Coaching Seminars – dates for your diary

In September Archery NI will be delivering two events for coaches and archers. We encourage all coaches to come to the events, and archers wishing to be part of the performance academy.

Venue for both events :– Lisnagarvey High School in Lisburn

16 & 17 September – Coaching Seminar – technical model, progression and practice

Day 1 – The day will comprise of an introduction to the Archery GB Technical Model, explanation of how to use Archery GB’s technical development record, description of the Archery Drills and Skills to assist in their technical development.

Day 2 – The day will comprise of practical use of the technical development record with feedback and recommendation of drills to athletes. Coaches should try to bring one to two of the archers they coach (for the full or part of the day)  The event will be led by Lloyd Brown.

23 & 24 September – Performance Academy – for coaches and for athletes

The weekend is open to all recurve and compound athletes, including para athletes, as well as coaches.

This is an important weekend for those coaches wishing to come into the academy coaching pathway. It will be used as opportunity to assess the suitability of coaches to deliver the Talent Development Programme and Performance Hub that was established last year. This will also bring the structure into alignment with the National Age Group Academy structure that’s used in England.

It is expected that coaches who attend this weekend will have first attended the ‘Coaching Seminar – technical model, progression and practice’ on the previous weekend.


Each event will be delivered in conjunction with Archery GB’s talent development and coaching staff.

If you’d like to attend either as an archer or coach please contact Damien Lennon or Phone: – 07753637483

Archery NI Target Championships – cancelled

Regretably the Archery NI Target Championships will now not go ahead.

The All Ireland Series – Round 5 moved to the first weekend of September clashing with the original date and despite best efforts it wasn’t possible in the time frame to find another date and  venue for the Championships to allow as many people as possible to attend.

Combined Target & Field (Open) Championships

Just a reminder for  the Combined Target & Field (Open)Championships on Saturday 22nd July. Entries close at 12:00 on Thursday 20th July.

The entry form can be found here on Google docs

The event is a WA720 (BRS) & 12 Marked Field Round and is open to all archers who are members of a World Archery Affiliated Association

Archery NI Inter Club Championships 2017

The Archery NI Inter Club Championship was held at Lisnagarvey High School on Saturday the 24th of June. The event was co-hosted by Lisburn City Archery Club and East Belfast Archery Club and was set up as a competition that archers of all abilities could come and compete for their club. And so it turned out to be, as the shoot afforded a number of archers the chance to compete for the first time, some only within weeks of completing their beginners course.

The day started grey and misty and with a stiff breeze. Thankfully, the grey clouds lifted as the day progressed but the stiff Westerly breeze persisted and made shooting conditions tricky all day.

In all 34 Archers participated, representing five clubs. Ballyvally Archers, East Belfast AC who entered two teams, Lisburn City AC, Maiden City AC and Muckamore Company of Archers. The format of the shoot allowed teams of between 4 and 8 archers representing their club with the best 4 scores from each team in the morning and the best 4 in the afternoon giving a total team score. The scores of each archer were factored to account for their age, bow style, gender and distance shot. This allowed for teams of a wide spread of ages and abilities to shoot competitively, with archers ranging from primary school age to masters.

The morning session was shot over 16 ends of 3 arrows at 80Cm target faces. Archers could select their preferred distance from a choice of 20M, 30M, 40M and 50M.  There was a good spread of distances selected and when the scores were counted and the factors applied Ballyvally had edged into a lead. The Barebow specialists were shooting well and dealing with the gusty conditions.

The lunchtime break allowed us all to sample the delights from the onsite Barbeque, ably manned by some young volunteers from EBAC. The burgers were great and fuelled us all for the afternoon session.

Complimentary crisps adorned the afternoon shooting line, tempting us to fuel up and risk having salty shooting fingers. Some succumbed. Again each archer could select the distance they wanted to shoot at from targets at 30M, 40M, 50M or 60M but this time with the full 122cm faces. Another 48 arrows were dispatched down the range and the scores recorded.

When the numbers were processed and the factors applied Ballyvally retained their lead and were crowned as Champions. Well done to their team of Angela Cowan, Romaine Mehaffey, Craig McCreery, Tom Mehaffey and Kim Pegrum. East Belfast 1 finished in second place and East Belfast 2 completed the podium. Well done to all.

In all, the shoot was a great day out. Our thanks must go to Ciaran Campbell and Linda Douglas, our judges on the day, for keeping the score sheets right and the rules observed. Thanks as well to David Wright from EBAC for performing all the score processing and doing all the background planning for the handicapping system. A shout out to Kevin Bloomfield and the team at City of Belfast for the use of their Gazebos and to our burger chefs for the lunchtime grub. Last, but by no means least, a huge thank you to Kilmore Archery Centre who sponsored the event through the kind provision of target faces.

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

Commonwealth Archery Championships Europe Successes

Team Northern Ireland put in a superb performance and were winners of the overall Recurve Team Trophy and the gent’s Recurve Team trophy at the 2017 Commonwealth Archery Championships Europe incorporating the Euronations.

The ladies team came 2nd and the team had a 1st and 3rd placing in the gents individual recurve and a 2nd in ladies recurve. The event was a Qualification round followed by mixed team Head to Heads with NI taking collectively 10 out of 12 matches they played.

The team consisted of (left to right) Tom Hall, Rebekah Tipping, Connor Hall, Caitlin McCarthey, Emma Davis and Patrick Huston.

The event which also incoporated the Euronations took place on 1st July hosted on behalf of the English Archery Federation by the Royal Navy South Coast Archers at HMS Sultan in Hampshire.  The 2nd of July was an  inaugural event in the English Archery Federation Series with NI team members gaining yet more medals.

Inter Club Championship 2017 – Entry Form

Here is the Entry Form for the advertised Inter-Club Championship


This shoot is open to all Archery NI affiliated clubs and will be a fun day appropriate for all club members irrespective of age experience or bow style. The competition is for teams of 4 to 8 club members. All scores will be normalised, applying factors to account for age, gender, bowstyle and distance selected. The top 4 scores in each team will count for the interclub competition Clubs can enter more than one team.

This is intended as as fun shoot that will be something that all members of your club will feel able to participate in. We hope to have a
barbeque running to enjoy some food and craic together through the day. Looking forward to seeing your club there