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2017 Annual General Meeting 11th November

October 13th, 2017

The SCAA 2017 Annual General Meeting will be held on Saturday 11th November at 10.00am prompt. Venue: Manor Field Primary School, Junction Road, Burgess Hill, RH15 OPZ

The Minutes of the 2016 AGM have been sent to club secretaries, but can also be  viewed at THIS LINK. Please do read them as they are very informative. Please also try to make sure there are representatives of all the Clubs at this year’s meeting, and seriously consider whether you, or someone from your club, can join the Executive Committee to fill the vacant places.
The Association has about 1500 members, but only a very small portion supports County Events – most seem happy to limit their archery to the home club. There was minimal practical support for the County Outdoor Championships this year (although good support for the Indoors) and the burden of running the Outdoor Championships had to be carried by far too few people.
Several of the crucial posts were not filled at last years’s AGM, and remained empty through the year; we lost the services of Bob Darling for the time being at least, which meant the County Equipment was not maintained. Also, as you probably know, our Chairman, Peter Probert, was unable to continue after April for work location reasons, so we have been doubly depleted. All the same the County ran a full programme of events (Indoor, Outdoor, Field and Clout), helped enormously by a small number of individual members and clubs, and notably by High Weald who hosted two very successful Field Championships. The County Outdoor Tournament had to be run on an ad-hoc basis as no-one came forward to be Organiser, and the Rota System of Helper Clubs almost completely failed, just one of the Helper Group Clubs provided helpers to set up, and only one other archer from another helper club showed up on the day of the shoot. This put considerable unwanted stress on the Home Club (Crawley) and on the SCAA Executive.
This situation isn’t sustainable, and following the official business of the AGM there will be some discussion to agree whether the membership wants County to continue providing Championships Events, and if so, how the membership will make a useful and proportionate contribution.
If this Association is going to survive it needs more Involvement at all levels – Organising and Participating. If you think SCAA has something worthwhile to offer the members, please turn out for the AGM and get involved!

Spring and Summer Achievements

September 1st, 2017

Sussex Archers have been busy notching up some great performances this year. Here are pictures of some of the Seniors and Juniors who have been successful at International and National level:

2017Stars580pxlAnd here are some of the things they and other Sussex archers have been up to… Read the rest of this entry »

New Features for Championship Shoots this Summer

May 28th, 2017

This year the County Championships had World Record Status for the first time; The Field Championships were on a new 28-target Course; The Clout Championships were the first in seven years, and at Crawley for the first time

The Clout Championships were on 13th August at Crawley

Final Scores and Some Photos now on the Event Webpage >> Click Here

The Target Championships were on 16th July at Crawley

Final Scores and Some Photos for Saturday  and Sunday are now on the Event Webpage >> Click Here

The Field Championships were on 30th July on at High Weald Archery Club, Etchingham

For Results Listings >> Click Here

Sussex Win 1st World Record Status Match

May 18th, 2017

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Sussex 27,091 – Hampshire 25,201

One of Pete Probert’s aims as County Chairman was to ratchet County Matches and Championships up a notch, and apply for World Record Status instead of just UK RS. Well, his wish has come true, but maybe a little sooner than planned as both the Hampshire Match and the County Championships have been given WRS this year, although that may be the result of a tick in the wrong box on the Application Forms. This truly dropped the County Team Manager Nick Lea in at the deep end as, although not nominally the Tournament Organiser it was his job to sort out all the practical details, and it wasn’t just a normal County Match, his first-ever Home Match was also the first ever Outdoor World Record Status Shoot organised by County (although there have been a few others organised by Sussex Clubs). Read the rest of this entry »

Rankings Updated April 2017

April 26th, 2017

The Rankings page has been updated, please let me know of any errors or omissions that may have slipped through.

We urgently need more juniors to take part and submit ranking scores, a number of our current juniors have moved or are about to move into the senior classification. Please ask around your clubs and encourage them to give Bristols and Metrics a go.

Junior Ranking Rounds…. Read the rest of this entry »

Doreen receives AGB Honour

April 25th, 2017

DoreenCannonBronzePlaqueTrishLovellOur County Secretary Doreen Cannon was given due recognition by Archery GB when President Trish Lovell presented the Bronze Plaquette for her long service to Archery at the AGB AGM at the NEC in Birmingham.

Archery has played a very big part in Doreen’s life, and she has given an enormous amount back. Sussex Archery would have been very different without her input over half a century and more.  She was Secretary of Worthing Archery Club for nearly 50 years, has been County Secretary for over 40, was Regional Recurve Champion, a County Team Member continuously from the mid-1960s until the late 1990s, first Recurve then Compound, a member of the Championships Results team, Junior County Team Manager and then Senior Team Manager.

She is a County Coach and served many years as Secretary of the Martlets Coaching Group. She always makes a particular point of encouraging Juniors, both in her home club and throughout the County, and continues to run outdoor sessions for juniors on Saturdays round the year. Several of ‘her’ Juniors (and their children) have been high achievers and shot for England or Great Britain. She inaugurated a Junior Shoot which drew entrants from near and far, including youngsters like Andrea Gales and Jonathan Shales, although now it is mostly attended by Sussex Juniors; Doreen still hands out prizes, and gives personal presents to all the participants.

After 9 Years – 2 UK Records at once at the K2

March 14th, 2017

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It’s no easy thing to set a new UK Indoor Record, and since 2009 over two thousand Rounds have been shot at the SCAS and Sussex Indoors Championships at Crawley’s K2 Centre, and until this year’s shoot on 5th May not a single UK record had been claimed. And then there were two, and the archers were on adjoining targets!

Kai Thomas-Prause showed that his phenomenal National Series performance last year was no flash in the pan, and shot a 593 Portsmouth to claim the Junior Compound Record. And Bryony Pitman came in as a late entrant with a new bow to try out before flying out to Vittel later in the day to take part in the European Indoor Championships. She didn’t need to worry, the bow performed like a dream and Bryony clocked up 595 points – and she went on to win a Bronze Medal in the Junior Ladies Team event at the Euros, and capped it by being ranked no 2 and winning the Silver Medal for the Junior Ladies Recurve class.

Tournament Report follows… Read the rest of this entry »

Bag a Butyl Beast! First-ever Sx 3-D Champs – April

February 15th, 2017

FleetIbexLiz_LeopardApril 2nd at High Weald Archers, Etchingham, Hurst Green, Far-East Sussex.

Entry Forms on the Sussex Archery Tournaments page (Click Here)

Not only the first Sussex 3-D, this will be the first WA 3-D in England, and only the second in the UK!

New Field Achievement Badge Scheme

December 29th, 2016

Sussex County Archery Association is launching an achievement award scheme for Field Archery, available in every bowstyle as an interim measure to fill the void in the Classification and the WA Arrowhead awards. Eligible Styles will include Traditional, Instinctive and American Flat Bow which have not previously been covered, as well as Longbow, Barebow, Compound and Freestyle/Recurve. It will be possible to claim for field scores shot since 1st January 2016.

There is a link to the explanatory document on the Documents Library Page