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.

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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.

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COVID-19 Virus

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."

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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.

For more information and to reserve a place, please contact Martin Whiting (Hampshire County Coach and Hampshire County Coaching Organiser) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.

Any archer who is affiliated to the Hampshire Archery Association is welcome to submit scores. Round will be a Portsmouth and should be shot between the 1st and the 21st of each month and submitted to HAA County Team Manager by email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) no later than 24th of each month. You may shoot as often as you wish and submit your highest score before the deadline.

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!

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About

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.