The club’s coaching team is supported by unpaid qualified coaches and coaching volunteers who are very knowledgeable archers and have experience of coaching. Every Wednesday one of the coaching team is on duty to offer their help to our members. They can help archers with their shooting technique, equipment issues such as buying, equipment set up, bow tuning and maintenance, as well as sharing their immense knowledge and expertise on all things archery.
Please do not be shy to ask anyone from the coaching team for help and advice, even if you just need a confirmation that you are doing well or even if sometimes you are not quite sure what exactly you need assistance with – you will figure it out together. All of our coaches are very approachable and happy to help. See their little biography blurbs to make your acquaintance. Did you know we have a former Scottish Junior squad coach and British Olympic Team Manger amongst out midst?
Get to know your coaching team :)
Moira Taylor (County Coach – Level 3 Coach)
1) I am an active County Coach and have been since Robin Hood was a boy!
2) I was previously the SAA Junior Squad Manager and Coach for 9 years.
3) I organised and coached the Eastern Area Squad 2014 -2017.
4) I have coached several archers of MB level and to Scottish Team level.
5) I ran the EA annual Coaching Workshop from 2009-2014.
6) I was awarded a Highly Commended Coaching award by SAA 2014 and was awarded joint Coach of the Year Award by my local Sports Council 2014.
7) I sit on the SAA Coaching Committee.
8) I am currently the Director of Coaching for SAA.
In addition I have competed at Scottish Team & GB level (albeit some 20 years ago!), have competed at a Commonwealth Games and was Great Britain Team Manager from 1992-96 culminating at the Olympic Games in 1996.
As a coach my ethos is one of giving the archer responsibility for their own learning whilst trying to create a supportive environment where they can learn and grow and shoot to their potential.
Maya Clayton(Level 2 Coach)
I started archery as a novice in 2004 at Durham University and have been a recurve archer ever since. At that time not only I have fallen in love with the sport this is also where I met my other half [you’ll rarely see me in the club without my sidekick ;) …], so archery has been a big part of our lives.
In 2005 I achieved my first coaching qualification as an Archery Leader since Durham archery club needed a coach. Started out of necessity my coaching path continued out of passion for the sport and enjoyment of working with archers of different ages and levels.
Later on I was a member of St. Andrews University Archery Club as a coach and as a club captain. I was very proud of my captaincy as I was awarded the St. Andrews Blue for my shooting during that year, was presented with The Most Improved Club of the Year award by the Athletic Union for organisational support, improving the club’s social and competitive standing, raising money for the club through charity events, and (the most important contribution!) organised a committee for choosing and bringing into the club life the now beloved mascot – Andy the Lion! (he is a pink lion with a fluffy main…. it’s a long story)
As an archer I have experience shooting in University competitions in NEUAL (North East Universities Archery League) and SSS (Scottish Student Sport), as well as open competitions. My story as an archer was not always a smooth one, but even when I am not able to shoot I try to be involved in the club either through coaching or my committee responsibilities.
I love competitive archery, but also admire its versatility and inclusiveness. I take the sport seriously and strongly believe that every archer, whether they consider themselves a competitive athlete or a social archer, can benefit from learning about the sport and improving their shooting with a help of dedicated coaches. It just makes it so much more rewarding.
Phyllis Pettett (Level 2 Coach)
I have been a level 1 coach since February 2015 and since then I have gained experience in coaching participants on Beginners Courses, Come & Try sessions and have worked with children with terminal illness, partially sighted and children with a range of complex difficulties which requires a great deal of understanding, patience and compassion. In addition to this I am part of the coaching rota for the club.
I started shooting in November 2012 and have been a competitive archer from about 3 months into my novice year to the present day, gaining many medals along the way.
In my novice year I won the ladies novice recurve at our club’s indoor championships and also the Ian Wells Handicap Trophy for the most improved handicap, I was also lucky enough to set a new Scottish Record for a Windsor round at one of my first outdoor competitions.
In 2015 and 2016 I was selected for the East Area Development Squad and also the Eastern Area of Scotland Ladies Recurve Team, shooting in two team events, one of which was the National County Team Championships held at Lilleshall National Sports Centre, Newport, the home of Archery GB.
I am an active committee member previously holding the post of coaching Organiser and am presently the club Treasure. I am also the Treasurer for SAA Eastern Area and the Chairperson for SAA Tournament Organiser Group.
I am extremely passionate about archery, and through being a coach get a real buzz out of being able to pass on my enthusiasm on to others, I believe that coaching is a vital part of every archers development whether they choose to be a social archer or a competitive archer, as to see yourself improve only adds to the pleasure and fun we get from shooting, no matter what level you are at, or what level you want to take your archery to.
As a coach it gives me a great sense of satisfaction and is something I enjoy very much.
George Thompson (Level 1 Coach)
My name is George Thomson and I joined the club as a junior back in 1978. Having never tried archery before I found that I loved the sport and have never lost that feeling ever since. I have held various committee roles over the years from Records Officer, Treasurer and President and appreciate the hard work done by a committee to run our club. After many years helping out with coaching at the club as an experienced archer, I decided to go for my coaching exams and qualified as a club coach in 2007. I thoroughly enjoy archery and hope to continue shooting for many years to come.
Tony Laduss (Level 2 Coach)
My archery career started in 2011 when a work colleague invited me to a Come & Try session his club was holding to attract new members and have been hooked since. I enjoy the competition and camaraderie that the archery community provides. Although not a fanatical competitive archer, I did venture into my first outdoor competition in 2016, something I enjoyed and will continue.
I became interested in the possibility of coaching after being asked to assist in the set-up and running of the beginners course run at Balbardie Archers in Armadale (my previous club). A year or so later and having helped at a number of beginners courses as well as numerous and various Come & Try and school class days I was asked if I would consider taking on a Level 1 coaching course and I eagerly accepted the invitation. During my time assisting I had seen many young and promising beginners of all ages progress from raw recruits to seasoned competition archers and in some cases competition winners and Scottish record holders. This spurred me on to want to help further in the introduction and retention of people to this wonderful sport. That was in early 2016. Course duly completed and I gained my Level 1 coaching badge in December 2016. I was previously a Child Protection Officer with Balbardie Archers, as well as being a member of the club committee and a member of the coaching team. I am now part of the coaching rota with FCA.
I am excited about passing on my experience and knowledge to others and get genuine satisfaction is seeing people progress and becoming as passionate as I am about this sport. I truly believe that coaching is important to allow every archer to develop their own natural talents to wherever that may take them. Who knows, the next club beginner might be an Olympic medalist or just want turn up on a Wednesday and enjoy the banter. It’s good to watch people grow in confidence as their scores increase and I get a degree of satisfaction knowing I may have helped them on that journey. I actively promote archery at every opportunity as a sport that can be enjoyed by all. I get a great sense of satisfaction as a coach and something I enjoy very much and will continue hope to develop further.
Toni Smillie (coaching volunteer)
Toni started out in archery at the age of 17 when she started at Edinburgh University. She was quickly hooked and went on to win the Scottish University Ladies event in her first year. Since there was always a need for coaching in the University club, she took her first coaching qualification in her 2nd year (What was then called “Instructor”, the equivalent of Level 2 Coach these days). She progressed with both her shooting and coaching, winning the British Universities championship and several Scottish competitions. After leaving University she was a founding member of Lauriston Castle Bowmen as an archer, coach and committee member.
On getting married a couple of years later, Toni moved to Falkirk, and joined some great friends at Falkirk Company of Archers.
Her shooting continued to improve and she achieved Master Bowman classification and became a member of the Scottish team, competing in Scotland, England, Germany and Denmark. She continued to develop her coaching skills and became a County Coach. As County Coach, Toni was involved in coaching at Scottish archery training courses, and training and examining new coaches.
Having shot for Scotland for a few years and just missed out on a Commonwealth Games place, Toni dropped out of archery while her children were growing up, and only returned when her daughter was doing a Duke of Edinburgh award and expressed an interest in archery. Needless to say, Toni was soon sucked back into archery, and became involved in coaching and the club committee once more.