New Chairman appointed

The Board of Archery NI is pleased to announce that a new Chairman has been appointed on 8th May 2018.

Mr Marc Scott, formerly of Sport NI, spoke of his great pleasure to take on the role of Chair of Archery NI. “While archery in NI has seen some challenges over the last few years, with the commitment and dedication which is evident in the volunteer workforce, both in the clubs and Archery NI Board, the clear direction and support being provided by Archery GB and the potential in the athlete pool, this is an exciting time to be given the opportunity and to be privileged to lead the organisation.

In conjunction with strong governance foundations, engagement with members is key to the success of Archery NI and I look forward to meeting as many members from all aspects of the sport in the near future, and working with the archery family to ensure a successful and sustainable future for the sport in the region.”

The Board very much looks forward to working under Marc’s leadership.

 

Unfortunately, the Board also has to report that two other Directors have recently resigned.

John Kane, Performance Director for just a short period, has had a job promotion with associated increased responsibilities which he feels does not allow him sufficient time for Archery NI work. He continues to be available as one of our Regional Judges.

Ian McAuley, Membership Director, is also experiencing increased work pressures and has decided to step down after some twenty months on the board, including a difficult first year of the new organisation.

The Board would like to express many thanks to both John and Ian and wishes them well in their work endeavours.

This means there are now two vacancies for member directors and applications are invited for anyone interested and wanting to contribute to the running, development and future of archery in N. Ireland.

Job specifications can be found below and expressions of interest should be sent to company.secretary@archeryni.org.uk

Director of Membership Services-JobDescription

Director of Performance-JobDescription

Archery NI needs your help

The following is a list of positions within Archery NI that require volunteers to step up and take a share of the jobs that need doing to make ANI an effective organisation.

Positions are open to all members and members’ families and friends who are qualified and have the necessary skills and time to satisfy the position requirements.

Anyone interested should respond to admin@archeryni.org.uk stating position of interest and reason why you are suitable and giving relevant experience.                       Closing date is Friday 27th April.

Selection will be based only on the skills, experience and other information supplied with the application. Depending on number and quality of applicants interviews may take place.

This is an initial list. Other positions will be added at a later date.                                          Links to the Job Descriptions and other related requirements are as follows:-

Records Officer

Financial Assistant

Social Media Officer (Webmaster/Facebook Admin)

 

Chairman’s Resignation

The Board of Archery NI regretfully announces that the resignation of the Chairman, Mr Steven Beacom, has been accepted on 19th March 2018. Steven indicated a number of reasons including personal ones for his departure. Steven said that he enjoyed his short time in such a prestigious role and wishes to thank all involved at Archery NI for their warmth towards him and their passion for the sport, with special thanks to the Board members for their endeavour, enthusiasm, ideas and generosity. He wished Archery NI every success in the future.

Membership Director Ian McAuley has stepped into the chairman’s role on a temporary basis and the recruitment of a new independent chairperson has begun. The job specification can be found here. The post is open for anyone to present themselves as a candidate. If you know someone you believe could make a good chairperson please encourage them to step forward now. Some interest from within sport and professional networks has already been registered. Applications with supporting information, reasons and qualifications should be sent to company.secretary@archeryni.org.uk by Sunday 8th April.

Consultation – response to Phase 1

Thank you to all those clubs/members who took time to reply to Phase 1 of the Consultation Process. We received really good feedback and lots of ideas and issues to work on. Some of the subjects raised can be answered and implemented quickly and these are addressed below for your information.

The Consultation Process and the upcoming survey will help form our Development Plan which we will produce as quickly as possible, because it is important to ANI and needed by clubs for grant applications etc. In order to do so and to get it right we need members to reply to the survey.

Members of the Board are planning to visit all clubs within the next two months. We want to listen to you in person as well as get the survey responses.

The Board is in the process of preparing job descriptions for each of the volunteer technical positions. In line with equal opportunities and good practise, these will be posted on the ANI website for interested persons to apply. The job descriptions will give a clear idea of each role and the estimated time commitment needed. Those persons who are already carrying out these functions in a caretaking capacity or have already expressed a willingness to take on any of these jobs, are requested to apply. No pre-selection has taken place, vacancies are open to all.

With reference to eligibility and selection criteria for ANI national teams, these are being reviewed by the Board and will be clear and concise and published on the ANI website as soon as they are available.

The Board is aware of the shooting calendar issues and we are looking at ways to resolve, but there are only so many weekends in the year so clashes will unfortunately be inevitable. The ANI Field & Open Championships have now been confirmed to take place on 27/28th October at Clandeboye, as shown in the calendar.

The NI field archery records are now available to view on the ANI website and the target records will be added soon. As Archery NI has no control over the UK records it is not appropriate to put them on the ANI website and risk that they are not kept current. They can be found on the AGB website at https://www.archerygb.org/national-squads-records/national-squad/national-records/

Ranking classification scores are available on the Archery GB website (within the Shooting Administration Procedures) at https://www.archerygb.org/shoot-compete/compete/classification-handicaps/ .  As Archery NI has no control of these it is again not appropriate to put them on the ANI website and risk that they are not kept current.

Communication to the ANI membership will only take place by email to the clubs and notices posted simultaneously on the ANI website and copy posted to the ArcheryNI Facebook page. Direct posting to other Facebook pages, for example clubs or forums, will not be done, but clubs and individuals may, of course, share or repost to those other pages.

It was requested that AGB Membership cards be inspected at every shoot. This is at the discretion of the Tournament Organiser but is good practice to ensure compliance and correct insurance cover and is to be recommended.

All other topics mentioned in the Phase 1 feedback will be incorporated into the full member survey which will be sent out within the next month.

Reminder: to be able to receive a survey you must have a valid email address recorded in your Sport:80 profile and the box for ‘Receive Ezines’ must be checked ‘Yes’. Currently around 50 % of the Archery NI membership will not receive the survey because of their Sport:80 settings. If you want to participate and have your voice heard, change those settings now!

Update – GBR honours for Northern Ireland Archers

Archery GB is sending its largest ever team to a youth competition for the second stage of the European Youth Cup this July. The competition is being held in Poreč, Croatia from the 9-14 July.

Northern Ireland archers Rebecca Lennon, Dean Hamilton and Jake Walsh are among the 32 archers who are taking part. Look out for updates from Archery GB to find out how they’re getting on.

Congratulations to those from Norther Ireland who are representing Great Britain in August at the European Field Archery Championships in Slovenia. Recurve – Mark Nesbitt; Barebow – Joanne Walker, Stephen Kerr, Sophie Benton, Caoimhe Heaney and Tom Mehaffey

Mark Nesbitt is also heading off to the 2017 World Games being held in Wroclaw, Poland from 21 July