Governing Bodies & Societies

World Archery is the international governing body for the sport of archery. Its mission is to promote and regulate archery worldwide, developing the sport with over 160 member associations through international events, development initiatives and marketing and endorsed by the International Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and International World Games Association, among others.

It is responsible for setting the rules and regulations for international archery events, organising the World Archery Championships and for the sport at the Olympic Games, Paralympic Games and World Games. 

Archery GB is the national governing body for archery in Great Britain, responsible for all levels of archery within the UK from elite to development level.

They are the Umbrella organisation for English Archery Association, Archery Northern Ireland, Scottish Archery and Welsh Archery Association
Click here to view their website which is stuffed full of useful information.

The Grand Western Archery Society was founded in 1861 with the purpose of promoting and encouraging the sport of archery as well as providing a service to archers across the region.  The Society is affiliated to Archery GB and the English Archery Federation

The Region consists of four county organisations and details of local clubs can be found on the County websites.

  • Devon and Cornwall Archery Society
  • Dorset and Wiltshire Archery Association
  • Gloucestershire Archery Society
  • Somerset County Archery Association

The Gloucestershire Archery website has links to clubs in the county and is a good place to find out what tournaments are coming up.  The Society is the governing body of archery in the County of Gloucestershire, the district of South Gloucestershire and the City and County of Bristol.

The British Long-Bow Society perpetuates the use of the traditional recreational Longbow for two-way Target and Clout shooting, by arranging Bow Meetings for its members throughout the British Isles. It endorses a Craft Guild of Traditional Bowyers and Fletchers who are able to make equipment to the Society's criteria. It assists a number of clubs and organisations who use the recreational Longbow, and many who organise their own traditional Bow Meetings to the Society's Rules of Shooting.

The English Archery Federation (EAF) is a body set up by the five English Regions within The Grand National Archery Society (GNAS) to select and manage teams for International events where it is appropriate for England (as opposed to Great Britain) to participate.


The Regions also require the EAF to run National tournaments and administer such English Awards deemed appropriate (e.g. English Crosses). Entry forms for the major EAF tournaments are also downloadable from their site.