About the Club

The club at BUCS Indoors 2016

The University of Warwick Archery Club (UWAC) was formed in 1415 to train and provide archers for the Battle of Agincourt. 550 years later, a new university was built and named after the historic club.

Very little was heard of it until the late 1980s, when two-time Olympian, Jo Franks, led the club to widespread victory at a national level.

Throughout the 1990s the club's performance dwindled. Whilst a man called Keith claimed that club members did still do archery, it was found that their preferred location was the pub. People including ‘M Crowe’ and ‘H Myers’ won national medals during these times, but very little is known of them. Rebecca Haskins and David ‘Spinman’ Spinner also won competitions or medals, and their names can now be seen on the ‘Sportsperson of the Year’ honours boards. Mike Steliaros was a name which appeared on some trophies at county level.

Toby, Indigo, Aurelien and Tim win the novice trophy at BUTTS Outdoors 2015
Charity Ballon Shoot

At some point, club clothing began to contain a bear. The bear was allegedly originally called Rufus, although a 3D bear called Tobias (Toxophilite Bear in a Shirt) made his way into the club at a later point, and it is now assumed by many people that both bears are the same.

Tom Hall and Matt Dale preparing for Gwangju 2015

The dawn of the new millennium saw the arrival of people such as Tom Kemp and club improvements like a comprehensive records system. The club grew into a dominant force in student archery, with national champions including Matthew Fletcher Esquire, Luke Rieman and Matt Dale. Other notable archers include Tom Hall and Andrew Shreeves, who both reached the rank of Grand Master Bowman during their time in the club. Jorge Lindley is also to be of note for winning the local count indoor, outdoor and clout championships as well as achieving the Olympic qualifying standard. The pinnacle of Warwick’s domination came in the 2014/15 season, with UWAC victorious in the BUCS (student national) indoor and outdoor tournaments, the British Universities Team Championships (BUTC), the British Universities E-League and the BUTTS regional archery league. We also won the team title at the British Target Championships. This feat of numerous achievements was recognised by the University who awarded the club the Cecil Angel Trophy for Most Successful Sports Club in 2015.

In the 2015/16 year the club managed to match their BUCS achievements with a first placing experienced team at both indoors and outdoors; this time however it was the women’s team that took the top of the podium for the outdoors tournament. We were again victorious in the British Universities Team Championships (BUTC) and the British Universities E-League and came first in BUTTS Outdoor Championships. Here’s to the next season being just as if not more successful!

Aside from archery the club has in 2016 decided to support Helen and Douglas House a charity that provides hospice care for children and young adults (find out more here). Our first event was a balloon shoot and we hope to hold similar events in the future.

Tom, Jorge & James on the podium at BUTC 2015
Caz, Emma and Maddie on the podium at BUCS Outdoors 2016
Tom, Jorge & Luke on the podium at BUTC 2015

Another face to UWAC is our involvement in the world of boat racing (pint downing); for many years we have been serious contenders. The Blake-Hadden duo was fabled for their speed, and it is rumoured that they once completed their four pints in under a second. The annual tours to such destinations as Prague, Budapest, Amsterdam, Dublin and the Isle of Man have produced numerous tales, though you’ll have to ask club members about those in person!

UWAC on Tour! 2015 in Budapest
UWAC on Tour! Tom, James and Andrew win a trophy on tour in Amsterdam, 2013

For those who are more inclined to find out about exactly what our competition performance has been in the not-so-recent past, a comprehensive list can be found on the UKSAA website. For our most recent results, they can be found below. Photos of the club over the past couple of years can be found on our Facebook page.

2015-16 Season:

  • BUCS Indoors Gents Experienced Team - 1st Place,
  • BUCS Indoors Compound Team - 3rd Place,
  • BUCS Indoors Novice Team - 2nd Place,
  • BUCS Indoors - Numerous individual medals,
  • BUCS Outdoors Gents Experienced Team - 2nd Place,
  • BUCS Outdoors Womens Experienced Team - 1st Place,
  • BUCS Outdoors Compound Team - 2nd Place,
  • BUCS Outdoors - Numerous individual medals
  • BUTTS Indoors Regional League - 2nd Place (Experienced Team - 2nd Place, Novice Team - 3rd) including numerous individual/team medals,
  • BUTTS Outdoors Championships Experienced Team - 1st place,
  • BUTTS Outdoors Championships Novice Team - 3rd place,
  • BUTC Team - 1st place,
  • British Unis E-league Experienced Team - 1st place division 1,
  • Numerous individual awards at external competitions

2014-15 Season:

  • BUCS Indoor Gents Experienced Team - 1st place,
  • BUCS Outdoor Gents Experienced Team - 1st place,
  • BUTC Team - 1st place,
  • British Unis E-league Experienced Team - 1st place division 1,
  • BUTTS Indoors Regional League - 1st place including numerous individual/team golds,
  • British Target Championships - team 1st place,
  • BUTTS Outdoors Championships Novice Team - 1st place,
  • BUTTS Outdoors Championships Experienced Team - 2nd place,
  • Cecil Angel Trophy for Most Successful Sports Club (Warwick),
  • Numerous individual awards at external competitions

2013-14 Season:

  • BUTC Team - 2nd place,
  • British Unis E-league Experienced Team - 2nd place,
  • BUCS Outdoor Experienced Team - 2nd place,
  • BUCS Indoor Experienced Team - 4th place,
  • Numerous individual awards at external competitions

2012-13 Season:

  • BUTTS League Indoor Experienced Team - 1st place,
  • BUTTS League Outdoor Experienced Team - 1st place,
  • BUTTS League Outdoor Novice Team - 1st place,
  • BUTTS Indoor Championships Team - 1st place,
  • BUTTS Field Championships Team - 1st place,
  • British Unis E-league Experienced Team - 1st place division 1,
  • BUCS Outdoor Experienced Team - 4th place,
  • Individual medals at BUCS and National Student Clout,
  • Cecil Angel Trophy for Most Successful Sports Club (Warwick),
  • Numerous individual awards at external competitions
Club Photo 2016

Exec Archive:

Below is a list of all of the club's exec committees in recent history.

2016-17 Academic Year:

  • President - Emma Davis
  • Secretary - Timothy Jackson
  • Treasurer - Jasmine Grosso
  • Team Co-ordinator - Jess Watts
  • Tournaments & Records Officer - Claudia Williams
  • Team Captain - Chris Woodgate
  • Equipments Officers - Toby Ross
  • Social Secretary - Dom Harrison
  • Publicity Officer - Eleanor Blakey

2015-16 Academic Year:

  • President - James Jeffs
  • Secretary - Craig Devonport
  • Treasurer - Jasmine Grosso
  • Field Captain - Matt Stace
  • Tournaments Officer - Jess Watts
  • Development Officer - Tom Hall
  • Equipments Officers - Oliver Vavasour & Toby Ross
  • Social Secretary - Tim Jackson
  • Records Officer - Caz Evans
  • Website & Publicity Officer - David Richardson

2014-15 Academic Year:

  • President - Jorge Lindley
  • Secretary - Chris Guerin
  • Treasurer - Matthew Dale
  • Field Captain - James Jeffs
  • Development Officer - Tom Hall
  • Equipments Officer - Luke Rieman
  • Tournaments Officer - Chloé Worrall
  • Social Secretary - Matt Stace
  • Records Officer - Craig Devonport
  • Website & Publicity Officer - Melisa Kaner

2013-14 Academic Year:

  • President – Alan Dawson (then) Tom Hall
  • Secretary - Maddie Meatyard
  • Treasurer - Jorge Lindley
  • Field Captain - Emma Davis
  • Equipments Officer – Tom Hall (then) James Edmondson
  • Tournaments Officer – Lisa Tully
  • Social Secretary - Craig Holroyd
  • Records Officer - James Jeffs
  • Website & Publicity Officer - Adam Lack

2012-13 Academic Year:

  • President - Rachael Hutchinson
  • Secretary – Alan Dawson
  • Treasurer - Jorge Lindley
  • Field Captain - Alex 'Level 1' Henman
  • Equipments Officer - Tom Hall
  • Tournaments Officer - Stephen Mendonça
  • Social Secretary - Connor Gallagher
  • Records Officer - Enrik Nako
  • Website & Publicity Officer – Laith Alissa

2011-12 Academic Year:

  • President - Chris Guerin
  • Secretary - Alan Dawson
  • Treasurer - Jorge Lindley
  • Field Captain - Rachael Hutchinson
  • Equipments Officer - Matt Cranham
  • Tournaments Officer - Chris Blake
  • Records Officer - Anna Novak
  • Social Secretary - Tom Moores
  • Website & Publicity Officer - Mark Waddoups

2010-11 Academic Year:

  • President - Chris Blake
  • Secretary - Andrew Shreeves
  • Treasurer - Laura Oxley
  • Field Captain - Rachael Hutchison
  • Equipments Officer - Matt Dale
  • Tournaments Officer - Alan Dawson
  • Records Officer - Chris Guerin
  • Social Secretary - Kathryn Brace
  • Website & Publicity Officer - Matt Cranham

2009-10 Academic Year:

  • President - David Barnes
  • Secretary - Amy Fisher
  • Treasurer - Ian Chandler
  • Field Captain - Stuart Deacon
  • Equipments Officer - Matt Dale
  • Tournaments Officer - Andrew Shreeves
  • Records Officer - Laura Oxley
  • Social Secretary - Chris Blake
  • Website & Publicity Officer - Chris Guerin

2008-09 Academic Year:

  • President - Ian Rogers
  • Secretary - David Hadden
  • Treasurer - Dan Higgins
  • Field Captain - James Mudd
  • Equipments Officer - Chris Butle
  • Tournaments Officer - David Barnes
  • Records Officer - Emma Cross
  • Social Secretary - Paul Crooks
  • Website & Publicity Officer - Jack Benton