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The Northern Ireland Field Archery Association (NIFAA) was born from the desire of many archers in Northern Ireland to shoot other disciplines besides FITA at every event. Established in May 2012 the NIFAA was granted Probationary Membership of the International Field Archery Association (IFAA), later to be ratified to full membership in November 2012.

IFAA Shooting. Nothing new to Northern Ireland.
IFAA events were shot in Northern Ireland for many years under IFAF (Irish Field Archery Federation) however for reasons we can only guess, they ceased in the North around 2004 under the new leadership of both IFAF and NIAS when they were replaced with FITA events only. Our colleagues south of the border continued to enjoy both FITA and IFAA styles of shooting and have not only attended many IFAA events World Wide, but have hosted very good International events. Because no IFAA shoots were taking place in Northern Ireland, many of the archers who only took up the sport after 2004 have never had the opportunity to experience this exciting and challenging style, until now. To date the NIFAA have hosted a number of events including Field and Hunter Classification rounds, 2D/3D events, and ‘have-a-go’ days. We shoot on a number of ranges throughout Northern Ireland including the indoor range at KILMORE ARCHERY CENTER, MOIRA.

Events.
At the moment in Northern Ireland, nearly every weekend is ‘booked up’ with Field Shoots, many of which are two day events leaving very little opportunity for anyone to host any shoots without ‘clashing’ with one Club or another, therefore to date, NIFAA have only hosted one ‘Outdoor Field event’ and one ‘indoor target’ event each month, choosing the dates carefully so as not to clash with Clubs, however clashes have occurred as others outside of NIFAA have introduced ‘new events’ or changed dates of various shoots that then clash with us. Due to demand, the number of NIFAA events will increase during 2013/4 as more Clubs are ‘affiliating’ to us and wish to run their own IFAA shoots.

The future looks good.
With our membership increasing and the many members of the Irish Field Archery Federation expressing great interest in attending our shoots following the very successful ‘Cross Border Video linked’ target shoot in December, things are looking really good. Archery GB placed details of the Cross Border event on their Web site, believing it was hosted by another Organisation in Northern Ireland, the result being that it has attracted the interest of many archers from across the Irish Sea that belong to both AGB and IFAA. Many have expressed a lot of interest in visiting Northern Ireland and attending NIFAA events and have been asked to be placed on our mailing list. AGB while noting this as an event under IFAA have noted their wish to hear from NIFAA in promoting Archery in all its disciplines in line with the agreed memorandum of understanding between WA and IFAA.
      In addition to our ‘Field’ and Indoor events, many of NIFAA members are also participating in the ‘World Mail Match competition’ and plans are in motion to extend the success of our ‘Video Link Competition’ to not only the UK but some of our Continental colleagues.

Types of events.
NIFAA Indoor target events are shot at 20 yards at either a 5 spot target or a single 35cm face depending on your Bow style. Outdoor events vary from Field/Hunter Rounds (Roundel targets) to 2D (Animal faces) or 3D Targets depending on the event, but are always challenging and enjoyable with a great variety of targets rather than the same old faces every time.

IFAA, a fairer system of scoring.
To ensure fair competition among all archers within IFAA, each style of archers are divided into ‘classes’ depending on their ability; A Class, B Class and C Class with A Class being the little bit better archers. By shooting events and recording their scores, archers can move up, or down in the Class system. In this way all archers can shoot together, but there is the opportunity to win medals in your own ‘class’ shooting against those of the same standard, rather than the ‘better’ archer winning the event every time. The Class is decided by the scores you submit. The upper and lower scores for each class are printed on the Classification card which you are issued with on joining NIFAA. At each Classification shoot your score is recorded on the card and countersigned by a NIFAA Official, so you can always keep a record of how well you shot rather than rely on others.

Insurance.
The Insurance held by NIFAA covers all members shooting at IFAA events; however it also caters for anyone wishing to have a ‘taster session’ before committing to join. By taking advantage of this scheme, the archer will only pay the entry to the competition and if they decide they don’t like IFAA shooting, they are not out of pocket with joining fees. Having said that, 99% of all those who have ‘came along’ to date have enjoyed it so much they have joined. (Any archer attending as a ‘visitor’ must be accompanied by a competent IFAA Member during the shoot to ensure they understand the rules and know what is expected of them).

Training/Coaching.
We all have to start somewhere. Here in NIFAA we are lucky to have a level 3 Coach (one of only 23 in the World at this high level) who is responsible for all training.
Courses are available for the beginner right through to International level were all students are provided with an extensive, easy to follow manual covering all levels of archery as a reference for further development. In addition to our excellent training programme, there are a number of Ex-World and European Champions within our ranks who are always willing to help and offer advice if asked. All training is carried out at our indoor range at Kilmore; however, NIFAA can come to your Club if you wish.

Championship events.
Our regional Championship events take place during July, August and September in Field, Hunter and 3D which is open to members of IFAA Regions. Only members of an affiliated IFAA Region can enter and must produce a current Classification card on registration. The events cater for all levels of ability; therefore you do not have to ‘be selected for a team’ to enter any IFAA event including the World and European Championships, just have an up to date ‘Classification Card’. (Classification cards are supplied to members on joining) and enter.

Membership increasing
Membership is increasing steadily as more archers have come to realise that you can shoot both styles without conflict and without the need for ‘special’ equipment as some people have suggested. Establishing NIFAA has been a difficult road to travel at times, combating the many rumours that have been circulated by those who did not want an alternate style of archery in Northern Ireland for reasons best known to themselves, but NIFAA got there, and many archers agree that they enjoy the more challenging targets and distances offered by IFAA events in a friendly environment in keeping with the IFAA motto, ‘The World Family of Archers’. Many have also reported that their shooting has improved as their confidence has increased because of shooting the longer distances at NIFAA events.

Administration and Finance.
NIFAA is administered by a Committee of eight archers dedicated to working for the benefit of all members in an accountable and transparent manner in all dealings and actions relating to the Association. Each Committee member is solely responsible for their area of administration and is responsible through the Chair to the International Field Archery Association Regional representative for their actions. By operating in this way we do not require the services of ‘costly administrators ‘or ‘substantial expenses sheets’. The Committee absorb 99% of the personal cost of carrying out their duties for the enjoyment and promotion of the sport, and not as a means of personal gain or to subsidise their income. NIFAA do not provide sponsorship to a chosen few to attend limited events, what we do is return ALL monies raised directly back into promoting archery for the benefit of all members so that those people who just want to have fun shooting archery are not subsidising a ‘chosen’ few.

Rules and Constitution.
All members of NIFAA are expected to abide by the Rules and Constitution of the Association and NO MEMBER is beyond the laws of the Association regardless of the position they may hold. NIFAA does not show favour or discriminate against any archer within its ranks and will not tolerate any such behaviour that the Committee consider contrary to the good standing of the NIFAA or archery in general. Yes mistakes have been made, but the NIFAA Committee put their hands up, accepted responsibility, dealt with it and moved on, as stated earlier, we are totally transparent and accountable to the members in all our actions.

Membership Fee.
Membership fees are Pro-Rata depending on which stage of the year you join.
Full year 1st September – 31st August.
Adult £30.00 per year
Junior/Cub £16.00 per year
Family membership (2 Adults/2 Juniors/Cubs) £60.00 per year. (Any other Junior/Cub in same family, an additional £10.00 per year)
All archers joining NIFAA must have two sponsors who are NIFAA members and acceptance is at the sole discretion of the Committee. All new members must serve a probationary period of 12 calendar months from time of enrolment during which time they may not stand for election to Committee and will be monitored as to their behaviour (they may however be seconded to Committee for a specific task if required on a temporary basis).
We listen to, and respect ALL archers’ views and opinions, however it is our main aim that NIFAA remains in the control of the members and never descends into a confused and disjointed organisation catering to the whims of a few at the expense of the many.

Constitution.
In keeping with our policy of complete transparency and accountability, our Constitution may be viewed on line on this Web site. Frequently Asked Questions If you have a question, check out our Question and Answer page which displays the questions/answers we have been asked to date or E-Mail us at nifaa_info@yahoo.co.uk and we will reply within 48/72 hours. Email Helpline

Invitation.
We encourage all archers to have a go at IFAA shooting without obligation and experience for themselves this exciting and challenging style rather than listen to the rumour constantly circulated in a bid to prevent archers ‘expanding’ into other disciplines.

Visiting Archers
In the interest of any individual archer who intends to shoot at an NIFAA event as a guest should contact the NIFAA information helpline, nifaa_info@yahoo.co.uk prior to attending any event to ensure entry'. Email Helpline

Thank you for your time and good shooting no matter which discipline/organisation you are involved in.
NIFAA Committee.



IMPORTANT CHANGES TO INSURANCE COVER.
With Membership of NIFAA increasing each week, archers are reminded that only members of IFAA affiliated bodies can shoot at all NIFAA events. However, NIFAA recognise that archers may wish to 'have a go' at IFAA shooting before committing to join, and therefore have arranged Insurance cover for any NON Member who wishes to shoot at one of our events, provided they can prove they are members of a recognised Archery Body by producing their membership card or official receipt for membership.
SORRY, THIS IS A LIMITED OFFER ONLY.

Any archer who wishes to join NIFAA may do so 'on the day' by either paying the Full Membership Fee or, a deposit and opting for our 'confidential easy payment scheme', details of which will be available at our events, or by contacting nifaa_info@yahoo.co.uk Email Helpline

Insurance provided by Archery GB DOES NOT cover IFAA events, nor does it cover any event where a Non Archery GB Archer is shooting, including 'Club Nights', so be careful. To enable ALL archers to shoot ALL events we strongly advise dual membership of Archery GB and NIFAA. See page dealing with Insurance on this Website.   (FAQ's)
Membership cards must be shown at Registration, and carried at all times while attending NIFAA events.
NIFAA Committee.


SHOOTING VENUES IN NORTHERN IRELAND.
            A number of Field Archery Clubs have already committed to NIFAA and offered their ‘ranges’ to host NIFAA events over the coming months. In addition to outdoor venues we have been offered the use of a very good indoor range where it is hoped that members from NIFAA take part in the World Postal Winter League 2012/13 while enjoying a social evening at the same time.

CLASSIFICATIONS.
            The IFAA Statutes require that all member associations have a classification system that is acceptable to IFAA. NIFAA will be introducing Classification for all members. Note: “B” and “C” class archers are NOT excluded from IFAA World Champion medals ! If such an archer has the best score, he/she will get the gold medal. Classification allows you win a medal in your class. Class medals are a smaller version of the World medals and come in Gold, Silver and up to 3 Bronze, depending on the number of archers in that class.

BOW STYLES IN NIFAA.
            As all archers are aware, there are many and varied Bow Styles out there. Many of us have tried most of them in our time and ended up with one style we like or are good with. IFAA Bow Styles differ slightly from that of FITA but it is hoped that soon there will be a common group of styles. Until then please have a look at the different styles under IFAA and decide if you fit into any of the categories.
The Styles are shown as graphic images to make things simple.;-

  Bow Styles in IFAA  

Amendments to the pictures of equipment to be used in bow styles have been made (30 May 2012), to make sure that you are looking at the most current picture, please when on the page clear the cache of your browser by holding down the Ctrl (control) key and then press the F5 at the same time. Click on the link above.  Thank you.

Professional archers may shoot with amateurs but must make their own award arrangements.
Juniors shall shoot in their own groups.
NIFAA
NORTHERN IRELAND 3D CHAMPIONSHIPS.
ARDNAVALLEY SCOUT CENTRE, BELFAST.
4TH/5TH OCTOBER 2014.

The second 3D Championships hosted by NIFAA were this year located in the mature forest of the Ardnavalley Scout Centre in Belfast. Turnout was a little disappointing with only 43 archers (a little under 10% of the membership) taking part. The course consisted of 28 3D targets including some ‘cluster shots’ which many of the competitors had never experienced before, but enjoyed the challenge immensely.

The course was designed and built by George Shields and Davy Skillen with Dee Shannon double checking all distances were correct as laid down in the rules for the event. Weather was ideal over both days with slight wind and mild temperatures but more importantly, no rain, even though the previous day during course building it had ‘poured down’. On the first day, Dee looked after the registration indoors while John Cairns supervised the equipment inspection ensuring all archers had registered in the correct bowstyle and all equipment was within the rules. Wellesley, George, Dave Skillen, Richard Campbell, Simon Stock and David Uprichard carried out the final ‘touches’ to the course and all was ready. Other archers who had answered the call to come early helped set up the Food tent and supervise the parking. As with all NIFAA major events the BBQ was there from early morning with many archers taking advantage of the twenty minute delay in start time to enjoy some good food ‘packing’ before heading out on the course. With all groups in position confirmed by all Range Captains via radios, the Field Captain gave the order to commence shooting.

The course was in the shape of a figure eight, the upper section giving reasonable level shooting with the lower woods presenting a more challenging layout with banks and slopes, light and shade giving the course builders the opportunity to use the terrain to a maximum with many targets catching archers out in misjudging the distances. As with all NIFAA events, spirits were high and laughter was constantly present with the ‘Chuckle Bros’ George and Davy in their private battle for the ‘SS Cup’ (Private joke) leading the field in ‘banter’ and ‘gutting’. As many archers reached the halfway point and ‘came in’ for lunch, comments ranged from ‘Fantastic Course’ to questioning the parenthood of the course layers.

NIFAA must have done something right, as the following day seen the return of all the archers from Saturday all looking forward to stage two. What they didn’t know was that peg distances and even some 3D targets had been moved/changed during the previous evening, presenting a completely new challenge. The second day started on time with the re-arranged groups being lead to their start targets by the Range Captains. Again the weather stayed fine for the entire time allowing the medal presentations to be carried out in the courtyard rather than indoors. Overall, a fantastic two days, leaving archers hungry for more judging by the many emails, phonecalls and facebook messages NIFAA have received.

In conclusion, NIFAA would like to thank all the archers who helped before and after the event, and the many that stayed behind to help the committee clear the site. We would also like to thank our ‘Chef’ Nora for keeping us all well fed and supplied with tea and coffee and last but no means least, our colleagues from South of the border who travelled from as far away as Waterford to take part, thank you.

At the request of those who attended, a ‘MARKED’ 2D/3D will be organised as a Christmas ‘fun’ shoot which will be open to all archers, details to follow.
Committee.
Photo Gallery


Listen to :-
BBC RADIO ULSTER iPlayer
It's bows and arrows in
Banagher Glen
as Helen Mark meets John O'Neil from the
Roe Valley Archery Club
Your Place and Mine

Click above

Philippe Moison      12 October 20:57
Hi,
Do check Radio Ulster/your place or mine. A good piece on the hunter championships at Banagher.

Deidre Shannon       13 October 10:55
A great piece on the radio from the NIFAA Hunter Championships hosted by Roe Valley Archery Club - you'll recognise some very distinctive accents - see if you can work out who they are:

Deidre Shannon       13 October 10:56
Would love to shoot it all over again. Well done Philippe, John and the guys.


Elite Archers
BY THE BUSLOAD
Over 100 Archers
attended the Northern Ireland Field Archery Association
Indoor Championships 2014 Held on Saturday 15th March 2014
At Craigavon Leisure Centre,

Sons of Archery

This Championship event was very well attended and we were delighted to see a bus full of archers arriving to attend the event. They came from the North West of Northern Ireland wearing new outfits with badges I have not seen before adding to a very colourful spectacle. They gained a lot of "brownie points" by using a bus saving petrol and keeping cars off the road.
We were delighted to see archers from Waterford and Wexford IFAF Clubs in attendance and we hope they had an enjoyable time with us. Due to high demand to participate the event had to be run over two sessions but even with this not all those wishing to take part could participate. Brings home the old adage. "Book early" to be sure of a place The event was hosted by Craigavon Archery Club, NIFAA is indebted to CAC for all the hard work they did to make the tournament the outstanding success it was. The NIFAA Committee would like to express their thanks to everyone who rolled up their sleeves and made such a good effort. There were too many people to thank in person at the time but your efforts were greatly appreciated. The NIFAA Committee would also like to thank Craigavon Council for sponsoring the event which was greatly appreciated by all the archers who attended.

This was the first Indoor Championship event run within the NIFAA region which is part of the "International World Family of Archers" known as the IFAA. It is NIFAA policy to work within the community of Northern Ireland and it should be noted that this is a non-profit organisation. We rely on the good will we find in every community we work with and together we form good friendships in promoting the noble art of archery.


The trophy table. All proceeds raised from the raffle will be donated to Ceara (special needs) School, which was damaged recently by vandals.


The new Level 1 Instructors after presentation of their certificates by the
Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Mark Baxter


The NIFAA is a new organisation, in the short time we have been in existence we have made remarkable progress, archers from all over Northern Ireland have flocked to join us. We believe in "Family Participation" and happy smiling faces.

There will be some pictures for you to see on the "Photo Gallery Page" very shortly.
  Photo Gallery    

Hi All,
Well, membership of NIFAA is still growing and so are the number of shoots we are having. Our new range at Ardnavally, Belfast proved a great place for Field Archery, offering many challenges and easy access via stone pathways. We will be hosting another event there shortly.

Indoor Championships, Craigavon.
104 Archers attended and from all accounts it was a great day for all taking part with the Lord Mayor presenting the trophies to the winners.

NIFAA Bits
In addition to our Jackets, Cloth Badges, Metal lapel badges and car stickers we now have "bowcase stickers" as well. Anyone wanting any of these items contact Dee Shannon or Wellesley McGown.

Shoots.
Our shoots are on the calendar on the Website including directions to all venues, however our next two shoots are;
Marked Hunter Round 14 x 2 Roe Valley 23rd March 1000 for 1030 start (Classification Round).
Marked Field Round 28 targets Loughry College 6th April 1000 for 1030 start. (Classification Round).
You will need to bring lunch with you.

We are trying to encourage all members to 'book in advance' the shoots they are attending (the way it used to be years ago before it became the norn to grab as much money as possible on the day) so as to allow us the opportunity to A, know who is coming and B, sort the groups out in advance so saving time. There are two ways you can book, 1, email nifaa_info@yahoo.co.uk or 2, book on our facebook page, either way ensures you have a place as some of our shoots are becoming oversubscribed such as the Indoor Championship. You can even pay via PayPal now.

facebook. Still trying to get all members onto our facebook page which is restricted to members only, that way we don't have to send out 300+ emails BCC as it takes a long time to ensure your privacy.

Classification.
If you intend to shoot in the IFAA NI Championships in July, you will need a classification, as you do at all IFAA events. Your classification will depend on how well you shoot and any archer 'Unclassified' will end up shooting against the A class shooter so it is in your interest to have your own classification. Level 1 Instructors Course.
NIFAA will be running another Level 1 course shortly, if interested contact Wellesley McGown.
  • Course Laying, / Building
  • Registration for shoots / Equipment Inspection
  • Archery First Aid Courses.
NIFAA are hosting training sessions for anyone interested in learning the above skills.
If interested contact nifaa_info@yahoo.co.uk.

Enough for now.
Thank you for your support.
NIFAA Committee.

New Members/Renewals.

Following many requests from Archers over the last number of weeks in regards to affiliating to NIFAA, we are now offering TWO choices. As there are only four months left in our financial year, we have once again reduced our membership fee pro-rata for new members for the remainder of the year to £10.00 (until the 1st September 2013), or for those who would prefer not to have the hassle of renewal in September, £40.00 from now until 1st September 2014 (16 months membership).

Although NIFAA are independent of AGB/NIAS we do promote archery for all and therefore as requested, you will find the AGB Direct membership application ready for download on this site for those who discussed the option of dual membership and the savings made by affiliating direct to AGB.

NIFAA application forms can also be downloaded from this website, collected at Kilmore Archery Centre or E-Mailed to you direct if you prefer, again the choice is yours. Remember there is also a confidential easy payment plan for those who would rather ‘spread’ the cost of membership over three months.

If you have a question, or require any further information do not hesitate to contact us at nifaa_info@yahoo.co.uk as we are here to help archers in any way we can and will reply within 72 hours.

Our Lapel badges, car stickers, book of rules and Classification cards are available to all members FREE of charge (Additional lapel badges may be purchased) and will, as usual be on issue at our events to any member wishing them.
NIFAA.

IMM results 2013
If you want to know the results of the International Mail Match the NIFAA did rather well.
IMM results 2013

FUN SHOOT AT KILMORE ARCHERY
15th December 2013

The "gallery" range at Kilmore.

What a great shoot and an exceptional turnout of archers. The sudden change of venue did not seem to affect the number of Archers attending at Kilmore Archery Centre, everyone who had previously registered for Kinnego arrived safely at Kilmore. In fact we had so many people wanting to attend that we had to send out messages pleading with them not to come as we were so heavily oversubscribed.
It was simply amazing that so many of you are now "Digitally Wise" and receiving our messages that the sudden change of venue worked so smoothly.
Technology came in very handy again as we had to send out the second message telling you that we were full.

Saturday's wind speed reached a peak of 71.7 MPH making it too dangerous to be in the woods. On Sunday the wind had dropped greatly in force but there was little chance of building the course on Sunday morning.
The targets which had been intended for Kinnego were built into an "Indoor 3D Field shoot". See the picture above.

We had quite a few "Guest" archers to welcome, but fortunately they had previously registered so there was a guaranteed place for them on the line. The only problems experienced is that we shoot in "Yards" and many of the guests were shooting in the Continental alternative.

Many of the targets we used had never been seen in Ireland before and provided a novel and interesting alternative to anything shot before. Every target had a large foam boss situated directly behind it to act as an additional backstop to the safety curtain.

The caterers were there and long before I walked into the kitchen the aroma of Irish Stew drew me on for a bowl of the good stuff. Shooting outside in the wind would not have been easy or pleasant but inside at Kilmore we were warm, dry and well fed. Our thanks to the caterers for all the effort they made in putting on such a good meal.

Near fatal accident.


WOW, what a weekend.
NIFAA FIELD/3D ARCHERY CHAMPIONSHIP. Loughry College, Cookstown.


Archers from across most regions of the UK and Ireland descended on Loughry College on the weekend of the 27th/28th July 2013 for the first Northern Ireland Field Archery Association combined Field and 3D Archery Championships hosted in partnership with ‘Take a Bow Archery Club Cookstown.

The event that was held over two days was divided into two stages with the ‘Field Round ‘ taking place on the Saturday, consisting of 28 IFAA Field target ranging in size from 20cm (8 inches in diameter) to 65cm (25.5 inches in diameter) being shot from distances of 10 yards to 80 yards over varying terrain. It was a Marked Round set to IFAA International standard with many challenging shots including very good uphill/downhill shots. The fan shots not only gave the archer the opportunity to shoot from four different angles but also different levels all at the one target. Sunday provided the Unmarked 3D event and for those who found Saturdays Marked Field Round good, the 3D Round proved more challenging and enjoyable as full use was made of the terrain. Shooting on both days commenced at 10.30am in beautiful sunshine and as the 24 groups of archers made their way to their start target it promised to be a great weekend. On each day the Refreshments tent was located between targets 28 and 1 allowing all archers the opportunity to have a seat and relax with Tea/Coffee and enjoy Burgers, Hotdogs and Bacon Baps freshly prepared on the BBQ and visit the ‘wee houses’ on site.

The courses were located in the grounds adjacent to Loughry College and designed by Mr S Megaughin, Secretary of Take a Bow Archery Club, Cookstown with the assistance of Trevor Rollins, Club Chairman and their very keen party of helpers. Supported by Cookstown Council and Loughry College Management, every archer attending the event was treated to a VIP welcome and assisted in every aspect during their stay giving the opportunity to enjoy local culture especially the Breside Bar and Restaurant where a very enjoyable evening meal was had by many of the competitors before heading back to the Campus Social Club to continue the ‘entertainment’ until the early hours. For those staying overnight at the College, the Sunday morning started with a fantastic all you could eat cooked breakfast provided by the College Catering Staff.

Some Archers from outside Northern Ireland who are participating in the World Police & Fire Games next week attended the event and were very impressed with the high standard and organisation and have already registered for the NIFAA Hunter Championship event in September.

At present discussions are taking place in regards to using the venue at Loughry College to host the United Kingdom and All Ireland Championships in the near future with the possibility of hosting the European/ World Championship events in the not to distance future.

A big thank you to all who worked so hard to make this the great success it was, but special thanks must go to Stephen Megaughin for designing what can only be described as superb courses, Trevor Rollins for his nonstop running around ensuring everything was where it should be and at the right time, George Shields for helping ‘sort out’ the final details, Philippe Moison who with a party of volunteers ensured all targets were maintained and lost arrows found, Deidre Shannon, Brian Phoebe and Joanne Walker for Registrations and scoring and last but by no means least, Nora and Grahame for keeping everyone fed and watered at the Refreshment tent with what was one of the best BBQs ever.
NIFAA Committee.
PICTURES ON PHOTO GALLERY PAGE


NIFAA Field Round, RVAC 10th March 2013..
Driving towards Dungiven I looked at the snow on the mountains and as I switched on my car wipers to clear it from the windscreen, I thought no-one will be mad enough to shoot in this weather, I was wrong. Pulling into the parking area I was surprised to see the number of cars already there with archers getting’ dressed’ for the occasion. Thank goodness for 4 wheel drive as I bumped my way over the rough ground at the side of the parking area so I could get parked close to registration. I had no need to, the young ladies of Roe Valley were already busy sorting out groups and Bow Styles while the ‘grown ups’ were putting the final touches to what proved to be a very challenging and enjoyable course. All 14 targets that were shot twice were placed in such a way that the archers had to contend not only with slopes but the cross angles and ‘dead’ ground plus the cross winds that caught quite a few out. Some archers who had only shot indoor target before really got into the mood of things while others who were ‘new’ to IFAA shooting, soon got the hang of the longer distances with the help of the ‘old hands’. All thanks must go to Philippe,Pat and John and the guys and girls of Roe Valley for putting on an superb event without a ‘hick up’, to all the archers who hung back on a bitter cold day and helped bring in the butts and last but by no means least, the owner of the ground for allowing us to use it and enjoy the surroundings. I think everyone will be looking forward to the the second NI Championship in September held at Roe Valley which will be 28 targets shot to IFAA Rules and if this one was anything to go by, a great day’s archery is guaranteed.

PEATLANDS 2D SHOOT 13TH JANUARY 2013.
Bitterly cold, wet with a flurry of snow, that is how best to describe the weather for the NIFAA 2D event that took place at Peatlands on Sunday 13th January. Numbers of archers were well down with only 26 braving the conditions to shoot a 14 target shot twice round. The targets were well placed and the ‘across the lake shot’ did catch some archers out, as did target 4, the Moose with many overshoots. .
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As with all NIFAA events, the banter and craic was as usual present. Start time was delayed by a few minutes when Joanne Alexander was presented with a ‘banana pouch’ by Davy Skillen as she is always complaining that her bananas kept getting squashed, we will miss her disappointment screams at no more squashed Bananas. It was also discovered that sheep like to eat feather fletching as Alan found when he went to recover a lost arrow and found one sheep enjoying it for lunch. .
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Because of the overcast conditions, everyone had a quick break for lunch then headed out for the second half as the light was fading fast. By three twenty all shooting had finished and everyone helped bring in the pegs and new foam butts. Following the medal presentation, a number of archers as usual stuck around and enjoyed a good tongue wag. Overall, the day was challenging but more importantly enjoyed by everyone, even the ‘nameless archer’ who decided to ‘ski’ down one of the slopes on his backside to the amusement of his group. A big thank you to all who attended and we look forward to our next ‘merry meeting’. NIFAA Committee


  IRELANDS NORTH AND SOUTH ARCHERS COME TOGETHER
FOR FIRST EVER VIDEO LINK CHAMPIONSHIP

29th December 2012.
Held concurrently at KILMORE ARCHERY CENTRE and
NA LAOCH DALL Archery Club Waterford.

ABOVE
Some of the archers who shot at the Northern end of the Internet Link at Kilmore Archery Centre


LEFT
Computer screenshot of the action at Na Laoch Dall Archery Club in Waterford.

On Saturday 29 December 2012, archers from both the North and South of Ireland came together in an All-Ireland Indoor Target Championship which took place simultaneously at two venues, one in Moira, Co Armagh and one in Waterford City, Co Waterford, linked together via Internet.

With over 55 entrants taking part, the event was hailed a great success by the co-ordinators Thomas Colclough from Na Laoch Dall Archery Club in Waterford and Wellesley McGown from Kilmore Archery Centre, Moira who both expressed delight at the response from the competitors from both sides of the border.

The competition consisted of morning and afternoon sessions, totalling 120 arrows shot. Whilst archers from both sides of the border waited on the second part of the competition to take place and the scoring to be confirmed, many of the younger entrants enjoyed the novelty of being “televised” and took the opportunity to wave at every opportunity to their counterparts across the border.

As the scores were announced, the respective winner was called forward and presented with their medal which was ‘televised’ for everyone to watch on screen, and express their congratulations.

Overall it was a fantastic day with a great atmosphere at both locations, as archers from both North and South enjoyed the competition which would not have been possible without the aid of the Internet.

Special thanks must go to both Thomas Colclough from Na Laoch Dall Archery Club, and Wellesley McGown from Kilmore Archery Centre who coordinated the event; Martin Evans from Na Laoch Dall for the development and managing the scoring programme, Peter Cummings (NIFAA), Martins counterpart in the North, and Eddie Hay, NIFAA President who presented the many medals to the Northern Irish winners.


TAKE A BOW, Loughry. NIFAA 2D Shoot 24th November 2012.
‘I do believe it feels like Christmas’. Well it did at Loughry at the NIFAA 2D shoot held on the 24th November. The temperature was -2c with the trees and ground shrouded in frost, but once again archers from across NI turned out to support this event.
The course consisted of 2 x 14 Mapleleaf Animal faces using the River Course and offering great shots. The temperature may have been low but the spirits of the archers was high with one group’s rendering of ‘Jingle Bells’ as they approached the Deer target, closely followed by another groups version of 'Rudolf the red nosed reindeer' brought a ‘festive’ feeling to the day. The targets were set as per IFAA rules and did pose a challenge to some archers but that, nor the weather prevented everyone from heading out for the second half after the complimentary tea/coffee and doughnuts at the halfway mark. Once again thanks must go to Stephen, Trevor and the gang for laying a great course, and Sandra for making everyone so welcome with the hot cuppa before registration. Thanks must also go to all the archers who held back after the shoot to help bring in the targets and pegs, a great example of how archers can work together. Even when all the ‘gear’ had been safely stored away, many archers stood around chatting and exchanging experiences.
The next shoot at Loughry is the NIFAA 3D event on SUNDAY 13th January where the ‘Forest Course’ will be used. It is hoped to have out 20 targets shot twice but this has yet to be confirmed. Lunch will be on the course due to the distance from the ‘Club House’ and boots or wellies are recommended.
I can assure you, if Take a Bow keep up their skill at course building, it WILL be a great shoot.



PICTURE OF THE YEAR (2013)

Take a Bow Club Shoot 18th November, Loughry College.
A cold and icy morning did not deter archers from attending the Take a Bow combination shoot at Loughry College, Cookstown. Many drove from as far away as Banbridge, Limavady and Larne to be warmly welcomed, and enjoy what proved to be a very good days shooting.
The event consisted of two courses, a 14 target Fita roundels set out along the River Course which offered many challenging shots. The second course was laid out in the forest consisting of 3D targets with all 14 of them being well placed using the natural contours of the land together with the blanket of leaves giving a fantastic realism to the scene. To enable all the archers to shoot both courses before the light faded, the groups were split into two halves where half the groups headed for the River Course while the others tackled the 3D. At the half way point, everyone was treated to complimentary tea and coffee indoors were the 'craic' was good before heading out again to tackle their second course.
Once again, Take a Bow have proved that as a Club, they can 'put on' first class events which offer varied and challenging shots.
Congratulations must go to Stephen and Trevor for the very good courses and to Sandra who sorted out the groups so well. Many thanks to the archers who helped bring in many of the 3D targets at the end.


NIFAA HUNTER ROUND 13th OCTOBER AT PEATLANDS PARK.
Once again 37 Archers rose to the challenge of IFAA shooting by attending the NIFAA Hunter Round at Peatlands Park on Saturday 13th October. The round consisted of 14 targets shot twice which challenged the Archers to the limit. The weather was sunny with just a short burst of rain late in the afternoon which didn’t dampen the high spirits of those taking part. As this was an official Classification Shoot, all targets were set as per IFAA Hunter Round regulations and consisted of many challenging shots, including the famous 70 yard walk up and 36 yard fan shots.
Shooting started just after ten with nine groups located at targets set around the course amidst the lakes and apple orchards linked by tarred roadways. Early into the event, it became clear that everyone was enjoying the Hunter style faces which are easily seen even at 70 yards. As usual at NIFAA events the banter and laughter could be heard as Archers enjoyed the craic and chatted with other groups. The 70 yard walk up did claim a few victims with some lost and broken arrows but it didn’t stop the Archers going for it again in the second half of the day.

Lunch time found all Archers chatting away, enjoying the craic and tucking into the doughnuts that were provided by the organisers (as a little treat for everyone). Many of the Archers shooting the full distances once again put in a Class B score with Joanne Alexander (Compound Bowhunter) blasting her way in to A Class on her first IFAA shoot in almost ten years, definitely a girl going places in IFAA shooting. John Cairns managed a perfect ‘Robin Hood’, the first recorded in NIFAA and then went on to almost do it again.

Overall, another great day’s Archery and all thanks must go to those who attended and supported the event. NIFAA have now a planned calendar of events for 2013 including Northern Ireland Field, Hunter and 3D Championships which will be open to all regions of IFAA and will be announced shortly.

Rule Books are now available to all members free of charge, other items will follow shortly.

All monies raised by NIFAA are returned back into Archery for the benefit of ALL the members.

GOOD TURN OUT FOR FIRST NIFAA FIELD ROUND
On Saturday 25th August the first of many planned NIFAA Field Shoots took place just outside Dungiven. Hosted by Roe Valley Archery Club the round consisted of 14 targets shot twice which presented a very good challenge to the archer, and yet allowed easy access to the shooting positions – important because one of our members who is a 'chair' user was able to discover this to his great delight.

The weather was good with no rain (a bonus these days) when 39 archers from various clubs throughout NI ventured out on to the course. Targets where set as per IFAA Field Round regulations, with many archers experiencing for the first time the 'Fan Shot' and the 80 yard walk up.

In the morning, the distances did cause some concern but were soon mastered by those who took part and all agreed that they were not as bad as some people claimed. Early into the event, everyone was enjoying the new style of targets and the more relaxed ‘rules. Laughter was heard from all corners of the forest as it was discovered that you can have fun and still shoot well.

Thanks to the course layers, only one arrow was lost from a Longbowman (a few others came close to it). With the first half over, lunch time found all archers chatting away, enjoying the ‘craic’, comparing experiences, laughing at their own antics and wondering what all the 'anti IFAA shooting ' was about.

The second half brought out the competitive side in everyone. Now armed with the 'sight marks' and a quick prayer, the scores increased dramatically on the last 14 targets.

Many archers shooting the 'full distances' scored within the Class B bracket which will go towards their classification for future shoots.

Over-all, a great day’s archery and all thanks must go to Philippe and the 'gang' from Roe Valley who put out a wonderful course, to Hollie and her cohorts who sold ballot tickets, and last but not least, all those who brought ballot prizes to help raise funds for NIFAA Field Archery. It was a great example of how people want NIFAA to succeed.

Membership of NIFAA is growing weekly as people come to realise that IFAA is not as difficult as some people would have us believe, and in fact with a lot less rules it gives all archers the chance to represent Northern Ireland without having to qualify for a select ‘team’.

Date and venue of next NIFAA event will be published soon.


We have been asked on more than one occasion what the design of The Northern Ireland Field Archery Association's Logo represents, well here is the explanation.

The red diagonal saltire of the background is the ancient flag of St Patrick the Patron Saint of Ireland. He is definitely Ireland's No 1 Saint but he was not Irish, in fact he was born in Scotland sometime during the year 385 AD. His parents were Romans, minor officials charged with looking after the colonies. It is therefore safe to assume that he had Italian Blood.
He was captured by a raiding party and transported to Ireland as a sheep herder. In later years 432 AD he founded a monastery at Comber, Co Down which is now occupied by St Mary's Church in Comber Town Square.
He died at the monastery in Saul, near Downpatrick, Co Down, Ireland, 17 March, 461. and is buried in the grounds of Down Cathedral alongside St Brigid and St Columcille.

In Down, three saints one grave do fill,
Patrick, Brigid and Columcille.


The hexagon in green represents the Giant's Causeway a unique geological formation of some 40,000 basalt columns. This was created some 60 million years ago by lava flows associated with Mid Atlantic Ridge activity. It is a World Heritage site, well worth a visit during your holiday in Ireland. Mythology states that the Causeway was built by an ancient giant called Finn McCool now that’s really “cool” in every sense of the word.

The White Star upon the Hexagon has six points one point for each county which comprises Northern Ireland. It also represents the White Star under which flag the ill fated "Titanic" sailed. It is also the flag of the "Nomadic" the little ship built as a tender to RMS Titanic and RMS Olympic , she is now the last surviving White Star Line vessel, now located in the Titanic Quarter of Belfast.

The archer at full draw and pointing skyward is the archetypal image of our sport, Archery. "Onwards and ever Upwards".
(Nothing to do with Usain Bolt doing his lightening bolt.)

Fail not for sorrow, falter not for sin,
But onward, upward, till the goal ye win.

- Francis Anne Kemble (1809-1893)

The green background and border represents the Green of Ireland, just one of the forty shades of green of this lush green and pleasant land.

NIFAA PRACTICE FIELD SHOOT.
KILMORE ARCHERY CLUB

The NIFAA ‘Practice’ Field Shoot held on Saturday 27th April 2013


Sun Block was required.. A great Fun Day for members
of the World Family of Archers.
6th July 2013
Another great day for NIFAA members and guests.

Archers from many Clubs throughout Northern Ireland attended the NIFAA Fun shoot and BBQ at Kilmore Archery Centre on Saturday 6th July to shoot a 14 x 2 mixed target fun day. The weather was great with temperature in the 20*+ with a cool breeze to stop overheating. The course was located in the area surrounding Kilmore giving full distance shots some of which caught many archers out. At the half way mark, everything stopped for tea and biscuits and the usual ‘craic’ before the teams set out for the second half which was completed in quick time which we think had something to do with the smell of the BBQ drifting across the fields.
With chairs out in the sun, everyone tucked into the burgers and hotdogs complete with side dishes and cool drinks in what was described as a ‘Range party’ by one of our guests. Only when someone announced it was 6.20pm did we realise the day had flown in and we needed to head home.
A big thank you to Kilmore for hosting the shoot, and all those who attended the event and made it another great success.
NIFAA would like to extend a warm welcome to the new members who signed up during the ‘party’ and look forward to seeing you at our next event, the NI Field/3D Championships at Loughry on the 26th/27th July.



FITA - IFAA Agreement
Lausanne - 26 January 2010
A Memorandum of Mutual Acknowledgment has been agreed by the Congress of FITA being the legislative branch of the "Federation Internationale de Tir l'Arc" and the World Council of IFAA being the legislative branch of the International Field Archery Association.

Purpose of this Memorandum
This memorandum concerns the mutual agreed understanding of the role that both parties play in the world of archery and related sports activities.

FITA is the International Archery Federation representing Archery as foreseen in its objectives and constitution.

IFAA is the International Field Archery Association representing Archery as foreseen in its objectives and constitution.

Agreement between both parties
Both parties agree to:-
  • recognize each other as independent sports organizations
  • respect doping bans on athletes by either party, based on the WADA defined antidoping rules


Furthermore it has been agreed that both parties will continue to jointly:-
  • standardize rules related to archery equipment
  • cooperate on activities to promote archery as a sport
  • develop safety recommendations for field and 3D ranges
  • lobby jointly for privileged air transport terms and conditions related to archery equipment and the conservation of the legal status of owning, handling and using archery equipment.
  • Have a joined field event at the World Masters Games in Sydney which will be composed of a marked FITA Field Round and a marked IFAA Field Round.


To the members of the International Archery Family
The cooperation between FITA and IFAA was discussed last year at the FITA Congress and this year at the IFAA Congress. What does it mean?

First of all, this means that there is cooperation between the two archery organisations. Both have different visions and objectives for the respective organisations, which is why both have a reason to exist. It doesn't mean that we will have a merger of the two organisations or that there will be only one organisation organising events.

What it means is that there is a joined objective which is to develop the sport of Archery further by working together in certain domains. This includes matters such as equipment rules, safety and legal requirements, travel with archery equipment, development initiatives and any other matters of common interest. We also will have from time to time events in which we cooperate such as the Master Games in Sydney last year.

The wish of both organisations is that the same spirit of cooperation can be developed at national and local level and that we do not have conflicts that stop the development of the sport.
We wish that in each country a similar agreement of cooperation can be made that prevents any issues.

If you need any further information please contact Trudy MEDWED by CLICKING HERE who is the liaison between the two organisations.


Dr Ugur ERDENER FITA President

Tom DIELEN FITA Secretary General

Loet SMIT IFAA President

Martin KOINI IFAA Secretary General

Deleted 6th March 2013.
CONGRATULATIONS
THEY DON'T COME MUCH HIGHER.

Congratulations to Wellesley McGown on becoming the second person in Ireland to be awarded the prestigious Level 3 IFAA Coaching status. Wellesley now becomes one of an elite band of coaches throughout the World to have achieved such a high standard with only one higher level possible. His recent achievement allows NIFAA to continue to work towards helping the archer from entry level right up to the highest level for competitions by providing a wide range of coaching sessions tailored to assist the archer improve their performance. Not being one to rest on his laurels, Wellesley is already planning the various levels of coaching sessions in addition to finalising details of the NIFAA 'Winter league' starting soon. Any archer interested in the Basic, Intermediate or Advanced level course should contact Wellesley direct at Kilmore Archery for further details.


ENTRY ON AGB WEBSITE.
Our Cross Border inter-club event appeared on the AGB Website. It would 'appear' that they somehow got the impression it was a NIAS event. The article has now been removed by AGB on discovering the facts.


WELCOME
We would like to take this opportunity to welcome Kieran McShane to the NIFAA Committee as the Child and Vulnerable Adult Protection Officer for the Northern Ireland Field Archery Association. NIFAA now has establised policies in this area which comply with all requirements within the law and good practice . Like all other NIFAA Committee members, Kieran is committed to the principle of transparency and accountability to NIFAA members, and with his help, NIFAA can continue to move forward for the benefit of all.    Ψ

Message From: LUIS ANGEL CARACENA
To: NIFAA MEMBERS
Sent: Friday, 28 September 2012, 14:00
Subject: European Indoor Archery Competition 2013.
Hi….
The web site for the championship, it´s ready ....Please inform all your members, this is very important ... regards.
As you all know, the indoor IFAA, ussually carries less people than other IFAA events
We have invested as much as possible in order to make sure everything goes well, and prices have been adapted to the times of global crisis.
Regards, Luis.
www.eiac2013.com 
PS This will take you to the English translation.

 


WELCOME....
            To the home page of the Northern Ireland Field Archery Association. The NIFAA is affiliated to the International Field Archery Association with which many members of the Steering Committee have had a long and happy association. It is our intention to introduce our friends to the alternative styles of shooting as promoted by the International Governing body. Northern Ireland Field Archery Association recruits individual members and it is not essential to belong to a club. However individuals are encouraged to form clubs within your local area and become associated with the NIFAA.
A constitution is currently nearing completion and it will be placed before the Steering Committee for their approval. It will then be presented at the Inaugural Conference of the NIFAA for the approval or amendment by the membership.
Adrian Hanna Chairperson.
           

 


A Message from our REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE (President)....

Dear Visitor,
Welcome to the official web site of the Northern Ireland Field Archery Association, also known as the NIFAA .
The NIFAA is an archery Association that was born out of the need to expand and develop the Sport of Field Archery within Northern Ireland to enable the Archers to participate in IFAA events not only South of the border, but in other regions of the UK and further afield.
NIFAA is affiliated to the International Field Archery Association and therefore part of the World Family of Archers all governed by a basic set of rules. Our Executive committee consists solely of Archers working for the good of Field Archery in a transparent and accountable manner to encourage all archers in Northern Ireland to shoot all forms of Archery and not be restricted by one particular set of rules. The NIFAA is a Field Archery Association and therefore does not host Major Target Archery events, however we do host indoor IFAA target events. Target Archery and indeed FITA Field is the remit of Archery GB and therefore NIFAA encourages all members to hold duel membership of both organisations so as to enjoy all forms of Archery.

During 2011/12 extensive time was spent in discussing the way forward for Field Archery, many archers felt ‘left out’ as they could not shoot with our colleagues in the South Of Ireland due of the different ‘rules’ governing the events. Under NIFAA we can now participate in all IFAA events including those hosted by IFAF, EFAC, SFAA and many more.
It is the intention of NIFAA to host not only a Northern Ireland Field Championship but also a 3D Championship during 2013 for all IFAA members. These events will be open to ALL IFAA Regions and support is already coming in from other regions within Ireland and the UK.

Eddie Hay Regional Representative.

 


In the past we have achieved in affiliation with IFAF the following success
which we hope to repeat in the near future.
NAME STYLE  EUROPEAN WORLD  CLASS 
Malachy Kerrin G Comp Ltd GOLD GOLD C
Áine Kerrin L Comp Bh BRONZE   *
Claire Kerrin J Rec Bh GOLD GOLD A
Bill James V Longbow BRONZE   A
Adrian Hanna V Comp Bh GOLD GOLD A
Leo Steenson J Rec Fs Ltd GOLD GOLD A
Eddie Hay G Comp Bh GOLD GOLD B
Shirley Barratt L Longbow GOLD GOLD C
Jim Boyle V Rec Bh   BRONZE A
* It should be noted that Áine won Bronze overall not just a class award.

Membership still increasing.

I do not have all members E-Mail addresses at the moment so if you know someone who has just joined us, please pass this information to them.

Northern Ireland Field and 3D Championship scheduled for 28th-29th July 2013. Accommodation available at very good prices, more details to follow soon. ONLY MEMBERS OF IFAA REGIONS SUCH AS NIFAA/IFAF/EFAA/WFAA/SFAA etc CAN SHOOT IN THIS EVENT. More details to follow shortly as Pre-booking is required due to the high interest expressed.

Happy shooting, see you all soon.
Eddie

PEATLANDS 2D SHOOT 13TH JANUARY 2013. ... see Photo Gallery


IMPORTANT NOTICE
NIFAA members who are NOT receiving information via E-Mails, please contact nifaa_info@yahoo.co.uk so we can add you to our postal list. Please see our policy on E-Mail security on the "Ethos" Page.

        
Pictures available on the Photo Gallery page for the ALL Ireland Indoor Target Championships held Saturday 29th December 2012.at KILMORE ARCHERY CENTRE and
NA LAOCH DALL Archery Club Waterford.
        




3D Shoot at Take a Bow, Loughry, 13th January 2013 postponed. Due to the hazardous condition of the forest course, the scheduled 3D event has been postponed. However, a 2D event will take place at Peatlands Park on Sunday 13th January for those interested. It is hoped that our new consignment of foam layered butts will be available for this event. 14 targets shot twice. 10.00 am start.

Hi All,
First may I take this opportunity on behalf of the NIFAA Committee to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful and safe new year.

The Northern Ireland Field Archery Association is 6 months old and already, thanks to your help and support, has been fully recognised by all regions within the International Field Archery Association.

Membership is growing with more archers enjoying the IFAA style of shooting. It has been a difficult learning curve for many of us and some mistakes have been made, but we faced them as a Committee and carried on. There are still some people who regard NIFAA as a 'threat' but as time moves on they are becoming fewer as more archers realise that you can enjoy both styles of shooting.

To date NIFAA has given archers the opportunity to shoot Field, Hunter and 2D Rounds with plans in place for 3D events as well. We have launched our 'Postal League' and have now, at the request of archers, introduced Indoor Target events on a monthly basis to cater for all. The Indoor Target events will commence on the 29th December 2012 with our Cross Border Indoor Target Championships which hopefully will be linked via Internet to our colleagues in the South of Ireland.

2013 will see the introduction of one Field shoot and one indoor target event per month to allow all members a choice of what they wish to shoot. There are three NIFAA Northern Ireland Championships in the planning stage, Field Round, Hunter Round and 3D which will be open to all IFAA Regions with interest already expressed by England, Scotland and Wales in addition to Regions in Europe. To date we have been using Danage butts which where 'on loan' to us, however we now have our own Foam Layered Butts which can be made available, if necessary, to any Club who may wish to host a NIFAA event. Our Association jackets are now available and our cloth embroidered badges are on order. The car stickers are now near completion and free of charge to members and hopefully our Baseball caps will be available shortly.

NIFAA is at present working on introducing a 'Discount Scheme' for members and have already secured a number of outlets for members to use, details to follow in new year so if any of you know someone who would like to add their business to our Discount Scheme, ask them to contact me at nifaa_info@yahoo.co.uk

As we are moving into the second half of our financial year, NIFAA have introduced a 'pro rata' membership fee to take effect on the 1st January 2013 as we feel it would be unfair for new members to have to pay the entire annual amount at this stage of the year.

Well, I am sure you all have more important things to do than read long E-mails from me, therefore I will once again wish you all a Merry Christmas and hopefully see you all on either the 29th December at Kilmore Indoor Championship or the 13th January 2013 at Peatlands for our 2D Round.
Happy Archery and I hope Santa is good to you all.
Cheers.

Eddie Hay
President/Secretary.
NIFAA

First Aid Course scheduled for the 5th and 10th December has had to be postponed till early next year due to unforeseen circumstances.



The following deleted from Pictures page on January 16th / 2013.

Take a Bow Club Shoot 18th November, Loughry College.
A cold and icy morning did not deter archers from attending the Take a Bow combination shoot at Loughry College, Cookstown. Many drove from as far away as Banbridge, Limavady and Larne to be warmly welcomed, and enjoy what proved to be a very good days shooting.
The event consisted of two courses, a 14 target Fita roundels set out along the River Course which offered many challenging shots. The second course was laid out in the forest consisting of 3D targets with all 14 of them being well placed using the natural contours of the land together with the blanket of leaves giving a fantastic realism to the scene. To enable all the archers to shoot both courses before the light faded, the groups were split into two halves where half the groups headed for the River Course while the others tackled the 3D. At the half way point, everyone was treated to complimentary tea and coffee indoors were the 'craic' was good before heading out again to tackle their second course.
Once again, Take a Bow have proved that as a Club, they can 'put on' first class events which offer varied and challenging shots.
Congratulations must go to Stephen and Trevor for the very good courses and to Sandra who sorted out the groups so well. Many thanks to the archers who helped bring in many of the 3D targets at the end.




NIFAA HUNTER ROUND 13th OCTOBER AT PEATLANDS PARK.
Once again 37 Archers rose to the challenge of IFAA shooting by attending the NIFAA Hunter Round at Peatlands Park on Saturday 13th October. The round consisted of 14 targets shot twice which challenged the Archers to the limit. The weather was sunny with just a short burst of rain late in the afternoon which didn’t dampen the high spirits of those taking part. As this was an official Classification Shoot, all targets were set as per IFAA Hunter Round regulations and consisted of many challenging shots, including the famous 70 yard walk up and 36 yard fan shots.
Shooting started just after ten with nine groups located at targets set around the course amidst the lakes and apple orchards linked by tarred roadways. Early into the event, it became clear that everyone was enjoying the Hunter style faces which are easily seen even at 70 yards. As usual at NIFAA events the banter and laughter could be heard as Archers enjoyed the craic and chatted with other groups. The 70 yard walk up did claim a few victims with some lost and broken arrows but it didn’t stop the Archers going for it again in the second half of the day.

Lunch time found all Archers chatting away, enjoying the craic and tucking into the doughnuts that were provided by the organisers (as a little treat for everyone). Many of the Archers shooting the full distances once again put in a Class B score with Joanne Alexander (Compound Bowhunter) blasting her way in to A Class on her first IFAA shoot in almost ten years, definitely a girl going places in IFAA shooting. John Cairns managed a perfect ‘Robin Hood’, the first recorded in NIFAA and then went on to almost do it again.

Overall, another great day’s Archery and all thanks must go to those who attended and supported the event. NIFAA have now a planned calendar of events for 2013 including Northern Ireland Field, Hunter and 3D Championships which will be open to all regions of IFAA and will be announced shortly.

Rule Books are now available to all members free of charge, other items will follow shortly.

All monies raised by NIFAA are returned back into Archery for the benefit of ALL the members.




GOOD TURN OUT FOR FIRST NIFAA FIELD ROUND
On Saturday 25th August the first of many planned NIFAA Field Shoots took place just outside Dungiven. Hosted by Roe Valley Archery Club the round consisted of 14 targets shot twice which presented a very good challenge to the archer, and yet allowed easy access to the shooting positions – important because one of our members who is a 'chair' user was able to discover this to his great delight.

The weather was good with no rain (a bonus these days) when 39 archers from various clubs throughout NI ventured out on to the course. Targets where set as per IFAA Field Round regulations, with many archers experiencing for the first time the 'Fan Shot' and the 80 yard walk up.

In the morning, the distances did cause some concern but were soon mastered by those who took part and all agreed that they were not as bad as some people claimed. Early into the event, everyone was enjoying the new style of targets and the more relaxed ‘rules. Laughter was heard from all corners of the forest as it was discovered that you can have fun and still shoot well.

Thanks to the course layers, only one arrow was lost from a Longbowman (a few others came close to it). With the first half over, lunch time found all archers chatting away, enjoying the ‘craic’, comparing experiences, laughing at their own antics and wondering what all the 'anti IFAA shooting ' was about.

The second half brought out the competitive side in everyone. Now armed with the 'sight marks' and a quick prayer, the scores increased dramatically on the last 14 targets.

Many archers shooting the 'full distances' scored within the Class B bracket which will go towards their classification for future shoots.

Over-all, a great day’s archery and all thanks must go to Philippe and the 'gang' from Roe Valley who put out a wonderful course, to Hollie and her cohorts who sold ballot tickets, and last but not least, all those who brought ballot prizes to help raise funds for NIFAA Field Archery. It was a great example of how people want NIFAA to succeed.

Membership of NIFAA is growing weekly as people come to realise that IFAA is not as difficult as some people would have us believe, and in fact with a lot less rules it gives all archers the chance to represent Northern Ireland without having to qualify for a select ‘team’.

Date and venue of next NIFAA event will be published soon.




There was another young chap in this group.
Unfortunately I cannot publish his picture with these chaps without permission from his parent or guardian.


DELETED November 27th 2012

Hi Folks, Just to remind you of the NIFAA 2D(Club) shoot at Loughry this Saturday. Start time 1000 for 1030, bring lunch.
The Round will be Animal Faces shot twice on the 'River Course'.
You can shoot up to three arrows at each target but stop at the first scoring arrow. (If you are unsure if
you scored, shoot another arrow up to a maximum of three). Some of the targets are 'Walk ups' and all
are UNMARKED.
The Scores are;
1st Arrow Kill 20 points - 1st Arrow Wound 18 points.
2nd Arrow Kill 16 points - 2nd Arrow Wound 14 points.
3rd Arrow Kill 12 points - 3rd Arrow Wound 10 points.

The scores are printed on the score card and all you do is 'ring' the score for the target and then add to Running Score (R/S). You will note that target numbers are also printed on the Score Card, my mistake as it was to be a 28 target event so please change accordingly (sorry). You will note the bit marked M-F-V-A-J-C. This stands for Male, Female, Veteran. Adult, Junior, Cub, so all you do is 'ring' your group.

I would ask as many archers as possible to support this event, and Insurance IS in place for any Non Member of NIFAA you may wish to bring along to try a 'Taster session' of this style of shooting. ALL Archers must have their NIFAA Membership Card or Membership Card/Receipt from any other Governing Body they are affiliated too.

THIS IS NOT A CLASSIFICATION SHOOT, JUST A FUN DAY AT ARCHERY.

Any questions just drop me a line and I will try to answer them.

See you all there I hope.

Eddie.



In keeping with NIFAA policy in helping all archers not only improve their shooting and enjoy the sport more in a safe environment, we have arranged a 'FIRST AID COURSE' to be held over two evenings for members and any of their Family over 16 years of age at a greatly reduced cost. Normal cost is around £80 per person, however NIFAA have arranged a course at a reduced cost of only £20.00 per head. On successful completion of the Course you will receive a accredited First Aid Certificate.
Just to remind members, the First Aid Course (Sports) has now been confirmed for WEDNESDAY 5th December and MONDAY 10th December at Kilmore Archery Centre starting at 1900 hrs, cost £20.00 instead of the normal £80.00 plus. Still some spaces available for those wishing to partake. Contact Wellesley to book your place.

The course will be on the first come, first served basis and dates will be arranged during November at Kilmore Archery Centre. Anyone interested should contact nifaa_info@yahoo.com as soon as possible with the names and addresses of those wishing to attend. (Sorry reduced rates only open to NIFAA Members and their families, once registered on course, monies must be paid in full. Cheques made payable to NIFAA and Crossed).
First Aid saves many lives every year, think about it.



A shoot worth going to. 18th November, Take a Bow, Loughry have a small 3d course out in the new forest range to give Archers who haven't shot it before a chance to try it before the NIFAA 2D on the 24th November. There will be 14 FITA targets and 12x3d out and you can shoot all the targets or whichever group of targets you wish twice, FITA or 3D, the choice is yours. This is not an NIFAA round, however it should be a good days shooting so I would encourage as many archers as possible to take a run up to it as it will be the same area NIFAA will be using on the 24th for the 2D shoot and the 3D event in January. NIFAA supports all forms of archery. You must be in Archery GB to shoot this event. Start 1030.

A Big thank you to all who attended the shoot at Peatlands on Saturday 13th October, hope you all had a great day. A write up and some photographs are on our Website and an entry on Facebook.

Our next shoot is a 2D (Animal Faces) at Take-a-Bow AC in Loughry College at Cookstown on Saturday 24th November starting at 10:30am. For those who have not been there before it is a fantastic course with lots of great shots, please do your best to get to it and support Take-a-Bow who are now committed to NIFAA.

We are going from strength to strength thanks to you all. The IFAA Handbook of rules is now ready for collection free of charge in addition to the NIFAA car sticker, again free to members. We hope to have our lapel badges shortly and a NIFAA Clothing page will be available on the Website for any member wishing to purchase our 'official colours' in Jackets, Polo Shirts, Rugby Shirts and Baseball Caps with more items to be added later.

This is YOUR Governing Body, let us know what YOU want and we will try and provide.

Thank you all once again and I look forward to seeing you on the 24th. Eddie
NIFAA



NIFAA Welcomes Take-a-Bow AC.
As membership of NIFAA grows, so too does the number of Clubs becoming involved with this enjoyable and exciting style of Archery. The latest Club to come on board is 'Take-a-Bow' at Loughry College, Cookstown, who have kindly offered their excellent facilities to host NIFAA events. For anyone who has yet to shoot at this venue, you are missing a fantastic range with excellent facilities. The area is divided into two sections, the 'River Course' and the 'forest course' both offering a great variety of shots.

A BIG thank you must got to Stephen and Trevor, who, like many others, are committed to expanding archery and taking it forward for all. Together with some colleagues, they are working tirelessly to improve the facilities available, and allow all archers to share what must be one of the best Field Archery Courses around. NIFAA fully support their efforts and suggest that all Field Archers should take the opportunity to shoot at their range regardless of the event to experience this great forest course.

NIFAA Event at Take-a-Bow AC, Loughry College, Cookstown;
Saturday 24th November 2012 - 2D Hunter Round - 14 targets shot twice Start time 1030am



Membership Secretary.
Dee Shannon.

Training Officer
Wellesley McGown.

Children and Young Persons + Vulnerable Adults,
Kieran McShane.  Ψ

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