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.

Southampton FITA Weekend

August 18th, 2014

On 24-25th May 2014 Petra and Jacki shot at the Southampton FITA Weekend as part of their UK ranking.


Day 1 – Double WA720 on day 1 (2 x 70m) – Petra (recurve) was 4th and achieved a 500 FITA target badge. Jacki (compound) was 3rd and achied a FITA 600 target badge.

Day 2 – WA1440 (FITA) the second day – Petra was 2nd and Jacki was 3rd. Overall Petra was 3rd and Jacki was


Overall – Petra came 3rd for the weekend and Jacki was 3rd.

Southern Counties Archery Meeting

August 18th, 2014

On 14th-16th May 2014 Petra took part in the Southern Counties Archery Meeting where she broke the club record for a Hereford Round and the Double Round, achieved a Red Rose Award and won the tournament. Well done!

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.

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.

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.

Ditchling Vs Blind Veterans UK Bowmen

June 2nd, 2014

On Sunday 1st of June archers from Blind Veterans came over to Ditchling to shoot in a friendly competition. The day was nice and sunny with a gently breeze. There was a good turn out with a few archers competing in their first tournament. The rounds shot were short Windsors and junior Windsors.

Ditchling for a change won. The teams were decided on the top 4 archers after handicap allowances were applied.

The results can be found here Handicaps for St Dunstans June 2014 Results

Team Ditchling Dave, Sue, Kevin and Cesare

Team Ditchling
Dave, Sue, Kevin and Cesare

Team Blind Veterans Carol, Kelvin, David and Paul

Team Blind Veterans
Carol, Kelvin, David and Paul

Middlesex Imperial and Metric spring weekend

June 2nd, 2014
Jodie shooting in the rain on the Middlesex spring bank holiday Fita.

Jodie and Ben traveled to Middlesex County weekend on the 25/26 of May. Ben shoot on the York on the Sunday in the strong wind and finished on 865. Jodie shot both days. On the Sunday she finished on 1116 for a Bristol 3. On the Monday Jodie just shot in the rain that lasted all day. She shot a Metric 3 and finished on 1154. Jodie came first on both days.

Evesham junior metric tournament.

May 27th, 2014
Jodie waiting to shoot

  Jodie waiting to shoot

On Saturday 17th of May Jodie went to the third evesham junior metric. It was a very hot and sunny day. Jodie shot a Metric 3. She came second but shot a personal best.

Newhaven Western.

May 27th, 2014
Ditchling team at Newhaven

Ditchling team at Newhaven

Ditchling take 3 golds at the Newhaven Western tournament. Well done to Petra for gold in the ladies recurve, Nathan for gold in the junior gents compound and Jodie for the Junior ladies recurve. Ben got a Silver in the gents recurve and Jacki also took silver in the ladies compound.

Other awards were Nathan getting the gold colour prize and Jodie winning the head to head. She beat a gent compound shooting at 50 yards. Well done. Well done also to Bob, Peter and Jack to taking part. The rain held off but the wind didn’t even so Jodie shot a new country record.

Hampshire Vs Sussex county match.

May 27th, 2014

Sussex team

On the  4th of May Petra, Jess, Nathan and Jodie traveled to Hampshire for a county match. The shoot was a WA 1440 round with Metrics for the Juniors. Unfortunately Sussex lost. Well done to all the archers that took part. Jodie also archived her Junior master bowman at the shoot. Third year in a row. Well done. A link to the results can be found here http://www.haa.org.uk/images/haa_v_sussexresults.xlsx

Crystal palace bowmen 42nd shoot

May 18th, 2014

Jodie waving the flag


1st and 2nd place shooting side by side


Bob on the pull again

Bob, Ben, Jodie and Petra, went to the 42nd Crystal Palace Bowman on Sunday the 27th of April. There was a strong wind blowing all day and temperatures were down as well. despite the weather Jodie won overall junior, whist Petra came second in the Hereford. Bob also shot a Hereford and came 4th. Ben shot a new PB and finished 11th. It was a very enjoyable day out.



Waterside 1st Fita weekend.

May 6th, 2014

Jodie getting her trophy at Waterside Archers 1st Fita weekend

3 members of Ditchling ventured across the boarder to Hampshire to the waterside archers 1st Fita weekend. They were Jodie, Nathan and Ben.

Jodie was the overall junior winner with a score of 1179 for a metric 3 round. Nathan came first for the metric 3 junior gents compound with a score of 1213. Ben came 8th in the gents 1440 fita With a score of 978, a few more points for a fita star.

On the way to the shoot the rain came down in buckets, but when we arrived the rain had stopped. The field was very very wet with lots of little lakes every where. There was also a very strong wind blowing across the field. The rain held off for most of the day with only a few showers.  There was also a lot of mud around.

Even though the weather was very poor the atmosphere was great.