Our New Level 2 Coaches

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 14:25

After a long year of hard learning, over 24hr hours of supported coaching and a lot of support from our club members, other coaches and our families and friends… Paul and Isla have finally qualified as Level 2 Coaches! From the New Year they will try and be available on Sundays to help support you with your coaching.

It has been an ongoing battle for them to try and balance their home-life/their own shooting with coaching and they will always try and help members with any questions/issues they have.  Please bear in mind that if they don’t have a coach shirt on they may be trying to squeeze in some shooting for themselves. However, it has been very rewarding to see the progress in their learners.  If you would like some coaching or just some tips then do let them know.  It will help if you have a think about short, medium and long-term goals before hand and they will then apply some of the knowledge they have learnt over the year.

Happy Shooting!

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Three New Coaches

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 20:02

Worthing Archery Club is delighted to announce that it has three new Level 1 coaches bringing the clubs total to 7 coaches.  Linda (Membership Secretary), Nicky and Neil (Treasurer) successfully completed their 1st4sport coaching course and assessment. With much self-determination and many hours of practice they achieved their much deserved goal. The course was a challenging process, which tested their resolve in more ways than they expected and the final assessment was six hours outside is near freezing temperatures.

They would like to offer their thanks to their mentors, and existing club coaches, Isla, Paul and Andrew for all their help and support.

They all look forward to honing their newly acquired skills at the next beginners courses this April.

Any club member wishing some further coaching is encouraged to contact any of our coaches who will be more than happy to arrange a time to work with you on developing your form and technique.

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Disability Archery

Tuesday, 11 December 2018 12:12

Archery is an inclusive sport, a sport that anyone with a disability can participate in with just a little pre-planning and minor modifications. Accessibility to the shooting line for example, can be achieved by a helpful push of a wheelchair and collecting arrows and scoring can be done by other club members. We at Worthing Archery Club will help in any way we can to accomodate anyone with a disability whether you wish to shoot casually or aspire to shoot for the County or even for Great Britain.

History of Disabled Archery

The bow is one of the earliest forms of weapons and so archery has been around almost since the dawn of mankind. Whilst it is probable that in that time individuals with a disability learned to shoot a bow out of necessity and later for leisure it wasn't really until the 1940's when archery was actively thought of as a sport that disabled people could not only participate in but also compete in.

Dr Ludwig Guttman organised an archery and javelin competition for patients at what originally was called the Ministry of Pensions Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital held on 28 July 1948 to coincide with the opening of the 1948 Olympic Games. These modest beginnings of an archery competition with 14 male and two female competitors, led to the creation of an annual Stoke-Mandeville Games and later the Paralympic Games was born. When the first Paralympics was held in 1960 in Rome, para archery was part of the programme where it has remained ever since.

Dr. Ludwig Guttmann

Adaptive equipment may not be necessary, but it is allowed. Some of the adaptations allowed are:

  • Mechanical releases for the bow, mouth tabs, slings, or bow mounts for people who have limited arm movement.
  • An assistant may nock the arrow onto the bow.
  • Strapping can be used to keep the body supported and/or on the chair
  • Sighting aids may be used,
  • Equipment may be used such as a wheelchair bow stringer, bow sling, amputee adapter device, or adapted archery bow.

If you would like to take your archery further then we can arrange for classification at Stoke Mandaville thorough the British Wheelchair Archery Association if required and we can also get professional advice from the BWAA on any adaptions that may be required to help you with your archery.

Worthing Archery Club is fully compliant with the Equality Act 2010 with regard to reasonable adjustments direct and indirect discrimination. We are however limited to what we can do to the land due to the landowner and the ground can become quite muddy but if you are determined it shouldn’t be a limiting factor.

You’re welcome to come along and see our facilities before you take a beginner’s course -please contact our Secretary to arrange a convenient date and time.

A disability shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying archery.

Wheelchair Archer

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October 2018 Beginners Course

Saturday, 03 November 2018 19:35

The weekend of October 6th/7th saw our last beginners course of the year. An eager group of ten budding archers were greated by our team of 7 coaches and assistants who made them feel welcome and took them through the basics of both Barebow and Olympic Recurve shooting. As always the prime concern on the day was safety but a close second was making it fun and enjoyable. With the guidance of our coaches it wasn't long at all before our beginners were all shooting with good form and grouping well.

As we always do on our beginners courses our coaches also took our beginners through many of the different types of bows from the standard recurve, to compound, longbow, horsebows and American Flatbows. During some of the tea breaks the coashes answered many of the questions people had and shared lots of helpful information on what to do and more importantly, what not to do when it comes to buying your first bow as well explaining our clubs bow loan scheme.

The course was a big success and yet again we thank our coaches, assistants and volunteers who gave up their weekend to help others get into the sport we all love. Photos from the day can be seen below.

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252 Award Scheme

Saturday, 29 July 2017 18:40

We are pleased to announce that we are introducing the 252 Award Scheme at our club. The 252 Award scheme is designed to help you practice your shooting at different distances and measure your success at each distance with badges for qualifying scores at distances from 20 yards up to 100 yards.

After 6 sighters, you shoot 3 dozen arrows on a 122cm face at your chosen distance. The round can be shot at 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 80 or 100 yds with the objective of scoring 252 or better (alternative scores apply for other bow types). If you achieve the score twice you can claim a badge.

The Rules

  • You have six sighters which are to be followed immediately by three dozen scored arrows.
  • Use 5-zone scoring (Gold = 9, Red = 7, Blue = 5, Black = 3, White = 1) using a 122cm target face.
  • The three dozen arrows may be shot alone or as the first three dozen of a longer Imperial round.
  • Scores need to be achieved twice to qualify for the award.
  • Qualifying scores for a given distance must be shot on different days.
  • Badges can be claimed in any sequence.
  • All score sheets must be witnessed by another member and given to our Records Officer. If you are claiming a score as part of another round please indicate on the score sheet that you wish to also claim a 252 Scheme score.

Qualifying Scores

















































The Badges

20 Yds 30 Yds 40 Yds 50 Yds 60 Yds 80 Yds 100 Yds
20 Yds 252 Scheme Badge 30 Yds 252 Scheme Badge 40 Yds 252 Scheme Badge 50 Yds 252 Scheme Badge 60 Yds 252 Scheme Badge 80 Yds 252 Scheme Badge 100 Yds 252 Scheme Badge

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Sunburn League 2017

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:37

Our 4th annual Sunburn League will be running throughout the outdoor season. For those of you that are new to the club or who haven't shot in previous years, the Sunburn League is open to all members of all abilities and bow types and is a great way to not only improve your handicap but also to achieve classifications up to Bowman and win a trophy.

The league works on the handicap system which means that all archers can compete against each other on an equal basis. It is entirely possible for a beginner to beat a seasoned archer as scores are based on your handicap and not just what you actually shoot. Not only that but archers compete against each other by shooting different rounds. This means that one archer might be shooting at 50M against another archer shooting at 90M, the handicap system takes all of this into account making it equal for all.

The Sunburn League uses variations of the Long Metric rounds details of which can be found below with each distance being a different league. Our League Secretary, Paul Murray will be organising the league so if you wish to enter any of the rounds please make sure you let Paul know ASAP as places do fill up fast

The Leagues

There will be 5 different leagues and each league will shoot a different distance.

The leagues will shooting the following rounds/distances:

Long Metric (90M & 70M)
Long Metric I (70M & 60M)
Long Metric II (60M & 50M)
Long Metric III (50M & 40M)
Long Metric IV (40M & 30M)

Each round consists of 3 dozen arrows at each distance.

Depending on gender, age and bow type the following classifications can be achieved:
Long Metric - Up to Bowman for all archers
Long Metric I - Up to Bowman for all except Senior Gents
Long Metric II - Up to Junior Bowman for most juniors, 1st Class for Senior Ladies and 2nd Class for Senior Gents
Long Metric III - Up to 2nd Class for Senior Ladies, 3rd Class for Senior Gents and Junior Bowman for most Juniors
Long Metric IV - Up to Junior Bowman depending on gender, age and bow type

The Rules

  1. You must have a valid handicap in order to enter the league subject to rule 1a
    1a. Archers who do not have a handicap may shoot in 3 rounds to one. However their scores will not be included in the leaderboards and so won't count towards an trophies until they have achieved a handicap. If you have not yet got a handicap than you can submit any 3 scored rounds to our records officer that have been shot this year at any time and one will be calculated for you.
  2. You can shoot in any league you wish.
  3. You can change leagues as many times as you want
  4. Your top 3 scores in any one league count towards the leader board for that particular league
  5. Your top 3 scores across all leagues count towards the leader board for the overall Sunburn League
  6. Scoring will use the 10 zone scoring system (X,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 for each ring of the target face)
  7. In the event of a tie (after adding the handicap allowance) the number of X's will determine the winner. Should there still be tie, the number of 10's, 9's etc until a winner is determined.

The Rounds

There are 6 rounds in this years Sunburn League. You don't have to shoot in every round as only your top 3 scores will count towards your total but the more rounds you enter the more chance you have of improving an earlier score. Each round will have an assembly at 9:15am with sighters starting promptly at 9:30am. Please make sure you arrive in time to set-up before. The dates for each round are as follows:

Round 1: May 14th 2017
Round 2: June 25th 2017
Round 3: July 16th 2017
Round 4: August 13th 2017
Round 5: September 17th 2017
Round 6: October 15th 2017

The Prizes

There will be trophies for the following winners:

Most Improved Handicap
Winner of the Long Metric IV League
Winner of the Long Metric III League
Winner of the Long Metric II League
Winner of the Long Metric I League
Winner of the Long Metric League
Overall Winner of the Sunburn League

The Sunburn League is a lot of fun and all members are welcome to join in, so get your bows tuned, get practicing and get ready for The Sunburn League 2017!

Published in Tournament News

Buying Your First Bow

Monday, 20 February 2017 14:40

One of the most frequent questions we get asked by people who are on one of our beginners courses is "which bow should I buy?". This though is perhaps the wrong question to ask and instead it should be "when should I buy my first bow?"

Whilst it is perfectly understandable to be excited about your new sport, it would be a mistake to rush out and buy a bow too early as this can result in having to replace parts earlier than you would otherwise need and/or buying something that may either cause you injury or impair your development and enjoyment of the sport.

For this reason we strongly suggest that our members make use of the clubs bow loan scheme. For a deposit of £50 we will loan you one of our beginners bows, a sight, tab, arm guard and a set of arrows. When you return the bow, the deposit will be refunded to you.

By using the club bows you will be able to work on developing your form, build your strength all of which will not only give you a better understanding of what you actually need but also potentially mean you can draw heavier bows thus saving you from replacing your equipment too soon.

We would normally recommend that a beginner starts with a recurve bow hence this article will focus on that. Whilst compound bows are gaining popularity in this country recurve is still the dominant discipline and is potentially cheaper, easier and safer for a beginner to start with.

So you've decided, or one of the club coaches has advised you, that it's now time to buy your own bow. What should you buy?

This is by no means a definitive guide. The single most important thing to remember when buying a bow is that it has to be 'right' for you. What is right for you may not be right for someone else and just because a particular bow may not be listed here doesn't mean that you shouldn't buy it.

As you will no doubt have seen the price of bows vary widely but keep in mind that, as a beginner, it is likely that you will replace most parts of your bow in the first couple of years depending on how often you shoot and how quickly you pick things up.



They come in different sizes, different colours are made by different companies and have different limb fittings. To make life easier for you we would advise that you buy a riser that uses ILF (International Limb Fitting). In theory any ILF limb will fit any ILF riser regardless of make. ILF is by far the most common fitting and gives you maximum choice of limbs. The choice of riser is very much down to feel. A £600 riser won't shoot as well as a £200 riser if it feels uncomfortable to you. Nor is an £600 riser necasarily more acurate than a £200 one. A more expensive riser may however have tuning/adjustment capabilities that the most basic risers don't have but for a beginner such adjustments can cause more confusion than benefit in the early stages.

Is one manufacturer better than another?
Yes.....and no. The biggest names in recurve bows are probably Hoyt and Win & Win (W&W) but that's not to say that they are the best, at least not at the beginners end of the market. The cheapest W&W riser is more money than a beginner would typically be prepared to pay but that doesn't mean you should rush out and buy a Hoyt either. One particular manufacturer who make some great risers for beginners and intermediates is Sebastian Flute (SF) In some ways these risers are argualbly better than the entry level Hoyt. Other brands that do beginner risers are Cartel and Kap but there are many others.

Models that we would suggest at worthy of consideerationare (in no particular order):
WINS Axion (around £110)
WINS Premium (around £150)
WINS Forged Elite (around £240)
Hoyt Excel (around £110)
Hoyt Horizon (around £150)

(prices and models correct 2017)

What size should you buy? The size of a recurve bow is determined by the size of the riser and the length of the limbs. The most common size is a 68" bow which typically would mean a 25" riser with medium limbs. However determining what size bow you need is an important step to get right with many variable and so you should really speak to a coach about it or someone at the shop.

How much should you spend?
There is no real way of answering this question. Our advise is that you spend as much as you are prepared to spend but keep in mind that you may still replace it in the first couple of years. The more you spend now the longer you might be able to keep it but far more important than price is how it feels to you. Don't spend £250 on a riser if it feels uncomfortable when a £100 model feels better.


Again this is something you will need to speak to a coach about or the shop as they come in different sizes, different weights, made of different materials and made by different companies.

What size do I need?
The size limb (and therefore the size of riser) you should buy will be determined by your draw length. The average person will shoot a 68" bow meaning that on a 25" riser they need Medium length limbs. Getting the correct bow size is important as if you shoot one that's the wrong size you won't be able to get the most energy from the limbs or you'll be putting too much energy into them. If your draw length is between 27"-29" you will probably need a 68" bow and therefore medium limbs.

What poundage should I buy?
This is why we suggest using the club bows to begin with. For most people archery uses muscles that they don't use that much in every day life, therefore it takes time to develop them. If you buy limbs that are too heavy you are 'over bowed' and could do yourself an injury and you'll find it very hard to be accurate. If you buy limbs that are too light you are 'under bowed' and won't develop the muscles needed or be able to reach the distances you want. By the time most beginners come to buy their first bow most will be looking to buy limbs between 24lb - 32lb but for some people 24lb will be too much and 32lb too light. Only you know how easy or hard it is to draw so ultimately it's got to be something that you feel comfortable with.


What make/model should I buy?
Limbs are made of all different types of materials such as wood, foam, carbon and often limbs will use a combination of these materials. The main difference in these materials is their speed. The faster they spring back the faster the arrow flies. As a beginner you are going to be increasing your draw weight so you will almost certainly replace them in the first year. Therefore don't spend a lot. Models we would suggest are worth consideration are:
SF Premium Fibre (around £60)
KAP Windstorm 1 (around £60)
WNS Axiom (around £70)
WNS Premium Alpha (around £95)

(prices and models correct 2017)



Assuming you aren't shooting bare bow, you'll need a sight. There are two schools of thoughts when it comes to buying your first sight and both are equally valid. 1. Buy cheap and replace sooner. 2. Buy more expensive and replace later, if at all. The reason why both are valid can be best demonstrated by highlighting the main disadvantages of both types of sight.

Cheap Sight Disadvantages:
1. They shake themselves loose frequently.
2. They are harder to adjust quickly and finely.

Expensive Sight Disadvantages:
1. They can cost 10x as much as a cheap one.
2. They offer a level of fine adjustment that a beginner won't make use of for several months.

To be frank all a beginner needs from a sight to begin with is a fixed reference point. On that basis a pin stuck in some tape on the riser does the job (not recommended long term of course). You do want something though that you can record your sight marks with, but any sight can do that.

It's up to you how much you want to spend but models we believe are worth considering are:

Cartel Midi Extension (around £10)
SF Axiom (around £25)
Decut 120 (around £40)
SF Velocity Carbon (around £75)

(prices and models correct 2017)

You can spend a lot more than that the Shibuya Ultima RC Carbon is a whopping £235 but you certainly don't need to spend anywhere near that as a beginner.


Arrows are obviously an important piece of equipement that you will need. However it is important to get the right length and spine (thickness/strength) of arrow and that is determined by your bow and draw length. Therefore you should talk to a coach or the shop before making a purchase.

There are dozens of different types of arrows made from a range of materials but as a beginner we would definitely suggest you buy aluminium arrows as these are cheap to replace and perfectly good enough.

Typically most shops tend to supply beginners with Easton Jazz or Easton Blues and these are available in sets of 8 or 12 as well as individually. 8 arrows is enough to begin with, you will probably bend and loose some over time but they can be easily replaced.


Other equipment you will need will be a tab, arm guard, string, stand and quiver. You may also wish to consider buying a case/rucksack in which to transport and store all your equipment.

A Tab is a very personal piece of equipment and often over looked as just a finger protector. Its more than that as it's one of only 2 points of contact you have with your bow. To begin with a tab is just a piece of leather but when you buy your first bow you will probably need something better as the heavier draw weights may hurt your fingers if you shoot with the cheap single layered leather tabs. The most important thing is that you get one that fits correctly. Too small and your fingers won't be protected, too big and the leather will catch on the string spoiling your shot. Speak to the shop to get the right size. Tabs come in all manner of shapes and sizes and prices. You don't need to spend a fortune. What you are getting in the more expensive tabs is a better quality leather which allows the string to slip off more easily, more adjustments and the name. We would advise getting something with a finger spacer to prevent you pinching your arrows off the string but beyond that it's done to personal preference, feel and budget.

When it comes to the string just ask the shop to provide you with one but ask them to set the bow up as well. They should then check to make sure that the brace height and nocking point height are correct which may require making some minor adjustments to the string (adding or removing twists). It's a lot easier for you if they do it first but it is something you will need to learn to check and do for yourself as well.

Your quiver, stand and arm guard are all just personal preferences.

After all that, enjoy your archery!

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Target Rounds

Friday, 10 February 2017 14:43

There are many different rounds that can be shot both indoors and outdoors and broadly breakdown to either Metric or Imperial. Imperial rounds are the traditional rounds from Archery GB (governing body of archery in the UK) that are typically named after British cities. These rounds are shot at distances measured in yards. Metric rounds are shot at distances measured in meters and predominantly fall under the World Archery (formally FITA) governing body although there are also some metric rounds from Archery GB.

The following tables show the number of arrows (per dozen) shot at each distance for each specific round and the maximum score that can be achieved for that round. The tables also list what size target face is required and the scoring system that is used, either 5 zone or 10 zone.

5 Zone Scoring / Imperial Scoring

Target Face5 zone scoring is only used in Archery GB Imperial rounds. On a target face there are ten rings with the rings being in coloured pairs resulting in 5 colours. These 5 colours are the zones and are scored as follows:

Gold: 9
Red: 7
Blue: 5
Black: 3
White: 1

10 Zone Scoring / Metric Scoring

10 zone scoring is where each of the 10 rings has a different value with 10 being for the inner gold ring, 9 for the outer gold ring all the way down to 1 for the outer white ring. Many target faces number each ring accordingly, as can be seen in the picture above.

Archery GB Indoor Rounds

Indoor rounds such as a Portsmouth are shot in 3 arrow ends with 2 ends (6 arrows) of sighters and use metric scoring.

Archery GB Outdoor Rounds

Outdoor rounds such as a York are shot in 6 arrow ends with 1 end (6 arrows) of sighters and use imperial scoring. A 120cm target face is used and rounds involve multiple distances. The furthest distance is shot first and then the bosses are moved to the closer distance.

World Archery Indoor Rounds

All indoor rounds are shot in 3 arrow ends and archers also get 2 ends (6 arrows) of practice before scoring commences. Archers also have 2 minutes in which to shoot an end an 3 arrows. The metric, 10 zone scoring system is used.

World Archery Outdoor Rounds

A single outdoor round is shot at multiple distances with the furthest distance being shot first. The bosses are then moved closer to shoot the shorter distances. Archers are given 45 minutes of sighters at the furthest distance and the archer can shoot as many arrows as they like within this time. Distances 90, 70 and 60 metres are shot in 6 arrow ends using 120cm faces. The closer distances, 50 and 30 metres, are shot in 3 arrow ends using 80cm faces. For 6 arrow ends the archer is given 4 minutes to shoot, for 3 arrow ends they have 2 minutes. The metric, 10 zone scoring system is used.

Archery GB Imperial Outdoor Rounds (5 Zone Scoring)

Round Name100 Yards80 Yards60 Yards50 Yards40 Yards30 Yards20 Yards10 YardsMax Score
York642     1296
Hereford / Bristol I
 642    1296
Bristol II  642   1296
Bristol III   642  1296
Bristol IV    642 1296
Bristol V     6421296
St. George 33     972
Albion 333    972
Windsor  333   972
Short Windsor   333  972
Junior Windsor    333 972
Short Junior Windsor     333972
New Western44      864
Long Western 44     864
Western  44    864
Junior Western   44   864
Short Junior Western    44  864
American   810
St. Nicholas    43  756
New National42      648
Long National 42     648
National  42    648
Short National   42   648
Junior National    42  648
Short Junior National


New Warwick22      432
Long Warwick 22     432
Warwick  22    432
Short Warwick   22   432
Junior Warwick    22  432
Short Junior Warwick     22 432

Archery GB Outdoor Metric Rounds (10 Zone Scoring)

  122cm Target Face 80cm Target Face
Round Name 90 Meters 70 Meters 60 Meters 50 Meters 40 Meters 30 Meters 20 Meters 50 Meters 40 Meters 30 Meters 20 Meters 15 Meters 10 Meters Max Score
Metric I 3 3 3 3 1440
Metric II 3 3 3 3 1440
Metric III 3 3 3 3 1440
Metric IV 3 3 3 3 1440
Metric V 3 3 3 3 1440
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 3 3 720
Long Metric (Ladies) / Long Metric I 3 3 720
Long Metric II 3 3 720
Long Metric III 3 3 720
Long Metric IV 3 3 720
Long Metric V 3 3 720
Short Metric / Short Metric I 3 3 720
Short Metric II 3 3 720
Short Metric III 3 3 720
Short Metric IV 3 3 720
Short Metric V 3 3 720

World Archery (WA) Metric Outdoor Rounds (10 Zone Scoring)

 122cm Target Face80cm Target Face
Round Name90 Meters70 Meters60 Meters50 Meters40 Meters30 Meters20 Meters50 Meters40 Meters30 Meters20 Meters15 Meters10 MetersMax Score
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 33     3 3   1440
WA 1440 (Ladies)  33     3 3   1440
WA 1440 (Cadet Ladies)   33     33   1440
WA 900  2.5 2.52.5        900
WA 720 (70 Meters)  6           720
WA 720 (60 Meters)            720
WA 720 (50 Meters)            720
WA Standard Bow Round
   3        720
Olympic Round Sets            Best of 3 or 5 Sets
Olympic Round (Cadet)  Sets           Best of 3 or 5 Sets
Compound Match        1.25     150

Archery GB Imperial Indoor Rounds (10 Zone Scoring)

Round Name Distance Face Size Dozens Max Score
Portsmouth 20 Yards 60cm 5 600
Bray I 20 Yards 40cm 2.5 300
Bray II 25 Yards 60cm 2.5 300

Archery GB Indoor Special Rounds

Round Name Distance Face Size Dozens Max Score
Stafford 30 Meters 80cm 6 720
Worcester 20 Yards 16" (5 Zone Scoring) 5 300
Vegas 18 Meters 3 Spot Triangle 5 600

World Archery (WA) Indoor Rounds (10 Zone Scoring)

Round Name 18 Meters
40cm Target Face
25 Meters
60cm Target Face
Max Score
WA18 5   600
WA25   5 600
WA Combined 5 5 1200
Recurve Match Sets   Best of 3
Compound Match 1.25   150
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Archery Awards

Thursday, 09 February 2017 20:15

Archery GB is keen to recognise progress and provides a wide range of awards for all archers regardless of age, ability and bow types. These awards can be a good way of not only charting your own progress but can also motivate you by giving you something to aim for.

Many of these awards can be obtained at Club Target Days as well as at tournaments. A Club Target Day is not to be confused with a normal practice day. Instead a Club Target Day A Club Target Day is any day and time appointed under the Rules of the Club and previously announced to the Members. All scores made on a Club Target Day must be entered
in the Club Record Book and all shooting is in accordance with the Rules of Shooting.


Third Class Badge
Second Class Badge
First Class Badge
Bowman Badge
Master Bowman Badge
Grand Master Bowman Badge

Classifications in archery start with Third Class and continue with Second Class, First Class, Bowman, Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman. The scores that need to be achieved for each of these classifications are dependent on the round that is shot, the type of bow you use, how old you are and your gender. Details of what rounds can be used for classification and what scores are required can be found here.

You can claim the relevant badge once you have submitted 3 qualifying scores within the same year.

3rd, 2nd, 1st class and Bowman classifications can be achieved by shooting at official club days as well as in open competitions and tournaments and are entirely handled at club level.

Master Bowman, Junior Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman can only be achieved by shooting the required scores at UK Record Status tournaments. Unlike the lower awards, Master (Junior and Senior) and Grand Master Bowman are co-ordinated by Archery GB and not the club and so all claims are made to Archery GB.

Six Gold End Badge

Six Gold End Badge

If, at a Registered Tournament or Club Target Day, you shoot six arrows into the gold in one end at either of the two longest distances for your age group (WA Metric or Imperial Rounds), you can claim this badge. Juniors can claim a Six Gold End badge only once in each discipline you shoot - recurve, longbow and compound. There is also a 3 Gold End badge for Longbow.

Claims must be submitted to Archery GB on the appropriate form. If it is attained at a tournament then the claim should be ratified by the tournament organiser. If it is attained at a Club Target day, then Club Secretary must sign the claim form.


Imperial Measurements

Metric Measurements


Gentlemen 80 Yards 70 Meters
Ladies 60 Yards 60 Meters

Jnr Gents

Under 18 60 Yards 60 Meters
Under 16 50 Yards 50 Meters
Under 14 40 Yards 40 Meters
Under 12 30 Yards 30 Meters

Jnr Ladies

Under 18 50 Yards 50 Meters
Under 16 40 Yards 40 Meters
Under 14 30 Yards 30 Meters
Under 12 20 Yards 20 Meters

Rose Awards

Rose Award 800
Rose Award 900
Rose Award 1000
Rose Award 1100
Rose Award 1200
Rose Award 1250

Rose Awards can only be claimed when shooting at UK Record Status York, Hereford and/or Bristol l – V tournaments that have been accorded "Rose Award" Status. Scores required to achieve a Rose Award and the relevant background colour of the badge are detailed in the table opposite.

Badge Colour







Compound and Recurve

800 900 1000 1100 1200 1250


225 300 375 450 525 600


There are many other types of awards available from Arrow Awards for juniors through to WA Target and Star awards that can only be claimed at tournaments with World Record status. For details of these awards please visit the Archery GB website.

Published in Archery Basics

Your First Tournament

Thursday, 09 February 2017 12:50

Whether you are competitive or just shoot for pleasure, shooting in a tournament is a great experience and can be a lot of fun, but it can seem a daunting prospect at first. This guide to what to expect at your first tournament will hopefully help to dispell any fears you may have. The vast majority of tournaments are pretty relaxed events where beginners are very welcome. The only tournaments that are a little bit more formal are ones that have UK or World Record Status and even in these tournaments you will find a mix of elite, intermediate and beginners. All are welcome.

Why Should You Do It?

Firstly it’s good fun.  You get to meet other archers and see different styles & equipment.  There are always beginners at comps so you will not be the only one there.  You can get a score which can count towards your classification and handicap and then try to improve on it the next time – so it is a great way to see your progress.

Where/When Should You Go?

Our calendar has dates of lots of local and national tournaments and we often email about local tournaments. Arundown runs several annual tournaments and they are only a few miles away in Angmering.  We also hold friendly tournaments within the club.

Arrive at least 30 mins early so you have time to set up your bow.

Who Should You Go With?

It is almost always more fun to go with other members of the club – if you are entering a tournament put a message on the forum so other likeminded archers can go with you.  You could even share lifts to keep the costs down.

What Do You Need To Take?

Some places are more relaxed than others, but there are a few rules and helpful tips.  You can check out the full dress code rules here – but mainly you can’t wear blue denim, olive drab or camouflage clothes or ripped clothes and they shouldn’t have slogans on them.

  • You must bring your Archery GB card (or receipt) to show you have paid your membership.
  • Most venues have a snack stall but it’s always a good idea to take food & drink.
  • A pen to write your scores with!
  • If it’s outdoor, then often a chair and maybe an umbrella or suncream!
  • Your bow & arrows etc and spare equipment in case of damage.

What Happens On The Day?

field layoutOn arrival you must register with the organiser who will then tell you which boss you are on. You should then locate that boss and set-up your bow.

You will notice that often there will be three lines on the ground. The first line is the Shooting Line. You may only be on this line when it is your turn to shoot. The second line is the Waiting Line. All archers when not on the shooting line must wait behind this line. No equipment other than the equipment you are shooting with can be placed in front of the waiting line. The third line is the Equipment line. All other equipment, bags, cases, coats etc must be stored behind this line.

After you have set up and before the tournament starts there will be an Assembly where the judges will tell you the rules and explain the order of events.

When the tournament starts there will be one whistle to announce that archers may approach the shooting line. This will be followed shortly by a second whistle to announce that you can start shooting. When everyone has shot (or after 2 minutes if it is a timed round) there will be three whistles to denote that you can score and collect arrows.


All arrows must be scored before any arrow is pulled. Do not touch the arrows but instead point to them when calling the scores. Always start at the highest score and work your way out calling them in sets of 3 e.g. “9,7,7” and then “7,5,5”. If the tournament has Record Status or if the judges have told you to do so, mark the arrows on the target face with two short lines either side of the shaft and then pull them out. This is so that if an arrow bounces out the judges can tell where it hit by finding the unmarked hole. If you make a mistake when scoring, simply raise your arm and a judge will come over and make the correction. Do not make the correction yourself.

Shooting In Details

Often there will be so many archers in a tournament that you will need to shoot in details. Typically there would be 4 archers on a boss. Detail A would be archers 1 & 2 and Detail B would be archers 3 & 4. On the first end Detail A would shoot first followed by Detail B and then both details score and collect. On the next end Detail B would shoot first followed by Detail A and so on. Swapping the shooting order means that everyone gets the chance to shoot at a clean target face.

Rebounding Arrows & Hangers

If you shoot an arrow and it bounces out of the boss you should continue to shoot your remaining arrows. Then take two steps back and raise your bow above your head to signal the judge who will then tell you what to do. If you or anyone else on your boss shoot an arrow that then falls so that it is hanging in the target face all archers must stop shooting immediately and raise your hand to signal the judge who will then tell you what to do.

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