Yearly archives: 2017

BCAA Coaching

Coaching within Bedfordshire County Archery Association
We are very lucky in Bedfordshire that as well as the County Coaching Group, the county also has within its borders a centre that hosts regional and national initiatives to improve archers and help them along the Archery GB performance pathway. This page describes at a high level the initiatives that coaches are involved with at the various levels.
Clubs within the county will provide beginner courses for those interested in archery and will then often provide follow on coaching for those that wish to proceed further. Across the county there is a variety of coaching available (covering different technical depth, different bow styles and different competition formats). Archers are encouraged to discuss the availability of coaching within a club with the club secretary as they decide which club to join. If the level of coaching desired is not available in the club you have chosen then you are welcome to contact the County (see below) to see if there are any other options available to you.
The County Coaching Group undertake many activities to support both coaches and archers within the county. As well as assisting with the initiatives described above the Coaching Group also provide the following
A contact point for anyone seeking details about how to improve their archery
Support for coaches by providing continuous professional development sessions, usually every two months
Support for the county team by providing monthly group sessions
Support for individual archers by attempting to match them with coaches who can help them develop
For more details on any of these matters please contact the County Coaching Office (Helen Horner).
The Southern Counties Archery Association (SCAS) started an initiative in 2014 to support junior archers seeking to bridge the gap between club coaching and the level of commitment expected when on the performance pathway. This takes the form of a monthly session where juniors are introduced to the training and practice techniques that will be used on the performance pathway but in a more relaxed and informal setting than the ATCs.
The sessions held in our area are open to all juniors from their beginner course onwards and are an excellent way to discover if the performance pathway is the right coaching approach for an individual at that time. Sessions are held most months and are run by Gaynor Hutchison at Aim4Sport. Further details can be found on their website.
The Archery GB Archery Training Centres ( are designed to allow archers from all backgrounds and ages to experience elite coaching and what it takes to become an elite archer. They are run by coaches on the Archery GB talent programme and is supported by local coaches providing coaching that is aligned with the performance pathway. This helps support those who are already on the pathway with additional coaching opportunities as well as raising up those who wish to take this approach to improving and realising their potential.
Coaching sessions are held most months and the centre for our area is run by Gaynor Hutchison at Aim4Sport. Further details can be found on their website.


For all Enquires to the county coaching group please contact

SCAS/BCAA Double WA 1440 2018

Name: SCAS/BCAA Double WA 1440

Rounds : WA 1440 round in all World Archery Classes (Ladies and Gents Senior Cadet, Junior and Master) VI Outdoor Round for VI1 and VI2/VI3 Archery GB Metrics I to V in all Archery GB categories. Single rounds may be shot on either day contact

Dates Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th July 2018

Entry Fee  Double Round             £20.00           Single Round            £12.00

Last Entry 29th June 2018

Entry Form : BCAA SCAS WA 1440 Entry Form 2018

Eagles Host a Stunning have a go.

On Sunday 18th June  Eagle Bowman of Bedford invited members of the local community to take part in AGB’s Big Weekend.  A number of bosses were set up from traditional faces through to a field set up.  To top it all off we had a dart board challenge.
The refreshment marque as you can imagine was very popular due to the heat of the day. Serving not only drinks but a number of cakes supplied by members of the club.

We were very keen not to just do a have a go, so the normal club shot on the day as well, all in the name to aspire goals in the potential new archers.
We answered a lot of questions of Can I shoot that far?  Can I become that good?

63 people came and tried archery with the Eagles, and as a consequence we have had to put on another beginners course.

To top the day off we had a visit from Aaron from the AGB Development Team. Who enjoyed the afternoon with us and met not only the coaches but also the membership, even signing off on members 252 scores.

Kestrels Archery club

Club Information :

Formed in 1980, Kestrels is a well established target archery club based in the market towns of Biggleswade and Sandy in Bedfordshire. The club caters for all ages from 9 to 109, from people who want to shoot for fun to competitive tournament archers and all bow types are welcome (except crossbows). We have a number of GNAS qualified coaches who can provide coaching and assistance to archers of all capabilities.

We run 4 or 5 have-a-go events at various fetes and summer events during the year in the local area and are also able to cater to groups who wish to come and try archery at our outdoor venue.

During the year we organise 2 indoor and 2 outdoor open competitions during the year which attracts archers of all ages and abilities from far and wide.

Outdoor Venue : 

Our idyllic outdoor shooting venue is located out in the fields in Furzenhall Road, Biggleswade. During the Outdoor season from April to September we have unlimited access to this so you may find archers shooting at any time, especially when the sun is shining.

Our club evenings are Tuesday and Thursday and you will also find us on the shooting field on Sunday afternoons.

Indoor Venue : 

We shoot indoors during the winter at Sandy Upper School on a Saturday evening.

Beginners Courses :

We try to run 2 courses for beginners during the year. These are held on the Saturday and Sunday of 2 consecutive weekends. New members may borrow club equipment for shooting until they feel confident and able to buy their own kit. We provide regular coaching to new members.

Come Visit Kestrels at:



Ouse Valley Archers was formed in 1995. Based at Putnoe Primary School in Bedford, we enjoy an indoor and outdoor range and promote the sport of archery, welcoming archers from inexperienced beginners to seasoned competitors.


Venue: Putnoe Primary School, Church Lane, Bedford MK41 0DH.


Session times: Sunday 2pm-4pm

                          Thursday 7pm-9pm


The club encourages archers of many different styles including recurve, compound, barebow and longbow.


We run beginners’ courses throughout the year – for details please visit



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