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Indoor Archery

Indoor Archery

Indoor Archery in UK

UK National Indoor Archery Championship

Sunday 27th January 1957 marked the start of National Indoor
Archery Championship as we know them today.

But the origins lay much further back than that.
Bingley Hall Birmingham played host to the 1957 championship.

The West Midland Archery Association organized this event, which comprised of the counties Hereford, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire.

It was a cavernous venue, with a glass roof and concrete floor and was rather cold. With wearing duffle coats and flasks of hot tea and coffee the cold was much in evidence.

Indoor Participation

More than 200 contestants shot eight dozen arrows at 30 meters. The contestants were divided into two groups and fired at an 80 cm 10 zone target.

The eventual champions were a Mrs. Corby of Nuneaton, with a score of 720, and Dr. Ashcroft with a score of 845.

But the first significant indoor tournament had taken place more than 50 years before at Olympia in London.

This event was held on 6th and 7th March 1906 and organized by C.G.P Pownall of the Royal Toxophilite Society.

Twenty Five men and Women assembled at 11 Targets to shoot a double York and a double National over two Days

The judges were Colonel Walrond and H.H Palairet.

Because it was a hot day the doors were open, but the lighting was poor.

Mrs. H Spencer shot 675 with 135 hits and C.J. Perry Keane scored 724, with 166 hits.

An unexpected participant was William Fergie, Bowyer to the Royal Company of Archers. William presented six prize arrows, as did Aldred and Buchanan the London Bowyers.

The contest was arranged under the auspices of the Winter Club, which was founded the previous year to provide sport in the winter season.

Membership cost five guineas for men and women paid three guineas.

Members could receive instruction in croquet, lawn tennis, football, bicycle polo, putting, bowls, cricket, hockey, squash and rifle-shooting.

The committee included a number of titled gentlemen, senior military officers, and luminaries such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a keen cricketer, and pioneer of skiing.

But the indoor archery competition was not repeated, as to how long the club continued is uncertain.


Modern competitive archery is governed by the World Archery Federation.


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