Ditchling Archery Club

Welcome to the website of Ditchling Archery Club.

We are a thriving archery club in mid-Sussex with a current membership of around 50, which includes compound, recurve, recurve barebow and longbow archers. Many of our members have represented Sussex in County matches and have had success as individuals representing the club in their own right. We have five qualified coaches - including one County coach – who assist newcomers to the club and run the beginners courses.

We shoot all year round in pleasant surroundings at Ditchling Recreation Ground, taking part in the Sussex County Albion League and the Selby Postal League during the Summer months. During the Indoor season from October to March our compound and recurve teams compete in the BA Postal League. Members also take part in open shoots run by archery clubs in Sussex and its neighbouring counties. There are also many archers among our numbers who shoot for nothing but pleasure.

Anyone, providing they have completed a recognised beginners course and adhere to the GNAS motto of Union, Trueheart and Courtesie, is welcome to shoot with us.

Our website provides information about where we shoot, membership fees, our coaching team and our shooting calendar, together with regular updates on the club's activities and its progress in various competitions throughout the year. You will find relevant contact information on the site's pages or you can visit our contact page, where you will find contact details for various members of the club.

News for the club is posted below.

Lazy Shoot 2014

October 24th, 2014

On 13th August 2014, some members took part in Eastbourne’s mid week Lazy Shoot – which is just that – relaxed and friendly. It was very windy and most gratifying coming down in the distance whilst shooting the Windsor Round.

Petra (recurve) came away with a win and a few points off the County Record.

Nathan won the Junior Men’s Compound.

And Bob came third for Men’s Recurve.

Well done all!

UK Target Champs 2014

October 22nd, 2014

On the 9th and 10th of August 2014, Petra ventured up to Lilleshall in Shropshire for a first attempt at the UK Target Championships. Both days proved a mixed bag in terms of weather both days as this was the weekend the remnants of Hurricane Bertha passed over the UK, particularly in the north of England. It was a FITA 1440 both days. The England squad were not present.

Saturday 9th – lovely sunshine but very windy! Petra came 8th with a PB and securing a final score for Master Bowmen requirements!

Sunday 10th – The rain arrived early morning and stayed until the afternoon, when after lunch it was sunny but VERY windy! Petra finished 5th for the day and after the two days of shooting, Petra finished 6th overall! Well done!


Albion Match at COAC

August 18th, 2014

DAC Albion Aug14On 17th August 2014, Ditchling were at County Oak for the last County Albion (9 dozen) match of the summer season.

The team was Bob, Petra, James, Ben, Jodie, Jacki and Nathan

Ditchling secured a win with 3173 versus 3135. The final team was Petra, Ben, James and Jacki.

This means Ditchling has won both Albion matches in Summer 2014, and until official results are in, hopefully League 3!

Sunday Practice

August 8th, 2014

Ditchling Archery Club meet every Sunday morning, come rain or shine (well mostly shine!), either to practice for upcoming shoots or just to enjoy the camaraderie of their fellow members.

Here are some images of Ditchling archers in action.

Eastbourne Rose Tournament

August 4th, 2014

On 2nd and 3rd of August 2014,club members shot at Eastbourne’s Rose tournament – a Hereford Round both days.


Iain was second for Gentleman’s Barebow

Nathan was First for Junior Gentelman’s Compound



Lindsey was Third for Ladies Barebow

Iain won Gentleman’s Barebow

Nathan won Junior Gentleman’s Compound


Double Results:

Iain was second in Gentleman’s Barebow

Nathan won the Junior Gentleman’s Compound

Congratulations to all.

Oxford FITA Weekend – 2014

August 4th, 2014

On the weekend of 2nd and 3rd of August 2014, Jacki (compound) and Petra (recurve) shot at the Oxford FITA Weekend. It was a very windy weekend with outbreak of rain so it was a case of endurance.

Saturday was a WA70 (FITA 70m) ranking round followed by a head to head.

Petra won the ranking round but unfortunately went out in the quarter finals and finished 5th.

Jacki was ranked 9th and finished a place higher in 8th.

Sunday was a WA1440 (FITA) round. Petra narrowly won with Jacki finishing 8th.

Sussex County Championships 2014

July 22nd, 2014

On 19th and 20th July 2014, several club members attended the County Championship weekend and a few successes. It was a calm sunny day on the Saturday, but a challenging wind on the Sunday.

On the Saturday (Open FITA):DAC Sussex Open 2014

1st Place:

Petra – ladies recurve

Jodie – junior ladies recurve (Metric 3)

Jacki – ladies compound

Nathan – junior mens compound (metric 3)

Other Results:

Men’s recurve: Ben – 8th, Peter – 12th, Bob – 13th.

Men’s barebow: Iain – 4th

Ben and Petra were second in the team event, missing out on first by 4 points.


On the Sunday (County Championships and Imperial Rounds)

1st Place:

Petra – ladies recurveSussex Champs DAC 2014

Nathan – junior mens compound

2nd Place:

Jodie – junior ladies recurve

Jacki – ladies compound

3rd Place:

Lindsey – ladies barebow

Iain – men’s barebow

Other Places:

Men’s recurve: Ben – 6th, Peter – 8th, Bob – 9th

Junior men’s compund: Jack – 4th

Surrey County Championships 2014

July 16th, 2014

On 12th to 13th July 2014 Petra shot at the Double Fita Archery Weekend at Tolworth in Surrey.

On the Saturday she came 4th for the English Archery Federation Championships.

On Sunday she came 5th and 5th for the double round for the Surrey Championships having shot through a technical problem with her bow.

Doreen’s Junior Shoot – Eastbourne 2014

July 13th, 2014

On 12th July, Jodie, Jack and Nathan too part in Doreen’s Junior Shoot, shooting Windsor rounds for their age group.

Jodie won the Junior Ladies Recurve

Nathan won the Junior Gentleman’s Compound and shot 5 six gold ends, with Jack coming a close second and with 2 six gold ends.

Well done the Juniors!!!

Club Championships

July 5th, 2014

The Outdoor Club Championships are on Sunday 27th July and will be a York/Hereford/Bristol.
Arrive to set up at 9.0am, sighters about 9.45, break for lunch around 12.30 and tea/presentation about 4.30pm, when the field is cleared. Please bring a small contribution towards the tea.
Anyone wishing to take part please let Bob know.
A reminder for all last year’s winners to return their trophies on or before the day.

Albion Match vs Newhaven

June 23rd, 2014

On 22nd June 2014, Ditchling hosted the 9 dozen Albion Match for the County League (Division 3) against Newhaven.

It was a lovely sunny day with a bit of wind and it was a great day with the guests to our club.

However, Ditchling won the match 3355 to 3144.

Ditchling members whot were: Ben, Petra, Jodie, Iain, James, Peter, Nathan, Bob, Jacki, Paul and Lindsey.

The final team was: Ben, Petra, Jacki and Iain

Guildford Little Acorn

June 21st, 2014

Team photo

Well done to both Jack and Jodie who today 21/6/14 went to the Guildford little acorn shoot. Jack came away with a gold medal, while Jodie got Silver after a near perfect round was achieved by the gold medalist . It was a great day with lots of prizes and chocolate handed out for shooting the aliens on the target or six gold ends. After the main competition finished there was a fun head to head. One arrow each furthest from the gold retires. The only problem is that fellow archers can distract you whist on the shooting line. Mostly this was in the form of water pistols, but as Jodie progressed she found that buckets of water were in order. She made it to the semi finals and was completely soaked by then. Good job the sun was out.




Jodie getting watered whist shooting.


BA Postal Results 2013/4

June 18th, 2014

The final results are on the BAPostal Website, but in case you haven’t seen them, Ditchling’s Recurve A team won Division 6 Frostbite. The other teams didn’t fare so well, except for the Compound team, who came 2nd in Portsmouth Division 18.

Ditchling Archery Club Windsor tournament results

June 9th, 2014

The full results from the Ditchling Archery Club Windsor tournament and photos from the day can be found on the Windsor Tournament page.

Ditchling Archery Club’s Windsor Tournament

June 3rd, 2014

Ditchling Archery Club’s Annual Windsor tournament in on Sunday 8th June 2014.

The field is almost full, but there is just time to add yourself to the list, Please see the Windsor Tournament page for an application form.

The current target list is available here.