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Welcome to Avalon Archers

The Home of the best Field Archery Around

Avalon Archers provide access to one of the best Field Archery facilities around. In beautiful mixed deciduous and coniferous woodlands, with challenging hills and slopes, providing Archers every opportunity to test their skills.

For club members there is a permanent course that is used for league competitions, practice and just to roam and shoot. The club also provides excellent catering facilities.

About Us

For those that do not know of Field Archery, it is a form of the sport where small groups of Archers follow a course of targets through mainly woodland. The course will consist of a set number of targets; each target will have a set number of pegs. When you reach a peg you shoot at the target. The targets on a field course can be 3D models, paper faces, cut-outs or any combination of these. No two courses will be the same. At an Open shoot you will be put into a group and each group will be assigned a start target. Following a brief introduction by the shoot organiser that will cover such things as scoring; start signal, any particular rules that apply for that day, etc., you will be led out to your start target to await the starting signal. On hearing the start signal you can begin to shoot. After all the group have shot at the target you walk to the target, score your arrows and look for any arrows that missed. When you are ready you then follow the marked path to the next target and as soon as it is safe to do so begin shooting at that one. This continues throughout the day until you have shot the entire course. During the day you will pass the tea tent at least once. When you have completed shooting you return to the registration area, following the safe path, and hand over your scorecards. When all competitors are back prizes are awarded to the best archers in each class. Within the NFAS there are presently 10 classes ranging from the Primitive class which is based on bows of primitive design up to Unlimited where the most modern bows and aids are used. Each class has its own sub-set of rules and for a fuller description of the classes see the NFAS web-site

Shuttleworth Bowhunters were a well-established club shooting at Shuttleworth College. However in 2003 we lost the use of the grounds but were exceptionally lucky to find and move to our present location. When we moved from Shuttleworth we were obliged to change the name due to a number of copyright issues established by Shuttleworth. The name Avalon was agreed after considerable debate and even a small competition amongst the remaining members. Avalon the name finally selected seemed to us to be evocative of a period in legend and myth closely associated with the search for High Standards and Chivalry, and whilst there is no real link to Archery it just seemed to fit.

We are lucky in that our grounds are on one of the few wooded hills in the area that does not have public access. These woodlands are covered in a mixture of deciduous woodland, conifer and scrub. This allows us to layout courses that have a good mixture of shots. We organise around 4 NFAS Open shoots a year, see the shoot calendar for dates, these are a mixture of the following:

NFAS Opens, two of which are two day events. These are 100% 3D targets,open to any current NFAS member with full catering provided and a small trophy is awarded to the class winning archers.

League Shoot a permanent course just for club members with a monthly league and Annual competition.

2016 Shoot Calendar

NFAS OPEN SHOOTS

Shoot Calendar 2016

NFAS Open Shoots

20th March 2016

One day NFAS Open Shoot 36 3D Targets Full Catering 10:00 am start. To Pre Book into this shoot please use the online form at Booking Form

4th / 5th June 2016

Two day NFAS Open Shoot 40 3D each day. Full Catering and Camping with Saturday Night Dinners 10:00 am start both days. To Pre Book into this shoot please use the online form at Booking Form

20th / 21st August 2016

Two day NFAS Open Shoot 40 3D each day. Full Catering and Camping with Saturday Night Dinners. 10:00 am start both days. To Pre Book into this shoot please use the online form at Booking Form

30th October 2016

One day NFAS Open 36 3D Shoot Full Catering on the pegs at 10:00 am To Pre Book into this shoot please use the online form at Booking Form

OTHER AVALON SHOOTS

10th July 2016

Sunday Open Clout Shoot WOODEN ARROWS ONLY Catering To Pre Book into this shoot please use the online form at Booking Form

 

All shoots start at 10am

Please note our Landlord has insisted


NO SMOKING OR DOGS, ARE ALLOWED IN THE WOODS

To book into our shoot please use the online form

 

 

Shoot Booking

You can book in to our open shoots by selecting the link below which will take you to our booking form

Please note: On our two day shoots you can camp overnight from Friday Night till monday. BUT THERE ARE NO CAMPING FACILITES

If we are FULL it will tell you HERE

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All the latest @ 10/06/16

Booking is now open for August. Don't forget our next shoot is a clout shoot on the 10th July. There is also the 3DA UK event next week.

Our two day shoot was a great success with more compliments than ever, Thank you every one who took the time to tell that they enjoyed themselves.

I am delighted to tell you that the wood fairies have been busy and there is once again a League course to shoot. A very big thank you to those/that hardworking fairy!!!

I think the club can be proud of itself, this was one of those events when we all pulled together to make it happen and we succeeded.


Coaching

Avalon Coaching Services

Our service does not simply show new Archers how to shoot a bow but to provide new Archers joining Avalon some experience in Field Archery. Our coaching process sets out to get beginners and experienced Archers into full membership of the NFAS in combined course. The training is split into two separate parts; making best use of the coaches to facilitate the differing demands on coaching time of both new Archers and those experienced Archers from other organisations. The coaching service has to be self financing and therefore whilst the club held a good selection of training bows and arrows to get started all training is charged at a rate that will provide adequate funds for repairs and replacement of equipment. It is also required given the frequency that coaches have to be at the woods for training travelling costs for the coaches will also be met out of the training fees. There will be no burden on club funds of the training process, the benefit to the club will be new member fees which will be added to the training fees

The Coaching Process

A course date is set and as each candidate applies he or she is booked onto the planned course as part of the application process an assessment of each applicants ability is carried out on a one to one basis, there is a nominal charge for this assessment to travelling cost and wear and tear on equipment. The assessment will determine which category the individual belongs, either Experienced or Beginner section then that person will be allocated to one of the two coaches who will then become responsible for that individual, to include schedule attendance, progress and planning attendance and the fees for attendance.

Basic Training Course

New Archers

Assessment Day

Establish dominant eye (left handed or right handed)

Draw Length, Instruction in safety, and basic technical functions of equipment (a little go in the training area)

Establish that they have applied for provisional membership to NFAS, £ 10 assessment fee and sign them up for Beginners Basic Course

First Session

Introduction to Bows, Arrows and Styles, Brief History of NFAS (difference between Field Archery and all other styles) Target types, Courses, etc, some safety rules on handling equipment (what you should do and don’t do with a bow and arrow) Explanation of Auxiliary Equipment (bracers, tabs, etc)

Second Session

Start with release six arrows into the ground until release is pretty smooth

First serious attempt to hit what they are shooting at

Stance Feet firmly planted at right angles to target

Bow hold and correct arm extension

Hold anchor point

Smooth release

Practice whole session shooting fixed target

Third session

Above Shooting position but moving to different distances 10 yards forwards backwards 20 yards forward again one arrow at different distances

Talk about safety in awkward standing positions foot up against the peg

Shooting positions which differ from any other Archery

Fourth session

Examination

Escorted shoot around training course with Coach to asses competence and safety appreciation

If successful sign for full membership of NFAS

A certificate will be awarded certifying successful completion of the course

Experienced Archers

Assessment Day

Demonstrate their ability to shoot

Establish which style they choose to shoot at Field Archery

Session 1,2&3

Agree schedule for three weekend sessions (2 hrs) accompanied by a Coach or Coaching staff member of Avalon around Course Shooting a selection of targets available at the time

Fourth Session

Examination

Escorted shoot around training course with Coach to asses competence and safety appreciation

If successful sign for full membership of NFAS

A certificate will be awarded certifying successful completion of the course

On completion you will be invited to join Avalon Archers. Down load the application form

Contact

The club is located in Bedfordshire a short drive from Sandy

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