With the end of the national lockdown and England moving back to tiered restrictions, Archery GB have issued new guidance for shooting in England. Please see the summary of Covid restrictions for more information.

The DCAA Constitution has been updated following an EGM held on the 16th of September 2020. The updated constitution is available from the Documents section.

John sadly passed away on March 28th 2020 leaving his wife Mae and daughter Gina.

Many of you will know John from his role as an EMAS Judge – which he took to National level before retiring and becoming Judge Emeritus.  But even after his retirement he was still to be seen around at tournaments.

He was EMAS Chairman for 2002/03 and Mae was EMAS TA also – they made a good team, their work on setting up information and arranging for specific scoring programs for the EMAS tournaments is still in use today.

He was an honorary member of Derbyshire County Archery Association – a testament to the support he gave to the sport of archery.

He as always the epitome of a gentleman, always ready to pitch in and help wherever he could. His knowledge was exemplary, both with archery rules and background knowledge of the County Association.

He still enjoyed shooting; he especially was pleased when he could return to shooting after he had his shoulder surgery some years ago.

Sadly, due to Mae’s failing health he has not been able to take part as much as he could have liked in the past couple of years, but he still came along to the county shoots, bringing Mae with him.

For me personally his support and encouragement for my judging role was always there and he gave sound information and gentle advice where he thought I could do better.  Only last summer he told my other half to make sure that I went for National grade, something that I now must do (when I can get some judging in!).

I am still using his magnifying glass, his triple timers, and have his spare whistle as my spare whistle – so a little bit of John is still judging.

 

Janet Short

The following statement has been issued by Archery GB: 

We are advising that all archery in the UK is postponed for the foreseeable future, to reduce all non-essential contact with others. Our priority is the health and safety of our members, participants, volunteers and staff.

The full article is available here.

As we get more information we will update our list of tournaments and courses. If you have booked to attend a tournament, course or other archery event, it is very likely that it will no longer be going ahead, so please seek confirmation from the event organisers.

Stay safe, look after your families and loved ones, and we'll all be back on the shooting line in no time.

Derbyshire County Archery Association

Derwent Bowmen Archery Club are organising and hosting the Derbyshire County Archery Association (DCAA) County Senior and Junior Indoor Championships 2020 for DCAA at their clubhouse at Gold Close, Darley Bridge over the weekend of 7th & 8th March 2020.

Four winter coaching sessions, available to both senior and junior archers, will be held on 16th November 2019, 18th January 2020, 8th February 2020 and 14th March 2020 at West Park School, Spondon. 

Derwent Bowmen are one of the hosts of the British Barebow Championships this year. This is the first time an EMAS club has hosted this national tournament. More details are available on the tournaments page here.

Derbyshire has seven newly qualified level 1 coaches. Claire, Michelle and Sophie from Anchor; Lorna and Phil from Derwent; Caroline from Mercia and Geoff from St Sebastian all successfully completed their practical assessments on 14th September 2019.

The results of the 2019 DCAA County Championships are available to view and download here. Many thanks to all who took part and helped on the day, to Anchor Bowmen for hosting, and congratulations to all of the medal winners!

The inaugural Battle for Five Boroughs is being hosted by Mercia Archers on Saturday the 17th of August 2019. Daft targets, daft distances, dressing up (also daft)… with quaffing and feasting!

See http://merciaarchers.co.uk/battle/ for more information.