Nethermoss Archers - FITA Clout
On the weekend of Saturday, August 10 Nethermoss Archers held their third Annual Double One Way Fita Clout Shoot and on Sunday, August 11 they were hosts to the Lancashire Archery Association Double One Way Clout Competition.
Clout is a traditional form of archery in which archers shoot arrows at a flag (known as “the Clout”) in the ground, from a relatively long distance and score points depending on how close each arrow lands to the flag. An arrow embedded in the flag pole is counted as being in the highest scoring zone. A single clout round consists of three dozen arrows, shot in ends of 6 arrows. Tournaments typically consist of a double clout round, in which a total of six dozen arrows are shot.
It was an early start for Nethermoss club members, who arrived at the field at 8.00am on Saturday to ensure that everything was set up and ready for the 11.00am competition start. The weather was being kind to the club with blue skies, sunshine and a light breeze for the majority of the day. A barbecue was ready to welcome the visitors to the club with bacon barms and a cup of tea. Homemade cakes by some Nethermoss members also went down very well at lunch time.
The competition was a massive success with over 40 participants on the day travelling from all over the region to attend. Nethermoss longbow archer, Tracey Scott came third place shooting at a distance of 125 metres and young junior archer, Heather Hughes, came second place in her first ever clout competition, shooting at a distance of 75 metres. It was also a good day for records being broken with six UK records being achieved and 10 Tassel Awards being claimed.
On Sunday, August 11 the weather wasn’t as nice to the club, with an early downpour worrying some of the club members; however this soon dried up and although the winds were a little more blustery, spirits remained high with all competitors. Just under 80 participants entered the shoot on the Sunday. Tracey Scott came overall first place shooting at 140 yards and junior archer Heather Hughes coming first place in the local awards and third place overall shooting at a distance of 80 yards. Heather also claimed her first tassel award and gained two UK records.
On the day six UK records were achieved and 18 Tassel Awards were claimed.
A raffle draw and the offer of free cake ended what had been a hugely successful weekend for Nethermoss Archers.