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.
On the 6th September, Hampshire Archery Association (HAA) held the counties first 3D field archery championships; hosted by Overton Black Arrows at their field archery range in Kingsclere, north Hampshire.
3D field archery involves shooting a course of 24 animal targets, at unmarked (unknown) distances between 5m and 30/45m, depending on bow style. Archers move around the course in groups of 4, rather like golf shooting 2 arrows at each target and then moving onto the next one.
Planning for this event started in November 2019, but was put on hold during the Covid pandemic, not least because an order was placed for new targets from a company in Italy, just before the start of the pandemic. HAA received the targets at the end of July and the event was scheduled for September!
31 Hampshire archers and 28 from other counties entered, shooting under the current Archery GB social distancing rules. The weather was fantastic – a bit of cloud, but plenty of sunshine making it hard work on what is a very steep and hilly course.
Hampshire Archers took first place overall in 12 of the 20 categories, with some good scores. More than 10 county records will be claimed as a result.
Full results can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OCkr0unhU7AEKqAJeXhVVWjqeZitFfkG
Winners in the Hampshire championships are as follows:
Gents: 296 - James Catchside (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Gents: 423 – Richard Heathcote (Talisman Archers)
Junior Gents (U12): 143 – Noah Littlechild (Fort Purbrook co of Bowmen)
Junior Ladies (U15): 216 – Faith Littlechild (Fort Purbrook co of Bowmen)
Gents: 502 - Owen Blackmore (Southampton AC)
Ladies: 438 – Elizabeth Blackmore (Southampton AC)
Junior Ladies (U12): 111 – Katy Hawley (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Gents: 263 – Dan Hawley (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Junior Gents (U18): 86 – James Baker (Overton Black Arrows)
Gents: 378 – Richard Buckner (Overton Black Arrows)
Junior Gents (U12): 147 – Tom Hawley (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Junior Gents (U15): 298 – Henry Maule (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Ladies: 314 – Ffion Edgeley (Forest of Bere)
Junior Ladies (U15): 357 – Freya McCallum (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Junior Ladies (U18): 296 – Jodie Buckner (Overton Black Arrows)
Gents: 228 – Paul Creamer (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and requirements, both the HAA Outdoor and the Hampshire Clout Championships have been cancelled.
With regard to the Hampshire Clout, Record & Tassel status has been granted and will be transferred to next year as appropriate.
Watership Down Open competition (with social distancing)
Results can be found here: WD202results.pdf
On the 11th and 12th July, Overton Black Arrows hosted their annual field archery competition in the Warren and Peter Hastings woods. This year was to be a celebration of 50 years shooting at the warren, with a hog roast, live music and a fun clout shoot. All that will have to move to next year!
We had been working with AGB for the last few weeks to agree a format by which we could pilot the first field competition post-lockdown. The major change was staggered starts – meaning we could bring people onto the site in a managed way, get shooting groups together, and keep them together (and away from others) for the whole day. No catering, but extra hygiene station with wipes and gel were on hand, along with a whole bunch of signs telling people where or where not they could be!
The course was laid out as 12 unmarked and 12 marked targets, in three loops of eight – one loop in the woods, with some tricky long shots through trees and two loops out on the slopes of the warren. No difficult 60m downhill shot this year, instead an ‘easy’ 47m uphill shot instead. The “Peter Turner challenge” shot was a 55m uphill target in the woods.
The weather was slightly windy on Saturday, but sunny, and very hot on the Sunday. In all, sixty-eight archers competed over the two days, and Hampshire archers broke 9 county records for the WA combined round.
We have had some amazing comments from archers who were VERY happy to be out and shooting – in turn, the club is very grateful to those archers that attended and pleased that the event was such a great success.
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."