Coaching news

Cancellation of events hosted by Arrowhawks Archery Academy

Kath Fitzpatrick - 2 April 2020

The Technical Framework Introduction and Coaching Technique event with Lloyd Brown, due to be held at Haxby on April 18th and 19th, is cancelled.
If you have already booked in via Sport 80 please address any queries re refunds to Archery GB.
We are planning to reschedule this as soon as restrictions are lifted.

The National Talent Development Programme - North was due to take place on April 26th at Haxby. This is now cancelled.
Archery GB will be looking at new dates as soon as restrictions are lifted.
Those who attended the North session or have booked in for April - a new Facebook page just for you will he launched next week with training tips to keep you bow fit and ready for shooting as well as opportunities to post photos and video of what you are doing to stay strong and build your form.
Anyone struggling, feel free to pop video onto Messenger and I'll send feedback.

Kath Fitzpatrick
Arrowhawks Archery Academy

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

NCAS Coaching Conference, 25th April 2020 - the alternative solution

Danny Cameron - 24 March 2020

Given the current Covid-19 situation, we have been left with little alternative other than to postpone the (face-to-face) NCAS Coaching Conference scheduled for the 25th of April.

However, as we'd like to share with as many NCAS coaches as possible the new Session Coach and Development Coach formats (replacing L1 and L2), Archery GB's Lloyd Brown has kindly agreed to lead a short video conference on the same day (Saturday the 25th of April), starting at 10:00 AM, for approximately one hour, including time for Q&A.

You would only need access to a screen (PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone) with speakers and microphone (where you can also access your email, as you'll be sent a link to join), and you can join in from anywhere with a WIFI or 4G connection, not least from home, should you need to be in isolation.

As there is no need to cover venues, lunch and travel, there is no cost for joining this group session, and should the session be well-received, then with the ongoing and much appreciated assistance of Lancashire CCO Garry Partington, we may run further one hour sessions for coaches, so you can continue to access exchanges of ideas and learning, regardless of of the coronavirus situation.

This session will count towards CPD, and registration is via the link below:
 NCAS Virtual Coaching Conference (Eventbrite)

With best wishes

Danny Cameron ComIH
County Coach (Archery GB)
Regional Coaching Officer (RCO) for Northern Counties Archery

Thirsk Bowmen awarded Performance Specialism Club status

Danny Cameron - 24 March 2020

Thirsk Bowmen was today given Performance Specialism Club status. It was awarded based on the first application made, but was a culmination of a two year strategy at the club.

For the last two seasons, Thirsk has based its coaching on an annual coaching plan, where each coach has a specific area of responsibility, which is then supported by the rest of the coaching team. Then last year, in addition to its established and successful Beginners and Improvers Courses, it added a Performance Group, so ambitious archers have a framework within which to progress.

The Performance Group (to which a Junior Performance Group is also planned) meets regularly, shares information, and each archer is provided with an innovative Shooting Journal and a periodised plan.

Like all other current activity, this is now under review due to the Covid-19 situation, but is a solid footing for the club to move forwards.

Danny Cameron ComIH
County Coach (Archery GB)
Regional Coaching Officer (RCO) for Northern Counties Archery

National Talent Development Programme comes to the North

Kath Fitzpatrick - 1 February 2020

Archery GB has extended the reach of the National Talent Development Programme to establish a base in the North.

The first session on February 23rd is now bookable on Sport 80 and is open to junior archers, under 20s, shooting recurve and compound.

The programme is being hosted by Arrowhawks at Haxby Scout Centre York which is just north of York off the ring road.

The coaching team is led by Kath Fitzpatrick and Joe Brown, who ran the successful AGB Regional Performance Academy at Bishop Burton.

We are looking forward to welcoming young Northern archers to the Northern training centre.

Kath Fitzpatrick
Arrowhawks Archery Academy

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Coaching the Technical Framework - workshop at Pennine

Helen Woodcock - 9 January 2020

Pennine Archers are hosting a two-day Archery GB workshop on coaching the technical framework on the 1st and 2nd of February.

This is a hands-on practical workshop for coaches to learn how to evaluate and develop their archers' technical skills.

The two-day course is open to all coaches. The Saturday is open to all archers.

The workshop will be held at NFP Archery Centre, Linthwaite, HD7 5QG.

Booking is made through Sport 80, via the Archery GB website.

For more information and to book your place, please visit the Archery GB website.
 Archery GB workshops

For more information, please see this flyer:
 Coaching the Technical Framework (PDF)

Helen Woodcock
NFP Archery
 NFP Archery

Successes for Arrowhawks Archery Academy archers at JNIC

Kath Fitzpatrick - 1 December 2019

Arrwhawks Academy archers achieved conspicuous successes at this weekend's Junior National Indoor Championships.

Will Thompson - gold, U18 recurve. Overall 3rd gent.

Rosie Elliott - 2nd U16 longbow, with Jess Hardesty-Dean a closely-fought 4th in her first JNIC shooting longbow.

Max Oakley - 4th recurve U14, pipped by just one point!

Beth Rhodes - 5th girl compound U16 in her first JNIC.

Hannah Stocks - fought hard in the U18 compound to finish 6th.

Finlay Clark finished 4th in the U14 boys compound category, again with a close finish.

Also in her first JNIC, Mollie Bower finished 18th in the girls U16 recurve.

In the girls U14, Eleanor Stott finished a creditable 11th and Holly Spink 21st.

Great performances that make all the hard work worthwhile and the coaches feel proud - roll on next outdoor season!

Kath Fitzpatrick
Arrowhawks Archery Academy

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Arrowhawks are OnTarget - winter programme 2019-2020

Kath Fitzpatrick - 2 September 2019

I am pleased to announce that Arrowhawks Archery Academy has been granted AGB Ontarget Performance Club Status.

Our popular and successful winter coaching and training sessions will start in October and run through to May with monthly sessions for junior and senior archers of all bowstyles and disciplines.

Winter programmes include:
 Foundation skills and drills to help develop good form
 Strength and conditioning to ensure fitness for archery
 Equipment and technique analysis
 Technique development to an individual plan
 Support for developing a training and competition plan
 Workshops on sport psychology, nutrition, fitness training

All our coaches are AGB qualified and trained in current performance coaching methods and techniques as used at the AGB Youth Academy.

Please contact the Lead Coach Kath Fitzpatrick:

 07590 466907
 01226 218518

 Arrowhawks winter programme 2019-2020 (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Arrowhawks Archery Academy

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Nutrition for performance

Kath Fitzpatrick - 2 September 2019

Saturday September 28th
Venue: Arrowhawks West at Aire Valley indoor range, Keighley Business centre, South Street, Keighley.
Morning session: Arrowhawks archers and parents
Afternoon session: coaches and archers

This consists of a 1.5 hour workshop with Jackie Wilkinson, professional nutritionist working across sport and business to enhance performance through attention to nutrition. Jackie is also an archer and was for many years a member of the GB Field Squad and International team.

The interactive presentation will cover:
 How the body uses food
 Where our energy comes from
 What to eat for a shoot
 When to eat it

Following the workshop, Jackie will then offer one-to-one or small group advice on diet, nutrition, hydration to improve and sustain energy levels during competition (and daily life) and enhance sporting performance.

This is a much neglected but important element in sports performance so we are offering an opportunity to learn more from someone who not only knows the theory but also the application within our sport.

There will also be an opportunity for archers to access the shooting range in the morning, and for Arrowhawks archers to shoot in the afternoon in the 20 yard range next to the classroom area with our coaches. Cost: 10.00 for the day. Please bring your own lunch - tea, coffee etc will be provided. CPD certificates will be provided for those AGB qualified coaches and coach candidates.

To book please contact Kath Fitzpatrick:

 07590 466907
 01226 218518

Cheques payable to: Kath Fitzpatrick Associates.

 Nutrition workshop 2019 (PDF)

Kath Fitzpatrick
Arrowhawks Archery Academy

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Winter coaching and training with Trinity

Trinity Archery Coaching - 22 August 2019

Trinity Archery Coaching are fast approaching our next winter coaching sessions, starting in October 2019.

This is our seventh year using Leeds Trinity University sports hall, an excellent venue allowing for a team of coaches to supervise shooting, coaching and video analysis, all taking place at the same time.

This coaching is available to all archers shooting all bow types.

Contact Andy Arnold on:
 07879 330945

 Trinity Archery Coaching

Please see the flyer below for more information and contact details:
 Trinity winter programme 2019-2020

Sport England Workforce Diversity fund

Grahame Cotterill - 27 June 2019

Sport England have launched a fund intended to help diversify the sports and physical activites workforce.

National Lottery funding is available to engage women and/or BAME communities in positive coaching and volunteering in the sport and physical activity sector.

The Workforce Diversity Great Ideas Fund will be open until the 3rd of July:
 Sport England: Fund to diversify the sport and physical activity workforce

Grahame Cotterill

Chris Cushion presentation on coaching

Grahame Cotterill - 27 June 2019

Chris Cushion, Professor of Coaching and Pedagogy at Loughborough University, gave a brilliant presentation on coaching to the Gaelic Athletic Association's Games Development Forum 2017.
I heartily recommend that all coaches watch this:
 Chris Cushion presents his talk at the GAA Coaching Conference 2017

Grahame Cotterill

Level 1 course in Linthwaite, Huddersfield

Helen Woodcock - 25 May 2019

We have organised a Level 1 Coach training course to held at NFP Archery in Linthwaite, Huddersfield, on the following dates:
 Saturday 21st September 2019
 Saturday 12th October 2019
 Sunday 13th October 2019
 Sunday 23rd November 2019

The tutor is to be confirmed.

Cost is 260.

Al enquiries to Helen Woodcock:

Helen Woodcock
NFP Archery
 NFP Archery

Level 1 course at Haxby, York

Kath Fitzpatrick - 1 May 2019

The YAA will be running a Level 1 Coach training course at Haxby, York over the summer.

The dates are:
 Saturday June 8th
 Sunday June 9th
 Saturday June 22nd
 Assessment Saturday September 7th

Cost is 250.

Course tutor is Kath Fitzpatrick.

Course organiser is David Shaw.

In the first instance please contact Kath with enquiries:

 07590 466907
 01226 218518

Kath Fitzpatrick
Arrowhawks Archery Academy

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

Spaces available on Level 2 Coach training course in Keighley

Bev DeToeuf - 18 March 2019

There are still spaces available on the Level 2 coaching course in Keighley this year - starting on May 18th.

The closing date for applications is the 29th of March.

Recent research has identified that one of the reasons people give up the sport after only a couple of years is the lack of development with their shooting. Level 2 coaches are equipped to help club archers progress and develop, thus hopefully keeping more people in the sport.

The full dates are:
 18th May
 19th May
 20th July
 3rd August
 10th August
 6th October
 8th December

Course code: 19 L2 08.

Fee: 480

Closing date for applications: 29th March

Contact Bev DeToeuf for further details:

Bev DeToeuf

Northern Counties Coaching Conference 2019

5 March 2019

The Northern Counties Coaching Conference 2019 will be hosted by the Yorkshire Archery Association, and will be held at The Scout Hut, Ethel Ward Playing Fields, York Road, Haxby, York YO32 3DY on Saturday the 27th of April. The theme is Mind and Body.

The cost is 25, which includes refreshments and lunch.

To book a place on the conference, please complete the booking form and send it off with the booking fee:
 Northern Counties Coaching Conference 2019 booking form (PDF)

Archery GB Coaching Plan 2017-2021

Kath Fitzpatrick - 5 March 2019

Archery GB has published its coaching plan for 2017 to 2021 and issued an update in November. Coaches are advised to familiarise themselves with this important document, which will drive archery coaching at all levels for the next few years.

 Archery GB: Coaching Plan for Archery

The coaching plan:
 Archery GB: Coaching Plan for Archery 2017 - 2021

Coaching plan update November 2018:
 Archery GB: Coaching Plan Update November 2018

Kath Fitzpatrick
YAA County Coaching Officer

 01226 218518
 07590 466907

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