Archery and Club News

Tournaments

Indoor County Match on 29 November 2014

An indoor county match against Essex, Middlesex & Surrey has now been confirmed for Saturday, 29 November 2014 at Sittingbourne Community College.

This is quite early in the indoor season, so it is more important than ever for anyone who wishes to be considered for team selection to ensure that their scores are submitted very promptly - the cut-off date for receiving scores in time for the selection meeting is Friday, 31 October 2014.

The team selection policy explains the requirements (page 4 is especially relevant); however, given the timescales involved it is strongly recommended that archers submit their own score returns, to make absolutely sure.

Please note that, as stated in the policy above, score returns must be sent to the county Records Officer, not to the County Captain, as it is the county Records Officer who chairs the Team Selection Panel. If you intend sending your score return by post, please either check with your club Records Officer for the correct address, or contact the County Records Officer by email first - this website does not contain or disclose private mailing addresses.

Success at the National County Team Championships

The Kent compound team for the National County Team Championships. Michelle Sword.

The weekend of 28 & 29 June saw the second National County Team Championships take place, once again hosted by Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre, Shropshire.

Kent Archery Association were represented at this event in the Gents Compound division. The three archers comprising the team were team captain Chris Horan (Castle Moat and Folkestone Bowmen), Mike Kells (Swan Archers) and Steve Batey (Ashford Archers).

The two days of competition included a ranking round, team head-to-head elimination rounds and a full 1440 round and involved county teams from all over the UK. The weekend saw a strong performance by the Kent team and included some outstanding individual results.

ArcheryGB/GNAS Law 20

You will no doubt have noticed that all KAA tournament entry forms now contain a requirement that archers can only enter in the name of their 'first claim club' or as a Direct Member (if they are one).

This comes about because of ArcheryGB/GNAS Law 20b that says which club, county and region an archer can represent and what happens if an archer decides to change club.

Although this law has been around in its present form for many years, it is unfortunately not well known or understood, so we have published a short guide (with examples) to its practical implications, including what you can and can't do if you change clubs.

Clubs

Changes to Score Return Thresholds

Members and club Records Officers are asked to note the changes that have been made to thresholds for Score Returns in the new edition of the Score Returns and Team Selection Policy

These changes have been made to bring them in line with current performance levels in the county and to provide a realistic basis for considering archers for county team selection.

The new thresholds come into effect immediately.

EduCare for Sport

Archery GB encourage all forward-looking clubs to sign up for EduCare for Sport, a bespoke online learning service that features a range of essential duty of care and introductory business skills programmes for your volunteers and members. Each programme is presented in bite-size learning chunks and there is a downloadable personalised certificate for successful completers. Clear, simple management reports help you to see who has started, is in progress or has completed their programmes.

There are 10 learning programmes including 'NSPCC Child Protection Awareness in Sport and Active Leisure', 'An Introduction to Equality and Diversity', 'NSPCC Preventing Bullying Behaviour', 'An Introduction to Safety in Clubs' and introductions to finance, budgeting, marketing and planning.

Further information is available on the EduCare website and discounts are available to ontarget clubs by contacting Arran Coggan at the ArcheryGB office.

All Educare courses are available free of charge to registered CPOs of clubs affiliated to the KAA. For details please contact the county CPO.

County

Kent Archery Association AGM

When the date of this year's AGM was discussed at last year's event, there was concern that the normal date (the 3rd. Sunday of November) might clash with a tournament; it has turned out that this will not in fact happen and so the KAA AGM will be held on its customary date, Sunday, 16 November 2014 at Medway Archers' clubhouse.

Please therefore ignore the date shown in recent newsletters and accept our apologies for any confusion that might have been caused.

Official notification should now have been received by all Club Secretaries and Direct Members; if any Club Secretary or Direct Member has not receive their copy, please urgently contact the County Secretary.

If you have received a prefilled nomination form, but wish to nominate an alternative member for any post, please download and print the form below, then return to the County Secretary, as described in the notification letter.

Kent Target championships 2015 filling up fast

The Kent Target Championships to be held on the 16th August 2015 at the Vigo RFC is filling up fast.

If you want to enter please get your entry form in soon. The entry form is available here

Kent Archery Field (KAF) has arrived for 2015!!

As some people may be aware, Kent Archery Association have been exploring a new initiative to provide field archery to its members. This is following the hugely successful and well attended ‘Field Taster Days’ that have previously been run by the Bowmen of Woodstock.

The dawn of this exciting new venture is now here, following the recently held inaugural committee meeting of KAF (Kent Archery Field).

Continue reading about Kent Archery Field...

Para-Archery Records

At yesterday's meeting of the KAA Operational Committee it was agreed to add the "World Archery 30m VI Round" to the list of records maintained for visually impaired archers.

It has therefore been added to the current Para-Archery Records booklet for outdoor target archery.

Regional and National

Success at the National County Team Championships

The Kent compound team for the National County Team Championships. Michelle Sword.

The weekend of 28 & 29 June saw the second National County Team Championships take place, once again hosted by Lilleshall National Sports and Conferencing Centre, Shropshire.

Kent Archery Association were represented at this event in the Gents Compound division. The three archers comprising the team were team captain Chris Horan (Castle Moat and Folkestone Bowmen), Mike Kells (Swan Archers) and Steve Batey (Ashford Archers).

The two days of competition included a ranking round, team head-to-head elimination rounds and a full 1440 round and involved county teams from all over the UK. The weekend saw a strong performance by the Kent team and included some outstanding individual results.

SCAS Contact

Chris Fletcher-Campbell is now the acting secretary for SCAS and his contact details can be found on the SCAS Website.

Remember though that the county and regional element of all membership renewals and new membership registrations should always be sent to the county Treasurer anyway, as described in the Payment of Membership Fees section of our Membership System guide.

International

No news to report at present - please check back at a later date.

Coaching

For news about coaching and coach development, please visit the Invicta Coaching Group website.

Criminal Record (CRB) Checks

With effect from 01 December 2012, the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) were merged to form the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), an agency of the UK government's Home Office. As a result of this change all future CRB checks will be known as DBS checks - the name has changed, but the stationery (apart from the name on the form) and process remain the same.

There are some further changes that have been mentioned recently in the media and are expected in the future:

  • portability of DBS checks, that should help reduce the number of checks that an individual volunteer will be subjected to, if they work for more than one organisation;
  • exclusion of certain old and minor offences (convictions and cautions), provided that they did not incur a custodial sentence - this is currently before parliament for consideration and requires legislation before it can come into effect.

It is important to note that these last two changes have not yet come into effect.

Website

Accessibility

A number of changes have been made recently to improve accessibility of this website to visitors using screen-readers. It is our intention to keep to the highest standards to ensure that anyone using assistive technologies will have the best possible experience.

If you are using this website with a screen-reader and encounter any difficulties, please contact the webmaster and we will try to work with you to improve the website and improve our understanding of the kind of issues you face.

Document Accessibility

All PDF documents have been checked for accessibility and, where possible, they have been upgraded to:

  • Include 'Tagging' for accessibility to screen readers for visually impaired visitors,
  • give improved search results,
  • keep file sizes as small as practical, by taking advantage of the improved compression available in PDF v1.8.

Contributors are asked, where possible to supply content (e.g. tournament entry forms, results) in its original format (e.g. Word, Excel) and we will convert it to a PDF before publishing - this will help to ensure that your content can be read by the largest possible audience.

To help visitors using mobile devices or who have limited internet speed/usage, where practical, download links will show the size of the file.

Refresh your Browser

When you display a web page in your browser, it needs to download a number of files containing the page content, formatting instructions and processing instructions. Depending on your browser settings, it might take the fast route and only download files it hasn't already got; if so, it is quite possible it might overlook the fact that one or more files that it already has have been updated - if this happens the page might omit new data or the formatting might end up a little odd!

Normally the simple solution is just to click on the "Refresh" button (normally at one end of the address bar) and this will force the browser to reload everything from scratch. If the results are still not what you were expecting, then try emptying the "browser cache" (the folder where it keeps all of the temporary files) - the tool to do this is built into the browser, but just how to do it varies from browser to browser - and then reload the page.

If there is still a problem with displaying the page, then please report it to the webmaster, but don't forget to include details of:

  • which page you are having problems with;
  • the name and version number of your browser (e.g. Firefox 23);
  • your operating system name and version number (e.g. Windows 7 or Android 4.1.3);

If you are using a mobile device, it might also be helpful to know which one.