There are a great number of badges you can claim. Many are score achievement awards and you simply claim on the day at the event when you attain or exceed the required score.
There is no extra cost for the Archery GB and World Archery badges; Scottish Archery Badges and Club badges have a small fee of around £2 to £2.50 to cover the cost of the badge.
If you travel and compete around the UK you may also be able to claim English Crosses, Irish Badges and Welsh Daffodil badges amongst others.
These originated at the Skye Shoot held at the Clan Donald Centre on Skye. After about 4 or 5 years that they were rolled out for use at other Scottish Archery FITA (World Archery) competitions – or Scottish FITA Star events. Now they can be claimed for scores attained in any WA 1440 rounds and metrics; badges start at 900 - so there is no excuse not to give it a go! - and go up to 1300 in 100 increments.
White topped for Juniors, Red for Compounders and Blue for Recurve and Barebow.
Available to claim at 1440 events with Scottish Archery "Thistle" status - just shoot the score or above and pay the small badge fee and it's yours.
Download the Thistle Claim Form.
Rose Badges are for scores shot in the traditional York/Hereford Bristol family of rounds at UK Record Status "Rose" events. Available from 800 to 1200 - square for Recurve, round for Compound and in mini version of both for Junior archers. The Longbow badges are shield shaped and awarded as - White-225, Black-300, Blue-375, Red-450, Gold-525 and Purple-600.
To claim, simply fill in your details on the form available at the event and the tournament organiser and Archery GB will do the rest and you're badge will arrive in the post.
Why a Rose? In 1844 the first Grand National Meeting was held at York. The round shot then was called the York Round and has remained as 72 arrows at 100 yards, 48 at 80 yards and 24 at 60 yards ever since. The White Rose is the emblem of Yorkshire.
The new awards scheme has been introduced so members can earn awards and see themselves progress within a club setting. This can be accessed within club time and potentially a lot quicker for newer members. Currently to earn nationally recognised progress awards you would need to wait until you entered a competition. By introducing awards in club time it also means if you have no interest in going to competitions, you can still see progression and gain some badges as you improve.
Please see the article in our news section for more details.