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Essex and Suffolk Guild of Archery Coaches

The Essex and Suffolk Guild of Archery Coaches is the coaching group of the ECAA. The Guild provides a focus for archery coaching in Essex and Suffolk and offers support to coaches through seminars, workshops and coach education courses. We also run coaching clinics and other performance activities.

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Recurve String Making and Serving 

The Coaching Guild are running a session on recurve string making and serving repair at the start of their October meeting. String making no longer forms part of the level 1 or 2 coaching courses, and several archers and coaches have expressed an interest as they've never seen it done. We'll cover:

  • String making standards
  • Materials and manufacturers
  • 'Stretch' and 'creep'
  • Recent changes in the industry which might affect people's default string choices
  • A 'hands-on' string making session
  • We'll have a few jigs available and the idea is very much that people give it a go themselves

The session will start at 7:00pm on Wednesday 2nd October at Margaretting Village Hall, Wantz Road, Margaretting, CM4 0EP.

We expect it to last about an hour and a quarter, after which people can leave if they wish although they are welcome to stay for the Guild's bi-monthly meeting which will take place afterwards. Entry will be free although we will ask for donations towards tea and coffee.



For anyone who has saved away their previous renewal forms, please note that Archery GB appear to have created new template documents in MS Word format so you'll have to start again with a blank form next time you renew. See the renewals page for all the necessary links.


Field Coaching Event

In collaboration with Mayflower Archers, the Essex and Suffolk Guild of Archery Coaches are delighted to announce a Field Coaching event to be held on Saturday 29th June 2019.

Run by Trish Lovell, you will learn about:

  • Changes to make shifting from target to field
  • What you need and what you don’t need
  • Range assessment
  • How to judge distance
  • How to tune for field
  • Equipment
  • How to lay out a course
  • How to shoot slopes and the pitfalls

Come along and meet Trish Lovell

  • GB Field Archery Team shooting barebow for 12 years
  • 13 International Medals, 2 World Championship Titles
  • 1 European Championship Title
  • 1 World Games Championship Title

The venue is Mayflower Archers’ field at Barleylands Road, Great Burstead, Billericay, CM11 2UD.

The morning session runs from 10:00am - 1:00pm and is for coaches only at £15 per person.

The afternoon session runs from 2:00pm - 4:30pm and is for archers at £10 per person (with help from coaches able to stay on from the morning session).

If you wish to attend, please send David Scorah an email on with your name, club, contact details and the session you'd like to attend. A flier is available for download if you'd like to print an A4 poster to go on your noticeboard.


A Rough Guide to First Tournaments

Katy Lipscomb, the SCAS Judging Liaison Officer, has written this document to try and give some general guidance and answer some questions you might have about going to competitions.

The County's Coaches and Judges thought it would be useful for everyone - whether new to the sport of if you just have a few questions.

Download the Guide.


Equipment and rules from a judge’s point of view

We're running an event on Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Margaretting Village Hall in the Chelmer Room starting at 7:45pm.

National judge Paul Clark will talk about rules on equipment and competition, what archers and coaches need to know and how you can best use the rules to support your shooting. Join us for what promises to be an interesting opportunity for discussion. Everyone is welcome, be they a coach or an archer. There is a flyer that can be downloaded here.

There will be no entry fee for this event but if you find the evening useful, we ask for a small donation to a charity to be nominated by Paul. The event will be followed by a regular guild meeting, for which all are welcome to stay if you wish but there is no obligation to do so.


County Coach Course in Guildford

For any level 2 coaches out there who don't mind a bit of travelling, there is a County Coach Course starting shortly in Guildford. If anyone cannot make the first session an additional day will be added to bring you up to speed. If you are interested then contact Pauline Pillans via or 01730 231557. Dates are as follows:

  • March 10th 2019
  • April 28th 2019
  • June 2nd 2019
  • July 14th 2019
  • Sept 22nd 2019
  • November 10th 2019
  • February 2nd 2020
  • March 15th 2020
  • April 26th 2020
  • June 13th/14th 2020 (Assessment)


Mitch Vaughan Funeral Details

It has been posted on the main ECAA website, but the funeral for Mitch Vaughan, past Vice President and Red Tassel holder, will be held on Monday 18th February at 3.30 at Chelmsford Crematorium. His family would be happy to see anyone who can make it at the Crematorium, but have limited space at home for anyone who wants to go back afterwards, though all are welcome.

No flowers please, but donations will be taken for St Luke's Hospice.  [29/01/2019]

Have-a-go regulation changes

For those who haven't seen it already, it is worth having a read of page 16 of the latest Archery UK magazine (Winter 2018).

Archery GB have made changes to the codes of practices for have-a-go and demonstration events, introducing a new section on taster sessions where targets can be at normal height and at 20 yards. Each session can last up to an hour but shooting must take place at a club venue where the range has been registered with Archery GB.
Also, from 1st April 2019, all have-a-go sessions, demonstrations, taster sessions and beginners' courses will have to be registered with Archery GB. Further details will be sent to Club Secretaries in February 2019.  [20/12/2018]

Invicta Coaching Seminar

The Invicta Coaching Group who are the coaching arm of the Kent Archery Association are running a day of coaching seminars on Sunday 28th April 2019. The event will take place at New Ash Green Village Hall, DA3 8HH and will have six speakers as follows:

  • Richard Cheetham MBE - Spotting Talent
  • Andrew Knight D.O - Osteopath
  • Dr Katie Dray - Sports Psychologist
  • Andrew Rees (County Coach) - Coaching Barebow
  • Trish Lovell (Senior Coach) - Coaching with Kim Hyung Tak
  • Ross Austen - Drugs in sport

The cost for the day will be £40.00 and will include tea/coffee and biscuits throughout. Registration is at 8:30am allowing for the first speaker to start at 9am promptly. Lunch is not provided, so please bring your own or there are shops nearby. The day will finish at 5:30pm.

If you would like tickets please contact Bryn Jones who is Chairman of the Invicta Coaching Group via email on For full details see Invicta's own Events Page[06/12/2018]

Essex and Suffolk Guild of Archery Coaches AGM

The papers for the 2018 AGM have been uploaded to the website:

If you are planning to attend and need a printed copy of the papers it would be appreciated if you could bring you own if possible.

As a reminder, the AGM is being held at Margaretting Village Hall, Wantz Road, Margaretting, Ingatestone, Essex, CM4 0EP, on Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 7.30 pm.  [02/12/2018]

Level 1 Course Suffolk

We have a Level 1 Coaching Course starting early in 2019 at the Tunstall Community Centre in Suffolk. The dates are Feb 2, Feb 9, Mar 9 with the assessment on Apr 28. The course fee is £230 with a closing date for entries of 12 Jan. The course organiser is Anna Heaven and you can contact her via the Guild's website here or search for the course details using the Archery GB Course Finder.  [21/11/2018]

Essex and Suffolk Guild of Archery Coaches Notice of AGM and Nomination Form

This is the formal notification of the ESGAC AGM, to be held at Margaretting Village Hall, Wantz Road, Margaretting, CM4 0EP on Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 7.30 pm.
Could secretaries please circulate this information to club members, ensuring that members know that the AGM is open to all members of Essex County Archery Association with an interest in coaching.
The committee are nominated and elected annually. Nominations should be sent to the guild Secretary by writing or by email no later than Friday 30th November using the instructions on the nomination form. Note that proposers and nominees must be licensed coaches or instructors.
The agenda and other meeting papers will be advertised on the website, Facebook page and mailing list once they become available.  [19/11/2018]

Congratulations to Debbie Horn

Congratulations to Debbie Horn (County Secretary), on successfully completing and passing her County Coaching assessment. The County Coaching process is an intensive 18 months, and so takes real dedication to be awarded this accolade. Many congratulations to Debbie.




Alex Purser (County Chairman).  [04/11/2018]

County Coach Course

We've just heard that there's a County Coach course starting in Kent. We heard about this late in the day and it doesn't seem to have been advertised on the Archery GB Course Finder. Module 1 has already been held, but Trish Lovell who is running the course will redo the session for anyone who signs up, 1:1 if necessary. The next date is December 15th/16th to be confirmed depending on another course that's also running. It will be followed by February 10th, April 6th, June 23rd, an August date to yet be decided, then October 6th and November 30th. The later dates in 2019 are flexible as the attendees from Kent are seeking funding from a local sports grant and there may be a timeframe for completion.

Trish expects to keep in touch between sessions via Facetime and email etc. to ensure candidates are working OK with their archers. If anyone is interested they can email her directly with their contact details and she will ring you back to discuss arrangements. The cost is £600 but this can be paid in instalments if necessary.  [23/09/2018]

New Senior Coach

Congratulations to our very own Anna Heaven who has qualified as a Senior Coach after two years of extremely hard work. Well done Anna!


National Talent Development Program

Archery GB has changed direction on how the National Talent Development Program for juniors will be delivered this year. Instead of going to Lilleshall every 3 months, training will be delivered out of the official Archery Training Centres (ATC) around the country. See here for the flier from Gaynor Hutchison at Aim4sport. Further details are on the Aim4sport website.   [28/07/2018]

Coaching the Mind Presentation

Mark Wiseman has kindly made his presentation available from the talk on Tuesday 10th July. He has given us permission to share it with those who attended and have a genuine interest, so if you were there and would like a copy then please contact the Guild Secretary[18/07/2018]

Coaching the Mind

We have scheduled the second in a series of talks aimed at assisting coaches with their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). It will be held at Perris Rettendon on Tuesday 10th July starting at 19:30.

Presented by Mark Wiseman, this will cover the broad topic of coaching the mind and emotional states in young archers. Mark has a background in Leadership training in the commercial sector. He has worked with a number of young archers over the years, helping them to develop their potential and helping several earn their place on the GB squad. Mark's fee will be donated to the Children with Cancer charity which goes to enriching the lives of young people who have this disease.

If you are planning to attend it would be appreciated if you could indicate your interest on the Facebook event or send a quick email to the Guild Secretary so that we get a rough idea as to numbers. Please bring a chair if possible!

Points can be claimed for attending either or both events. We appreciate that the topics will be of interest outside the coaching community, so the events are open to all archers in Essex & Suffolk. Admission to both events will be by donations on the door.  [11/06/2018]

Coaching Archers with Different Learning Needs

We have scheduled the first in a series of talks aimed at assisting coaches with their Continuing Professional Development (CPD). It will be held in the Chelmer Room at Margaretting Village Hall on Wednesday 20th June 2018 starting at 19:30. It will be an informative twilight session about coaching archers with different learning needs. The session, led by senior coach candidate and experienced primary school teacher Anna Heaven, will cover some basic information about a range of learning needs including dyslexia, ASD and ADHD. The session will also include a range of practical tips for working with and coaching archers of all levels who have different learning needs. CPD points for coach renewal can be claimed for attendance at this event. Admission will be by donations on the door.

If you are planning to attend it would be appreciated if you could indicate your interest on the Facebook event or send a quick email to the Guild Secretary so that we get a rough idea as to numbers.   [23/05/2018]

Level 1 Course Suffolk

Congratulations to our 10 new Level 1 coaches who all passed their assessment this weekend at Tunstall (Saturday 12th May 2018). Thanks to Anna Heaven for the expert tutoring, and to Cliff Tricker, John Willson and Peter Drewry who were the assessors on the day.   [15/05/2018]