Further to our recent announcements that we had to delay the National Championships 2021, we are pleased to announce that we have been able to secure an alternative date of the 2nd and 3rd of October 2021.
In unprecedented times, we had not just one venue but two affected by Covid. The first, making the entire events team (who usually run weddings) redundant and therefore unable to host us, and the second having doubts about the impact on the small local community that we would have mingled with. The third option, we have been working with for a number of weeks, but are unable to give us the weekend we need. It is therefore our best option to hold a Nationals this year to accept their offer of the 2nd and 3rd of October 2021.
We realise that this is not ideal for members. There is a good chance members will already have other plans, but we ask that everyone take a second to understand that the past 18 months has been an incredibly difficult environment to work in to hold a national level event with 400 people. We hope that members will stand with us and make the Nationals a great event, as a celebration that we can move on.
However, although we are forever hopeful, we have learned to be cautious, and as I write this, the Covid Delta variant is continuing to increase daily. We advise that any bookings for hotels, restaurants, travel and anything else is made with the ability to cancel, in case we unfortunately have to cancel the event.
Thank you to everyone for their efforts in getting the Nationals back on track, and fingers crossed for a great event.
NFAS Field Officer
Further info: Nationals Entry forms will be in the Jul/Aug newsletter which is due out imminently. Venue information is also included. Online entry for the Champs will open once the newsletter is out.
20 Jul '21
The Committee is trialling a QR system to validate membership. This system is not designed to replace membership cards but is offered as an emergency alternative.
There is a unique QR code for each member (found on the “My Account” page, within the Members Only section of the website) which once scanned (using any QR reader) will forward you to a page on our website that validates the membership. The idea being that an archer can offer the QR code to a shoot admin, who then scans the QR code to check the membership.
We hope this system will offer a backup service to members and clubs, but we recognise that not all club grounds have a suitable 4G signal.
Disclaimer: As a member, it is your responsibility to prove valid NFAS membership. The best way of doing that is to present your NFAS membership card. This trial system is provided as a possible alternative. Not all club grounds have internet access, so accessing the system cannot be guaranteed, and not all clubs can offer the facility to read QR codes.
NFAS Webby 31 Jul '21
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NFAS Webby 27 Jul '21
The Jul/Aug newsletter is now available within the Members Only area.
This edition includes further details of the National Champs (2nd & 3rd October) - online entries are now open, or you can apply by post. Team entry forms can be emailed to email@example.com or posted. The closing date for the Nationals is Friday 17th September.
The newsletter also includes the Proposal Form for proposing changes to the NFAS rules.
NFAS Webby 27 Jul '21
As we are all aware, COVID 19 is still in existence with new variants continuing to cause outbreaks. The NFAS Committee is committed to keeping our members safe at all times and recommend that clubs and members continue to be cautious during this most recent announcement from the government removing all restrictions to social events. The Committee recommend that all members and clubs continue to be cautious and keep sensible precautions in place when holding and attending shoots. Members are also reminded that abuse of any kind is not tolerated and should adhere to any COVID restrictions that clubs and individuals feel are important to keeping each other safe.
The guidelines for holding COVID safe shoots will still be available on the website and in the Facebook group, to give an idea of precautions you may wish to consider. Please remember to incorporate all changes to how your shoots are held into your club risk assessments and open shoot risk assessments.
All the recommended guidelines are ultimately to keep other people safe, please help us to continue doing so
NFAS Committee 26 Jul '21
In response to the questions raised in a recent Facebook thread about entry qualifications for the National Championships 2021, a decision has been taken to adhere to the stated requirement of 3 signed and dated cards (during a 3 year period) in the style the archer will be competing in. We will, however, accept cards on the weekend with prior agreement with Shoot Admin. This facility is subject to change depending on the number of applicants without cards.
NFAS Committee 25 Jul '21
Last year at the beginning of the first Lockdown Tony Burt, the then Field Officer, got a project under way that he had discussed with Pete Dixon to select and reproduce a selection of new faces for use at the NFAS Championships.
Tony asked fellow NFAS committee members John Pendleton (Coach Training Organiser), Bernie Britton (DBS Co-ordinator) and myself (Lewis Chuck - Shoot Dates Organiser) to select 80 Faces, 20 in each of Groups 1 to 4. This would allow each target of a two course Championship to be different.
Over a period of several months thousands of animal faces were viewed online and given a score by each of us. Many zoom meetings then followed where the numbers were whittled down. Richard Wright the new Field Officer joined the team when he took up his post. We had heard that Darren Wilkins the secretary of Severn Valley Yeomen Foresters runs a printing company and discussions and much advice from Darren followed.
The result of our endeavours are about to printed for this year's Championships on October 2nd and 3rd.
Addition: These new NFAS faces will be available for NFAS clubs to purchase... after the National Champs.
Lewis Chuck, Shoot Dates Organiser 22 Jul '21
Regretfully we have decided to cancel the Hollywood Open shoot scheduled for the 3rd October since this would fall on the same weekend as the Nationals. We have an alternate date for our next one though on 10th April 2022 and we are hopeful this one will be able to go ahead. Take care and see you soon, the Hollywood team.
Sarah Sheppard 31 Jul '21
Bookings are now being taken for Albion's Wooden Arrow shoot on 19th Sept. It’s 2x20 3ds and faces.
Shoot will start at 10.00. Due to the limited nature of the access to the woodland the gate will be closed at 09.45.
Catering limited to tea, coffee and cakes. Payment details to be sent closer to the shoot date. Pre pay preferred.
To book email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sue Fenyn 31 Jul '21
Pennington Archers Open Shoot
19th September 2021
Kath Smith 18 Jul '21
our upcoming shoots...
South West Challenge (Thu 5)
Black Swan Archers (Sun 8)
Briar Rose Field Archers (Sun 15)