This course is hosted by the IFAA Master Instructors Alec James and Daniel Ray.
Poland IFAA Instructors Course
Daniel and I were asked by the IFAA if we would run an instructors course in Poland, we checked our diary’s and agreed on the last weekend in October.
On Friday 27th October we flew into Chopin Airport in Warsaw, where we were met by Marcin Eckert who is the President of the Polish Field Archery Association, and the person who had organised this course in conjunction with Loet Smit and Lynne Fairhall. The idea was to teach a Level One Instructors Course and to give any help required in assisting with IFAA rounds, rules and styles.
We had chance that afternoon to enjoy the beautiful city of Warsaw, before going out for an evening meal with Marcin to then travel to the course venue which was about 60 km or one hour drive from Warsaw. The venue was an old school holiday camp so they had accommodation and catering all on sight plus large surrounding woodlands and buildings which we could use for presentations.
There were 15 people invited to sit the course on Saturday 28th Oct and Sunday 29th Oct from all different areas of Poland, which was great to see as this meant that a good cross selection of clubs were represented. There had been a course time table set out so that we could make sure we covered all that was need.
Though out the course timetable we were able to use the outside facilities for the practical parts of the course so that we could learn more about each of the participant’s archery competence and their abilities in instructing the course shooting steps and techniques that we had been going though in the class room.
It was interesting to see that the main styles they shoot in Poland are Bowhunter Recurve, Traditional Recurve Bow, Longbow and Historical. There are a few of their archers shooting compound but this is not a style that has really taken off in Poland as of yet.
They are currently mainly shooting 3D competitions but following the instructors course they now see the benefits to having a field course and practice bosses set out for competition, training and developing better shooting techniques and also the benefits for the introduction of taster session courses.
I believe that the IFAA Level One Course was a success and well accepted by all of the participants that attended there was a good deal of enthusiasm from these instructors to pass on the information they had gained to their fellow club members back in their communities where they live so continuing to grow the ideas of the IFAA.
Alec, myself and Marcin traveled back to Warsaw in the evening where we were staying ready to fly home on Monday 30th.
Welcome to our new Level One Instructors from Poland.
- Magdalena Dzielska
- Marta Kołak
- Barbara Widłak
- Aldona Stankiewicz
- Piotr Dzielski
- Adam Staszkiewicz
- Piotr Gonet
- Piotr Gruszczyński
- Tomasz Cejmer
- Daniel Oleksiuk
- Adam Bisok
- Patryk Kęsik
- Michał Stąpór
- Jacek Wontka
- Marcin Eckert