Aim to Shoot – January 2019

Aim to Shoot is the new Archery NI information bulletin.

It is a summary of latest news, information, events etc. on one page.

The second page is a copy of the current three months of the ANI Tournament Calendar.

By containing the bulletin within two pages, it makes it easy to print copies – double sided onto one sheet of paper – for handing out to other members.

If you have suggestions for improvements, or items to be included in the next issue, please email the details to ANI Admin.

National Talent Development Program

The National Talent Development Program launch on 20th January 2019 at Lisnagarvey High School offers training camps to archers, introducing the New Technical Model. The aim is that you enjoy an intensive training assessment environment with specialised coaching.

The upper limit of the program is those that can compete as a junior in the 2019 season and it is important that you have your own equipment.

The event will be headed by Andrew Partridge, Pathway Manager AGB, Lloyd Brown, Coach Development Manager AGB, Damien Lennon, Pathway Talent Coach AGB for NI and Hazel Campbell, Co-ordinator of NTDP in Northern Ireland.

ANI coaches from eight clubs and three universities have undertaken workshops on the new technical model to ensure their knowledge allows all participant athletes, club coaches and parents, to have a rewarding experience and leave to go back to their clubs motivated, where they can deliberately practice the skills learned for the next NTDP camp.

Those looking to reserve their place at the camp should book via your Sport80 account and, if you need further information and assistance please contact Hazel Campbell NTDP Co-ordinator at

Please note that the closing date is Thursday 17 January at 4.00 pm.

Invitation to clubs to host Archery NI Championships during 2019

Archery NI invites all clubs to tender their proposals to host the Archery NI Championships Shoots during 2019, including the All Ireland Field Championships which in 2019 is N. Ireland’s turn to host.

The Archery NI Championship Shoots Tender Form should be completed, one for each event that the club wishes to host.

Forms are to be returned to by mid-day on Monday 21st January 2019.

Archery NI Volunteer Vacancies

Financial Book Keeper

The ANI financial book keeping activity is currently provided by AGB but must be transferred to ANI at the yearend.

Someone with a good head for figures and basic book keeping skills is needed to maintain the books and assist the ANI Financial Controller. Time commitment would amount to a couple of hours per month at most.

Calendar Officer

The ANI Tournament Calendar needs to be established each year in consultation with all the clubs, and mindful of AGB, International and Archery Ireland tournament dates. Once set the calendar needs to be maintained throughout the year as required by changes of circumstances etc. The Calendar Officer will lead and run this work, reporting to the Development Director.


Please consider seriously if you might be able to help, or know someone else who can. Anyone interested or needing further information on either position please contact

Disability Committee and Youth Forum

Archery NI Disability Committee

Archery NI invites expressions of interest from individuals to establish a committee tasked with developing and promoting disability archery in the region.   The committee will be led by the Archery NI Chair and it is envisaged that, through engagement with the Clubs, Development and Performance elements of the sport,  it will be tasked with:

– developing an appropriate disability classification system for the sport;

– developing a strategy for disability archery from grass roots through performance

– assisting clubs to be more inclusive and welcoming to disabled archers

– managing the relationship with key stakeholders. 

All interested parties please contact by 15th January 2019.

Archery NI Youth Forum

Following recent feedback, Archery NI recognises the need to effectively engage with Junior and Youth members as they are the future of the sport and currently have no input into the direction of the sport and the key decision making processes. 

We are seeking assistance from within the membership to facilitate the development of a Youth Forum to give our young members a voice.

If you are interested in assisting with this exciting initiative or wish to discuss this further, please contact Marc Scott by 15th January 2019 at


Performance Director appointed

Thanks to those members who attended the AGM last night.

Mark Saunderson was voted in as Performance Director and we wish him well with his new appointment.

Archery NI annual accounts and the fees for 2019-20 were also approved at the meeting and these will be posted to the website.

A number of archers from N.I. are heading over to England this weekend to shoot in the GB Seniors and Juniors  Indoor Championships and the Board wishes them all a good, strong shooting weekend, especially those representing the NI Home Nations junior and senior teams.

National Talent Development Programme – 20th January 2019

The National Talent Development Programme (NTDP) at the National Sports Centre in England and Archery Training Centres across the country has seen over 500 athletes attend in the last 4 years, with 36 athletes progressing into the National Age Group Academy and Great Britain Conversion Academy programmes. The National Talent Development programmes aim is to give athletes opportunities to access Archery NI Talent Pathway coaching and to give personal coaches opportunities to work with our Talent Pathway coaches. Athletes will be benchmarked on our “What it takes to Win” framework throughout the programme, with the best athletes being invited to a Profiling day towards the end of the competition calendar.

This programme has an extremely successful track record of promoting athletes into the Academy system and winning medals on an International stage. Recent athlete success’s including winning International Medals in the European Championship in Patras 2018 and another athlete representing Team GB at the Youth Olympic Games.

This programme is open to athletes at all levels and is open for Recurve, Barebow and Compound disciplines. The first session will be held on the 20th January at Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn.  If you are interested in attending the programme please book via Sport 80 found here – Link here.

If you have any questions about the programme or the day please speak to

ANI Senior Indoor Championships – 8th December 2018

Archery NI and Lough Cuan Bowmen are very pleased to announce the ANI Senior Indoor Target Championships is open for entry. Use the link below for the entry form and here for the Competitor Prospectus. We look forward to seeing you at the competition.

Entry form: