Archery GB Badges & Awards

Archery GB club & volunteer badges and awards. We all like to be recognised for our achievements, especially when we put the hard work in, as we do with improving our shooting. Archery GB offers various badges and awards you can gain as your performance progresses. You can claim for some of the awards via the forms we’ve included on this page, whilst others are achieved through your performance in tournaments and competitions.

Awards, Records & Achievements

We all like to be recognised for our achievements, especially when we put the hard work in, as we do with improving our shooting. Archery GB offers various badges and awards you can gain as your performance progresses.

You can claim for some of the awards via the forms we’ve included on this page, whilst others are achieved through your performance in tournaments and competitions.

Handicap Improvement Medal

The National Handicap Scheme is administered by each participating Archery GB club and is open to all members shooting outdoors. It’s awarded by a club to the club member who achieves the greatest handicap improvement over a calendar year. The holder of the medal usually wears it on Club Target days. Club Records Officers keep a record of each round shot so any scores achieved at tournaments outside the club must be submitted to the club Records Officer.

Archery GB needs to be notified by 31 January of the winning archer’s name, starting and ending scores and improvement achieved. This should be sent to membership@archerygb.org.

Archery GB publishes a list of handicap improvement winners annually. The medal is loaned to the club and owned by Archery GB.

Archery badges

Home Nations Awards

There are also special awards from the Home Nations, including the Thistle Awards for Scotland, the English Crosses for England, Dragons and Daffodils for Wales and Hand for Northern Ireland.

Scottish Archery Thistle badges

Thistle badges originated at the Skye Shoot held at the Clan Donald Centre on Skye. Later, they were rolled out for use at other Scottish Archery competitions and events. Now they can be claimed for scores attained in any WA 1440 rounds and metrics; badges start at 900 and go up to 1300 in 100 increments. The badges are white topped for Juniors, red for Compounders and blue for Recurve and Barebow.

English Cross archery badges

English Cross Badges can be claimed for a WA 1440 shot at any World or UK Record Status tournament held in England.

Welsh Archery Association Dragon and Daffodil badges

WAA awards two series of badges to archers achieving specified scores indoors or outdoors. Badges are free to WAA members and may be bought for a small charge by non-members. Each level of badge may be claimed only once. Dragons are awarded for indoor archery. They are awarded only for Portsmouth rounds. Daffodils are the outdoor award. They are awarded for rounds in the York (Gentlemen), Hereford (Ladies) and Bristol (Juniors according to age group) series.

Indoor classifications

Classifications are the best indication of where you are in terms of scoring ability, and provide a benchmark for levels of improvement. There are six classification levels: the lowest is third class, then second class, first class, Bowman, Master Bowman, and Grand Master Bowman at the highest classification level.

To gain a classification you need to shoot three scores that meet that classification level. The highest two classifications, Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman, can only be achieved with scores achieved at record status competitions. Once you achieve a classification you can’t claim a lower one.

You can hold different classifications for different bow types, but you can only hold your classification for the calendar year in which you shot your qualifying scores. You must re-qualify each year to maintain it.

The defined year for indoor classifications is 1 July to 30 June and applies to recurve and compound archers. There are no separate classifications for juniors shooting indoors. Qualifying scores and rounds can be found in the Shooting Administrative Procedures document in the Resources section on this page. 

Archery badges

Outdoor classifications

This is a score based scheme for seniors and juniors, shooting the rounds appropriate to their age. The classifications are the same as the indoor classifications with Grand Master Bowman being the highest level:

  • Grand Master Bowman
  • Master Bowman
  • Junior Master Bowman
  • Bowman
  • Junior Bowman
  • 1st Class
  • 2nd Class
  • 3rd Class

The best three qualifying scores must be achieved in the same calendar year at UK Record Status tournaments, and a claim form plus supporting results sheets submitted to Membership Services by 31 December.  

Once an archer gains a classification, a badge is sent to the archer and their title remains for one year after it was gained.  Archers classified as Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman are invited to the UK Masters national event. Claims for Bowman, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class are administered by Archery GB clubs.

The list of scores appropriate to gender, age, round and bowstyle are in the Classification Tables of the Shooting Administration Procedures in the Resources section of this page. 

Rose award

The rose award is open to seniors and juniors when shooting at a UK Record Status York, Hereford, Bristols I-V tournament that also has Rose Award status. Claims are made at the record status tournament and the round shot must be relevant to age group.

Badge Colour White Black Blue Red Gold Purple
Compound and recurve score 800 900 1000 1100 1200 1250
Longbow score 225 300 375 450 525 600
Barebow score 500 600 700 800 900 1000

Six Gold, Three Gold, Six Clout

These awards can be claimed at outdoor competitions for seniors and juniors who shoot six arrows, one after another, into the gold during one end with a recurve or compound. The Three Gold badge is open to archers who shoot three arrows, one after another, into the gold during one end with a longbow. 

The Six Clout badge is for six arrows shot one after another, at one end into the Clout i.e. the 5 zone of an Archery GB Clout tournament. Claims may be made either at a record status tournament or club Target Day.

Tassel award

The Tassel award scheme for clout archery is run by Northern Counties Archery Society and open to archers shooting double one-way or two-way Archery GB clout rounds with “Tassel” status. 

WA Arrowhead award

WA Arrowhead awards is score based and open to seniors and juniors when shooting recurve, barebow or compound at a UK Record Status field tournament that also has Arrowhead Award status.  Claims are made at the record status tournament.

WA Beginners Arrow award

These are for beginners over the age of 12. Beginners will be tested on archery scores, skill development and knowledge. Different coloured awards are available depending on the distance to be shot over:

Badge Colour White Black Blue Red Gold
115 points from hits on a target face at the following distances 10m 14m 18m 22m 26m

WA Beginners Feather

Red and Gold feather awards are available, testing shooting skills across different distances and different knowledge sets. These are designed for beginners under 12 years old and some disabled new archers. It is up to your coach to decide when you are ready for this award. 

To claim either WA Beginners Arrow or Feather awards please contact Sue Williamson at sue@chelmickforge.co.uk

Badge Colour Red Gold
12 hits on a target face at the following distances 6m 8m

WA Silver Star award

WA Silver Star badges for recurve archers are shield shaped, while badges for compound archers are round. WA Silver Star awards are for U17 (Cadet) or 50 or over (Masters) shooting the appropriate Cadet or Masters round and shows a silver Star with coloured silver writing. These awards can only be claimed at World Record status events.

Badge Colour Star Only Black Blue Red Gold Purple
Score from appropriate FITA round for age group 1000 1100 1200 1300 1350 1400

WA Silver Target

WA Silver Target awards are for archers U17 (Cadet) and archers 50 or over (Masters) shooting the appropriate Cadet or Masters 60m round. The badge is the same colour and shape as the Target badges but has silver coloured writing. These awards can only be claimed at World Record status events.

Round White Black Blue Red Gold Purple
WA 60m 500 550 600 650 675 700

WA Stars award

The WA Star badges can only be gained at a World Record or WA Award Status event shooting a cadet round. Badges for recurve archers are shield-shaped, while badges for compound archers are round.

Badge Colour White Black Blue Red Gold Purple
Compound score 1000 1100 1200 1300 1350 1400
Recurve score 1000 1100 1200 1300 1350 1400

WA Target award

WA Target awards may be achieved when shooting other WA rounds at World Record Status tournaments.

Round White Black Blue Red Gold Purple
WA 70m 500 550 600 650 675 700
WA 900 750 800 830 860 875 890
25m Indoor 500 525 550 575 585 595
18m Indoor 500 525 550 575 585 595
18m Indoor Barebow 480 500 520 540 550 560
WA 50m Compound 500 550 600 650 675 700
WA 50m Barebow 480 500 550 600 625 640

To claim your award, fill in the claim form in the Resources section of this page

Forms can be emailed to awards@archerygb.org

Our Partners & Sponsors

Follow us

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

OK, got it.