Having now returned home from competing in UKIFAC 2011, albeit still recovering from the late night ferry crossing and an overnight drive, I am writing to you on behalf of the attending EFAA members to say a huge thank you to all concerned in hosting such a successful and enjoyable tournament. I cannot single out any one aspect of the event for special praise as the entire occasion was just so professionally organised. It was refreshing to take part in a major tournament held in such a relaxed and happy environment with a sense of fun and enjoyment prevailing throughout the event. Just the way in which our sport should be enjoyed, by all archers, at any level.
We look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at UKIFAC 2012 where we will endeavour to provide you with as an enjoyable weekend as IFAF have given us.
Once again, our thanks to you all for a great weekend.
Dave, EFAA General Secretary
Hi there, I thoroughly enjoyed the competition and was very impressed with the organisation and running of the shoot.It was challenging and set in fabulous scenery - well done!
Sue and I eventually got home yesterday evening. We returned to the UK on Tuesday, but visited our daughter in Oxford on our way home.
We just wanted to once again thank you and the Dunbrody team, for putting together such a memorable event and for their great friendliness and hospitality.
The venue was superb, and the courses, whislt challenging, could be negotiated safely.
It was our first visit to Ireland, and we did manage to do some sightseeing. We liked what we saw, and hope to return in the not too distant future.
With all good wishes.
Alan & Sue Crowe
What a result! Eight months of solid preparation and two days of performance...... The team who organised and presented UKIFAC 2011 - take a bow.
Individuals did a huge amount of work, above and beyond the call . A small number of dedicated people laid and set up the course .One individual pasted hundreds of targets. Another designed, printed and laminated hundreds of signs.Score cards and groupings took days of checking and rechecking. Trophies were prepared by another IFAF member as well as local input. Sponsorship was successfully raised by committed effort. Communication was established and maintained with Coillte and the OPW. Newspapers and local radio were kept informed . Waste collection was organised. Purchase and transport of materials happened .Marshalls gave up the opportunity to shoot in order to serve. Emails and phone calls flew back and forth.
Different approaches and opinions were adapted and catered for. Everyone pulled on the same rope, in the same direction, at the same time. The effort was enormous and the result outstanding.
Comments from other associations and federations have been unanimous in congratulation. The speed and accuracy in production of results was impressive and drew many positive comments.
A large group turned out for the clean-up, which was complete by Monday afternoon.
To those who came to shoot, to support the raffle and to make new , and renew old , contacts - Thank you .
John Shiel, co-ordinating member of organising group
Enormous praise must go to the organising committee of UKIFAC 2011 and all those who helped in any way with its success. Thank you for a brilliant shoot. The whole event was splendidly run and Tintern Abbey was such a beautiful venue.
Helen O'Connell, Black Dog Archers
Well done to everyone involved in hosting the UKIFAC 2011. Dunbrody archers have done themselves and Ireland (as the host nation) proud. The course was beautiful and thoughtfully laid out. The abbey setting was fantastic. I talked with several groups of UK archers on both days and they couldn't be happier. The comradery evident between the Irish and visiting archers was great to see and I'm looking forward to England next year. Although I can't see how they can better this years event.
Aidan Wrenne, Black Dog Archers