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Shop items.

The new tops are now available, it is important that you try them on for size at Kilmore, so you get one to fit you properly. The cost is £25 and all the badges are already attached. These are made to your size so don't buy until you try.

The NIFAA Jackets are now ready and are on sale. Details re: sizes, fitting and cost available at forthcoming events. NIFAA Coats complete with Badge the approximate price is roughly £40.00.

The official NIFAA woven badges are also available at a cost of £4 to members only. Orders being taken for next batch.

The metal lapel badges are on issue free to members, any additional ones cost £2.50 each.

The International Field Archery Association woven badge is also available for members only at £5 each.

The IFAA World Family of Archers patch is currently available. They are like hen's teeth to get so prompt ordering is essential. £5 each.

Floppy sun hats with badge £7.00.

Iron on NIFAA Badges 25p (please order).

See New Members/Renewals. information on main panel to the right.

We are being asked frequently about application forms for Archery GB whilst NIFAA is not associated with Archery GB we would encourage you to be in both.
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The alternative banner of the IFAA representing the typical family group in archery.

An old logo of UPAC Archery Club
Archery for all.

Published on 2 Dec 2014
Archers from all over Ireland assembled at Na Laoch Dall Archery Club in what was one of the best weekends ever.
See the video:- Passberger Cup


In keeping with NIFAA/ULSTER ARCHERS agreement to work together, Ulster Archers are hosting their first annual xmas fita 18 on Dec 6th with a morning and afternoon session. Closing date for entries is Thursday the 4th. Entries to Include your bow style, m/f , session AM or PM. Adult or junior. Name. Please support the club and come along and enjoy the day.

KILMORE NIFAA Christmas shoot. Saturday 13th December. Start time 10.30 am, Mixed Fun shoot. Let Wellesley know if you are coming along.

NIFAA 3D MARKED ROUND just for a change. Sunday 11th January 2015, Ardnavalley, Belfast. 14 shot twice. Entry form on web soon. Open to visitors from other Governing Bodies.

Information about changes to vetting arrangements in Northern Ireland for those working with children and young people for sports governing bodies.

Please note that the shoot at Ardnavalley on 7th December 2014 is

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NIFAA have a private channel at Facebook for NIFAA members.
Members will receive urgent and important notifications of new shoots and events or unexpected cancellations.
Only NIFAA members can join so send an E-Mail to:-

and get yourself informed.
Those who have not renewed your NIFAA membership this year have been removed from the list as only members can be on our facebook page.

Renewals to Membership Secretary, Dee Shannon. 6 Drumaknockan Road, Hillsborough, Co Down, BT26 6QR. Cheques made Payable to NIFAA and Crossed please.
Many thanks.

The 2015 calendar is ready to receive PROVISIONAL reservations. However final resolution of the calendar is subject to approval of the NIFAA Committee at a meeting towards the end of 2014. This will enable us to finalize the calendar for the incoming year without delay.


The second 3D Championships hosted by NIFAA were this year located in the mature forest of the Ardnavalley Scout Centre in Belfast. Turnout was a little disappointing with only 43 archers (a little under 10% of the membership) taking part. The course consisted of 28 3D targets including some ‘cluster shots’ which many of the competitors had never experienced before, but enjoyed the challenge immensely.

The course was designed and built by George Shields and Davy Skillen with Dee Shannon double checking all distances were correct as laid down in the rules for the event. Weather was ideal over both days with slight wind and mild temperatures but more importantly, no rain, even though the previous day during course building it had ‘poured down’. On the first day, Dee looked after the registration indoors while John Cairns supervised the equipment inspection ensuring all archers had registered in the correct bowstyle and all equipment was within the rules. Wellesley, George, Dave Skillen, Richard Campbell, Simon Stock and David Uprichard carried out the final ‘touches’ to the course and all was ready. Other archers who had answered the call to come early helped set up the Food tent and supervise the parking. As with all NIFAA major events the BBQ was there from early morning with many archers taking advantage of the twenty minute delay in start time to enjoy some good food ‘packing’ before heading out on the course. With all groups in position confirmed by all Range Captains via radios, the Field Captain gave the order to commence shooting.

The course was in the shape of a figure eight, the upper section giving reasonable level shooting with the lower woods presenting a more challenging layout with banks and slopes, light and shade giving the course builders the opportunity to use the terrain to a maximum with many targets catching archers out in misjudging the distances. As with all NIFAA events, spirits were high and laughter was constantly present with the ‘Chuckle Bros’ George and Davy in their private battle for the ‘SS Cup’ (Private joke) leading the field in ‘banter’ and ‘gutting’. As many archers reached the halfway point and ‘came in’ for lunch, comments ranged from ‘Fantastic Course’ to questioning the parenthood of the course layers.

NIFAA must have done something right, as the following day seen the return of all the archers from Saturday all looking forward to stage two. What they didn’t know was that peg distances and even some 3D targets had been moved/changed during the previous evening, presenting a completely new challenge. The second day started on time with the re-arranged groups being lead to their start targets by the Range Captains. Again the weather stayed fine for the entire time allowing the medal presentations to be carried out in the courtyard rather than indoors. Overall, a fantastic two days, leaving archers hungry for more judging by the many emails, phonecalls and facebook messages NIFAA have received.

In conclusion, NIFAA would like to thank all the archers who helped before and after the event, and the many that stayed behind to help the committee clear the site. We would also like to thank our ‘Chef’ Nora for keeping us all well fed and supplied with tea and coffee and last but no means least, our colleagues from South of the border who travelled from as far away as Waterford to take part, thank you.

At the request of those who attended, a ‘MARKED’ 2D/3D will be organised as a Christmas ‘fun’ shoot which will be open to all archers, details to follow.
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Hi everyone, in keeping with our policy of listening to members, there has been some changes to the NIFAA Calendar following requests to go back to Sunday Field Shoots regardless of clashes with other Governing Bodies. Three dates have been moved from Saturdays to Sunday. In addition their status has been changed to 'Classification shoots' to enable many of our members to secure a 'class' prior to our Championship events later in the year. Details of each shoot will be advertised before the event on both facebook and our:-

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Date 13th February 2014

Hi Everyone,
First, as usual we would like to welcome all new members to the Northern Ireland Field Archery Association. May we also take this opportunity to remind you that your opinion counts, so if you have any ideas to improve NIFAA please let us know on our Helpline  Email Helpline

If you spot any mistakes or want to alter something on these web pages then please get in contact with :-
Web Editor

NIFAA Calendar.
The events calendar can be found on both our facebook page and our Web site or simply type in NIFAA to your search engine.

We would ask all members to register with the administrator of our facebook page as we use it to advertise shoots and keep members informed to recent events. To register mail your facebook/email address address to and you will be added to this CLOSED PAGE (Only members can see and post comments).

NIFAA Indoor Championships.
This years Indoor event will be at Craigavon Leisure Centre on the 15th March, entry forms on facebook and Web and must be completed and returned to Kilmore Archery Centre.

We have now introduced a PAYPAL account for anyone wishing to pay in advance for shoots etc. As many of our events are becoming over subscribed it is strongly suggested that you book your entry in advance as it will come to the point when we will have to turn archers away on the day due to numbers.

Classification Events.
As most members are aware, IFAA operate a 'Classification system' to allow all archers the opportunity to shoot against other archers of the same level rather than the 'better' archer winning every time. During 2014 there will be a number of Classification shoots and entries must be submitted in advance.

Events in other Regions.
Many members are attending events in other regions including 'Down South' and the UK. You DO NOT have to qualify for a team to attend these, just have a Classification Card, pay your money and join us. Contact us for further details.

Patches, Badges and other stuff.
We have a number of NIFAA, IFAA and World Family of Archers, (IFAA Motto) Cloth patch badges also NIFAA Coats in stock for anyone interested in purchasing in addition to metal lapel badges and car stickers free to members.

Well we think that is enough for now, once again thank you all for your support and once again a warm welcome all our new members on joining, additional lapel badges can be bought at £2.50 each.

NIFAA Committee.

Hi Everyone!!
Especially the archers who have recently joined NIFAA we would like to take this opportunity to explain IFAA Classification. There are a number of IFAA sanctioned shoots held each year which are termed as “Classification Shoots”. These are important events which are used to determine your archery skills. According to IFAA rules you must be in possession of a 'Classification Card' which was issued to you along with your joining package, if you do not have one yet, or have misplaced yours, you can get one at any of our shoots from the Membership Secretary. At every classification shoot your score will be recorded together with the Round shot whether Hunter or Field, and countersigned by a member of the NIFAA Committee.The card must be kept safe and presented at ALL IFAA major sanctioned events. Once you have entered three scores you will be classified according to your skill level and will be in competition only with those archers within your Classification level.

This makes for a much fairer tournament as you will be shooting with, but not against the experts or someone from a Class above yours. There are THREE Classes, A, B and C with the A Class being the slightly better archer and as your shooting improves you can move up to a higher class, likewise if it deteriorates you can move down a class therefore always shooting against archers with the same level of skill. This is the main difference between FITA (World Archery) and ourselves. Once you have your classification card filled in correctly and properly certified, you are then free to enter any National, International or World Class Tournament you fancy providing you have the money to attend.

The rules were recently republished to remind archers about their classification read the official blog below.

Archers Attending IFAA Sanctioned Tournaments Friday, 07 June 2013 00:26

  1. Each member shall adopt and maintain a system which accurately records scores shot by archers on any of the official IFAA Rounds. Only scores shot in tournaments under IFAA tournament rules shall be recorded.

  2. Scores so obtained shall be recorded on an official score recording card, including date scored, type of round shot and signed off by a tournament official

  3. Scores so obtained in the 28 target or 2x14 target Field or Hunter Round or alternatively in a Round consisting of 1x14 target Field combined with 1x14 target Hunter standard unit shall be used in the classification of the archer.

  4. In all tournaments sanctioned by the IFAA, each archer shall at registration make available his/her official score recording card to the Tournament Chairman to ensure that the archer is in good standing with an IFAA Member and the proper classification of that archer.

  5. An archer may not attend an IFAA sanctioned tournament without an official score record card.

The Northern Ireland Field Archery Association (NIFAA)

Instructors Training

The IFAA Instructors Training Course are run on a regular basis at Kilmore Archery Centre

If you are interested then please contact :-
Wellesley McGown (NIFAA Training Officer) at :- or Mobile 7850314900

It is an aspiration which separates excellence from mediocrity.

The Northern Ireland Field Archery Association (NIFAA) was born from the desire of many archers in Northern Ireland to shoot other disciplines besides FITA at every event. Established in May 2012 the NIFAA was granted Probationary Membership of the International Field Archery Association (IFAA), later to be ratified to full membership in November 2012.

IFAA Shooting. Nothing new to Northern Ireland.
IFAA events were shot in Northern Ireland for many years under IFAF (Irish Field Archery Federation) however for reasons we can only guess, they ceased in the North around 2004 under the new leadership of both IFAF and NIAS when they were replaced with FITA events only. Our colleagues south of the border continued to enjoy both FITA and IFAA styles of shooting and have not only attended many IFAA events World Wide, but have hosted very good International events. Because no IFAA shoots were taking place in Northern Ireland, many of the archers who only took up the sport after 2004 have never had the opportunity to experience this exciting and challenging style, until now. To date the NIFAA have hosted a number of events including Field and Hunter Classification rounds, 2D/3D events, and ‘have-a-go’ days. We shoot on a number of ranges throughout Northern Ireland including the indoor range at our Association Headquarters, KILMORE ARCHERY CENTER, MOIRA.

At the moment in Northern Ireland, nearly every weekend is ‘booked up’ with Field Shoots, many of which are two day events leaving very little opportunity for anyone to host any shoots without ‘clashing’ with one Club or another, therefore to date, NIFAA have only hosted one ‘Outdoor Field event’ and one ‘indoor target’ event each month, choosing the dates carefully so as not to clash with Clubs, however clashes have occurred as others outside of NIFAA have introduced ‘new events’ or changed dates of various shoots that then clash with us. Due to demand, the number of NIFAA events will increase during 2013/4 as more Clubs are ‘affiliating’ to us and wish to run their own IFAA shoots.

The future looks good.
With our membership increasing and the many members of the Irish Field Archery Federation expressing great interest in attending our shoots following the very successful ‘Cross Border Video linked’ target shoot in December, things are looking really good. Archery GB placed details of the Cross Border event on their Web site, believing it was hosted by another Organisation in Northern Ireland, the result being that it has attracted the interest of many archers from across the Irish Sea that belong to both AGB and IFAA. Many have expressed a lot of interest in visiting Northern Ireland and attending NIFAA events and have been asked to be placed on our mailing list. AGB while noting this as an event under IFAA have noted their wish to hear from NIFAA in promoting Archery in all its disciplines in line with the agreed memorandum of understanding between WA and IFAA.
      In addition to our ‘Field’ and Indoor events, many of NIFAA members are also participating in the ‘World Mail Match competition’ and plans are in motion to extend the success of our ‘Video Link Competition’ to not only the UK but some of our Continental colleagues.

Types of events.
NIFAA Indoor target events are shot at 20 yards at either a 5 spot target or a single 35cm face depending on your Bow style. Outdoor events vary from Field/Hunter Rounds (Roundel targets) to 2D (Animal faces) or 3D Targets depending on the event, but are always challenging and enjoyable with a great variety of targets rather than the same old faces every time.

IFAA, a fairer system of scoring.
To ensure fair competition among all archers within IFAA, each style of archers are divided into ‘classes’ depending on their ability; A Class, B Class and C Class with A Class being the little bit better archers. By shooting events and recording their scores, archers can move up, or down in the Class system. In this way all archers can shoot together, but there is the opportunity to win medals in your own ‘class’ shooting against those of the same standard, rather than the ‘better’ archer winning the event every time. The Class is decided by the scores you submit. The upper and lower scores for each class are printed on the Classification card which you are issued with on joining NIFAA. At each Classification shoot your score is recorded on the card and countersigned by a NIFAA Official, so you can always keep a record of how well you shot rather than rely on others.

The Insurance held by NIFAA covers all members shooting at IFAA events; however it also caters for anyone wishing to have a ‘taster session’ before committing to join. By taking advantage of this scheme, the archer will only pay the entry to the competition and if they decide they don’t like IFAA shooting, they are not out of pocket with joining fees. Having said that, 99% of all those who have ‘came along’ to date have enjoyed it so much they have joined. (Any archer attending as a ‘visitor’ must be accompanied by a competent IFAA Member during the shoot to ensure they understand the rules and know what is expected of them).

We all have to start somewhere. Here in NIFAA we are lucky to have a level 3 Coach (one of only 23 in the World at this high level) who is responsible for all training.
Courses are available for the beginner right through to International level were all students are provided with an extensive, easy to follow manual covering all levels of archery as a reference for further development. In addition to our excellent training programme, there are a number of Ex-World and European Champions within our ranks who are always willing to help and offer advice if asked. All training is carried out at our indoor range at Kilmore; however, NIFAA can come to your Club if you wish.

Championship events.
Our regional Championship events take place during July, August and September in Field, Hunter and 3D which is open to members of IFAA Regions. Only members of an affiliated IFAA Region can enter and must produce a current Classification card on registration. The events cater for all levels of ability; therefore you do not have to ‘be selected for a team’ to enter any IFAA event including the World and European Championships, just have an up to date ‘Classification Card’. (Classification cards are supplied to members on joining) and enter.

Membership increasing
Membership is increasing steadily as more archers have come to realise that you can shoot both styles without conflict and without the need for ‘special’ equipment as some people have suggested. Establishing NIFAA has been a difficult road to travel at times, combating the many rumours that have been circulated by those who did not want an alternate style of archery in Northern Ireland for reasons best known to themselves, but NIFAA got there, and many archers agree that they enjoy the more challenging targets and distances offered by IFAA events in a friendly environment in keeping with the IFAA motto, ‘The World Family of Archers’. Many have also reported that their shooting has improved as their confidence has increased because of shooting the longer distances at NIFAA events.

Administration and Finance.
NIFAA is administered by a Committee of eight archers dedicated to working for the benefit of all members in an accountable and transparent manner in all dealings and actions relating to the Association. Each Committee member is solely responsible for their area of administration and is responsible through the Chair to the International Field Archery Association Regional representative for their actions. By operating in this way we do not require the services of ‘costly administrators ‘or ‘substantial expenses sheets’. The Committee absorb 99% of the personal cost of carrying out their duties for the enjoyment and promotion of the sport, and not as a means of personal gain or to subsidise their income. NIFAA do not provide sponsorship to a chosen few to attend limited events, what we do is return ALL monies raised directly back into promoting archery for the benefit of all members so that those people who just want to have fun shooting archery are not subsidising a ‘chosen’ few.

Rules and Constitution.
All members of NIFAA are expected to abide by the Rules and Constitution of the Association and NO MEMBER is beyond the laws of the Association regardless of the position they may hold. NIFAA does not show favour or discriminate against any archer within its ranks and will not tolerate any such behaviour that the Committee consider contrary to the good standing of the NIFAA or archery in general. Yes mistakes have been made, but the NIFAA Committee put their hands up, accepted responsibility, dealt with it and moved on, as stated earlier, we are totally transparent and accountable to the members in all our actions.

Membership Fee.
Membership fees are Pro-Rata depending on which stage of the year you join.
Full year 1st September – 31st August.
Adult £30.00 per year
Junior/Cub £16.00 per year
Family membership (2 Adults/2 Juniors/Cubs) £60.00 per year. (Any other Junior/Cub in same family, an additional £10.00 per year)
All archers joining NIFAA must have two sponsors who are NIFAA members and acceptance is at the sole discretion of the Committee. All new members must serve a probationary period of 12 calendar months from time of enrolment during which time they may not stand for election to Committee and will be monitored as to their behaviour (they may however be seconded to Committee for a specific task if required on a temporary basis).
We listen to, and respect ALL archers’ views and opinions, however it is our main aim that NIFAA remains in the control of the members and never descends into a confused and disjointed organisation catering to the whims of a few at the expense of the many.

In keeping with our policy of complete transparency and accountability, our Constitution may be viewed on line on this Web site. Frequently Asked Questions If you have a question, check out our Question and Answer page which displays the questions/answers we have been asked to date or E-Mail us at and we will reply within 48/72 hours. Email Helpline

We encourage all archers to have a go at IFAA shooting without obligation and experience for themselves this exciting and challenging style rather than listen to the rumour constantly circulated in a bid to prevent archers ‘expanding’ into other disciplines.

Visiting Archers
In the interest of any individual archer who intends to shoot at an NIFAA event as a guest should contact the NIFAA information helpline, prior to attending any event to ensure entry'. Email Helpline

Thank you for your time and good shooting no matter which discipline/organisation you are involved in.
NIFAA Committee.

With Membership of NIFAA increasing each week, archers are reminded that only members of IFAA affiliated bodies can shoot at all NIFAA events. However, NIFAA recognise that archers may wish to 'have a go' at IFAA shooting before committing to join, and therefore have arranged Insurance cover for any NON Member who wishes to shoot at one of our events, provided they can prove they are members of a recognised Archery Body by producing their membership card or official receipt for membership.

Any archer who wishes to join NIFAA may do so 'on the day' by either paying the Full Membership Fee or, a deposit and opting for our 'confidential easy payment scheme', details of which will be available at our events, or by contacting Email Helpline

Insurance provided by Archery GB DOES NOT cover IFAA events, nor does it cover any event where a Non Archery GB Archer is shooting, including 'Club Nights', so be careful. To enable ALL archers to shoot ALL events we strongly advise dual membership of Archery GB and NIFAA. See page dealing with Insurance on this Website.   (FAQ's)
Membership cards must be shown at Registration, and carried at all times while attending NIFAA events.
NIFAA Committee.

            A number of Field Archery Clubs have already committed to NIFAA and offered their ‘ranges’ to host NIFAA events over the coming months. In addition to outdoor venues we have been offered the use of a very good indoor range where it is hoped that members from NIFAA take part in the World Postal Winter League 2012/13 while enjoying a social evening at the same time.

            The IFAA Statutes require that all member associations have a classification system that is acceptable to IFAA. NIFAA will be introducing Classification for all members. Note: “B” and “C” class archers are NOT excluded from IFAA World Champion medals ! If such an archer has the best score, he/she will get the gold medal. Classification allows you win a medal in your class. Class medals are a smaller version of the World medals and come in Gold, Silver and up to 3 Bronze, depending on the number of archers in that class.

            As all archers are aware, there are many and varied Bow Styles out there. Many of us have tried most of them in our time and ended up with one style we like or are good with. IFAA Bow Styles differ slightly from that of FITA but it is hoped that soon there will be a common group of styles. Until then please have a look at the different styles under IFAA and decide if you fit into any of the categories.
The Styles are shown as graphic images to make things simple.;-

  Bow Styles in IFAA  

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Professional archers may shoot with amateurs but must make their own award arrangements.
Juniors shall shoot in their own groups.

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