Archery England is a federation of the English Archery Regions, and is committed to promoting archery as an inclusive, accessible sport for all.
We select and manage English Archery teams for the Home Nations events as well as International Archery tournaments such as the Commonwealth Games, and the Commonwealth Archery Championships of Europe (CACE).
Our committee is made up of representatives from all the English regions, along with our executive team, and is responsible for the running of Archery England, as well as the various English Championships, teams, and the development of archery in England.
We maintain close ties to Archery GB (the national governing body for Archery in the UK), the Commonwealth Games Federation and World Archery as well as the other home nations.
Chair – James Cornford
James is a compound archer and has shot for England on a number of occasions. He is a competitive archer and understands the needs and aspirations of archers who wish to compete at any level, from local competitions to major national and international events.
He was appointed as chair in 2022 and brings passion, enthusiasm, and many ideas to promote and champion archery in England and in the wider archery community.
He was a cricketer of some renown in a previous life, having played for England and brings insights from another sport at a high level.
He runs his own successful business, making cricket equipment and understands a business environment and how it relates to sport, including sponsorship and promotion.
James has been instrumental in initiating new team selection processes and rankings systems in both Cheshire and England and continues to bring new ideas and fresh perspectives to Archery.
Secretary – Carol Bladen
Carol began shooting in 1988 after doing a Have-a-Go archery session and has been doing so ever since, initially shooting recurve bow but now (after 30 years) compound. She is also a county level coach and enjoy coaching archers of every ability from novice and beginner to the experienced competitive archer.
She is passionate about supporting and developing club and grassroots archers as well as supporting the England squad and team and believes her experiences as a competitor enables her to support archers of all levels.
She is Cheshire County secretary and is an active committee member of both club and county. She is part of the AGB safeguarding team and brings that experience and knowledge to Archery England.
Carol has been secretary of Archery England for almost 2 years having been the treasurer before that and am keen to continue to promote and develop archery in England.
Treasurer – Jane Richards
Jane joined us as treasurer in 2022. She is a barebow archer, keenly competitive and very successful. She is also a scout leader and helps to introduce young people to the sport through her work at with the scouts. She is passionate about the sport and is a county level archer of great merit and standing. She has been secretary and chair of her local archery club and is still an active member, attending club and county meetings.
She runs her own charity business -Byrne Avenue Baths, a local community-based café and sports centre in Birkenhead, Wirral. This was a massive project to bring an old Art Deco building back to life and the site is now well established in the locality.
This gives her a common sense approach to finance and business as well as her ideas for Archery England and the archery community.