The Leicestershire and Rutland County Archery Association (L&RCAA) was formed in May 1950 and is run by volunteers from different archery clubs within the county. The County committee meets once a month (except December) at the Kirby Muxloe Sports Club.
If you are a club within Leicestershire and Rutland, you are entitled to appoint a representative to come along to the meetings and report back to your club.
We extend a very warm welcome to any archer within the county and we are anxious to dispel any fears you may have about coming to the meetings. It is a good opportunity to meet socially with your fellow archers and to hear how county business is conducted.
Report on EMAS Training
For a report on the EMAS training 'get together' in January, please see this report by Alan Tonge.
University alumni are no longer able to affiliate with AGB through their university even though they may still be members of the university club. They therefore have to affiliate either directly (which can be problematical) or through another club. With the agreement of this club they can still shoot for the university in local competitions but at county, regional and national level they must shoot for the club through which they are affiliated. This explains why you may have seen university alumni shooting for two different clubs at competitions in the county.
County Selection Shoots
From Team Captain - Skippercaz
County Team Selection Shoots - Archers within the Counties of Leicestershire and Rutland wishing to be considered for the County Team for 2018, need to get their entry forms in for 2 out of the following 3 selection shoots ( you can do all 3 if you wish).
Kirby Muxloe - WA1440 - 22nd April
Bowmen of Glen - WA1440 - 13th May
Leicester Acient Order of Forresters AC - York/Hereford - 20th May
Make sure Skippercaz knows you wish to be considered and the shoots you’re entering/ have entered.
A list of this year's county matches is now available on the Upcoming Matches page.
National County Team Champs
Urgent reminder to all County Archers and those wishing to be one.
You need to email Skippercaz (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the end of January if you want to be considered for the National inter counties team event at Lilleshall in June. It will be on a first come first served basis
All archers - please let Skippercaz know prior to selection shoots, that you are entering them and wish to be considered for the County Team.
NB - L&R archers for county selection must get their entry forms in ASAP so that places are allocated to you before going public.
Junior Indoor National Championships
Leicestershire & Rutland were well represented at the Junior National Championships with Megan Havers, Rebecca Randall, Holly Seaton, Fay Hughes, Eleanor Matkin, Maisie Wilkinson, Yusuf Ali and Samuel Chapman all competing. Congratulations to Megan for her bronze medal in the Under 12 Girls Recurve, achieved on her 10th birthday! It was her second medal in a national competition in the space of two weeks as she won her weight category, and a gold medal, at the Judo National Championships. Well done too to Fay Hughes who went one better than last year in finishing in 3rd place in the Under 12 Girls Barebow and Maise Wilkinson also came 3rd In the under 16 Barebow group. Yusuf Ali and Holly Seaton were unlucky to finish just outside the medals. Eleanor Matkin produced her best performance at a national championships whilst Samuel Chapman overcame injury to produce a good score.
Lizzie Warner, Anne Smith and Oliver Clayton-Smith all made it through to the last 32 and the knockout stage in the National Indoor Championships. Anne and Lizzie progressed to the ¼ finals in the Ladies Recurve, Anne beating the top seed in the 2nd round and Lizzie, the reigning champion, recovering from 4-0 down to win her 1st round match. Unfortunately Anne lost to an in-form Charlotte Burgess and was knocked out but Lizzie won her match to reach the semi -finals. A final position of 7th for Anne was a great performance particularly as she was feeling ill all day. Unfortunately Lizzie also lost to Charlotte Burgess, a former GB international, despite shooting a perfect 30 on the last end, but she won her bronze medal match to finish 3rd.
Oliver Clayton-Smith reached the last 16 in the Gents Compound but was beaten by another GB international Chris White who shot a succession of perfect scores of 30 to win the match. It was another good performance from Oliver though.
The previous day Lizzie had taken part in AGB’s prestigious Back-to-Back tournament, an invitation event that attracted the top archers in the country. Competitiors shot a series of head-to-head matches, the winner this time being the highest scorer over a dozen arrows. Lizzie won 11 of her 14 matches to claim 3rd place.
County Social Evening
For a report of the L&RCAA Social/Awards evening by Alan Tonge, please see this PDF.