Latest News and Updates

IANSEO Training Course

Saturday 30th March 10am - 4pm at Lisnagarvey School, Lisburn Applications are invited to attend this training course to learn how to use the IANSEO software which allows archery tournaments, both target and field, to be managed, including target lists and results. You will need basic computer skills and you must bring your own laptop to the class. Class size is limited and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. If the course proves popular another session will be organised later in the year. Contact admin@archeryni.org.uk to book a place.

Females in Sport Promo video

If you go to the Gallery, and Select Videos, you will find the promotional video for Females in Sport, starring Sinead Byrne and Megan Bryer.

2019 National Ranking Rules announced

The new national ranking system for senior Recurve and Compound archers has been adopted by Archery GB. It allows archers to follow their progress in real time, informing them of where they sit in the national picture and giving a clear line of sight to becoming a part of the National Squads. The ranking system is current and rolling (ranking points last 12 months from the time they are gained). An archer’s best five events are used to calculate their ranking and rankings will be updated and uploaded to the Archery GB website fortnightly, starting mid-April 2019. Only one result is required to qualify for the National Rankings. For further information, copy and paste this URL into your browser and talk to your club https://www.archerygb.org/2019-national-ranking-rules-announced/

Archery NI Championship shoots

Archery NI is pleased to announce that the following clubs will be hosting the following:- Inter Club Competition – 15/16th June at Lisnagarvey School, Lisburn, hosted by Lisburn City and East Belfast clubs. Senior & Junior Indoor Championships – 30th Nov / 1st Dec at the Ards Blair Mayne Leisure Complex, Newtownards, hosted by Lough Cuan Bowmen. *Note: this is a brand new venue for this competition.

Welcome To the New Archery NI website

Hello and welcome to the new ArcheryNI website. Easier to read, use and follow. Check out the calendar page to see when competitions are on, keep checking this news page for updates on how our sport is doing. Want to find out the next competition and enter, check out the Tournaments page. If you have any questions, queries etc then head to the contact page and send us an email and we will get back to you as son as we can.

National Talent Development Programme Sunday 24th March 2019

Missed the launch of the National Talent Programme on 20th January 2019? Do not worry you can still engage on the programme. Athlete Development Curriculum Athletes are supported with the learning and development through targeted training programmes and competitive opportunities. Athletes will have a clear understanding of what they need to know and to do to reach the next stage of their development. Tracking and Benchmarking Athletes are tracked through their development on key elements of their programme so that they can monitor their progress. They will also undergo benchmark testing which helps view their trajectory referenced against the Worlds best archers at that specific stage of development. Athletes undergo a process of assessment on key characteristics identified as being predictive of World Class success and weighed appropriately to the age and stage of the athlete being profiled. Willingness to do the Work Undertaking and managing yourself as a performer is key to long term success. NTDP is aimed at supporting that learning by challenging you to consider what it takes to develop further and how that journey is personal to you. Are you ready to undertake that journey? If so 10am Sunday 24th March at Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn is the venue. Please forward your name to NTDP Co-ordinator Hazel Campbell at hazel.campbell@archeryni.org.uk with your name and age and bow style. Damien Lennon, Pathway Talent Coach for Northern Ireland, Archery GB

NI Championship shoots

Archery NI is pleased to announce that the following clubs will be hosting this years NI Championship Shoots:- Combined Target and Field Championships: -- 20/21st July - City of Belfast, Boucher Road 3D Championships -- 3/4th August - Ballyvally, Loughbrickland. Field Championships -- 14/15th Sept. - Ballyvally, Loughbrickland * note the date change.

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 hazel.campbell@archeryni.org.uk Please note that the closing date is Thursday 17 January at 4.00 pm.

Aim to Shoot Archery NI Newsletter

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. The most recent bulletin can be found on the homepage.

Coaching Opportunities

ANI Director of Coaching, Hazel Campbell is offering the following coaching opportunities:- Archery NI Way Forward In order to start meeting the needs of archers and as presented at our recent Members Meeting, we would like to provide training for any archer of any bow style, and any age or ability, who feels they would benefit from further coaching. It is hoped that this would eventually lead to the development of Northern Ireland Squads. What do we need? Archers: Any bow style, any age, any ability. Coaches: Anyone interested in progressing their coaching. Venues: Any club who would be able to let us hire their venue. Unfortunately, this will have to be a self-funding initiative by the archers, i.e. a charge for each day of training. This will cover the cost of venues etc. If you are interested, please email hazel.campbell@archeryni.org.uk by Friday 15th February. Level 1 Coaching Course cost 250gbp. This course has been registered for these dates: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April Saturday 18th May Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th June. Please contact hazel.campbell@archeryni.org.uk by Friday 8th February if interested.

Financial Book Keeper appointed

Archery NI is pleased to announce that David McCann, who recently volunteered for this position, has been appointed as the ANI Financial Book Keeper with immediate effect. David will work closely with the Financial Controller to record, monitor and manage the finances of the company. The Board thanks David for offering his help and wishes him well with the role.

All Ireland Field Championships

Archery NI is pleased to announce that the 2019 All Ireland Field Championships will be hosted by the Ballyvally Archers Banbridge club at Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle, Co. Down on Saturday/Sunday 9/10th March 2019. Entry will be available shortly. Note the change of date from that previously shown on the calendar.

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 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 admin@archeryni.org.uk by mid-day on Monday 21st January 2019.

Archery NI at the Mary Peters Trust Race to a Million Spinathon

Archery NI were well represented at the MPT Race to a Million Spinathon on Friday 1st Feb. A small but energetic team from ANI participated in the fundraiser, keeping a number of bikes spinning for the afternoon. Those cycling included directors Hazel and Susan, chairman Marc, secretary Kim, David from EBAC and two additional supporters. Dame Mary herself was present all day and enjoyed chatting to the riders and having lots of photos taken with us. Anyone wishing to give any further sponsorship money to the ANI team, please contact any of the riders or ANI Admin with your cash!

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 bookkeeping 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 need further information on either position please contact admin@archeryni.org.uk

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 admin@archeryni.org.uk 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 chairman@archeryni.org.uk

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 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 your Sport 80 login. If you have any questions about the programme or the day please speak to Hazel.campbell@archeryni.org.uk

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, just copy and paste that link into your address bar. We look forward to seeing you at the competition. Entry form: https://goo.gl/forms/CIUOvWkypg0EW3lc2

National Talent Development Programme comes to Northern Ireland

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 GB 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 successes include winning International Medals in the European Championship in Patras 2018 and another athlete representing Team GB at the Youth Olympic Games. In preparation for the NTDP those coaches looking to engage on the National Talent Development Programme, a meeting will take place in Lisnagarvey High School, on Sunday 11th November at 6pm.  This workshop will be led by Archery GB Coach Development Manager Lloyd Brown. Please contact Damien Lennon onDamien.lennon@archerygb.org to book your place

AGB Indoor Target Champs NI Team

ANI is pleased to announce the following archers who have been selected for the Home Nations team for the upcoming British Indoor Championships in December. Good luck to all and good shooting. Junior Recurve: Molly McCormick Sean Martin Seniors -Recurve: Rebekah Tipping Mark Nesbitt Conor Hall -Compound: Dean Hamilton The ANI Board is trying to ensure that the NI Team selection is fair, open and transparent. Detailed selection criteria are published in the announcements inviting applications, including closing date, minimum scores and where to send the application. Qualifying scores are established based on previous top-half results in that tournament. Selection is made entirely from the scores achieved; no subjective selection is made. For the Indoor Championships, two applications were received after the deadline, two were sent in to the wrong address and five did not achieve the minimum scores within the qualifying period. Unfortunately, this means that insufficient archers have been selected to make up full teams. All archers are reminded that the pre-announced selection criteria will be used, without exception, and it is therefore important to read, understand and follow the instructions in the invitation to apply.

Archery NI Perpetual Trophies

Following the discussion with ANI members at last weeks open meeting, the Board has decided to continue to use any of the perpetual trophies that can be found for the ANI Championship shoots. With the NI Field Championship shoot this coming weekend, could anyone currently holding a field trophy please ensure it is returned to Lough Cuan Bowmen before the weekend or bring it with them to the shoot. Thanks for your co-operation.

Congratulations to John Kane

Well done to John Kane of City of Belfast Club for passing his National Judge exam.

Congratulations to Shannon Russell-Cowan

Well done to Shannon Russell-Cowan of Ballyvally Club who has achieved the level of International Youth Judge and recently attended the World Archery Youth Judge Seminar in Switzerland.

Congratulation to City of Belfast club

Well done to the City of Belfast Archery Club for achieving recognition as an AGB OnTarget performance club, the first in N.I.

Tournament Officer appointed

Archery NI is pleased to announce that, with immediate effect, Robert Hall has been appointed as the ANI Tournament Officer. He may be contacted at Tournament@archeryni.org.uk. The Board wishes him well with this role and requests the wider membership to co-operate with Robert as he works with the clubs to organise, manage and improve the ANI tournaments.

N. Ireland Performance Academy

Due to the standard of Archery improving across the world both in terms of scores and training standards, the following score thresholds will be in place for the 2018/19 season for selection into the Northern Ireland Performance Academy. Recurve: Cubs - N/A Cadet Boys - 590 Cadet Girls - 580 Junior Men - 600 Junior Women - 580 Compound: Cubs - N/A Cadet Boys - 620 Cadet Girls - 600 Junior Men - 620 Junior Women - 600 These scores will need to be achieved at either a 720 World Record status event, Northern Ireland status event or at a Performance Academy Simulation day. The Recurve discipline score thresholds are aligned with our GB Junior International selection policy, which is the next appropriate stage for Recurve athletes. The Compound discipline score thresholds are the minimum standard to be considered for the GB Compound Development Squad. If you wish to be considered for the Northern Ireland Performance Academy, please send your scores to Andrew.partridge@archerygb.org by the 10/09/2018. Entries after this date will be subject to coaching availability. Andrew Partridge Pathway Programme Manager

British Indoor Target Championships

1st/2nd December 2018 at Lilleshall, Shropshire This event includes the Senior and Junior Home Nations matches. Teams consist of:- Seniors: 8 archers (2 GR, 2 LR, 2GC and 2LC). Juniors: 6 archers (2 GR, 2 LR, 1GC and 1LC). Invitation to apply for NI Teams:- Archery NI Selection Criteria Senior scores WA18 Gents Recurve 560 Ladies Recurve 540 Gents Compound 580 Ladies Compound 565 * Archers must provide 2 x WA18 scores valid from 8/10/17 to 8/10/18 * Archers must provide the Ianseo link and where possible a photo of the scorecard. * In the event of more archers qualified, the archers with the highest scores will attend the event. Junior Scores Portsmouth Recurve Age Category Gents Ladies Under 18 560 540 Under 16 560 535 Under 14 535 510 Under 12 485 450 Compound Age Category Gents Ladies Under 18 575 565 Under 16 570 560 Under 14 565 560 Under 12 515 500 * Archers must provide 2 x Portsmouth scores valid from 8/10/17 to 8/10/18 * Archers must provide the Ianseo link and where possible a photo of the scorecard. * In the event of more archers qualified, the archers with the highest scores will attend the event. Archery NI invites archers who are interested to participate in these competitions, who are eligible to represent NI (see requirements on the Tournaments and Records page) and meet the selection criteria, to send supporting scores information to admin@archeryni.org.uk Closing date for applications is 6pm on Monday 8th October 2018 for BOTH Seniors and Juniors. As a contribution to travelling and entry costs Archery NI is pleased to offer a fixed payment of 150gbp per archer in recognition of your representation of NI. Payments will be made after your participation in the event.

Sad news ! Ciaran Campbell RIP

It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the sudden passing of national judge Ciaran Campbell. Ciaran was one of the foremost figures in judging of archery on the island of Ireland. He was a true gentleman and his good humour and humility served him well during his judging and ensured the smooth running of shoots and the enjoyment of the competitors. On behalf of all ANI members, the Board of Archery NI sends deepest and sincere condolences to Ciaran family and many friends at this difficult time.