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Falkirk Company of Archers

logoblacktransparent150squareFalkirk Company of Archers was founded in 1971 by a group of local enthusiasts and one founder member remains an active participant to this day. Since its formation our Club membership has included both Scottish and British champions. Two of our members competed in the first Commonwealth Games to host archery in 1982 in Australia and some regularly compete in Scottish and British national events. Moira Taylor, our club secretary, was the British Team manager for a period of four years culminating in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
We also have members who play an important role in coaching throughout Scotland and who have contributed towards the administration within the Scottish Archery the SAA and Archery GB bodies.
The Club continues to attract a keen and active membership with a variety of abilities and interests across the spectrum of the sport called archery.
Because of Falkirk’s strategic location the town has been influential throughout Scotland’s history. Falkirk has provided the venue for two major battles; in 1298  the first battle in the“Wars for Independence” (William Wallace); and in 1746 during the Jacobite Rebellion. Impressed by the effectiveness of the opposition’s archers we decided to develop the skills locally!
Throughout the year we hold regular internal events to provide our members with an assessment of their performance and experience competitive archery within a social environment.
Our Club supports participation across a wide-range of age groups and physical capabilities. We arrange introductory coaching for beginners and welcome visiting archers to the area.

 

European Archery Championship 2016, Nottingham.

The 24th European Archery Championship finals took place on 28th – 29th May. Teams from 44 countries competed at the event and for the top spots within the Old Market Square in the heart of Nottingham. The event was especially significant because it was used to award Olympic places for Rio 2016 for some of the countries and individual archers. You can read about the event and see the results here: http://euroarchery2016.org/news/7116.php; or go to World Archery website here: http://worldarchery.org/news/search?field_competitions_target_id=14530.

Or you can ask all about it our very own club members who went there for the recurve event and enjoyed an amazing archery showdown in historical City of Nottingham. See phots of Phyllis, Nessa, Pete and Maya huddled up the venue at the end of the day, and Pete and Maya being star struck by the 2008 Olympic gold medallist Viktor Ruban!

P.S. The people of Nottingham really do stretch out the Robin Hood connection and use the name and image everywhere. No really, everywhere! :)

                                                                      

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EA Development Squad

After successfully running the The East Area of Scotland Development Squad last year with two of the squad members progressing to the Scottish National Squad, Moira is once again running the squad this year!
The development Squad is for archers who have achieved First Class or Bowman level and is a structured programme designed to help archers progress to Master Bowman and therefore eligible to be picked for the Scottish National Squad.
Five of our members, Phyllis Pettett, Nessa Dunsmore, Patricia Malone, Toni Smillie and Alan Martin were invited on to the squad which ran it's first squad day on 20 February 2016.  The staff involved in the day consisted of a mixture of coaches and some of the top Recurve and Compound archers in Scotland, four of whom have shot internationally for Great Britian, so a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience being passed on to the squad.

Some of the GB Team members practising after the session was finished.

                British Team       Victoria and Steph

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Johnny Wins Stage 2 of EA Junior & Novice Showdown!

On 27 February 2016 the 2nd stage of the EA Junior & Novice Showdown took place in Armadale

Falkirk came out on top with Johnny Riddoch winning the Novice category.

Well done Johnny another fantastic result for Falkirk!

Johhny Showdown

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