Members Area of Website

You will all now have been sent the password for access to some of the pages in the members area. This will contain information not freely available to other web site viewers.  We ask you to please keep this password safe – although there is no sensitive information in these pages on personal details we do not want free access by non-club members.


The Club tries to promote and actively supports our junior members by purposely designating certain days or evenings as junior sessions. We do not exclude other members from using the facilities during these sessions although we do request that on these days we give them preference as our coaches are also actively involved and  may well be providing intense supervision and some delays in shooting should be expected.

This does not exclude our junior members from attending any other sessions allocated at the indoor range at Knowle Mill or at any time at the field at St Ives – except on days when beginners courses are being run or field maintenance is being carried out.  Parents are encouraged to make use of the clubs facilities for junior members and not think that the designated junior sessions are the only times they can bring their young archer.


One way of promoting a good competitive spirit in an Archery club is to have a number of challenges that people starting out in the sport can take part in.

The 252 challenge is one such activity that has proved popular – full details can be found elsewhere on this site but simplified you shoot 3 dozen arrows at the imperial distances for a badge award from 20 yards up to 100yrds.  We want to promote various distance 252 challenge days during this years outdoor season.

Achieving a handicap and a classsification is also an essential form of guidance on your performance during a season.  Handicaps are worked out by the records officer on rounds submitted during a season and you must submit at least three complete rounds to start the process.  Classifications are also based on submitted rounds  and range from third class up to Bowmen class for club rounds with two further grand classifications for those at high competitive levels.  Please check the details given in rules of shooting on the Archery GB website if you want further information.


The Club has a good core of Archery Coaches willing to help new members at any level.  There are also a number of experienced archers who will help and assist anyone wanting advice  on shooting – they will not step forward unless you ask!!  This is important to both you and the helper – but once you ask we can assure you they will give you any assistance that you require or will point you in the direction of someone who can.  Please ask – this is how most of us learnt and we are willing to give back what we have got from this sport.

Want to start Archery?

First Point Archery will be running beginners courses in january 2017 at the indoor

shooting range at Knowle mill  Keighley in the  Keighley Table Tennis club range.

Please check out their website at   as they are members but  are independant of the Aire Valley Archers club.

Aire Valley’s Level 2 Coach

The club is now fortunate enough to have a level 2 coach!

A massive congratulations to Bev, who passed her assessments in September and is our fully qualified Level 2 Archery Coach.

She is now available for one to one coaching and small group coaching sessions at the club. For more information, or to book a session with Bev, please chat to her at the club, or email

Following on from this, Bev and the coaching team will also be offering one or two indoor training sessions, covering subjects such as equipment set-up, maintenance and tuning, over the winter months. There will be a small charge for these sessions so we can cover the cost of additional room hire. Times and dates are still to be confirmed, so keep an eye on the website and join our Facebook page to stay up to date.

New Level One Coaches at Aire Valley Archers

Aire Valley Archers Level One Coaches

Whilst the rest of Yorkshire enjoyed the Grand Depart on Saturday 5 July, nine club members were being put through their paces at the Level One Coaching Assessment Day.

Each would-be coach has given up a great deal of their time preparing for this day and the hard work has certainly paid off. A number of classroom sessions enabled everyone to learn the theory of coaching and the beginners courses, Big Weekend and other coaching sessions gave them plenty of opportunity to put their knowledge into practice.

The newly-qualified coaches now supporting Bev at the club are:

Mick Haddlesey
Andrew Kitching
Gill Pybus
Martin Pybus
Adam Roe
Tracy Roe
Sarah Tilbrook
Paul Wilkinson
Liz Zieboll

Congratulations to you all!

In Memory of Hilary Lydon-Bell

It is with deep regret that we have to inform all members that Hilary Lydon-Bell passed away peacefully on November 12th.

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Hilary and her late Husband Barry were Loyal and much loved members of this club for many years and will be greatly missed.

Well known for shooting her beloved longbow, Hilary also worked tirelessly behind the scenes in this club, not only helping to organise some of our well known competitions but also as a very active working party member – that road you use to drive into the field was one of the many projects she took part in helping to build. Hilary encouraged other members of her family to take up Archery and there are many members past and present who she inspired to take up and love this sport.

Hilary’s and Barry’s spirit live on at the shooting field at St Ives so the next time you are up there shooting – please take a minute to spare a thought for their memory in that small corner of the field that will be forever theirs.

Club now open – and doesn’t it look grand?!

After a week of really hard work from the Goldings (Artscape Landscaping), the work at the club is complete and the range is now open for use again.

As you will see, the shooting line, the area around the clubhouse and next to the container have all been flattened and filled with compacted hardcore to make the site more accessible for archers of all abilities.

There was a massive amount of work to be done, and it’s been a challenge to get the work finished within such a tight timescale.

Firstly, the shooting line had to be dug out and flattened, ready to be marked out for the new stands – the shooting line has been divided into ten as we have ten targets.


Next, the stands were marked out and edges added.


Finally, when the preparations were complete, the whole area was filled with hardcore, which has been compacted with a whacker plate.


Thanks to Ryan, Jordan and Ron for their incredible hard work this week.

Thanks also to all club members for their patience during this essential upgrade of the club – it’s all been worth short disruption.

New 252 Awards Scheme Launched

Are you a new archer looking for a way to track your progress?
Or seasoned archer who fancies a new challenge?
Then our new 252 Award Scheme is just what you need!
The 252 Award Scheme offers you the chance to track your abilities and see your archery skills improve, whilst marking your progress from 20 to 100 yards. Score 252 or more (equivalent scores for different bow types) at each distance and claim a badge to show your achievement. Badges cost £2 each and have been specially commissioned for the club.
For more details, click here.