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.

Southern Counties Team Shoot 2014

November 18th, 2014

On Sunday 7th August, several members were fortunate to be selected to represent Sussex for the Southern Counties Team Shoot held in Kingston, Surrey. This was a FITA round, attended by counties within the Southern region. It was an overcast day but the rain held and the wind behaved itself reasonably.

Petra was part of the Senior receurve team which came 7th and she came 5th overall.

Jacki was part of the Senior compound team which came 6th and she finished 9th overall.

Nathan was part of the Junior compound team which came 3rd, with Nathan finishing 3rd overall.

Jodie was part of the Junior recurve team which finished 4th and Jodie was 13th overall.

Well done to all!

Results are available on the Southern Counties Archery Society website.

Junior Postal Competitions

November 1st, 2014

Call all Juniors.

Its the indoor season again and there are more opportunities for awards.

Archery GB holds the November challenge each year. This is open to all juniors and all bow types. All you need to do is shoot 3 dozen arrows on a 60cm face at 20 yards. (start of a Portsmouth round). You can have your normal six sighters, and you can try as many times as you like.

For more details see Ben or visit archery GBs web site November Challange

Also running is Sussex’s own winter league

More details can be found here Sussex junior winter leagues

Guildford Acorn Shoot 2014

August 26th, 2014

On Bank Holdiay Monday 25th August 2014, Jacki, Petra, Nathan and Jodie took part in Guildford’s Acorn Shoot consisting of Herefords and Bristol rounds. For all it was probably the most challenging shoot for some time as it rained all day from early morning when setting off for Guildford and returning home in the evening. There was definately a new definition to the word “soaked”! It took over a week for kit to dry out and several days to regalvanise energy!

Petra – lost the ladies recurve trophy from last year but came third.

Jacki  came third for ladies compound.

Jodie came second for junior ladies recurve for the Bristol 2.

Nathan, complete with wet suit gear, won the junior gentleman’s coumpound for a Bristol 3.

Well done to all with the text of endurance!

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!

Lazy Shoot 2014

August 14th, 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

August 11th, 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!


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.