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UKIFAC 2014 Registration Open
We are proud to announce that the UK & Ireland Field Archery Championships 2014 will be held in Wales on 12th and 13th July. The venue will be Glyncornel Field Archery Centre, home of Pentref Bowmen.
This year's tournament promises to be one to remember and the challenging courses promise not to disappoint. The club boasts some of the best facilities of any field archery club in the UK and this together, with Pentref's experience in hosting top regional and world level tournaments will ensure that this year's UKIFAC will be an outstanding event.
Archers are advised that capacity is limited to 235 places so we recommend that you get your entries in early.
To view the entry list, click here - updated 07/03/2014
All Wales Field Archery Squad Make History
The All Wales Field Archery Squad met for the very first time on 12th January at Pentref Bowmen's clubhouse at Glyncornel Centre, Rhondda.
For the first time, WFAA and GNAS archers have trained side by side in a move which we anticipate will bring the IFAA and FITA field archery communities in Wales closer together for the benefit of the sport.
The Squad was led by Jan Howells and was supported by a team of coaches drawn from both codes. The session focussed on form and field craft, with several targets being made available on the course for training.
The session finished with a feedback session from the archers who were all very supportive of the new combined format. The Squad is due to meet again in February and March for further training before the outdoor season gets underway.
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank the following coaches for their hard work in organising and running the Squad:
Jan Howells (Squad Manager and GNAS
Gary is the World Champion
We are delighted to announce that the Welsh Team Captain, Gary Hart has taken the gold medal at the IFAA World Bowhunter Championships which were held from 1st to 6th October at Potchefstroom, South Africa.
Gary's work over recent years has paid dividends this year and he has chalked up some of his greatest successes. This was recognised by the WFAA when he was made Captain of the Welsh National team in early 2013.
As captain Gary has led from the front, capturing the Welsh Field Championship title, taking gold at the GNAS All British Field Championships and another gold at the UK & Ireland Field Championships. He also narrowly missed gold at the European Field Championships in Hungary in July, taking silver. Gary also captained the Welsh team to victory in both the Home Nations Championship and the Greene King Cup. Needless to say, capturing the World Championship tops off an absolutely outstanding year. The General Committee offers our heartfelt congratulations to Gary on realising his lifetime ambition and for making the archers of Wales very proud of our captain!
Wales are the Home Nations Champions
The UK & Ireland Field Archery Championships, which took place on 3rd and 4th August near Kirkcaldy, Scotland, proved to be Wales' most successful ever year at the tournament. Despite windy conditions, the cover of the woodland meant that conditions were very favourable for shooting on both days of the tournament. The venue, Forest Spirit's course at Cluny was mainly flat with some gentle slopes. It all pointed to a high scoring weekend and that is exactly what the archers produced.
The Welsh team for 2013 was the strongest to be fielded for many years and the team shot superbly well, returning a record 7 new champions and as many silver and bronze medalists.
But the weekend's greatest success was the Home Nations Team Event where the Welsh team claimed an emphatic victory, the first for Wales in more than 20 years. The Home Nations Event Team consisted of the following archers:
Gary Hart (c)
The WFAA General Committee congratulates the entire Welsh team on a fantastic result!
New National Team Captains Announced
Following the retirement of Wales' long-serving National team captain, Mat Symmonds, it was decided to undertake a full review of the captaincy and vice captains. Accordingly, the following archers have been selected to lead the Welsh National team henceforward:
The captain and vice captains were selected by the team selection panel on the basis of their leadership skills, experience and on their being widely respected by other members of the team. We offer our congratulations to them all and wish them the best of luck in their new role.
Latest Level 1 Instructors Make the Grade
We are delighted to announce that six new members have successfully passed the IFAA Level 1 Instructors course. The new level 1 coaches are:
The course was held on 8th and 9th February at March Hare Archers' clubhouse and the new coaches will provide even greater depth of coaching cover to assist with bringing new archers into the sport. The WFAA General Committee offers our congratulations to the new instructors and welcome you to our coaching community.
TheWelsh & Open Indoor Championships was held at RAF St Athan on Sunday 12th January 2014. With another good attendance, this year's tournament was a great success for both the WFAA and the host club, Llantwit Major Archers, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary year.
The WFAA General Committee would like to thank the host club for an outstanding job well done. We would also like to thank all of the staff at RAF St Athan who worked hard to support the tournament. In particular, we would like to thank the PTIs, staff of Harlech Flight and our Lord Paramount, Wing Commander R. Ball.
Class of 2013 Complete IFAA Level 1 Course
We are delighted to announce that the WFAA now has 11 new Level 1 Coaches following their successful completion of the IFAA Level 1 Instructors course on October 6th.
The WFAA General Committee wishes to congratulate all of our newly qualified coaches on successfully completing the course. We would also like to thank our National Coaching Director, Ray Howells, for delivering the course and for his ongoing work in rolling out the IFAA International Coaching system in Wales. Well done all!
Wales Win the Greene King Cup
The Welsh Team continues to build on its most successful year ever by winning the Greene King Anglo Welsh Challenge Cup for the first time ever at the EFAA English National Championships on 7th and 8th September at Kings Forest Bowmen in Suffolk.
The Greene King Cup is an annual team match where the Welsh and English teams go head to head at the English National Championships. The match was first held in 2005 where England romped to victory. Despite some gallant attempts by the Welsh Team, England demonstrated their considerable strength in depth time after time, running up 7 consecutive victories over Wales. We are pleased to report that the team finally came up trumps in 2013, lifting the trophy for the very first time.
The team were:
On behalf of our members, the General Committee congratulates the team and the Welsh Coach on a job well done! We would also like to congratulate the EFAA and Kings Forest Bowmen on another superb tournament! Cymru am byth!
Wales Success at EFAC 2013
The Welsh team enjoyed a successful campaign at the European Championships 2013 which took place from 9th to 13th at Sopron, Hungary.
Top honours go to Anna Ritchie, shooting Junior Ladies Longbow, and Sandra Russell who claimed the gold medal in the Ladies Historical Bow with a very strong winning margin of more than 200 points. There was success too for Gary Hart who claimed the silver medal in the Gents Bowhunter Compound. Meanwhile Graham Anderson narrowly missed out on the bronze medal in the Gents Historical Bow. The Pro Unlimited division was hotly contested as ever but Dave Home showed well to finish in 7th position whilst Claire Hamilton Jones shot on par in the Ladies Unlimited group to secure 11th place. The WFAA General Committee congratulates the team on doing us all proud!
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Last Update 07.03.2014