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Update: 9 October 2015

14 clubs have completed the self-assessment process designed to allow clubs to reflect on their strengths and weaknesses. Seven clubs have been classified as a Performance club, whilst seven more are working towards and have identified what they need to do in order to improve and develop.

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Performance Clubs

Performance clubs strive to improve the performance of archers, coaches and officials, on a consistent basis. They are able to plan for progression in all areas and they understand the need to develop archers by creating opportunities to train and perform. They see suitable competition and training as fundamental drivers in raising the performance of any archer and work with others to offer opportunities to their archers and those who support them, like coaches and judges.

A performance club is open to new ideas and seeks to create an environment that encourages excellence. They want archers, coaches, judges and volunteers to achieve their potential and satisfy their own goals.

Performance clubs will assist in establishing a culture of performance development and works at a local level for archery in clubs, schools and community settings. Over time Performance clubs will work to improve the overall standard of archers as they move along the talent pathway.

How to apply

Importantly how the club operates on a weekly and daily basis will be the primary assessment.

To assist, and to remain true to the developmental nature of the programme, the assessment process to achieve a specialism has been made easier for 2016.

Once you and your club members you have read and considered the characteristics for the specialism, you should think if you would like to apply. You should consider which of the characteristics you already have as a club, but also what activity you can generate to meet and also expand on them.

Clubs may take up to a year in order to develop new activities and for the ethos of a specialist club to be embedded within the club.

You must try to display these characteristics in your club activity. This programme is about 'doing' not collecting paperwork.


You need to tell us whether your club displays each of the characteristics detailed in the Performance specialism document. To do this you must complete the online self-assessment.

By completing this, you will be able to reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. If you confirm that all the characteristics are displayed in your club's activity, you will then be recognised as an ontarget specialist club.

If a club isn't able to complete the self-assessment, then the Development Team will work with the club to move towards this in the future.

Clubs can complete the self-assessment form straight away however there is no closing date.


Once you have submitted the information on your club, you should discuss this within the club and think about what you can address and in what timescales. You may want to contact other clubs, the national development team and other partners in order to help you with achieving your goals.

As the 'specialism' process is an ongoing process and not an end in itself, all clubs will be invited to explore how to improve the activities that they provide.

The Club and Development Team will revisit the specialism at least every two years. On revisiting the specialism, if a club no longer provides all the activities to be classified as a specialist club it will be offered support to ensure that it continues to meet all the necessary characteristics.

The Development Team, your County Development Co-ordinator and many other people are available to offer you support through this process. The Development Team will publish a series of support resources throughout the year which clubs can take advantage of to help them develop their specialisms.

For further information visit or contact Arran Coggan, Development Manager (Participation), Tel: 07525233592, Email:

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