Hampshire Archery Association is the home of archery in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands in the UK. The Association is affiliated to SCAS (Southern Counties Archery Society) and Archery GB (GNAS) who are the governing body for the sport in the UK.
Archery is a sport for all ages and abilities and is great for families. There are over 50 archery clubs in Hampshire and most offer beginners courses. If you interested in trying archery get in touch with one of the clubs listed here.
The following information is as a result of a direct telephone conversation between Archery GB and our Chairman Reg Press -
"Due to the coronavirus situation all archery should be suspended. Anyone deciding to shoot will be doing so without Archery GB insurance cover."
The Hampshire and West Sussex ‘Junior Performance Pathway’ sessions have been established for several years now and take place once a month on a Saturday morning throughout the winter season (typically October through to end Feb/Early March). These sessions take place at Havant and South Downs College, Waterlooville PO7 8AA. Currently the cost of each session is £15, payable on arrival.
The sessions are aimed at archers age 8 – 18 (although some continue to come after 18), from across Hampshire and West Sussex, who are interested in meeting other young archers and learning how to improve their technique to shoot at a higher standard in competitions.
Session plans vary from month to month, building on work done in previous sessions. Coaching is tailored to varying individual abilities and each session has a specific theme. Archers are expected to have the commitment and enthusiasm to progress in the sport.
Archers will learn more about:
• making an individual development plan
• the latest skills and drills
• aspects of physical readiness
• mental preparation for competitions
• aspects of their individual shooting technique, with constructive feedback from coaches about areas to work on.
Club coaches are also welcome and encouraged to come with their juniors. If the coaches have any questions we’re very happy for them to get in touch.
The juniors who attend currently say that their technique, accuracy and strength has improved as a result. Those who benefit most commit to attending all of the sessions throughout a winter season. Many come back year after year. They also enjoy the social aspect of it, getting to know other junior archers who they then see at competitions in the region.
SCAS has given permission for an inter-county indoor postal league to be run over the winter season of 2019/2020. The league will run from October 2019 to March 2020 inclusive.
Format will be much the same as for the trial league we ran from January to March 2019 with the league being divided into 5 different sections – Recurve (teams of 8), Compound (teams of 6), Longbow (teams of 5), Barebow (teams of 4) and Junior (mixed discipline teams of 8).
All teams must be of mixed gender. The junior team will be run on a handicap basis with Barebow and Longbow scores increased by 20% and Compound scores reduced by 10%. Full details can be found on the SCAS website.
During the trial league, I received much welcome assistance from Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Wight in collating and submitting scores each month. Also, one or two of the mainland clubs carried out this role. I am happy to accept score submissions from individuals but if clubs can find a willing volunteer to collate scores it would be much appreciated.
Submissions MUST include Name, Gender, Club, Date Shot, Score, Hits and Golds. If any of this information is missing or your scores are submitted after the deadline, you will not be included.
Results will be published monthly on the SCAS website. Also, on the HAA County Team Facebook Group and the HAA Website.
In the trial league, HAA won the Recurve, Compound and Junior sections. We would very much like to repeat this success in the official league 2019/2020!
Here are the final HAA Junior Rankings for the 2019 outdoor season. Only those archers who submitted a minimum of 3 scores are included. Points are based on the total of each archer’s best 3 handicap scores achieved in any 12-dozen round shot in tournaments.
PAUL WILLIAMS……………. 161
OWEN JONES……………….. 165
JODIE BUCKNER……………. 109