The Lubuskie Archers
Archery ( Łucznictwo ) - Poland
The Lubuskie Archers was founded to promote interest in the craft skills, history, and the practice of archery in Lubuskie in the west of Poland. Most of what our group is involved in has been borrowed from the English traditional, so for this reason we might be considered more like an English archery club or society than a Polish one. However, we hope that you will find our form of archery of sufficient interest to make contact with the 'Lubuskie Archers' and maybe even join us at one of our regular shoots and/or archery tournaments. We are not involved in any sort of league, but instead organise regular informal meetings of local archers and open-entry archery tournaments in which we invite anyone interested in archery to take part, not just from Lubuskie, but from all over Poland, the rest of Europe and beyond. An archery tournament organised by the Lubuskie Archers is always an 'international' because it always includes archers from outside of Poland! We encourage archers of all levels, from beginner to the most experienced to have a go. If you are interested in taking part in such a tournament, please register your interest using the contact form at the bottom of the page. If you're coming from outside Poland we can help arrange accommodation and give you any help and/or advice you might require. Our members speak English, German and Polish!
Our archery group concentrates on traditional archery. Archers who take part in our archery events use bows like the English longbow, wooden or composite recurves, or native american and asian style bows. Currently, none of the Lubuskie Archers use modern compound bows equipped with the pulleys, wheels, and sights, which you may have seen used in the Olympics. In general we favour the traditional or even primitive over the hi-tech. Fun over formality.
On this page you can find out something about the kind of archery we practice here in our base in and around the Lubuskie Lakeland.
The four forms of traditional archery practiced by the Lubuskie Archers are: TARGET ARCHERY, SPEED ARCHERY, FIELD ARCHERY and CLOUT (MARK) ARCHERY. Brief details of each discipline follow:
This is a variation on target archery but the aim is to shoot arrows
both quickly and accurately. The competition is
won by the archer who shoots the greatest number of arrows shot into a
target in one minute. Archers use only unmarked and
unsighted bows. and follows the rules set down by the Guiness Book of
Records i.e. that the diameter of the target in inches equals the number
of complete yards in the shooting distance. The minimum shooting
distance is 15 metres. The current
world record, recorded in the Guiness Book of Records, stands at
21 arrows in one minute.
We have also devised a rather more warlike and bloodthirsty version of clout archery. Read about this here!
Other Forms of Archery we sometimes have a go at:
The object of this form of archery is to shoot an arrow as far as possible. A kind of archery based javelin! Flight archery can be done individually or with all the group members firing at the same time. Distances an arrow can reach can be quite staggering so a large area is needed. Witha special flight bow it is perfectly possible to shoot the arrow more than a kilometre. The current world record for an arrow shot with a standard recurve target bow is 543 metres.
Archery Noughts & Crosses (Tic-Tac-Toe)
In this archery game a fairly large noughts & crosses board is drawn onto the back of a target, and turns are taken to fire arrows at it. An arrow doesn't count if it lands in a square where there's already another arrow, but the player doesn't get another shot. The winner is the first person to get arrows in three boxes in a row.
A fun archery game where archers shoot arrows at inflatable ballons. You can also vary this by putting something insidet the ballon with the archer who bursts the ballon getting whatever is inside.
We welcome newcomers to our shoots and the sport of archery, and can loan you equipment should you want to try your hand at archery. Our meetings and tournaments take place in Lubuskie, a picturesque province on the German / Polish border.
You can ask us anything you want about the Lubuskie Archers, archery in Poland and / or join our mailing list to receive news about archery and our upcoming archery tournaments in Poland by using the form below:
All correspondence concerning archery tournaments sent via the Lubuskie Archers mailing list will written in both the English and Polish languages!
The Archery Centre: The specialists in field, traditional, and re-enactment archery.
Free Archery Game: a simple but highly addictive archery game
Archers reference (PDF format) : a useful free guide to archery
The Archery Society of Poland
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