This year I would like to enter teams for the National County Team Championships, held at Lilleshall on 27th/28th June. The county has agreed to fund half of each team entry fee, the rest would be paid by the archers selected.

I have attached last years prospectus so you can see the format - it is a WA 720 qualification round Saturday morning followed by team head to heads in the afternoon. Then a WA 1440 on Sunday.

Teams are made of three archers and if there are not enough qualifying archers, no team will be entered for that category.

The cost was £145 per team last year, so based on that figure, the county will pay £73 per team and each archer will need to pay £24.

How do I qualify I hear you ask? Simple, shoot either Blow away the cobwebs at Long Mynd on the 12th April or the Bowbrook WA 720 on April 18th, submit scores to myself and the highest scoring archers will make the teams.

To qualify for the senior squad at the Intercounty shoot in September, the county has let me set a minimum requirement of Bowman classification. I have chosen this as it is a measurable and achievable standard across all disciplines.

Tim Swain (the county coaching officer) is looking to hold a meeting of the previous team members and interested county archers that would like to shoot for Shropshire as to how we help people attain this standard and more. He would like to know what the archers want from the county coaches and together, come up with a plan as to how we make this happen.

Any questions, my email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. please feel free to ask away.

Kind regards


PS. As always, if junior archers can upstage and outshoot the seniors, they will be selected to shoot for the senior team so everyone shoot your best and good luck to all!

Proposal for SAS county squad leader board

As previously stated, I would like to set up a leader board for county archers that are on or would like to be considered for the Shropshire senior squad. By doing this, the hope is that everyone has an idea where they stand throughout the season and who is likely to be picked to represent the county. It will also give archers trying to get onto the county squad real targets to aim for.

For this I would require the archers themselves to email me monthly (or whenever they compete) their scores for the below rounds along with results sheets as proof of score:

WA 1440

WA 720


Long National

I would like to get at least four scores from each archer to be able to add them together and form the leader board. This would mean two of either WA 1440 or York/Hereford and two of either WA 720 or Long National. This should then show what level each archer is shooting at rather than just a one off or lucky result.

My plan is to convert AGB imperial rounds to equivalent metric scores using the handicap tables in the rules of shooting. This will give four comparable scores for each archer that can be ranked for each discipline.

From these submitted scores, I can then produce the leader board to be both published on the SAS website and emailed back to the individuals that have emailed me. I will then update this monthly, keeping only the highest four scores for each of the above rounds totalled.

I would also look to publish the highest scores for each round per discipline for individuals’ pride and bragging rights.

The only other thing that I would consider useful for the county archers to have, is experience of shooting head to head matches. Although, rather than include this here, I am sure that should the need arise I can organise something similar to the monthly sessions trialled this year so that all county archers know how this works in both team and individual formats.


Simon Nelms        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please see below a letter recieved from 

Barry Du-Crow and Paul Gregory of the Longbow Ranking committee


Hi all LB Ladies and Gents.

To compliment the AGB rankings system and make the season a bit more exciting myself and Paul Gregory from Southampton AC have secured sponsorship from the "Longbow Shop" in the form of winners trophies and 2nd 3rd medals in the following categories. GMB, MB, Bowmen and below, for both Ladies and Gents. These are based on your classification at the start of the season.

I have been in discussion with Jon Nott of AGB and he is in full support and has offered his assistance and publicity.

The website is ready at

The required rounds to gain a ranking and league position for both Longbow and Barebow are….2 x WA720 rounds 2 x wa1440 rounds and 1 x York/Hereford (depending on whether Gent or Lady) These must be Record status tournaments.

I will be entering the results from published scores and also Jon Nott informs me that there will be a page on the AGB site for Longbow archers to submit their scores throughout the season, these will be mailed to me (and entered as provisional results until I see the tournament results published)

Jon Nott expressed a desire to increase the competing longbow archers from 37 (on last years rankings table) to 100. This is something we will strive to do.

An important part of our league is that we are rewarding 1st 2nd and 3rd in all classes which gives much more encouragement to those climbing up the ladder so to speak.

We view this first year as very much work in progress and would like to develop the league with maybe adding a Championship division for Archers up to 1st class with shorter distance tournaments NON record status and also a junior league


Look forward to hearing your views

Barry Du-Crow

Paul Gregory

Longbow Ranking committee


PS. We have also mirrored the system for Barebow and have Nick Hayball from Southampton AC who will run this.

The barebow league have now gained sponsorship from “The Archery Shop” in Bournemouth.

As well as trophies and medals the barebow league has gained £200 of prize money in archery shop vouchers in £30 awards for first in each category sponsored by

Congratulations to all the following archers who have been selected to represent the West Midlands v East Midlands on 16 July.


Bela Booth                Finlay Scott                                                         Katie Tonkinson                              

Lyn Anderson            Mary Jane Cartwright                                         Penny Healey

Trevor Spittle             Becky Chilcott  (shooting as a senior)                Kaitlyn Beetz

Jim Brewerton           Jessica Hulse                                                     Lucy Clarke


Shoot stright and enjoy!








 County team event 2017 1


Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre, Newport, Shropshire TF10 9AT


World Record Status World Archery 50 and 70m rounds followed by Team Head to Heads. Ladies and Gents World Archery 1440 Star Rounds.


24 and 25 June 2016

Guest of Honour

To be arranged


Chairman of Judges:

Graham Potts

Director of Shooting:

Philip Gillbanks

Assisted by:

Chris Evans, Liz Garrigan, David Leach, Richard Pilkington, Bob Proven, Steve Richardson and Louise Smith


Weather and preparation permitting; practice targets will be available on the tournament field from 5pm to 6.30pm on Friday under D.O.S. control.

Please do not enter the field of play to erect tents before 4pm on Friday, and then only after the consent of the working party.


Registration from 8.00am on both days. Membership cards will be required for our automatic booking in. If you are not yet in possession of a 2016/2017 card, please bring proof that you have paid your membership to your club.

Event Timings

Assembly at 8.30am on both days. Practice of up to 45 mins from 8.45am The competition will start immediately afterwards.

Event Format

Saturday Following practice the WA 50/70m round will be shot in a double detail with six arrows shot in four minutes.

There will be a comfort break at three dozen. On completion of the ranking round there will be a break while the seedings are completed for the Head to Head rounds. Official practice for the afternoon will be taken during this time. All teams will go through to the Head to Head, and higher placed teams will receive a bye in the earlier rounds. Matches will be shot to current WA rules.

Sunday Following practice the Ladies and Gents WA 1440 round will be shot in a double detail with six arrows shot in four minutes all throughout the day.

Compounds and Recurves will shoot on individual six zone 80cm faces at 50 and 30m. Longbows will shoot on a full single 80cm face at both 50m and 30m.


All entries must be ratified by a member of your County Committee before they will be accepted.

We are willing to accept entries without named archers so that you can guarantee your team spaces if your selection process requires more time. However names must be with the organiser by the closing date, otherwise you may lose your teams place and entry fee unless alternative arrangements have been made with the organiser.


Trophies will be awarded to the winning team in each category.

A minimum of three teams from differing counties will be required for Longbow categories to participate in this event.

Medals will be awarded on the following basis. 1-3 Teams 1st. 4-6 Teams - 2nd, 7+ Teams 3rd.

Teams unable to complete all three rounds of the event will not appear in the combined rankings for final positions, however individual and team scores for each round will be shown in the final results booklet.


Please refer to the Archery GB Rules of Shooting for the dress regulations. Archers should comply with dress regulations until after the presentations.

Drug Testing

Archers competing at record status tournaments may be liable for drugs testing. Competitors who are approached to give samples must comply.

Non-compliance will be treated as a positive result.

Parents / Guardians must sign the relevant box on the entry forms giving consent for junior archers (Under 18’s) to be drug tested if approached.

Lost Arrows

Lost arrows must be reported to a judge or member of the field party (please remember to inform them if you later find the arrow).

It is the archer’s responsibility to account for all arrows before leaving the field.


In line with the recommendation in the Archery GB Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy, the organisers of this event request that any person wishing to engage in any video, zoom or close range photography should register their details with Tournament Organiser at the registration desk before carrying out any such photography. If parents/carers have any particular concern about their child/young person being photographed or filmed they should notify the organisers.

Please note in line with the Photographing & Filming Children & Young People in Sport policy you may be required to obtain written permission from the subject and/or their parents/carers to publish images on the internet or in print.

The National Tournaments Committee reserves the right to decline entry to any person unable to meet or abide by these conditions.

If you are concerned about any photography taking place at this event, please contact the National Tournaments Chairman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,';document.getElementById('cloak3a46b3f462ca9aa8220e3b6116a71196').innerHTML += ''+addy_text3a46b3f462ca9aa8220e3b6116a71196+'<\/a>'; who will be pleased to discuss this matter with you.


On both days, food will be available from the Lilleshall shop in the Cricket Pavilion.


Basic tent and caravan pitches are available in the bottom field with portable event toilets. Showers are available in the pavilion or Queens Hall only.

Due to Counties being able to change their team members at short notice, camping spaces will not be sold as part of the entry process. We ask that you come to registration with the correct fee, collect your permit and display it prominently. The work party will be monitoring the camp site and any units not displaying a permit, will be approached for payment.

We ask that you follow the recommendations that will be detailed on the target list. Camping will be charged at £9.50 per unit per night.

Special Note

Please ensure that the organiser is aware of any special requirements you may have. Please do not assume that we already know.

Archers who are unable to get to the target are requested, if possible, to arrange for an assistant to aid in scoring and arrow collection. If this is not possible, then please contact the organiser for advice.


We are bound by Lilleshall’s smoking policy which says no smoking on the sports pitches. Therefore the smoking area is on the access road. Please note that this rule applies to those using electronic cigarettes or vaping.

Stoves & Burners

Please do not put stoves, burners or hot water urns directly on the grass.


Pets are not permitted at the Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre.

Poor Weather

In the event of protracted poor weather, to confirm that the ground is suitable for the event, please contact Lilleshall on Tel: 01952 603003

Car Parking

Parking is limited near the archery field.

Archers driving on a daily basis should follow the stewards instructions.

Wenlock Hall car park is recommended for those wishing to transfer equipment by trolley.


By entering this event you agree that details such as Name, Bowstyle, Category or Club may be published in documents or lists relating to the event, and at a schedule decided by National Tournaments. A list of confirmed entrants will be published on the Archery GB website and Ianseo as soon as practicable. The Target List will be published 4pm on the Friday. The Results will be published as soon as possible after the event.

Please see and also

Entry Fee

£120 per team consisting of 3 members. No refunds after the closing date, however team member substitutions will be allowed if they are given to the organiser with reasonable notice.

We prefer that entries be submitted via our partners, Sport:80 at however it is recognised that most counties will want to pay by county cheque, therefore a paper entry form is also available on the Archery GB Website.

Please ensure you keep your email confirmation of entry and payment from Sport:80. It may be required at a later stage.

Entries will be opened on Sport:80 at 6pm on the 5 April. A waiting list will be in operation as soon as all spaces have been filled.

It is recommended that you log into your Sport:80 account ahead of the opening times to ensure that you are able to login and the membership details of all Archers you intend entering are up to date.

Closing Date

Midnight on the 5 June 2017, after which refunds will not be given.

Tournament Secretary

Robert Potts, C/O Archery GB, Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre, Newport, Shropshire TF10 9AT. 07519667321 After 5pm please.

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The decision of the National Tournaments Committee will be final.

Archery GB

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