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I hope you are all enjoying the last of the sun before winter sets in.

As you may have heard, the Coaching Guild has organised a series of performance coaching sessions over the indoor season. 

Some archers have already expressed an interest, but we would now like to open this up to other archers and also to coaches who may like to come along and get involved in the coaching.

The full details of the sessions are in the attached flyer which is on the web site at:

If there are any questions or queries, please let me know and I will help as much as I can.

Debbie Horn
Essex County Archery Association

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.

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
...continue reading "Field Coaching Event"

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 acolade.

Many many congratulations to Debbie.

Alex Purser.

Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and ADHD are all types of learning difficulties that all coaches will come across throughout their coaching career. These learning difficulties were explained in a well-informed, well presented lecture given by Anna Heaven, county coach, at an EGAC meeting organised by Chris Buckley, EGAC secretary, on the 20th June.

Anna highlighted the various problems that coaches will meet during sessions and presented ideas on the best practice in helping people to achieve their goals through the archery session. Members who didn’t attend the meeting missed out on valuable information learned that evening.

Dyslexia, for instance, is not just about mixing letters/numbers but they are also unable to distinguish left from right, unable remember given information and have difficulty comprehending instructions easily. Each one of these types have their own tribulations but they all have these connecting factors, difficulty with social interaction, unable to communicate effectively and lack of social awareness. All problems that coaches need to be aware off.

These EGAC events are a valued source of information and worth making the effort to attend as there is always something to learn.

I would like to thank Anna for an excellent talk, Chris Buckley for organising the event and to the members that made the effort to attend. I hope to see many more at the next event which takes place at Perris Archery in July - details are on the Coaching News page.

Alan Munson
ECAA President