Mr John Holder, Captain of The Finsbury Marks (aka, Captain Chaos), informs all archers that any information regarding Finsbury Roves will be posted on the official FB page (Finsbury Marks Historical Roving), The Association of Field Archery Clubs FB page or on www.afac.org.uk.
Any previous FB pages and websites are expired. Dates for future Roves are being arranged and will be posted here soon. The Finsbury Marks has many new archers embracing the tradition of the English Longbow. The support of core Finsbury archers has been paramount in keeping this honourable tradition alive for the last 40 years. This tradition continues...............
The AFAC or The Association of Field Archery Clubs. To be a Member of the Association you must be a club with its own insurance and put on at least one open shoot per year for the benefit of the other clubs in the association. We, the AFAC are not interested in international competition we want it as a family sport but likewise we do not stop clubs or individuals wishing to compete in international competition, we all have a choice in what we do. The clubs follow similar shooting rules, styles and shooting equipment (see Shooting Styles) on the lines of other field archery societies as the se are fairly common rules amongst the other societies.
What is Field Archery ?. it is simulated hunting with the bow and arrow, since its inception in 1939 field archery has evolved into a world class sport yet on the club level it can offer individuals or whole families leisure pastime for young and old alike. It is a woodland sport, with targets set out over a challenging terrain and shot from a variety of distances from 5 to 60 yards plus which can vary from flat, uphill to downhill shots.
Field archery has been called “golf in the forest” an apt description for it is shot by groups of archers, shooting 18 or 36 targets which can be paper faces on bosses or three dimensional realistic foam targets of animals such as bears, mountain lions, crocodiles or wild turkeys etc. To simulate hunting even more all the distances are unmarked so one must estimate the distance as with hunting situations and scoring areas on the targets let you know if the shot was a good one or not.
Field archery is a sport for all the family from 7 to 70 plus, physical strength is not important as bows come in different strengths and different designs so all ages and strengths can have a go and compete on equal terms. Besides the shooting aspect it is excellent exercise walking around in some of the most beautiful scenery in the Kingdom where you will see nature in all its glory and with the lack of noise you will hear all of natures wonderful sounds.
Just to re-assure you Hunting with any type of Bow and Arrow is illegal in Britain. If you wish to give Field Archery a try please contact one of the clubs listed they all carry insurance to cover you and you will find that we are very helpful and obliging.