This year I would like to enter teams for the National County Team Championships, held at Lilleshall on 27th/28th June. The county has agreed to fund half of each team entry fee, the rest would be paid by the archers selected.
I have attached last years prospectus so you can see the format - it is a WA 720 qualification round Saturday morning followed by team head to heads in the afternoon. Then a WA 1440 on Sunday.
Teams are made of three archers and if there are not enough qualifying archers, no team will be entered for that category.
The cost was £145 per team last year, so based on that figure, the county will pay £73 per team and each archer will need to pay £24.
How do I qualify I hear you ask? Simple, shoot either Blow away the cobwebs at Long Mynd on the 12th April or the Bowbrook WA 720 on April 18th, submit scores to myself and the highest scoring archers will make the teams.
To qualify for the senior squad at the Intercounty shoot in September, the county has let me set a minimum requirement of Bowman classification. I have chosen this as it is a measurable and achievable standard across all disciplines.
Tim Swain (the county coaching officer) is looking to hold a meeting of the previous team members and interested county archers that would like to shoot for Shropshire as to how we help people attain this standard and more. He would like to know what the archers want from the county coaches and together, come up with a plan as to how we make this happen.
PS. As always, if junior archers can upstage and outshoot the seniors, they will be selected to shoot for the senior team so everyone shoot your best and good luck to all!
Wow what a result!Shropshire Archery Juniors became West Midland Archery Champions for the third year running.Shropshire hosted the competition this year at the Audco Archers shooting ground in Newport where teams from Warwickshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire all competed for the WMAS Annual Challenge Cup.The archers shooting 12 dozen arrows consisting of 3 dozen arrows at 4 different distances according to age.Two years ago Shropshire won at Worcestershire last year at Warwickshire and now on home soil, we are becoming the team to beat.The team has archers from 9 years of age through to 17 years all shooting distanced according to their age.They all represented Shropshire their clubs and their families brilliantly and should be very proud of themselves, i certainly am as team manager.We are losing a few archers this year because of age and i wish them well shooting in the senior ranks now.We welcomed several new members this year and they all mixed well and performed brilliantly.The weather was lovely and sunny with a tricky wind but everybody shot well .Regards Ray
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