Dorset & Wiltshire Archery Association: Archery Discussion & News


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If you collect bow case stickers you might want to consider entering the DWAA 38th County & Open Outdoor Championships Weekend 2019 on Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th August this year at Wareham in Dorset as we are pleased to say we are reintroducing these again this year.

Each entrant registering on either day will be given a 'DWAA Championship Weekend 2019' bow case sticker also suitable for equipment boxes, arrow tubes etc...

Final design TBC. Size 94mm. One per registering archer.

The entry form and prospectus can be found on

CLOSING DATE: 15th August 2018 or earlier if full.


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On forums such as this we sometimes see comments such as...

"What do counties and regions do for 90%* of grass roots archers?"

"So why when my club gets a new club member does the treasurer have to send 3 separate cheques off? And why are some counties/regions (Yorks for example) so significantly superior in what they do/offer?"

"the various levels think of themselves as independent, and reject any co-ordination or standards"

"I genuinely would not notice if our county and region ceased tomorrow for the (lack of) impact they have on my archery at club. I see the accounts and other associated paperwork disseminated around AGM time but genuinely cannot see their value."

"But whether your county/region is doing a fantastic job or not, I bet 90% of the members of your club get no benefit from being a member of these societies whatsoever"

"I'm not really sure what the responsibilities of the areas / counties are."

"some feel the system is not working in their favour."

"90% of my club members get no benefit whatsoever from county and region"

"Counties and regions should be an extra thing with specific purposes, not a barrier or funnel through which one has to struggle to get anywhere."

"County and region are just names to most archers, and only a few have a vague idea what their purpose is. County teams are a nice idea and so are inter county shoots. But that is a big step up in workload and organisation, compared to a local club managing its own affairs. It also means the organisers are dealing with "strangers" rather than their own club members; that is a different job I feel. Where I shoot, the County Coaching Organiser C.C.O., has been a difficult post to fill for some time now."

"I agree with the ideas that the counties/regions should be singing from the same page etc etc. There is a part of me, though that says we are asking volunteers to subscribe to a work load that for some will come easy and for others will be close to impossible. If these counties /regions feel they are independent, as has been suggested, then there will be reasons why they feel as they do. I am going to suggest that they have been left to get on by themselves for so long they don't feel like they belong to anything, other than a name and some form of insurance. Perhaps some have been in a position where they are part of the furniture and are there to stay. It requires some others with more passion to take over their roles. Feeling that things ought to be better does not replace doing something about it."

"The first thing I would do would be to reassert that Counties and Regions are a part of the AGB organisation, not independent bodies in their own right. They should all be singing from the same page. There should then be agreement on what they must provide, and when. Co-ordination not only in the tournament timetable, but in squad pathways, admin pathways, judging. Where there is a need for local variance, that is what the local organisations should be doing"

"I'm not trying to do away with counties and regions. For some they serve an important role. I just think its time we revisited the role that they play in the archery lives of our grass roots archers. Of course the county and region supporters will argue that these organisations are important and that everyone should be a member. Counties and regions need to seriously ask themselves what they are doing and who they are doing it for and adjust their reason for being accordingly"

"There is some evidence on here that there are some counties/regions doing a good job. I am in an area where I do not notice any benefits; like some of you. Or perhaps the system is fine, it just needs a boost in some areas."

"I can see now that it is possible for counties to change what they do rather than change who is doing what. My county ended up with no one offering to be chairman, and only scraped through at an EGM, otherwise it would have ceased "trading".I agree that revisiting the role/ purpose is a good idea. The world is changing and so is archery."


So we are running two DWAA workshops on what do clubs want? followed by a SportEngland Club Matters Seminar on club structures and the legal impacts for all club members.

Devizes, Wiltshire - Saturday 10/8
Wimborne, Dorset - Saturday 17/8

As numbers are limited we have directly invited the Committee Execs from each club in the two Counties so we ask that you check with your club Exec they intend to attend and provide your view to them however if you feel particularly strongly and you are passionate about change and you wish to attend then by all means contact us for full details.

Please note:
? Some comments above edited for length.
? The EGM mentioned above to dissolve the first ever county association was for Dorset & Wiltshire (ie us) in 2018.


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"Counties and regions need to seriously ask themselves what they are doing and who they are doing it for and adjust their reason for being accordingly..."

Today is our second County Club Consultation workshop on what do our clubs, who were invited by GWAS to set up the DWAA from within their own clubs in 1954/55, actually want from their County Association.

Last Saturday the first session was held in Devizes with all our Wiltshire clubs invited and today a session is being held in Wimborne with all our Dorset clubs invited.

The output from both sessions will be shared following today.

The second part of the session is a SportEngland facilitated seminar on the legal structure of clubs as well as the DWAA and GWAS and financial litigation implications to all members.

The next County Club Consultation is planned for Sunday 1st March 2020.


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We are pleased to announce our new annual recognition awards for services to clubs and archery in the two Dorset & Wiltshire counties to be presented at our annual AGM each Autumn.

Whilst we already offer lifetime honorary membership of the Association at a county level these new annual awards are to recognise a club member or volunteer or direct member of any age for services to archery for those in our two counties with a trophy to keep.

These DWAA county awards are totally separate to any local club, GWAS region and AGB national annual awards and honorary memberships. We are the first county Association in the region to do this.

Look out for more details in the coming months on how to make an award nomination.


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Now that the SportEngland Emergency fund has closed to new applications and AGB has yet to announce any further emergency funding two regions have now announced emergency funding for clubs in their respective areas in need of financial assistance due to COVID-19 pandemic

Please bring these to the attention of your club treasurer if you are in these regions

GWAS Region - Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucester, Somerset and Wiltshire

SCAS Region - Bedfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hampshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, London, Middlesex, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Suffolk and Sussex