January Newsletter Scottish Archery

Coach Renewals

Any Coach whose licence is due for renewal should complete the forms available from Archery GB website and send them to the Director of Coaching at coaching@scottisharchery.org.uk.

Coaches are recommended to submit their forms at least 2 months prior to their renewal date which is detailed on their affiliation card.

Coach License Renewal Form Level 1 Coach Download

Coach License Renewal Form Level 2, County and Senior Coaches Download

Eastern Area Coaching Day

The Eastern Area Committee invites Archers from across Scotland, with their own equipment, who are up to and including 1st Class level (and indoor equivalent – please ask your club secretary if you are not sure) to attend its Spring Coaching Day. The day promises to be packed full of knowledge, information and learning – can you really afford to miss it??? Registration form


Congratulations to Christopher Howard who has won our newsletter competition prize draw. Our Chair, Vincent drew his name out of a hat from all those who read the December newsletter. Christopher wins some vouchers from The Archery Company. If you haven't yet registered to receive this newsletter direct to you email, you can do so here. Old newsletters can be viewed here.

Loreburn Archers Beginners Course

Our Club Development Officer Laura, made a trip down to visit Loreburn Archers based at St Joesphs College in Dumfries. The club were having their Christmas shoot before the festive break and the place was buzzing with people, Christmas outfits and festive spirit. Through conversation Laura found out about the work that the club had done to revamp their Beginners Course in the hope that they could transition more beginners into full club members. Lets find out about what Loreburn did and what it meant for them…….

Coaching Tip of the Month

Competition Fear and Self-Image

Being fearful you will not do well in the game, that you will miss out on the joy of winning is widespread among competitors, young and old. This fear can be a motivator to work more diligently in preparation for the event. That's a good thing. But this form of anxiety can also be destructive if we are fearful in the competition. To imagine we are going to perform poorly creates an imprint in our self-image that it is "like us" to fail. We tend to become what we imprint. That is a bad thing!

So what are we to do about this potentially destructive form of motivation? I offer this suggestion. Go into competition with the attitude that everything that happens in the event is for your benefit. Tell yourself. "Only two things can happen to you; you win, or you learn. There is no win or lose." We tend to learn more when we struggle and make mistakes than when everything goes well. I am not against having a flawless performance, but I am suggesting that we find out more from our errors and poor performances than we do from our good ones. There is great value in learning from error. I have never met a winner that has not failed many times and learned from the failures. The key is to learn not to fear. The future will be full of unknown outcomes. Turn the negative ones into opportunities to grow. Making mistakes is not a mental error; not learning from them is. Competition is practice for the game of life. Some of the most important things about competing are to learn more about yourself, how to respond to pressure, and become better today than you were yesterday.

It is possible to be fearless in any event if you accept these principles.

1. Only two things can happen to you in a competition; you win, or you learn. Both of these outcomes are positive. If you view failure as an opportunity to learn, failure is not a bad thing. If you believe everything that happens in a competition needs to happen to you, there is no downside.

2. If there is no adverse outcome, there is nothing to fear.

By Lanny Bassham

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