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

Ranking classification scores are available on the Archery GB website (within the Shooting Administration Procedures) at .  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!

Archery NI Consultation Process

To the Archery clubs of NI,

Today Archery NI officially begins a consultation process with all Archery NI members.

The aim of the process is to discover and assess issues that our members would like to see addressed, in order to move the organisation forward in a positive manner.

As I outlined at last year’s AGM it is important that we all move forward together for the betterment of the sport, and this consultation process can help achieve that.

So, in the coming weeks we want to hear from YOU and your club members.

Initially, this email is being sent to all clubs and we are asking for feedback on the issues you want addressed and the questions you want answered. We would request that you carry out your own consultation process within your club, summarise the issues and email this back to us. Once we receive this information, a full survey will be sent out to all individual Archery NI members* and the answers from that will help to provide information for the Board to put together a strategy which will take Archery NI forward.

We look forward to every club’s replies. The deadline to submit is February 23rd, which is in order for us to put together questions for the survey that is targeted to be sent out in March. Please send your feedback to

Thanking you and yours in sport

Steven Beacom

Archery NI Chairman


Important information:

For Archery NI members* to receive the survey and be part of the process each member must ensure that their AGB/ANI membership record held on Sport:80 shows a ‘Yes’ at the ‘Receive Ezines’ check-button on page 5 of the Athlete Information section of your Profile. This signifies that you have opted in to receive communication from AGB or ANI in email format. Without this opt-in we are not permitted to use your email address in this way. Check also that a valid and current email address is shown in the Profile.

New Performance Director

At the first meeting of the New Year the Archery NI Board co-opted John Kane to join the Board as Performance Director. He joins Steven Beacom (Chair), Susan Agnew (Development), Hazel Campbell (Coaching), Ian McAuley (Membership), Neil Armitage (AGB), Muriel Kirkwood (AGB) and Kim Pegrum (Comp.Secretary).

Although the Board is growing in numbers, skills and experience Archery NI is still in need of volunteers to take on a number of other jobs in order to make the organisation fully effective. Watch this space for details of these positions being advertised soon, and be ready to step forward to help.

Letter from the Chair

Hello Everyone,

It is Steven Beacom here, the Chair of Archery NI.

I wanted to bring you up to date on what has been happening since my appointment:-

It is fantastic that we have recruited more board members who can be of huge benefit to the organisation and our sport. I fully intend recruiting one or two more to make the Board even stronger moving forward.

I have also held meetings with several members about various roles and hopefully will have news on that in the weeks ahead.

I’m determined to start a consultation process amongst clubs and members that I feel is important so that everyone has a voice.

To that end I have asked Kim, our Company Secretary, to send out an email to all the clubs asking everyone what issues they would like to see addressed in Archery NI.

My plan for the year ahead is to have the consultation process concluded as soon as possible in order for us to move into the future with direction and confidence.

I also want to visit every club in the country, so if you haven’t provided dates/days when you train or shoot please do so.

Finally can I congratulate Frank Mulligan on his BEM award in the New Year’s Honours List. It is richly deserved for his outstanding service to archery and it was pleasing to see the great publicity Frank’s award generated on the broadcast and written media both locally in his home town of Banbridge and nationally.

Kind regards, Steven

Frank Mulligan awarded a BEM in the New Year’s honours list

Congratulations to Norther Ireland archery legend Frank Mulligan on being awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the New Year’s honours list.

Chairman of Archery Northern Ireland Steven Beacom said: “For Frank to receive the British Empire Medal is deserved recognition for a wonderful man who, along with his wife Pat, has put his life and soul into the great sport of archery.

Archery GB CEO Neil Armitage added: “What Frank Mulligan has done for archery over the past 47 years has been extraordinary. He not only goes down as a great coach, but a great man for everything he has given to the sport and his community. No one deserves this award more than Frank.”

Talent Pathway Coach Appointment

Archery Northern Ireland, in partnership with Sport Northern Ireland, are pleased to announce Damien Lennon as the Talent Pathway Coach in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland Chairman, Steven Beacom said “We are delighted to welcome Damien to this pivotal full time role and to the Archery GB coaching team. The appointment of a Talent Pathway Coach will enable greater focus on the development of the Northern Irish pathway for athletes in the Olympic and Paralympic Disciplines. The board would like to thank Damien for his services so far and we look forward to seeing talented archers coming through the pathway”.

With this new partnership and pathway alignment to Archery GB, the previous Academy programme will be renamed and restructured as the Northern Ireland Performance Academy as of December 2017. The Northern Ireland Performance Academy’s objective is to have more Northern Irish athletes not only competing, but winning on the International Stage.

If you would like to get involved in the Northern Irish pathway programmes as an Archer or a Coach please contact the Pathway Programme Manager at

New Directors for Archery NI Board

At our first meeting of the new board we co-opted Ian McAuley back on to the board and also co-opted Susan Agnew. They join Hazel Campbell, Neil Armitage and Muriel Kirkwood. Damien Lennon has resigned as a Director due to his new appointment.

We also appointed Kim Pegrum as Company Secretary & Financial Controller.

We are delighted to have a board of such experience and enthusiasm to take Archery NI forward.

New Chair for Archery NI

The Board of Archery NI are delighted to announce the appointment of Steven Beacom as Chair of Archery NI. You will have a chance to meet Steven at the upcoming AGM in Belfast and in the meantime he has provided a short introduction which you can read here –  Archery-NI-Independent-Chair

The Board is sure that Steven will make a very positive contribution to Archery NI in the years ahead.