without the support of our Counties Coaches who have our thanks for making each of the sessions such a success.

    Tim Bull
    NCAS Junior Coaching Officer

    NCAS Archers at GNAM

    NCAS Archers at GNAM

    John Inkley of Nene Bowmen, and Tim & Frances Bull of Targetcraft Archers took part in the GNAM (Grand National Archery meeting) at Lilleshall from 24th to the 26th June.

    Whilst John has been a regular at this event for several years it was a first for Frances and Tim.

    “its something we have wanted to give a go for a few years and finally got there this year despite having our own 2 day club event on the following weekend.”

    The weather was pretty good for the 2 days of the York/Hereford rounds and although we did get a bit of rain on the Friday at the start of the Long National it stayed warm.

    The competition is based on the combined score from the first 2 days with the Long National being based on handicap adjusted scores.


    The atmosphere was so relaxed and friendly. it was a real pleasure to be there. We stopped at 11am for refreshments, tea/coffee/sherry (!), then lunch had to be at 12.30 (12.45 latest). We would have stopped regardless of wherever we were in the round Smiling face with smiling eyes. After about an hour for lunch we were later given refreshments again during the afternoon.

    After the Long National of Friday we had a 2 hour wait for the Presentation. Although not expecting to be winning anything we decided to head to the pub for lunch and get back to see the trophies.This event is a real piece of our Archery history and some of the trophies go a long way back.

    John Inkley did brilliantly and won another award to add to his collection, coming 3rd in the Gents Recurve.

    What a surprise for me… to come 2nd in the Ladies Compound and to also win the cup for “Ladies over a Certain Age”… It was called out but I won’t repeat it. I am now the proud owner of a GNAM Spider (as they are called.)

    GNAM 2015 Results

    Frances Bull
    Targetcraft Archers

    County Records Update

    County Records Update

    We’ve had another busy period with plenty of new record updates.

    Several more Portsmouth records were broken at Wellingborough Open Archery Club’s Annual Portsmouth competition held on 12th & 13th November. Lizzie Cantopher of WOAC broke the Ladies Recurve record for a Double Portsmouth with 1136. The previous record of 1128 was held by Julia Draper since October 2010. Dean Edwards of WOAC broke both the Single and Double Gents Recurve Portsmouth records with two rounds of 590 for 1180. James Mason held the previous single round record of 586 since November 2009. The previous double round score of 1156 was held by Dean since December 2009. And James Mason also of WOAC broke the Gents Recurve record for the Triple Portsmouth with rounds of 589, 584 and 583 for a combined score of 1756. The previous record of 1725 was held by Dean Edwards October since 2010.

    Jon Bull of Targetcraft Archers has continued his great start to the indoor season with a new Junior Gents Compound FITA 18 record of 570, at Hawks WRS event on 29th October. The previous record of 565 was held by Josh Hall of WOAC since February 2011. Jon has also improved on his own Junior Gents Compound Portsmouth record with 582. The new record came on 18th November at Targetcrafts open Friday evening session. Jon’s previous record was 580 set only a few weeks previous. As well as the single Portsmouth, Jon has also improved on his own Double Portsmouth record with a new combined score of 1156. This came at Clophill Archery Clubs Junior Portsmouth competition on 12th November. Jon’s previous record of 1134 stood since December 2010.

    Kirsty Stephenson of Northampton Archery Club has broken the Ladies Longbow record for a Short National round with 103. Kirsty shot the new score during a club target day on 1st October at Sywell Range. The previous record of 67 was held by E Goodwin of Kettering Archers since July 2003. Also on the same day, Tina King also of Northampton Archery Club set a new Ladies Barebow record for a Short National round with a score of 160.

    Kayleigh Dunkley of Kettering Archers has two new Junior Lady Barebow records. The first came back in August at the 3rd Caswell at Wicken where Kayleigh shot 768 for a Metric III. The second record is for a Worcester round with 180, shot at Kettering Archers Open Worcester Tournament on 16th October. Kayleigh herself held the previous record of 165 .

    Also at Kettering Archers Open Worcester Tournament, Derek Bett broke the Gents Barebow record for a Double Worcester with 490. The previous record of 483 was held by Mark Corstin of Kettering Archers was also set at the same shot in October 2010.

    Tim Bull of Targetcraft has broken the Gents Compound record for a Double Bray II with a combined score of 566. The previous record of 564 was held by James Mason of WOAC since December last year. Tim shot the new record during a open club target evening on 21st October 2011.

    David Plater of Nene Bowmen has set a new Gents Longbow county record for a Worcester round with 142. David shot the score at a club target day on 14th November.

    Angela Plater also of Nene Bowmen has set a new Ladies Longbow record for a FITA 18 with a great score of 211 achieved at a club target day in October.

    A number of records were broken at this years NCAS County & Open Clout Championships held at Kettering on 6th November. Young Helena Kaminska of WOAC shot a new Junior Ladies Barebow Double One-Way record in her first Clout shoot with 173 points. Tim Bull of Targetcraft broke two Gents Compound Clout records at the recent NCAS County & Open Clout shoot on 5th November. The first for a FITA One Way 185m with 128 points. The previous record of 102 was held by Gary Hall of WOAC since October 2008. The other is for a FITA Double One Way 185m round with 232 points. The previous record of 215 was also held by Gary Hall since October 2008. Frances Bull of Targetcraft has also set two new Ladies Recurve Clout records for both a FITA Double One Way 125m round with 107 points, and a FITA Double/Double One Way 125m round with 169. And finally, John Bosworth of Kettering Archers set two new Gents Recurve records for both single and double FITA Clout 185m, with scores of 94 and 180 respectively.