We are pleased to announce that, for the third year in a row, we will be running the Sunburn League throughout the summer months.
If you haven't shot in previous years, the Sunburn League is a great way to not only get or improve your handicap but to also achieve classifications up to Bowman, the highest classification possible at club level and its a lot of fun too.
The league works on the handicap system which means that archers of all abilities and experience can compete against each other on an equal basis and archers can even compete against each other when shooting different rounds. As we did last year we will be shooting variations of the Long Metric rounds details of which can be found below. This year's Sunburn League will be run by our League Secretary, Paul Murray who did a great job of running the Frostbite League over the winter. If you wish to enter any of the rounds please make sure you let Paul know ASAP as places do fill up fast.
There will be 5 different leagues and each league will shoot a different round
The league/rounds we will be shooting are:
Long Metric (90M & 70M)
Long Metric I (70M & 60M)
Long Metric II (60M & 50M)
Long Metric III (50M & 40M)
Long Metric IV (40M & 30M) Only open to Juniors and those who don't yet have a handicap.
Each round consists of 3 dozen arrows at each distance.
Depending on gender, age and bow type the following classifications could 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
- 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 the Long Metric IV round to obtain a handicap but their scores will not be included in the leaderboards and so won't count towards an trophies until they have achieved a handicap
- You can shoot in any league you wish with the exception of the Long Metric IV which is only open to juniors (under 18) and those without a handicap
- You can change leagues as many times as you want
- Your top 3 scores in any one league count towards the leader board for that league
- Your top 3 scores across all leagues count towards the leader board for the overall Sunburn League
- 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)
- 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.
In regards to Rule 1. A valid handicap is where you have completed 3 scored outdoor rounds in the past 12 months and submitted those scores to our Records Officer. If you have not done this then you will need to do this before April.
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 9:30am with shooting starting promptly at 10:00am. The dates for each round are as follows:
Round 1: 29th May 2016
Round 2: 12th June 2016
Round 3: 24th July 2016
Round 4: 14th August 2016
Round 5: 25th September 2016
Round 6: 16th October 2016
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
So get your bows tuned, get practicing and get ready for The Sunburn League 2016!
Our first beginners course of 2016 took place last weekend, April 23rd & 24th.
Ten beginners learned how to shoot barebow on Day 1 with demonstrations on compound bows and then on Day 2 progressed to shooting freestyle with demonstrations on traditional bows. Despite the cold everyone picked things up quickly and most importantly, had a lot of fun. The feedback received has been universally positive and we are pleased to say that we now have several new club members. We would like to extend our thanks to all those that so kindly gave up their weekend to help and who made our guests feel welcome and gave them such an enjoyable introduction to not only our sport but also to our club.
There is another beginners course this coming weekend, April 30th & 1st May) - we have had a last minute cancellation and have 1 vacancy so if you would like to join us then please get in touch ASAP. If there are any members who would be able to help set-up (11am) or take down (4:30pm) or who would like to help coach then it would be very much appreciated.
Our beginners courses are always very popular and we do have a waiting list so if you would like to take up archery then please get in contact as we hope to be running another course in the next few months.
Photos from this course can be seen below.
Our second beginners course of the year took place over the bank holiday weekend of April 30th & 1st May.
Seven prospective new archers enjoyed their two days being taught barebow and freestyle bow styles and correct 'T form'. At the end of each day a short tournament was held and everyone was grouping well with scores being very close. On day 1 the focus was on barebow which everyone took to very well and even after the distance was increased everyone was able to adjust and get their arrows into the gold again. Day 2 was all about freestyle and whilst, as expected, the introduction of sights and a different anchor position, was initially a bit of a challenge for some, with the help of the coaches it was only a few ends before everyone was shooting well and by the end of the day many were grouping very tightly.
Again we would like to extend our gratitude to those members that gave up their bank holiday weekend to help run this course, we couldn't do it without you. Everyone on the course expressed how much they enjoyed it, how much they learned and how helpful and friendly they found everyone and many have already joined our club.
If you would like to be on our next beginners course please contact the club secretary our courses are always very popular and we do have a waiting list so register your interest today.
Photos from this course can be seen below.
We are very pleased to announce that we now have 6 new coaches at our club.
Isla Bezencon, Oliver Johnson, Andrew Walford and Malcolm Jukes all recently qualified as Level 1 Archery coaches in the summer last year with Paul Murray and Stuart Judd qualifying in January 2017 . As Level 1 coaches, Isla, Oliver, Andrew & Malcolm. Paul and Stuart will primarily be there to support and help our beginners but in the near future some of our Level 1 coaches will begin their training to become Level 2 coaches who will then be able to coach intermediates.
If you would like some coaching then please ask one of our new coaches. They will be able to either offer you some quick advice or put together a more comprehensive plan to assist you with any particular problem you feel you are having. All of our coaches will be glad to help but I'm sure everyone will understand that they are all volunteers who do this in their free time. As such, there will be times when they are at the field to shoot themselves or they may be there to coach another club member. On these days they may not be able to help you immediately but will be happy to arrange an alternative time when they are available.
Most of our members will know by now but we are delighted to confirm that our own Gavin Sutherland will be shooting in the Olympic Games in Rio 2016!
Gavin will be shooting for his home country of Zimbabwe and is their first Olympic archer since Wrex Tarr at the 1988 Seoul games in South Korea. Gavin has trained incredibly hard to get to the Olympics and finally won his much deserved spot at the Federation of African Archery (FAA) Championships held in Windhoek, Namibia in January this year. On being selected for the Zimbabwe Olympic team Gavin said, in an interview with NewsDay Sport “I am so super excited as I have been trying my best to get Zimbabwean archery going again and on the world map. I am 100% over the moon and I just want to hold my flag high at the Olympics,”. I'm sure everyone at Worthing Archery Club shares in Gavin's excitement and we are all very proud of what he has achieved, it really couldn't have happened to a nicer or more deserving person.
Gavin will be joined in Rio by Worthing Archery Club and committee member, Gary Kinghorn who is Gavin's coach. Gary is no stranger to the international stage himself being a former World Champion and represented Great Britain.
Bryony Pitman so nearly became our second club member going to the Olympic Games narrowly missing out on a spot for the British Team and is currently the first reserve. Bryony has had an amazing season this year and we are all certain that she will feature in future Olympic games and we wish her every success.
We don't know at the moment which of the archery rounds will be televised at the Rio Olympics. What we do know is that Gavin will first be shooting in the ranking round on Friday 5th August at 1pm. After that the first competition round will be in the first 64 which takes place on Monday 8th August starting at 3:36pm. Once/if we know more accurate time information we will post it in our forum.
Shoot strong Gavin!
The final of the 2016 Sunburn League was held today, Sunday 23rd October.
Whilst there was no chance of anyone getting sunburn today from the cold morning sun, everyone enjoyed the final round and waited around after the final arrows had been shot for the scores to be calculated and verified and the trophies to be handed out.
The full results of the Sunburn League can be viewed below but before we come on to that we would like to extend our thanks to everyone that entered but especially to our League Secretary, Paul Murray, who has worked so hard to organise and run the league this year. Paul has already said that we will be running the Sunburn League again next year so get practicing over the winter months and maybe next year you will be taking home one of the trophies!
It was a very tightly fought contest this year and after 6 rounds one trophy was decided by just one point. The full results were as follows:
Long Metric IV Highest Single Score Shot Trophy
1st: Louise Moorhouse-Booth - 1511
2nd: Barrie Le Grove - 1499
3rd: Barrie Le Grove - 1499
Long Metric III Highest Single Score Shot Trophy
1st: Barrie Le Grove - 1525
2nd: Clive Talbot - 1495
3rd: Andrew Walford - 1489
Long Metric II Highest Single Score Shot Trophy
1st: Bob Tutt - 1534
2nd: Bob Tutt - 1454
3rd: Bob Tutt - 1419
Long Metric I Highest Single Score Shot Trophy
1st: Daniel Talbot - 1523
2nd: Dan Ellis - 1489
3rd: Dan Ellis - 1489
Most Improved Handicap Trophy
1st: Barrie Le Grove - 8 (largest score difference over 2nd place)
2nd: Dan Ellis - 8
3rd: Daniel Talbot - 4 (largest score difference over 4th place)
Long Metric IV League Trophy
1st: Barrie Le Grove - 4344
2nd: Louise Moorhouse-Booth - 4343
Long Metric III League Trophy
1st: Andrew Walford - 4355
2nd: Paul Murray - 4349
3rd: Frank Hollis - 4257
Long Metric II League Trophy
1st: Bob Tutt - 4407
Long Metric I League Trophy
1st: Daniel Talbot - 4439
2nd: Dan Ellis - 4404
3rd: Andrew Hodgson - 4325
Sunburn League 2016 Grand Winner
1st: Barrie Le Grove - 4451
2nd: Daniel Talbot - 4439
3rd: Bob Tutt - 4407
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Membership is open to anyone over the age of 10 years old (younger children may be accepted at the discretion of the committee) although juniors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times whilst shooting. The junior section of Worthing Archery Club is run by Doreen Cannon. Doreen is an archer with many years experience and also our child protection officer. Please contact Isla for further information on our Junior section. Any adult wishing to join the club must have successfully completed a recognised beginners course or be a current member of Archery GB. All members and beginners must abide by the Archery GB Rules of Shooting and follow all safety requirements and any specific club rules.
If you would like to take up archery you need to go on a Beginners Course which are designed to not only get you shooting quickly but to do so safely. Our beginners courses run during the summer months and are typically run for two whole days over one or two weekends.
Our courses are some of the most popular in Sussex and we typically run at least three courses a year. Due to their popularity our courses fill up fast so we would recommend joining our waiting list so that we can get you on the first available course. You can do this by contacting our secretary.
We normally hold beginners courses during summer months. Our beginner’s course operates to strict safety standards but it is also designed to make your initial experience of archery an enjoyable one.
Beginner Courses Cost £65* and Include the Following
* the course fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
After The Course
On completion of the course, all successful beginners, i.e. those who are able to demonstrate the required level of competence, are issued with a certificate, and are then eligible to join the club. All members are expected to have their own equipment. However, if you are a beginner, then we strongly advise that you do not buy any equipment before first speaking to one of our coaches because it is very easy to spend money on equipment that looks okay but is in fact not right for you. When you join Worthing Archery Club, you are welcome to shoot alongside regular club members and, if you have any queries (no matter how trivial they may appear), then simply ask. Our members are a friendly bunch and can usually point you in the right direction! Club target days are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but when you reach a certain standard you will be able to shoot on any day of the week. However, you must abide by Archery GBs rules of shooting including Solo Shooting.
Feedback From Previous Courses
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt more than I thought possible in a two-day course.
I completed the beginners course at the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that I signed up and borrowed a bow and equipment there and then!
People were all welcoming, Communication was on top form. It was very well coordinated. All instruction were very clearly made and all WAC members were very happy to help
..excellent knowledgeable coaching, no judgements just encouragement.
The clubs website is excellent and gives a favourable impression of a club that is well-organised and managed.
The coaches on both days were friendly, knowledgeable and enabling. They pitched the level of tuition perfectly so that I didn’t feel overwhelmed by new information but was sufficiently challenged by the content to engage with the process and think about what I was trying to achieve. Really excellent and much appreciated.
We all had a fantastic time despite it being a bit cold. Everyone enjoyed the course and all seem to have caught the archery bug.
Thanks for making us very welcome. Thank you to all the coaches.
Amazing! I love it so much I want do archery every week.
Worthing has a long association with the sport of archery. As long ago as 1860 Worthing Archery Society, occasionally also referred to as Worthing Archery Club, was shooting at Steyne Gardens just off the seafront. During Victorian times archery was a popular sport as it was practiced by many British monarchs and was considered a graceful exercise that taught dexterity. Archery was also one of the few sports in which women could compete alongside men, indeed archery was one of the first organised competitive sports for women. The details of the club that shot in Worthing during the 1800's has sadly been lost to history but what we do know is that the club in its present form was founded in 1949.
Records of the first club committee unfortunately do not exist but in 1959 the officers were:
President: Alderman Osland Chairman: John Hackman Secretary: Mrs Stella Hackman Committee Members:Mr Tommy Dymock Mrs Elizabeth Dymock Mr John Harrison Mrs Peggy Harrison.
Alderman Osland was the Mayor of Worthing, and when he died his daughter Gabrielle took over the position of President, and the club enjoyed many winter days shooting clouts in the field near their farm. The Club’s official home in those days was Worthing Football Club and all members were automatically members of the football club. This enabled them to use the ground for practice, matches and tournaments, and the hall for other events. The club was small at that time with around 20 members taking part in club events and tournaments. One innovative adventure was a league to compete against overseas archers which proved to be very successful; Worthing used to shoot against two Australian Clubs - Bunbury and Benara. Two of our members visited Benara, which is near Perth, and presented them with a silver plate. Also one of the Club’s members won the Bunbury postal league and still has the award.
Tommy and Elizabeth Dymock also set about forming the Sussex County Albion League in the 1950’s, designed purely to allow archers of all levels to meet others on a friendly basis, at their various grounds. This was another successful venture for the club, with the result that it is now implemented throughout the county and is still in existence. Now run by Sussex County it has developed into five leagues with cups to be won. It is interesting to note that despite equipment greatly improving over the years, and higher scores - archers still find it a struggle to achieve the final accolade of Grand Master Bowman - this is the reason that the classification of Bowman was introduced, so even the very best have something to strive for.
As the club grew through the 60's and 70's bigger and better grounds were needed, so we left Worthing Football Club for a small piece of land in Worthing woods. The new club ground must have played its part in inspiring the members to achieve greater success and meant the committee could explore the option of developing field archery. Gary Kinghorn, Tony Zottola and Mark Caine went all over the country attending field archery ranges and learning all they could about the sport. Gary Kinghorn then moved from target to field archery and soon excelled at this and was selected to shoot for Great Britain on several occasions, becoming World Champion. Our annual field shoot has now become a very successful tournament; we were selected to host the All British Field Championships in 1999 and have since hosted the All English, and regularly host the Sussex County Field Championships.
In more recent years the committee has focused on developing the club, facilities and membership and we now boast a membership of around 100 archers of all ages and abilities from complete beginners to elite archers who have competed in the Olympic Games. We are now one of the few clubs in the country to offer outdoor, target and field archery 7 days a week with an indoor facility for the winter. Most clubs in Sussex only offer shooting on 1 or 2 days a week and very few offer both target and field archery. We also have a Junior Club coached by Doreen Cannon, again with members from complete beginners up to County Champions. We also have an active program in place for regular investment in the club providing not only regular maintenance but also new equipment and now offer a bow loan service to beginners who join our club after completing one of our beginners courses.