Riverside Archery Club is part of a National Organisation with a regional and local structure to support it’s members.
Our club is registered with Archery GB, which is our governing body and we follow its rules, policies and procedures. Originally named Grand National Archery Meetings (GNAM), the organisation was formed in York almost 200 years ago in 1844, becoming the Grand National Archery Society in Liverpool in 1861. The organisation is based at the National Sports Centre at Lilleshall, and became known as Archery GB in 2007, often shortened to AGB.
Archery GB produces the Rules of Shooting to govern the sport in the UK, but also aligns with World Archery rules.
Durham & Northumberland Archery Association
Riverside Archery Club is affiliated to the Durham and Northumberland Archery Association (DNAA). This is the County Association for clubs in and around Durham, Northumberland and Tyne & Wear. It reaches roughly from Berwick to Redcar and across to Hexham.
The county is managed by a committee of elected officers and holds regular meetings to discuss and approve development of the county. Riverside Archery Club sends 2 representatives to these meetings who contribute to the discussions and vote on the proposals. Other club members are welcome to attend these meetings but cannot vote.
Northern Counties Archery Society
DNAA is a member of the Northern Counties Archery Society (NCAS). This is our Regional association, also managed by a committee of elected members. We also have a Regional Development Officer, employed by Archery GB, who works closely with the regional committee to support counties and clubs.
The other members of NCAS are Yorkshire Archery, Cumbria Archery, Lancashire Archery, Cheshire Archery and the Isle of Man.
FITA (Fédération Internationale de Tir à l’Arc) was established in 1931 and was the world governing body for archery. In 2011 there was a vote to rename the organisation World Archery (WA).
Archery GB is a member of World Archery.