Latest News and Updates

AGB Indoor Champs - NI Team results

AGB Junior Championships In the Home Nations Competition which was held within the Junior Championships on Saturday 30 November, our Junior Team shot really well, and despite being one recurve archer short, they were close to the third place winners. Well done Sinead Byrne, Helen McCormick, Molly McCormick, Ryan Leathem and Jay Saunderson. Their certificates were presented by a representative of Wales Archery - see the picture on the Gallery page. Sinead and Jay also both took first place in their respective individual classes - an excellent performance. AGB Senior Championships On Sunday 1 December, during the Senior Championships, our compound team shot brilliantly, but unfortunately we were a compound archer short. Well done to Mike Henry, Jake Walsh and Sinead Byrne who finished fourth in the Home Nations Competition - see picture on the gallery page. Also on Sunday 1 December, during the Senior Championships, our recurve team were brilliant and finished in Silver Medal position behind England. Well done and congratulations to Rebekah Tipping, Emma Davis, Patrick Huston and Mark Nesbitt - see picture on the Gallery page.

New date for the ANI Senior Indoor Championships

After difficulties with having to change the date due to the AGB championships and trying to find a suitable venue, Archery NI is pleased to announce that the Senior Indoor Championships will be held at the Lisburn Leisureplex on 23rd February 2020 hosted by Lisburn City Archery Club. The ANI Junior Indoor Championships remains on Sunday 15th December 2019 at Banbridge Leisure Centre hosted by Ballyvally. Entry form is available – see Tournaments page for the link.

New Performance Director elected and new Target Records Officer

Archery NI is pleased to announce that at last week’s AGM the membership elected to appoint Mike Henry as Performance Director. Also announced at the meeting was the co-option of Jennifer McCormick as the Target Records Officer, taking over this job from Hazel Campbell. The Board welcomes both Mike and Jennifer and wishes them well with their new positions.

Reminder - AGM – Wednesday 27th November 7.00 pm

Agenda and documents for the meeting are available on the Governance page of the website. Recently added is a Citation from a candidate recommended by the Board for the vacant Performance Director position. In addition to the AGM Business meeting starting promptly at 7.00 pm, there will be an information session immediately following, at around 7.45 pm, which includes a Safeguarding awareness presentation.

NI Team for AGB Indoor Championships

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 all and good shooting. Senior Team Recurve - Rebekah Tipping, Emma Davis, Patrick Huston and Mark Nesbitt Compound (three archer team only) – Sinead Byrne, Jake Walsh and Mike Henry Junior Team Recurve (three archer team only) – Helen McCormick, Molly McCormick and Ryan Leathem Compound – Sinead Byrne and Jay Saunderson

AGM 2019 - Wednesday 27th November at NICVA, Belfast

This notice confirms the AGM 2019 and details and documents for the meeting are now available to view/download on the Governance page. Attendance and Voting: All current members of Archery NI are entitled to attend the AGM. Membership cards will be checked on entry to the meeting. Only 2018-19 plastic cards or e-cards will be accepted. All Senior Members of Archery NI have a vote. To exercise your vote, you must either attend the AGM or appoint someone to vote on your behalf (this person is called your proxy). Your proxy can be the Chairman of the meeting or someone you know who will attend, such as your Club Secretary or any other person who need not be a member of the Company. Please use the Attendance and Proxy Voting form included as part of the meeting documents on the Governance page to indicate if you plan to attend. You may also use this form to nominate your voting proxy. Please return completed form by 6pm Sunday 24th November 2019. By Order of the Archery NI Board

Volunteer job vacancies

Two volunteer job positions are currently open for interested parties to apply, as follows. If anyone is interested or wants more information, email admin@archeryni.org.uk :- Financial Book Keeper – this position greatly assists the Financial Controller by recording all the financial activities of ANI. Not a huge task, maybe requires around half-a-day per month but needs someone with basic spreadsheet skills and a head for figures. Target Records Officer – as it says in the name, this person looks after the NI Target Records, handling new claims and keeping the master files up to date.

Resignation from the Board by Susan Agnew

The ANI Board regretfully announces that Susan Agnew, Development Director, has stepped down from her position on the Board due to personal reasons. Chairman, Marc Scott said “I would like to thank Susan for all the work that she put in to moving Archery NI forwards, often against a difficult back drop. Her input and undoubted passion for the sport will be sorely missed by the Board and sport in general”. He went on to wish Susan the best of luck in her personal, professional and archery endeavours.

Archery NI Annual General Meeting 2019

Notice is hereby given that the Archery NI Annual General Meeting 2019 will be held on Wednesday 27th November from 7.00 – 8.00 pm at NICVA 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB The Initial Meeting Notification document including the agenda, attendance and voting details can be found on the Governance page under the section headed ‘Board of Directors Meetings 2019’. The Attendance and Proxy Form can also be found there.

First NTDP day of 2019/20

The first National Talent Development Programme (NTDP) day of 2019/20 season will be held on Saturday 26th October 2019. The NTDP will run at Lisnagarvey High School from 9am – 4pm and is open to any archers of any bow type, under the age of 20. Last year’s NTDP had over twenty five athletes from various clubs in Northern Ireland attend and engage in the programme. From the profiling day six athletes were invited to attend the Performance Academy for the 2019/20 season. The NTDP is an important connection between club archery and the Archery GB Talent Pathway. Archers will receive three hours of coaching by our experienced Pathway Coaches, along with Strength and Conditioning advice and benchmarking. Archers can attend bi-monthly coaching and benchmarking days throughout the year and are profiled in August at the end of the cycle. Those demonstrating talent against the “what it takes to win” criteria may be selected to the Performance Academy, the induction for which takes place each September. To book your place you can email Damien Lennon at damien.lennon@archerygb.org

Archery GB Youth Festival Report

The Festival took place from 28 July to 2 August 2019, and was attended by 13 archers from Northern Ireland along with Coaches and families. The venue is spectacular as it is at Lilleshall National Sports Centre which has amazing facilities for many sports. The shooting was intense as the archers had a qualification round on the Sunday which ranked them for the individual rounds as well as all the team events. The week culminates in the Gold medal matches taking place on the Orangery – it is a magnificent site and was live streamed on Archery GB’s website. Our archers were brilliant and came home with three gold and three silver medals:- Gold Lara Saunderson on the Compound Youth Womens Team Gold Sean Martin in the Recurve Cadet Mens Team Gold Molly McCormick in the Recurve Cadet Women’s Team Silver Luke Wheeler in the Recurve Cadet Mixed Team – Tier 2 Silver Jack Doherty in the Recurve Cub Mens Team Silver Jack Doherty in the Recurve Cub Men’s Individual Round. The International Team Competition was held and it was decided to co-opt members on to teams so that the competition would be more intense. Northern Ireland did very well with two silver medals and a bronze medal:- Silver in the Recurve Cub Team of Jack Doherty and Megan Havers (Our English Co-Opt). Silver in the Compound Mixed Teams of Sinead Byrne and Stuart McCullough. Bronze in the Recurve Cadet Mixed Pairs of Molly McCormick and Sean Martin. Everyone had a marvellous time and we are all looking forward to next year.

AGB Indoor Champs – NI Team application closing date extended

The closing date for applications to the NI teams at the British Indoor Championships has been extended from Monday 23rd September to 6pm on Wednesday 9th October 2019 for BOTH Seniors and Juniors. Instructions how to submit applications remain otherwise unchanged - see previous post below.

Invitation to apply for NI Teams - AGB Indoor Champs

The British Indoor Senior & Junior Target Championships 30th Nov./1st December 2019 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). Archery NI Seniors Selection Criteria – WA18 Gents Recurve 541 Ladies Recurve 542 Gents Compound 585 Ladies Compound 568 Archery NI Juniors Selection Scores - Portsmouth Recurve Under 18 Gents 539 Ladies 524 Recurve Under 16 Gents 503 Ladies 508 Recurve Under 14 Gents 479 Ladies 458 Recurve Under 12 Gents 437 Ladies 413 Compound Under 18 Gents 570 Ladies 560 Compound Under 16 Gents 557 Ladies 516 Compound Under 14 Gents 469 Ladies 520 Compound Under 12 Gents 447 Ladies 494 • Archers must provide 2 x WA18 / Portsmouth scores valid from 24/09/18 to 23/09/19 • 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 Archery NI Eligibility Criteria on the Governance page) and meet the selection criteria, to send supporting scores information to admin@archeryni.org.uk Closing date for applications is 6pm on Monday 23rd September 2019 for BOTH Seniors and Juniors.

2019-20 Membership Renewal Process

Here is some important information regarding the Membership Renewal Process for 2019-20 which starts at the end of next month. All ANI clubs have been sent this information together with the Archery NI bank account details. Please be aware of the following:- • On-line payment system is only for AGB; ANI payments are still manual. Please make payments for Archery NI payable to Archery NI, not to Archery GB, either by cheque or direct bank transfer. If paying by cheque, these may be sent to Archery GB together with your cheque for Archery GB. • Email admin@archeryni.org.uk with details when payment is sent. • Double check category of membership, especially anyone currently on a pro-rata membership. • Members moving to you from another club – to avoid creating a duplicate record, contact Membership Services (Helen Smedley) with member’s details to get them transferred to your club. • Direct members – clubs should not accept AGB Direct members for payment of ANI fees. Direct members should pay ANI fees themselves directly to ANI, as above! • Student members studying outside of N.I. but wishing to remain an ANI member, should join their Uni club and then also pay their regional fee directly to ANI , as above.

Early Bird WRS FITA18 & Portsmouth

N.I. Performance Academy is hosting an Early Bird WRS FITA18 and Portsmouth at Lisnagarvey School, Lisburn on Friday 30th August 2019. An early opportunity for those looking to gain scores to compete for Northern Ireland at Junior and Senior Level at the British Indoor Target Championships 2019. Entries restricted to 16 per competition format. Registration and Inspection 5.30pm, Practice 5.45pm, Shooting Commences 6pm. Entries to Damien Lennon at damien.lennon@archerygb.org or 07753637483 Fee £5 Closing date: Wednesday 28th August 6pm

Club Secretaries and T.O.’s meeting – Thursday 15th August at 7pm

The Club Secretaries and T.O.’s meeting will take place on the date as previously advised. The venue is NICVA, 61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB. All Club Secretaries and/or Tournament Officers are invited to attend. If your club secretary and/or tournament officer is not available to attend, you may send alternate club representatives. Please try to send a minimum of one person, maximum of two people per club and reply to ANI Admin indicating who will be attending. The meeting will provide various items of information from the Board to the clubs, hear any comments from the clubs and also to draft the 2020 Tournament Calendar. Clubs should prepare their own proposed shoot dates in preparation for this discussion. Dates can be brought to the meeting, or if available ahead of time, please email to admin@archeryni.org.uk

2019 AGB Senior Target Championships – NI Team

The Board of Archery NI would like to thank those archers who submitted scores for team selection, but is disappointed to make the following announcement:- • Only a small number of applications were received, insufficient for full teams. • Some applications were not submitted correctly, according to the published instructions and selection score criteria. • Some archers who were selected and invited to be part of a team either did not accept their invitations or failed to respond at all. Only one archer accepted their invitation. As a result Archery NI is unable to put forward a NI Team to the above competition.

New Director co-opted onto Archery NI Board

The Board is pleased to announce that Ms. Eilish Ward has been co-opted onto the board of Archery NI as an Independent Director. Eilish currently works for British Gymnastics based here in Belfast. With strong achievements in higher education in Sports Development and Coaching, English, Sociological and Political Studies, she also has first-hand experience of the requirements of club development, volunteer management, engagement and coach education both on a national and international level within a national governing body. The ANI Board welcomes Eilish and believes that with her background and experience she will provide a valuable contribution to the organisation.

Resignation from the Board by Mark Saunderson

Regretfully, Mark Saunderson has stepped down from his position as Performance Director due to time constraints related to his personal and work situation. Chairman, Marc Scott expressed his thanks to Mark for his contribution over the short period of time on the Board and wishes Mark and his family success and enjoyment in the sport.

Thursday 25th July Team Challenge Event

Fresh from her success at the Hyundai World Cup in Berlin, Youth Continental Judge Shannon Russell Cowan will co-ordinate an opportunity for archers to experience the Team and Mixed Team formats. Teams will be mixed styles. Open to all affiliated archers junior and senior, all targets will be set at 50 meters on a 122 cm face. Shannon will explain the rules and lead a team of judges to keep everyone safe and having fun. Entry is free. Location: Lisnagarvey School, Lisburn. Assembly at 10am, sighters, then a 36 arrow ranking round. Teams will be selected by handicap. To confirm attendance email @ damien.lennon@archerygb.org

Job Vacancy: AGB Strength and Conditioning Coach

Archery GB invites applications for the role of Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Northern Ireland Performance Academy. Job location: Northern Ireland Salary: £100 per day of work (roughly 15 days throughout year) The role will involve providing support to our Olympic and Paralympic Pathway programme and working alongside the wider Performance Support Team to support individual athletes, coaches and parents. The candidate must have an unrivalled passion for developing athletes and performance systems. Successful candidates will have experience in providing strength and conditioning support to junior athletes across a number of sports and developing fellow coaches. Archery GB is fully committed to safeguarding children and other vulnerable people across our business. As such, the appointment to this post will be subjected to Disclosure and Barring Service prior to taking up the role. The main roles and responsibilities are; - To lead the provision of Strength and Conditioning support across multiple Junior and Paralympic programmes. - To be responsible for the development of new systems and procedures designed to professionalise and develop the support to our athletes. Essential Criteria: - Experience in the provision of strength and conditioning coaching with junior athletes - A BSc qualification in Sports Science and/or Strength and Conditioning - Professional Accreditation or working towards UKSCA Desirable Criteria - A post-graduate qualification in Sports Science and/or Strength and conditioning - Experience of working with Disabled athletes. For further information or to apply for this post please send your CV and cover letter by the 2nd August 2019 to Pathway Programme Manager; Andrew Partridge on email: Andrew.Partridge@archerygb.org

draft ANI Team Selection Policy

This policy has been created to make it transparent to everyone how the NI Team members for any of the Home Nations team competitions, indoor, outdoor, target and field are selected and how the selection scores are determined. This has been sent to all clubs for review. Please read and feed back to ANI Admin any comments, corrections or anything missing or not clear. Please do this by Friday 19th July so that your comments can be reviewed at the Board meeting the following Monday.

Advance notification – Club Secretaries and T.O.’s meeting

As last year, a Club Secretaries and T.O.’s meeting is planned, to provide information from the Board to the clubs, to hear any comments from the clubs and also to draft the 2020 Tournament Calendar. This meeting is tentatively scheduled for Thursday 15th August. Clubs should prepare your own proposed shoot dates in preparation to bring to the meeting. Further meeting details will be sent out nearer the time.

Polite etiquette reminder

One of our senior judges has asked that all ANI archers be reminded of the following:- Clothing - Blue Denim or Camouflage clothing is strictly prohibited at all World Archery Record shoots. Timekeeping - if archers leave the field of play, at a break in arrows or at lunch, can they please be back at the stated time for the competition to resume. Having to wait for one or two people adds unnecessary time required to complete the shoot.

Designated Safeguarding Officer appointed

The ANI Board is pleased to announce that Rachael McComb has volunteered to be our Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer and is up-and-running in this important job. We wish her every success and good luck in this sometimes difficult role.

Congratulations to new Level 1 coaches

Six archers successfully completed their Level 1 coaching course last weekend. On behalf of all archers in N.I. ANI would like to congratulate Courtney Dane, Barbara Doherty, Andrew Gingles, Caoimhe Heaney, Martin Smith and Rachel Wilson.

Archery NI Summer Coaching in the month of July

Open to all Academy and NTDP athletes and coaches, in order to develop the new Technical Model to existing and future talented pathway athletes, focusing on effective ways to train. Specific 1:2:1 coaching sessions and specialised high speed camera work can be booked in advance subject to availability. Athletes will be expected to come prepared for coach discussions around achieving and setting athlete performance goals, so bring a notepad and pen. Location: Lisnagarvey High School, Lisburn Dates: 3/4th, 9/10th, 16/17/18th and 23/24/25th July from 10am - 4pm Cost: Free to ANI members To confirm attendance please submit by email your name, club, age, AGB number and bow style to Damien Lennon, Talent Pathway Coach at damien.lennon@archerygb.org Admission only by confirmation email.

Claire Merron R.I.P.

Archery NI is sad to hear that another N.I. archer has suddenly passed away this week. Claire Merron, a member of the NI Civil Service Archery Club has been ill for some time, unable to shoot but always very supportive of her club and her sport. Funeral details can be found on the NICS Facebook page. On behalf of all the Archery NI community, we express the deepest of sympathies to her family and friends and fellow club members at this very sad time.

NI Cadet Team for Euronations at Youth Festival

Archery NI is pleased to announce the NI Cadet Team for the Euronations Home Nations event taking place as part of the AGB Youth Festival at the end of July. Good luck for the competition and to everyone taking part in the Youth Festival week. Recurve Team: Molly McCormick Sean Martin Compound Team: Sinead Byrne Stuart McCullough No Junior Teams can be selected as insufficient applications were received.

Home Nations ABO Team

Archery NI is pleased to announced the Home Nations team for the All British and Open Championships. Compound Unlimited: Dean Hamilton Compound Limited: Joanne Walker Recurve: Mark Nesbitt Compound Barebow: Marion Patterson Barebow: Stevie Kerr Traditional: Alan Craig American Flatbow: Alan Fulford Longbow: Arthur Halligey Good luck to the team and everyone competing this weekend. Shoot strong!

Invitation to apply for NI Teams

The British Senior Target Championships 10/11th August 2019 at Lilleshall, Shropshire This event will include the Home Nations match on the second day of the Championships. Teams consist of 8 archers (2 GR, 2 LR, 2GC and 2LC). https://www.archerygb.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/2019-British-Target-Championships-Prospectus.pdf Junior Euronations Championship at 2019 Youth Festival 28th July to 2nd August 2019 at Lilleshall, Shropshire Within the Youth Festival week there is a mixed team event. Team comprises 4 cadet and 4 junior archers (boys and girls) shooting recurve and compound. Information and details for this competition can be found at the AGB website https://www.archerygb.org/shoot-compete/compete/archery-gb-youth-competitions/ Archery NI Seniors Selection Criteria Category Scores Gents Recurve 577 Gents Compound 657 Ladies Recurve 561 Ladies Compound 644 Archery NI Cadets Selection Criteria Category Scores Cadet Gents Recurve 554 Cadet Gents Compound 562 Cadet Ladies Recurve 521 Cadet Ladies Compound 571 Archery NI Juniors Selection Criteria Category Scores Junior Gents Recurve 496 Junior Gents Compound 635 Junior Ladies Recurve 464 Junior Ladies Compound 627 • Archers must provide 4 x WA720 qualifying scores valid from 17/5/18 to 17/5/19. • Seniors to provide a 1440 score if possible. • Archers must provide the Ianseo link or a photo of the signed scorecard. • In the event of more archers qualified than required to make a full team, the archers with the highest scores will be selected. Archery NI invites archers who are interested to participate in these competitions, who are eligible to represent NI (see Eligibility Criteria on the Governance page) and meet the selection criteria, to send supporting scores information to admin@archeryni.org.uk Closing date for applications is 6pm on Friday 17th May 2019 for ALL events.

Reminder

Monday 15th April 7.30 at Lisnagarvey: Coaching Network - all coaches invited - CPD (Coffee, Pie and Desert) night. Monday 29th April 7.30 at Lisnagarvey: Archery NI Training - all welcome. Please email hazel.campbell@archeryni.org.uk to confirm your attendance at each event.

Membership Fees Review Committee

In order to support the review of membership fees and categories of membership being undertaken by AGB, Archery NI is setting up a committee to review the ANI fees and to provide input and recommendations to the AGB discussion. Anyone wanting to participate in this committee is invited to send their expression of interest to admin@archeryni.org.uk by Friday 26th April.

New Director co-opted onto Archery NI Board

The Board is pleased to announce that Andrew Partridge, AGB Pathway Programme Manager, has been co-opted as a Director of Archery NI. Originally, from N. Ireland, Andy is based at AGB Lilleshall but works extensively with the NI Talent Pathway team, travelling here on a frequent basis. His experience within AGB and his local knowledge equips him well to be able to provide invaluable input to Archery NI.

Easter Double 720 - Monday 22nd April 2019

Another surprise competition by the Northern Ireland Performance Academy - an Easter Double 720. Hosted by the Northern Ireland Performance Academy at Lisnagarvey School, Lisburn Check out the Tournaments page for more information.

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/

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 NAEC, Stoneleigh, Birmingham. 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.