In 2018 Archery GB undertook a review of competitions which was a huge success in gaining information from members from different backgrounds, including judges/volunteers, elite and recreational archers.
During the review members raised issues on areas that they felt should be reviewed or updated to enhance their, and others, experience in the sport. One of these areas is the badges and award schemes that Archery GB offers.
We have a number of badges and schemes available for all members and clubs to access but some of these are not aligned or require updating. Therefore, we would like to invite members to support Archery GB in reviewing the badges and award systems to make them more accessible to all members, whatever level, discipline or gender.
The awards and schemes Archery GB will review in 2019 are
- Rose Awards
- Progress Awards
- Postal competitions (Summer Metrics, November and January Challenges)
- Junior Award Scheme (JAWS)
- Arrow Awards
The Rose awards offer a progression for both Junior and senior archers using compound, recurve and longbows with 5 badges available. The scores required must be gained at a UK record status event, archers to be shooting in the right age group. The rounds available to gain these badges are a York, a Hereford or Bristols 1 – V.
We also wish to expand the scheme to include Barebow archers.
The Progress awards offer beginners and juniors awards for development for both indoors and outdoors. The scores required can be gained at clubs and archers are not required to attend competitions.
The Postal competitions are for all individual archers. The Summer Metrics and November Challenge are open to all athletes in U10 – U18 age groups and various bow types. The January challenge is indoors on a Portsmouth round for adults (juniors can enter) and offers categories of novice, experienced and long-standing members.
The Junior Award Scheme is run annually for all archers up to the age of 18, regardless of bow type or discipline. JAWS points are awarded for various achievements, and are recorded in the JAWS booklet. This is then submitted at the end of the year, and the entries ranked by the total points.
The Arrow awards offer junior archers the chance to gain 3 badges at different ages throughout their archery career badges available for U12s, U14s and U16s. Scores to be obtained at open competitions and archers must shoot at least one metric /WA round.
The review will look at the content – score attainment levels and discrepancies; paperwork – application forms and information booklets, and the overall effectiveness of the awards – are they doing what they were designed for.
We are looking for members who are skilled in mathematics or creative problem solving but above all are progressive and open-minded.
If you are interested in helping us review these awards then please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org 31 May 2019.