Events

The Civil Service Archery Association (CSAA) is the ‘Sports Representative Body’ (SRB) for archery within the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC). As such the CSSC provides the CSAA with direct funding to organise specific events on its behalf for its members. These events are listed below. The above tabs have further information on each event including, when available, links to entry forms.

The events are spread throughout the calendar year and comprise both target and clout archery. At present the CSAA is unable to provide opportunities to participate in either field or flight archery due to a lack of facilities. The Committee of the CSAA would welcome any offers of assistance from either clubs or Associations that would be able to assist with such events.

In addition to ‘CSSC’ funded events the CSAA organises an internal postal Winter Cup Competition solely for CSAA members and a ‘Winter Goblet’ Competition against other, equivalent, archery Associations.


CSSC Funded Events

Indoor National Championships
National Clout Championships
Regional/National Championships
Outdoor National Championships
Representative Matches
Archery at the CSSC Games – link & details to follow


CSAA Funded Events

The Winter Cup & Winter Goblet

25.01.22

CSSC National Clout Championships


Clout archery is a form of archery in which archers shoot arrows at a flag (known as “the Clout”) from a relatively long distance and score points depending on how close each arrow lands to the flag. Scoring zones are defined by maximum radii from the flag pole. It is one of the oldest forms of archery in existence.

In 2021 the CSAA Committee sought approval from the CSSC to introduce a scheduled CSSC National Clout Championships to compliment its programme of target archery events. The CSSC agreed to the proposal and that the event could be funded from within the existing grant provided to the CSAA.


2022 CSSC National Clout & Open Clout Championships
With Tassel Awards

at Adur Valley Archers Field, Dial Post, West Sussex, RH13 8NR

Saturday 28th May 2022
Lady Paramount: Christine Stevens
National Judges: Gill Millward & Brian Dunlop


Results


Awards

Only CSSC Members will be eligible for CSSC National Awards. Non-CSSC Members will shoot as visitors and will be eligible for separate awards. In order to be eligible for awards, Adult Archers must shoot at least the adult distance for their Gender, (apart from adults shooting Compound Bows) and Junior entrants must shoot at least a distance that qualifies for National Records in their age group.

See Entry form for more details

Page last updated 16.05.22


CSSC National Indoor Championships

Portsmouth Round


The CSSC National Indoor Championships are always held at the same place, RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.

Keep Scrolling down the Results form to find team results.
Scroll down this page to find photo gallery

Any queries – Email Tournament Organiser

The Categories being competed for are listed below.
Medals will be awarded according to number of entries


CSSC Awards

  • Gents Recurve – Ryland Jug
  • Gents Compound – Association Cup
  • Gents Longbow – Hodkinson Bowl
  • Gents Barebow
  • Ladies Recurve – Lady Ryland Jug
  • Ladies Compound – Association Cup
  • Ladies Longbow – Kent Bowl
  • Ladies Barebow
  • Junior Recurve
  • Junior Compound
  • Junior Longbow
  • Junior Barebow
  • Association Veteran Recurve – Fellowship Trophy
  • Association Veteran Compound
  • Association Veteran Longbow
  • Team Award (4 Archers, any bow style) – Salver and Goblets

CSAA Awards

  • Handicap Gents (based on Winter Cup Handicap)
  • Handicap Ladies (based on Winter Cup Handicap)
CSAA Medals



15.03.22

CSSC National Championships

9th September 2022 to be held at Assheton Bowman

Entry form for the National Championships is available here.

The CSSC provides a limited amount of funding for selected archers to attend the CSSC National Outdoor Championships in August/September. The mechanism used to decide which archers can apply for full funding to attend is the ‘Regional Championships’.


The UK is divided into 12 CSSC Regions; Eastern, London, Midlands, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, Southern, Wales and Yorkshire. Each CSSC Region has a CSAA ‘Representative’ who is encouraged to organise an annual ‘Regional Championship’ through which those archers who fulfil the criteria set out in the policy document can obtain full funding to attend the CSSC National Outdoor Championships which is usually held in a different part of the country each year.

For information archers should contact their Regional Representative, some areas are still awaiting a Regional Rep. please contact Sarah for more information about this role.


Eastern / John
London
Midlands / Sarah also Regional Co-Ordinator / Middlanders Page 
North East / Lorraine
North West
Northern Ireland
Scotland
South East
South West
Southern
Wales
Yorkshire
Would Regional organisers please contact Sean with details if they would like them added here and also if you would like your own area page.


Last Updated 11.03.22

CSSC National Outdoor Championships

9th September 2022 to be held at Assheton Bowman

Entry form for the National Championships is available here.

The CSSC provides a limited amount of funding for selected archers to attend the CSSC National Outdoor Championships in August/September. The mechanism used to decide which archers can apply for full funding to attend is the ‘Regional Championships’. See Regional/National Tab for full details.

Further information, application form and details for this event will be available in due course. If you have any question or would like to put your name down for entry in advance please contact Sean

CSSC Representative Matches

‘Representative Matches’ is the generic term used to describe events where the CSAA/CSSC compete directly against similar, like-minded, Archery Associations, primarily from the public sector. The CSAA is authorised by the CSSC to organise three ‘Representative Matches’ on its behalf for its members;

The Outdoor Departmental 3-Way match against the British Police Archery Association (BPAA) and the Royal Air Force Archery Association (RAFAA). The CSAA also holds separate matches against the RAFAA (the Hullavington Cup) and the BPAA (the Webb Cup).

The matches are held annually at the home of the RAFAA, RAF Cranwell, sometime in August or September. This is open to all members.

Hullavington Cup
CSSC v RAFAA
Webb Cup
CSSC v BPA

The ‘Representative Match’ against the Royal Toxophilite Society (RTS) for the ‘Strong Tankard’. The match takes place annually at the RTS ground in Buckinghamshire. The first recorded match between the RTS and the Civil Service took place on 28th April 1856 which, sadly, the Civil Service lost.

The Indoor Departmental 3-Way match is held against the BPA and the RAFAA during the annual CSSC Indoor Championships at RAF Cranwell and is open to all members. As with the Outdoor Departmental 3-Way match there are also individual matches against the BPAA and RAFAA. The teams of mixed bow styles for the matches are selected on the day by score. The CSSC handicap awards are based on the handicaps of the Winter Cup competition.


Tri-Services Indoor Trophy
CSSC v BPA v RAFAA

All CSSC members are eligible to shoot for the CSSC at any of the ‘Representative Matches’ but, due to field restrictions, attendance at the RTS is by invite only. Attendance at the RTS and Outdoor ‘Representative Matches’ is managed by the CSAA Team Captain (15.01.22 we are awaiting content on eligibility criteria but contact him directly in the meantime)

In addition to this the CSAA organises an annual postal ‘Representative Match’ against the BPAA and Army Archery Association (AAA); the ‘CSAA Winter Goblet’. This competition is funded by the CSAA and is, therefore, only open to members of the CSAA. The CSAA team comprises the top six Recurve and Compound handicap adjusted scores each month throughout the ‘CSAA Winter Cup


Awards; ‘Colours’ and ‘Super Colours’


Traditionally the CSSC awarded ‘Colours’ to those archers who represented it in ‘Representative Matches’ against other organisations. Until 2018 the badges were provided by CSSC. However, when the CSAA approached CSSC for a new batch of badges in 2018 it was informed that the CSSC no longer provided ‘Colours’. At a subsequent committee meeting it was decided that the CSAA would continue to provide ‘Colours’ to CSAA members representing the CSSC in ‘Representative Matches’. Funding for a new supply of badges was provided from CSAA funds. Consequently, non-members of CSAA are not eligible for ‘Colours’ even if they participated in eligible matches. The original criteria for the awarding of ‘Colours’ was three years which did not have to be consecutive. This was reduced in 2018 to one appearance.

During the 1980s/90s, the Association approached CSSC to introduce an additional, much higher standard of ‘colours’ which would be used to recognize a few archers who had been shooting for many more than three years. Despite numerous pleas, the CSSC refused to provide any “super colours” but did not object to the Association producing its own. To this end, the decision was made to produce a special, distinctive, badge. After several initial designs, the final one approved by the Committee consisted of the original CSSC Colours Badge for Archery but with a wreath composed of laurel and oak leaves. The whole badge would be in gold wire with the correct colours for the crown.

The standard required for these Super Colours was set at ten appearances over a period of ten, not necessarily concurrent, years. In 2018 the committee decided to reduce the requirement to 5 years which did not have to be concurrent .

‘Colours’ and ‘Super Colours’ are only awarded for attendance at the following ‘CSSC Representative Matches’ ;

  • The Outdoor 3-Way Departmental Match at RAF Cranwell
  • The Indoor 3-Way Departmental Match at RAF Cranwell
  • The Representative Match against The Royal Toxophilite Society

CSSC Representative Match Badges

In 2019 the Association Committee recognised that a growing number of archers selected to shoot for the CSAA at a Representative Match were being, necessarily, left out of the final team due to the lack of participating archers fielded by other Associations. To encourage participation at ‘Representative Matches’ and provide recognition the Committee decided to introduce an award to all those who participated regardless of whether they made the final team; the CSSC Representative Match Badge. These would be awarded to those who shot for the CSAA at any of the following events;

  • The Outdoor 3-Way Departmental Match at RAF Cranwell
  • The Indoor 3-Way Departmental Match at RAF Cranwell
  • The Representative Match against The Royal Toxophilite Society
  • The “CSAA Winter Goblet”
  • Regional Representative Matches against other Associations

Archers may only be awarded one badge per year; attendance at multiple events does not warrant the award of multiple badges.


Funding

CSSC provides the CSAA with a limited amount of funding for CSSC members to attend Representative matches. For details see the ‘Expenses‘ page in the members area


28.01.22

CSAA Winter Cup & CSAA Winter Goblet

The Winter Cup

Congratulations to Team North West who are this years CSAA Winter Cup 2021/2022 winners


The ‘Winter Cup’ is a postal inter-Region handicap competition based on the Archery GB handicap system. The competition replaced the old ‘CSAA Winter Pairs’ postal competition in 2018 and runs 1 November to 31 March (5 months) with CSAA Regions participating in a ‘virtual’ match each month against all other participating Regions.

Any of the recognised Archery GB or World Archery ‘Indoor Rounds’ are designated as qualifying rounds for the ‘Winter Cup’. Archers may also shoot the outdoors ‘Frostbite’ round.

The ‘Winter Cup’ is funded by CSAA, not CSSC. All participating archers must, therefore, be current members of CSAA and Archery GB. Membership of CSSC does not, in itself, constitute a right to shoot in the ‘Winter Cup’.

A ‘Regional Team’ comprises four archers of any discipline. A Region can submit fewer than four scores if there are not enough archers participating that month. The CSAA Regional Representative is responsible for collecting qualifying scores from individual archers and submitting the consolidated scores to the organiser.

The winners of the competition receive the ‘Winter Cup’ and a gold ‘CSAA Spoon’ with the runners-up and third placed teams receiving silver and bronze spoons respectively. The awarding of spoons is a CSAA tradition that was established many years ago for the ‘CSAA Winter Pairs’ competition and has been proudly continued for the Winter Cup.

Previous Winners:

2018/19: London
2019/20: South West
2020/21: London

2021/22: North West




The Winter Goblet

The Winter Goblet

In 2019 the CSAA Treasurer challenged the Chairman of the British Police Archery Association to a friendly monthly winter postal competition between the two Associations, which he duly accepted. In 2021 the CSAA purchased the ‘CSAA Winter Goblet’ to be presented to the winning Association and extended an invite to the Army Archery Association, which was also accepted.

The CSAA team for the ‘Winter Goblet’ comprises the top six handicap adjusted scores each month from the ‘CSAA Winter Cup’ competition.

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Previous Winners

2019/20: CSAA
2020/21: CSAA

2021/22: CSAA

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The UK is divided into 12 CSSC Regions; Eastern, London, Midlands, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, Southern, Wales and Yorkshire. Each CSSC Region has a CSAA ‘Representative’ who is encouraged to organise an annual ‘Regional Championship’ through which those archers who fulfil the criteria set out in the policy document can obtain full funding to attend the CSSC National Outdoor Championships which is usually held in a different part of the country each year.

For information archers should contact their Regional Representative, some areas are still awaiting a Regional Rep. please contact Sarah for more information about this role.

The UK is divided into 12 CSSC Regions; Eastern, London, Midlands, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, Southern, Wales and Yorkshire. Each CSSC Region has a CSAA ‘Representative’ who is encouraged to organise an annual ‘Regional Championship’ through which those archers who fulfil the criteria set out in the policy document can obtain full funding to attend the CSSC National Outdoor Championships which is usually held in a different part of the country each year.

The UK is divided into 12 CSSC Regions; Eastern, London, Midlands, North East, North West, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South East, South West, Southern, Wales and Yorkshire. Each CSSC Region has a CSAA ‘Representative’ who is encouraged to organise an annual ‘Regional Championship’ through which those archers who fulfil the criteria set out in the policy document can obtain full funding to attend the CSSC National Outdoor Championships which is usually held in a different part of the country each year.

For information archers should contact their Regional Representative, some areas are still awaiting a Regional Rep. please contact Sarah for more information about this role.