Welcome to Oxford Archers
Oxford RFC Grounds, North Hinksey, Oxford.
We are dedicated to maintaining a supportive atmosphere in which all can develop to their full potential, and are proud to be home to a number of nationally and internationally competitive archers.
As well as being somewhere to practice and improve, Oxford Archers is also a club in the true sense of the word. We hold regular socials, fun shoots and archery related days out!
All members are encouraged to lend a helping hand and have their say in the running of the club.
So whether you're after a gold medal or a bit of fun, Oxford Archers is the club for you!
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Do You Want To Shoot?
There are several ways we can introduce you to the sport of archery.
Our Have-A-Go events are ideal for trying archery without the commitment of a Beginner's Course - click on the link for dates of our next open have-a-go events!
We can arrange archery parties for birthdays, stag and hen parties, or as corporate events.
A Beginner's Course will coach you to the level of competence required to join an archery club. Courses take place regularly throughout the year. Alternatively you can arrange for a Fast Track Beginner's Course for up to 3 people to suit your personal requirements.
Our qualified coaches also offer private one-on-one tuition at any level - from complete newcomer up to international standard.
Oxford Archers operates a Children and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy as promoted by the Grand National Archery Society. To view this policy in full, go to the CPP page.
And you are never too old. Have a look at one of our oldest active members in action:Read more...
Oxford Archer Novices' Big Day Out
(by Eva Gronbech)
On 28 April 2013 ten of us OA novices went to our first ever outdoor competition. At the WMAS tournament in Leamington Spa a line of 20 targets and some exquisitely decorated cupcakes greeted us. About 75 archers competed.
The field was set in a hollow which sheltered us from most of the wind, on a breezy and cool day, but the weather gods held off the rains and the first four ends were shot in warm sunshine.
The OA novices did their support team proud. Coach Thilina Abeywickrama, unrecognisable in civvies, and cheerleader Sarah Fletcher, scoring app to hand, were needed to help carry the medal haul.
After two ends Richard Hobley was in the lead in Men's Recurve, but was later pushed off his perch by gold-medallist Lukasz Danel, and joined Zyggy Kociela and beautifully stash-clad Tim Holmes, slightly further down the rankings. Nigel Parkin not only won Men's Compound, but remained calm under pressure and call from John Royal to "take his time", extending the competition by about half an hour, being last man on the line at practically every end. Rachel Denton survived shooting next to a bright young thing who mistook the wind-flag for the target; competition was halted while the ref removed her arrow from the flag. Pete Get got off to a frustrating start but recovered to claim the Open gold medal in barebow, and Thomas Kloska hit five golds in one end on his way to the Open gold and overall third place in the Boys Recurve competition. Eva Gronbech's contact lenses, colour-coordinated to match her green bowstring, were the deciding factor in her Women's Recurve Open gold and overall third place.
As for the rabbits, daring the fates by playing in the grass behind the targets - we're happy to report that none of them died.
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|Sat Jun 15 @10:00 - 12:00PM|
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Kirtlington Village Fete
|More Medals for Oxford|
Two more medals for Oxford Archers at the Andover Spring Shoot on Sunday, with a Gold for Antje Frotscher in the Lady Recurve division and a Silver for Nat Merry in the Lady Compounds. In some nasty wind and cold drizzle, Katharina Baier just missed out on a medal in 5th place, and David Timmins and Marc Tamlyn placed well in the Gents Recurve division in 9th and 28th place respectively. Well done, all! Full results here.
In other news, the Oxford University Company of Archers beat Cambridge Universtiy Bowmen at the Varsity Match this Saturday in appaling weather conditions, with OA associates Matt Langton, Alex Smith, Kirstie Smith and Angelina Measures on the experienced team - CONGRATULATIONS!
|Newsletter - May 2013|
The Oxford Archers Newsletter for May is out and can be accessed here!
|Oxford Archers Novices’ Big Day Out|
On Sunday 28 April ten Oxford Archers novices went to their first ever outdoor competition, the WMAS Regional and Open Novices' Tournament in Leamington Spa, and came back laden with medals - well done all!
Read all about their adventures and achievements here or at the bottom of this page.
We're now back our normal outdoor sessions:
Sundays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesdays 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fridays 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
All at our outdoor venue at the Rugby Club.Experienced members are invited to make use of the facilities whenever the field is not in use by the Rugby Club.
Please follow the Rules of Outdoor Shooting at all times when you come to shoot.
|Club Champs Results|
The 2013 Indoor Club Champs were held on Saturday March 2 - congratulations to our new Club Champions:
Thomas Kloska - Junior
Lukasz Danel - Novice
Katharina Baier - Lady Compound
Antje Frotscher - Lady Recurve
Nigel Parkin - Gents Compound
Thilina Abeywickrama - Gent Recurve
Election Results - your new committee for 2012-2013:
Chairman - Nat Merry
Secretary - Corinne Stone
Treasurer - Martin Stone
Tournament Officer - Nichola Simpson
Equipment Officer - Howard Moore
Coaching Organiser - Thilina Abeywickrama
Records Officer - Kat Baier
Child Protection Officer - Ashley Poyton
Webmaster - Alan Shanks
Communications Officer - Antje Frotscher
Male Committee Member - Carlos Soares-Vieira
Female Committee Member - Sarah Fletcher
|SCAS Double FITA Star, 21-22 July 2012|
|At the Bedfordshire FITA Star this weekend, members of Oxford Archers (and associates) claimed First Lady Compound, First Lady Recurve, and the Mixed Team trophy, as well as badges for 1000 and 1100 FITAs, several distance awards, and a 6-gold-end badge.
Well done everybody!
|County Outdoor Champs 2012|
Venimus, vidimus, vicimus! (Or something...)
A good number of Oxford Archers braved the nasty winds in Banbury on Sunday 24 July and turned up in the morning to shoot a York/Hereford championship round or in the afternoon for the National round, and came away with a goodly haul of trophies and medals. Congratulations to the new County Champions and our medal winners! Well done everyone! A special mention should go to Nigel and Carlos, who did well at their first ever tournament!
Members of Oxford's archery club acquitted themselves rather well at the Berlin Open 2012 in December.
Nichola Simpson, Nat Merry, Katharina Baier, Antje Frotscher and Marc Tamlyn from Oxford Archers travelled together with David Timmins and Angelina Measures from the Oxford University Company of Archers to compete against over 500 other archers, international champions and Olympic archers among them.
Nat, after winning the chance to compete in the finals with an exciting one-arrow shootoff, handily defeated the 2nd seed 6-4 in the 1/32 final, swept away the 15th seed 7-1 in the 1/16 final, and was only stopped in a second one-arrow shootoff in the 1/8 final which she lost by a (g)nat's whisker, finishing in an impressive 5th place with 100 Euros prize money to her name. Nichola, after similarly losing in a one-arrow shootoff with a somewhat dubious judge's decision, came 9th.
Antje and Kat, both ranked 35th in their respective divisions, went on to claim 3rd and 6th place in the Second Chance tournament, winning valuable prizes.
Full results can be found here.