Ditchling Archery Club News

  • 2024 Winter League successes

    Ditchling recurve teams did very well in the Selby Winter Postal League winning both Division 12 Portsmouth and Division 9 Frostbite, and our longbow archers came a close second in their division.

    In the BA Postal League, recurve outshone their rivals in Division 6 with another first and made 3rd in Division 5.

    Sussex County Indoor Championships – 28th January – Portsmouth round

    Congratulations to all archers – we had some fantastic results!

    Barebow Women:

    2nd Mel Woolgar

    Recurve Men:

    2nd Ben Green

    10th Josh Wild

    Recurve Women:

    7th Julia Johnson

    Asiatic Bow:

    1st Toby Cronshaw

    Recurve under 14s :

    2nd Shivaansh Garg

    Recurve under 12s:

    2nd Soham Garg

  • Spring individual competitions
    Ben and Jodie – Vince, Mel, Juli and Josh

    Congratulations to father and daughter Ben and Jodie Green for two gold medals at Forest of Bere Bowmen for York/Herefords.

    Congratulations to Vince, Mel, Juli and Josh who all returned with medals from Newhaven’s Western shoot in May.

    At a friendly handicapped shoot in Worthing against Blind Veterans UK – our team came a respectable second. This was due to Phil, one of our new members, who entered for the first time and did extremely well!

  • Congratulations

    Alex’s first 252 badge – well done! We look forward to seeing to get many more!

    Welcome to new member Anna, and Venus and Nitin who completed their beginners course.

  • Beginners Course at Ditchling

    Fourteen beginners signed on for our beginners course this September. We offer this to people interested in the sport usually twice a year with qualified archery coaches.

    Our coaches explained to the group about understanding the archery range, the layout and safety aspects. How to hold a bow and shoot safely using the barebow technique to start.

    During the 3 sessions on different days, they learned freestyle shooting, refining their skills and transitioning to using a sign to aim. They learned how to perfect their stance and hands, became familiar with archery range commands and how to collect arrows. We also included developing their draw, aim and release, scoring and some fun balloon shooting.

    Over the course of the sessions, we reinforced range and equipment safety, showed them how to set up and take-down their bow, talked about general equipment and club membership.

    Many thanks to our coaches and club volunteers who gave up hours of their time in order to introduce and instruct our beginners. We look forward to welcoming those that are keen as club members when they are ready and wish others, who go on to other clubs, the very best of luck with their archery.

    Please use our contact page if you wish to get in touch re our next beginners course or to join the club.

  • Ditchling archers celebrate 50 years with fun shoot

    On Sunday, 20 August, we had a fun shoot to celebrate our 50th Anniversary. Our last fun shoot was pre-covid so this was a family event to mark a club milestone.

    We did have a lot of members on holiday, and didn’t want to run into the autumn shooting season without an event. Many thanks to Vince and Mel for organising, and to everyone who came along with drinks and refreshments to make this a special gathering.