Arch Clifton - BACG and SCAS Coach of the Year 2013


Arch in action on a ’Have a go session’ in 2012Arch was a joint founder member with Brian Vincent (both now Honorary members) of New Windsor Archers as a section of the Community Association in 1970.

New Windsor Archers then became West Windsor Archers, an independent club a few years later. Arch has been the editor of the club's Bowshot Newsletter for the last 40 years.

He has represented Berkshire and the Civil Service National teams and was the Civil Service champ 5 times and runner up on the other 2 occasions from 1978 to 1985.

After a shoulder injury Arch took to coaching. This led to running the school archery group and one of the Dedworth Middle School lads progressed rapidly to Junior and Senior GB teams before he was 16. He was and still is the youngest ever Grand Master Bowmen.

Arch said "Although only a level 2 coach, I have been personal coach to Paralympian (and Senior Coach) Rob Anderson for about 10 years. He and I also worked with Kathy Critchlow-Smith before her medal winning Paralympic trip to Athens"

He also coaches members of the County Junior Squad and assists at the open sessions organised in Berkshire for archers seeking to improve their archery. During the winter he also supervises at Sandhurst Leisure Centre as a Visiting Coach for Crowthorne Archery Club


As a result of the above, at the recent AGM of the Berkshire Coaching Group (BACG),  he was awarded Coach of the Year.  Arch's name along with Coach of the Year from the other 13 counties was forwarded to Southern Counties Archery Society (SCAS) and was awarded SCAS Coach of the Year.

And now he has been awarded the Jack Flinton Helping Hand Trophy 2013 by Archery GB. This trophy recognises services to coaching. Arch was presented this award at the recent Archery GB AGM in November 2013. Read about Archie on Archery GB's website


Arch said "and best of all I was awarded a Bronze Medal from SCAS" the 1st coach to receive this award

"All-in-all a lot of recognition in one year".


And in his spare time he competes in Bowls, having won at singles, pairs and trebles, but still trying for the fours.