English Field Archery Association Development Plan

September 2021 – 2026

The following Development plan sets out a rough roadmap for the development of the English Field Archery Association over the next 5 years. We would like to engage members in the development of the association, therefore if you have any skills or expertise that would help the EFAA to develop further, please get in touch with the committee :


Ash Cowie
Development Officer


Objective 1 – Adult Participation

Continue to rebuild and increase affiliations post COVID. To increase membership, engage with University Archery clubs to encourage new members and plan to increase female participation across the society.

Objective 2 – Junior Participation

Continue to renew and update the child protection policy ensuring all clubs have a written safeguarding policy. To increase junior participation, engage and support school / college archery to target and support junior membership.

Objective 3 – Talent Support and Development

Organise further development days to provide coaching and seminars for archers. Identify future needs for international squads and continue to support squads during tournaments.

Objective 4 – Workforce Support and Development

Support coaching by increasing the number of coaching courses and providing CPD once coaches have qualified to develop good practice. Develop recruitment practices to the EFAA committee and empower volunteers by reviewing current practice.

Objective 5 – Finance and Management

Maintain current financial reserves to ensure the association remains stable, auditing once a year. Create an online membership structure to incorporate tournament entry.

Objective 6 – Facilities

Increase the number of EFAA clubs using a number of methods including approaching existing field clubs, developing course guide and increasing targeted have a go events.

Objective 7 – Communication

Promote the association through external publications, using WIAC as an opportunity to increase awareness. Develop an online mailing list for members.

EFAA Development Day – 27th July at Merlin Field Archers

I would like to offer an open invite to any member of the EFAA to our next development day. The development day will be run at Merlin Field Archers course, on Saturday 27th July. This is the day before Merlin’s classification shoot, so why not make a weekend out of it!

This day will consist of seminars, coaching and access to the range. We would like the day to be tailored to individuals in attendance. Below is a list of potential seminars which have been generously offered by some of our members. When expressing interest, please include which seminars you would be interested in. We will create a programme based on the seminars most in demand. Please also include if you would be interested in coaching, bow style and anything you are specifically interested in. We aim to offer seminars in the morning and head off round the range in the afternoon, with access to the practice range all day.

The day will cost £10 for adults, £5 for under 18’s, to be paid in advance to secure place.

If you are interested, please email development@efaafieldarcher.com with your preferences for the day.

1. Event Preparation with Susan Corless
A session to cover both domestic and international events. Looking at how to prepare the kit and the archer. Including a Q&A.

2. Bow Clinic with Dan Rae, Jo Healey and Dee Raynor
Areas covered based on requests. Could include basic maintenance e.g. tying off serving or nock points peeps and de-loops.

3. Field craft With Chad and Verity Richards
How to tackle slopes, angles, challenging footing and basic field craft based on personal experiences. Including a Q&A.

4. Shooting with anxiety / performance pressure with Verity Richards
Based on personal experiences, sharing stories and tactics related to anxiety and performance pressure

5. Women in Archery with Verity Richards
Focussing on how women can support and amplify one another and how men can support their fellow women in competition/ training.

6. Impact of various conditions on archery with Jo Healey
Impact of menopause, PMS, pregnancy and PMDD on archery, including pre and post-natal fitness

7. Neurodivergence Awareness with Jo Healey
Introduction to Neurodivergence and the impact it can have on participation.


Many thanks

Ash Cowie