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January 2023

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2023 FITA is on!

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our usual FITA competition this year, feel free to head over to our tournaments page or click on the link below for more information:

Thirsk Bowmen FITA 2022

September 2022

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Introduction to Clout Workshop

We are fortunate at Thirsk Bowmen that we can practice clout archery at the club, and to help introduce this different style of archery to our members, we ran a workshop at the weekend. It was great to see people having a go and enjoying the challenge of clout! There was some fantastic shooting as well!

   A big thank you to our clout enthusiasts who came along to support the workshop and help share tips and experiences. A fun day for everyone.


We hope everyone is keen to try more clout archery soon!

August 2022

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Weekly Coaching


We're very pleased that we have been able to continue our weekly coaching this summer, with some great commitment to training from our juniors in particular. It was amazing to see so many members making the most of this coaching on Tuesday evening. There was some brilliant shooting!

 It was great to see everyone doing archery together again!

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Thirsk and Sowerby Festival Have-a-go


August began with Thirsk Bowmen invited to run a Have-a-go session at the Thirsk and Sowerby Festival. It was amazing to see the interest in trying archery, with many who have never done archery before doing some really great shooting! It looked like everyone (participants and Thirsk Bowmen's team) were all having a great time. A brilliant experience for everyone!

July 2022

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Cleadon Junior Open Tournament 2022


The Thirsk Bowmen juniors have been putting in some great performances this summer, and it was fantastic to see the enthusiasm and commitment of our juniors at the Cleadon Archers Junior Tournament in July. We had 7 juniors taking part, with everyone leaving with an award! Very well done to all of them, we're very proud of all of you!!

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Bow Maintenance Workshop


How to look after your equipment is essential for every archer, and we were really pleased to run a workshop about this in July. Led by our Senior Coach, Andy, we explored how to check the bow and arrows are ready to shoot, and how to make repairs when needed. It was great to see the interest from our members and a big thank you to Andy for running this workshop for us.

June 2022

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Wetherby Weekend


The Jubilee was a busy weekend for many, and for some of the keen competition go-ers at Thirsk Bowmen, this meant three days of competition! The Les Newsome Memorial Metric on the Friday, the Yorkshire County Championship on the Saturday, and a special Jubilee Celebration event on the Sunday. It was great to see senior and junior archers from Thirsk taking part, and winning a lot of awards!


Congratulations to all of them! They certainly did the club proud!

Knight Shoot


Thirsk Bowmen was very pleased to bring back one of its most popular events this summer - our Knight's Shoot. This is a great day of fun events, and a BBQ, where members and their families could come together to enjoy archery once again.

  We started with an afternoon shoot, which saw a great number of our archers taking part. Seniors and juniors, shooting many of the different bowstyles at lots of different distances. There was a special twist to this event though: the winner was decided on a raffle style draw!

   In the evening (after everyone had enjoyed the BBQ), we continued the shooting with three challenging rounds with everyone divided into two teams. The first round tested everyone's accuracy as we tried to shoot strips of paper holding up sweets. There was great enthusiasm for this, even if it took a while to get any sweets! We then had to try shooting at 20 yards. A very challenging shot, and congratulations to one of our junior girl barebow archers for her amazing hit!

We finished by taking on the Knight - a brilliant drawing prepared especially for this event.


This was a really exciting day, and showed how much fun archery can be! It was particularly great to see so many people together again after covid kept everyone apart for so long.

May 2022

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Scorton Arrow


Thirsk Bowmen were pleased to host the 313th Meeting of the Antient Scorton Silver Arrow, the oldest recorded and longest established sporting event in the world. Celebrating its 350th year, this was brilliantly led by 2022 Captain of the Arrow, Tom from Thirsk Bowmen. A big thank you to everyone to helped run this event, you certainly did the club proud!

The event was a great success, and not only did the archers have a good time, they also raised an excellent amount for charity, to be donated to Parkinsons UK.


Our best wishes to St. George's of Harrogate, as they take on the hosting duties of the event next year.

Flight Workshop


Thirsk Bowmen held its first ever Flight Workshop at the weekend, and a great time was had by all! Flight Archery normally requires a large field, as the archers try to shoot their arrows as far as possible. As this makes practicing flight at most clubs impossible, we were very pleased to host this special workshop designed by Ann and Ian Norwood of DNAA. Using special equipment that allowed everyone to practice the technique without the arrows traveling a long distance, we all got to try out flight in a really fun, safe way. This was a great experience, and definitely worth doing if you ever get the opportunity.


A huge thank you to Ann and Ian for kindly coming to Thirsk and making this a fantastic day!

February 2022

2022 FITA is on!

We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our usual FITA competition this year, feel free to head over to our tournaments page or click on the link below for more information:

Thirsk Bowmen FITA 2022

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September 2021

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Thirsk Bowmen Archers selected to represent Yorkshire

We are very proud to announce that 3 of our junior, and 2 of our senior archers have been chosen to shoot as part of the Yorkshire team. Representing the county at the Inter-counties tournament in October. Congratulations to all of them! 

With far less competitions this summer, getting the required number of scores was a challenge, but our archers have done brilliantly, not just in getting to competitions, but also in their commitment to training. They are a credit to the club and our very best wishes to all of them.

July 2021

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Barebow Workshop

We're pleased to bring some more positive news.


Workshops were popular events at Thirsk Bowmen before covid, and on Sunday 27th June we ran our first workshop at the field this year. This was all about Barebow archery, with our experienced barebow archers and coaches sharing their knowledge of this bowstyle.


This was a fun and very informative day, with everyone getting to see all sorts of different bows and try their hand at barebow shooting. All within a safe and covid-secure environment.


There was some great shooting, and the best part was seeing archers together again, all enjoying archery!

Yorkshire Championship Results

Go check out the gallery section to see Thirsk Bowman Archers in action at the Yorkshire Championships!

June 2021

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Sorry for the lack of updates, someone forgot to feed the IT guy!

On a more serious note, we are back!  Beginner courses have been ran and the field is open!  Please remember to book your slot using TimeTree!

Weekly coaching

To help returning archers back to shooting, and new archers take those first steps from the beginners course, our coaches are pleased to offer weekly coaching to all members. This is a great opportunity to spend some time with a coach and work on all the essential skills in a friendly environment. Covid safety is always a top priority, with government and Archery GB guidelines observed.


All members are welcome - if you're new to archery or have been shooting for years, we'll do our best to help you. Everyone progresses at their own pace, and the coaches will always work with you to make sure you're always happy in your shooting.


The coaches will look forward to welcoming you to a session soon

November 2020

Due to the recent announcements the field and indoor venue will close as of Wednesday until we are advised otherwise.

May 2020

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We are pleased to announce that as of the 20th May the Archery field will reopen to Members.  We will keep you all updated as the restrictions are removed.

MEMBERS - Please ensure you have followed the procedure as per the recent email, if in doubt please log into the members section for further information.

March 2020

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We’re pleased to give you some very positive news at a time when its in short supply.


We recently applied for, and were today granted Archery GB OnTarget Performance Specialism Club status.


In the words of Archery GB:

"A performance club understands the need to help them all develop by creating opportunities to train, build on skills, achieve their potential and satisfy goals.
To do this it needs to be open to new ideas, recognise the importance of suitable competition and training as fundamental drivers to raising performance, and create an environment that encourages excellence in club, school, and community settings.
Helping members develop will lead to better performances all round and improve the standards of everyone involved in the talent pathway.


We must thank our great committee, and our coaching squad for all their hard work in making this possible. As well as all the amazing archers we work with who make this all completely worthwhile. 

Due to the COVID-19 virus and communication from Archery GB all club activities are suspended until further notice.  We will update you all as further information is made available.  Stay safe.

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 virus and the impact it is having, in addition to the Archery GB recommendation this years WA 720 competition has been cancelled.

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