About Us

Archery has been a prevalent sport in St Andrews since the 16th century, with regular mentions of student archery practice in Butts Wynd (the archery straw bosses were originally referred to as butts) and the occasional uprising, as well as the occasional rivalry with golf! The University also hosted the Silver Arrow competition, which dates back to the 17th century and is still run to this day. 

The sport died out for a short while in St Andrews during the 18th and 19th centuries before being reinstated in the 20th century (along with the thankfully discontinued suggestion of archery blazers), where it continues, ever growing, to this day.

Nowadays the club's main focus is target archery, and we shoot both indoors and outdoors depending on the season. 
The club currently has around 120 members, and has some members who are qualified to coach at a lower level. It is run by an executive committee who you can find out more about below.

Our committee

Connor Grose
Hi, I'm Connor and I'm a second year PhD student in physics. Archery was a sport I had always wanted to try but had never been available until I moved to St Andrews. After going through the beginners course I immediately fell in love with the sport and the club and wound up running for committee after my first year. Morning shoots followed by Sunday brunch are the highlight of my week.
Faye Shillibeer 

Hi, I’m Faye and I’m a fourth year Russian and Spanish student. I had never shot before starting university but quickly felt at home with the club. I really love the competitive side of the sport so my focus is Olympic Style Recurve and I’m determined to keep the competition success of the club growing – I want us to be the best club in Scotland. We’re also a very social club which I love. We hold weekly socials and attend other events together making our club so much more than just the sport. Archery has been a part of our university for hundreds of years and I feel incredibly lucky to be part of the group continuing another of our ancient traditions.

Secretary & Publicity Officer
Jack Horsburgh
I'm a fourth year Computer Science student and have been shooting with the club since I started here. I always had an interest in archery but only had a few opportunities to try it before joining the club. As the publicity officer for the club I'm in charge of taking lots of photos and keeping this website vaguely informative. Although I started as a barebow archer I've gravitated towards the recurve style since I'm looking to get more competitive this year (barebow still has a place in my heart though, don't tell Colin). 

Lauren Loop
I'll have some information about myself up here soon!

Equipment and Records Officer, 
Safety Officer
May Duncan 
Hi! I'm a third year Economics and Maths student and I've been shooting with the club for two years. I had no archery experience before coming to the club, and now I love it so much I even have my own bow! We are a very friendly club and are keen to help anyone improve their shooting, whether you're a complete beginner or experienced archer.

Outreach Officer
HopeLily Van Duyne
Aloha, I'm HopeLily and I'm a second year History student. Before Uni I had a bow and only a general idea of how to use it (I've improved a lot since then.) I joined the club last year as the only compound archer, and I'm happy to say I'm no longer alone in the category. I'm a summer camp counselor and love teaching kids archery at camp, as well as scouts at Uni. I love going to competitions and meeting archers from other Universities, as well as road tripping with the rest of the club! 

Ordinary Member
Alisdair Cain
I'm an alumni member of the club, having graduated a long time ago with an MA in Management and Modern History. Since joining the club in September 2015 I've become an Ordinary Member and helped at a series of community outreach events. I'm a barebow novice and a fairweather archer. When I'm not shooting, I teach History and Classical studies at a local school. I'm also Captain of the Madras Hockey Club 2nd team.

Ordinary Member
Anna Haynez
I'll have some information about myself up here soon!
Ordinary Member
Jennie Martin
 I'll have some information about myself up here soon!