Aug 172011

Napier University Archery Club, supported by Scottish Archery
NUAC was set up in 2004 and competes in a wide variety of Scottish and UK-wide university level competitions as well as and open club competitions. For beginners, the club has a stock of equipment to learn on and coaches to help you learn and improve. This website has been created as a resource for club members, as well as serving as a point of contact for external visitors.

Napier University Archery is proudly supported by the

Scottish Archery Association

 Posted by at 4:59 pm on August 17, 2011
Feb 182016

February and March are upon us; that means NUAC will be busy with competitions and events almost every weekend. Take a deep breath and jump in…



Already we’ve had the BUCS Indoor Championships on the 6th of February where 15 of NUAC’s eager archers made the long trek to Telford to join almost 700 other archers from all over the country.

  • Our Senior Gents team (Andrew Smith, Xi Wang and Clement Rault) finished up 21st overall, with Andrew Smith shooting a mighty 554.
  • Our Senior Ladies team (Sarah Hazell, Courtenay Muller and Christel Yeung) was 13th with a team score of 1492, just one point behind both Oxford University and Cambridge University.
  • Our Novice team (Christel Yeung, Steven Holt and Calum McKenzie) came 11th overall with a score of 1391, scratching a tiny two point lead on Imperial.

BUCS NUACThe UKSAA has published a full review and results from the competition, click the LINK for more.


Saturday February 20th brings us League Match 3 hosted by Heriot-Watt University and February 27th League Match 4 in Strathclyde.

The NUAC Seniors are  currently sitting in 4th place overall after Strathclyde’s second place result in the second leg edged them a single league point ahead of us.  A podium position is still well with our reach.
Our Novice side is doing slightly better, currently sitting in 3rd place overall. Once again it was a  second place result in the second leg from Strathclyde that pushed them a single league point ahead of NUAC in the league tables.
With two matches to go the SSS league is still wide open. To see more about the league, follow this LINK.


The British University Team Championships takes place on March 5th in the University of Derby and features 32 teams of 3 shooting in a Hit/Miss knockout style competition that many claim is the most stressful and simultaneously the most exciting competition of the year.
NUAC will be represented by our A-Team of Andrew Smith, Xi Wang and Chynna Blaehr; Andrew being to BUTC for the first time this year. A lottery will decide if we get to send a B-Team too.
This shoot will be live streamed and is well worth a watch. Look out for more news in the coming weeks.


Saturday March 19th will be the last shoot of the University indoor season. Once again we are off to Strathclyde to take on the other seven University clubs of Scotland. With League points not a concern, we are hoping to have archers of all bowstyles competing. SSS medals are big and shiny so I know you want one.


The Napier Students Association sports ball is on Saturday March 12th at the Corn Exchange. Tickets are selling out fast so if you didn’t sign up to an NUAC table you can still grab an individual ticket by clicking HERE.

Nomination forms for sports and societies awards are available now so be sure to read through the categories and if there’s anyone who you think deserves an award be sure to fill out the nomination form on their behalf. You can do this in relative anonymity (ie, don’t tell anyone) if you hope to surprise your chosen nominee.



There is still open competitions (find them all HERE), the NUAC annual general meeting where you can be elected to the committee and the ArcheryGB  general meeting to look forward to.

Outdoor shooting will begin around the Easter Holidays, more info on that when we get it.

Good Shooting Everyone!!

 Posted by at 11:42 pm on February 18, 2016
Jan 082016

We hope everyone enjoyed their holidays, stuffed their faces and got lots of presents (mostly archery presents).

The new year means more shooting. Training at North Merchiston Club begins again on Tuesday January 12th at 7pm.

Competitions Update
At the end of 2015 NUAC is sitting in 4th place in the Senior team category of the SSS league after Aberdeen, Strathclyde and Edinburgh pushed ahead of us in the second league match. With two league matches to go it is still possible to secure third place back from Strathclyde.
Our Novice team is sitting in 3rd place overall, just one league point behind Strathclyde and just one league point ahead of Heriot-Watt. So far only Edinburgh are safely ahead of the pack with two first place wins and a score of 20 league points.
The final two SSS league matches are coming up in February so there’s still plenty of time to train up and try to get selected for the teams.

The UK Student Archery Association has detailed results and tables from the SSS league and other student leagues around the UK.

Coming up first is the British University and College Sport Indoor Championships on February 6th. This huge competition will have more than 700 archers from across the UK descending on the Telford International Center to compete in the biggest BUCS event and one of the biggest Archery events of the year.


Open Competitions
SAA LogoFor anyone looking to cut their teeth in a more competitive shoot, there are dozens of open competitions to be attended. Check out the Scottish Archery event calendar [LINK HERE] for upcoming competitions.

If you want to know more about open competitions, just ask the head coach at any training session or send us an email or a message on facebook or twitter. Be sure to check the entry deadline for any competition you might be interested in. These shoots can fill up fast so entering well ahead of the deadline is a good idea.

Changes to Archery GB
Finally, but possibly the most important point, Archery GB is proposing the scrapping of the University en bloc fee system. This could mean any university club would have to charge it’s members more money for fees or else face some serious extra costs.
Check out this editorial from the UK Student Archery Association for more information.

If you are concerned about these changes, add yourself to this Facebook group.

 Posted by at 12:13 pm on January 8, 2016
Aug 242015

Napier University Archery Club was hit by tragedy a few months ago when we were made victim to an arson attack. The attack destroyed over 7000 pounds worth of equipment in one night. Things did not improve when we recently received news that the club would not receive an insurance claim for the damages. However things have taken a turn for the better with the Scottish Archery Association offering their support to help the club rebuild.

This assistance will be essential in helping keep our club alive. NUAC owes the Scottish Archery Association a huge thank you. I hope we can continue to work together to re-establish the club and continue our club’s ten yearlong traditions’

– John Ballantyne (NUAC President)

 Posted by at 12:44 pm on August 24, 2015
May 262015

As many of you are already aware we lost practically all of our equipment to a suspected arson attack a few weeks back.

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Edinburgh Evening News has been kind enough to write an article about our plight. Unfortunately none of our committee was available for comment before the article was published.



In an attempt to raise funds to replace everything that was lost we have signed up to the Mars Milk Fund.

Basically the post with the most votes at the end of the month will win £1000 to put towards equipment and other things. At the moment we are sitting in fourth position and with only five days until the end of the month we really need as much help as possible.
If you could follow the link below and vote for us it would be much appreciated.
Also please feel free to share this with as many people as possible.

Nov 112014

The squad to represent NUAC at the second SSS League Match of the year, on Saturday 15th November at Dundee, will be:

Seniors – Bethan, Courtenay, Ewan, Lisa, Piotr

Novices – Arla, Clement, John, Mark, Xi

Also, Equipment Officer Andrew broke the club’s Gents Barebow Portsmouth record with a score of exactly 400 at the Lasswade Portsmouth on Sunday. On the subject of equipment, a reminder that next Wednesday’s training session (19th Nov) will be an equipment session, where everyone has the chance to learn more about equipment, how it works and how to maintain and care for it.

 Posted by at 5:53 pm on November 11, 2014