252 Progression Award

hands - badgesGlasgow Archers 252 Progression Award is a recognition of an archer’s ability to score a number of points (actual value required varies on your bow type – see below) over three dozen arrows in the great outdoors. It’s been running for a few years now but became a club member favourite during COVID no matter the class of bow or level of ability. Even the noobiest archer finds medals achievable but no matter your ability (short of International Archer) you will eventually reach a medal that’s just out of your reach … and then the challenge begins.

This is an Archery GB backed national award scheme in use at a large number of archery clubs in the UK who each have their own design of badge. It can be achieved by all archers, irrespective of age, gender, ability or if you require training wheels on your bow! ;o)

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Stylish and look good anywhere …

Starting at 20yrds/18m and only advancing to the next distance once the current is achieved, this is a gentle introduction to gaining awards. However, as distance is increased, it obviously gets harder. To get the next award, you have to shoot better than for the award just achieved … and so the rookie archer is eased into a life of improvement and award chasing – just like all the other obsessive compulsive experienced archers on the line! At GA, the weekend of 29/30th May 2021 saw 6 badges won with 3 beginners and a junior taking their first medals and 33 medals were won over a year of COVID (July ’20 to June ’21). Many more have been won since including multiple golds and both a compounder and a longbow archer have taken the imperial purple, the highest badge we’ve got!!!!! (“And Alexander wept, seeing as he had no more worlds to conquer.” … Surprise! This website can be classy. Admittedly our editor attributes this to Hans Gruber (Die Hard) and not Plutarch!  ;o)

The rules for this particular round you can do anytime are fairly straight forward:

1… Six sighters followed immediately by three dozen scored arrows. Arrows to be shot at the appropriate distance on a 122cm face. 3 or 6 arrow ends, it’s your choice.
2… When shooting recurve, a minimum score of 252 is the qualifying score for the award at each distance. Scores needed for compound, longbow/traditional styles and barebow are given in the table below.
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3… Scores must be witnessed and verified by a senior club member (over 18).
4… Scores should be submitted to a member of the committee as soon as possible after achieving the score. (… but at least let the Keeper of the Badges finish his caf before you hound him! :o)
To prove consistency, the required score (or more) needs to be achieved twice to qualify for the appropriate award and progress to the next distance.
6… IMPORTANT: Your score is always based on the Imperial scoring method. This is 5-zone scoring on a standard 122cm diameter face where scores are 9, 7, 5, 3, 1. So the maximum score possible = 324. Distance shot can be the appropriate metric or imperial distance as shown above, it’s your choice.
(Pro tip … pick yards except at 80 and 100 yards when you should go with 70 and 90m. For those not familiar with imperial measurements, its because yards are mostly closer! 1m = 1.09361yrds)

Additionally, a score from a consecutive three dozen arrows can also be submitted if the three dozen was part of another recognized scored round. So, if you shoot a lights out 3 dozen@60yrds as part of a competition (and it’s the red medal you wish to apply for), feel free to submit this for consideration. Just remember it needs to be imperial scoring, not metric. Evidence of the score with the relevant three dozen arrows clearly identified should be submitted to a committee member.

You can find a copy of the rules for this award here and the extremely attractive and smexy official score sheet here. Most scoring apps have the all the rounds/distances in their lists. If you use the Archers Tookit scoring app, you can submit these scores straight to the GA Keeper of Secrets Records from inside the app. Just get it verified first.

Glasgow Archers 252 Badges can be claimed by the submission of your two qualifying scores and a tribute to the archery gods in the form of a small amount of legal tender, bitcoin, negotiable instrument or precious metals. (£3.50 if you need it in GBP!)

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Our 252 badges along with our 70th-anniversary badge. © Catherine Coddington

So if you fancy collecting the entire set (we still have some 70th anniversary badges left … the things you find in the bottom of your archery storage drawers from Ikea!) … there’s nothing to stop you starting on 20yrds/green and doing every distance so go to it. That display cabinet isn’t going to fill itself. Medals, gotta catch them all, right? ;o)