IFAF is affiliated to the International Field Archery Association (IFAA).The International Field Archery Association is an amateur sports association that was founded in 1970 and represents over 60,000 field archers in more than 45 member countries from all over the world.
Being a member of IFAF not only enables archers to enjoy the sport domestically but also to participate in their sport at an international level thus strengthening the ties within the ‘family of archers’ on a world wide basis.
WHAT IS FIELD ARCHERY?
Field archery involves shooting at targets of varying sizes at different distances usually outdoors and in woodland terrain. Field archery is a sport which can be enjoyed by all ages and members of IFAF range in ages from those under 10 to those over 70. It is popular with families as it is a hobby which the whole family can enjoy together.
Depending on the type of round being shot the targets used are either 3-dimensional foam/rubber animals or images of animals or circular targets. The number of targets on a course depends on the type of round being shot.
There is a strong, active archery community within IFAF. Members and their clubs are spread around the country and can be found in all four provinces. Most weekends a club will host a tournament and archers will travel to the length and breadth of the country to compete.
In addition to a vibrant domestic shoot-circuit there is ample opportunity to travel abroad to compete at international tournaments. Recent achievements by members of IFAF in 2018 include:
- 6 medals (1 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze) from the IFAA European Bowhunter Championships, in Germany, where 38 members competed,
- 15 medals (6 Gold, 8 Silver and 3 Bronze) from the UK and Ireland Field Archery Championships, in Scotland, where 25 members competed and
- 1 medal (Gold) from the IFAA World Field Archery Championships in South Africa, where 1 member competed
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