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About us

Loreburn Archers is a target archery club based in Dumfries and was originally formed back in the 1950s.

We have always been known for being a fun and approachable club. Currently we have around 40 members shooting all styles of bows. The club primarily consist of recurve and compound archers. There are still the odd few who shoot longbow, bare bow and more traditional styles. Some club members also practice other types of archery such as Clout, Flight and Field but unfortunately the club does not have the facilities to cater for these.

Over the years the club has produced several top archers. Some of our juniors shot on the Scottish squad and team, representing Scotland all over Britain. We have Scottish record holders, British record holders, even a British Under 15 Junior Boy champion. The seniors have represented the club over the years with Scottish, British and even Olympic champions. Loreburn Archers certainly does have a good pedigree behind it and it is something we are extremely proud of.

The club practises all year round. Our indoor season runs from September through to March. We currently shoot at St Joseph’s College Sports Hall. The outdoor season runs from March to September. Through the summer we practise outdoors at the Crichton Playing Field, when it is not raining or too windy to shoot. Directions can be found on our contact page.

If you are thinking about taking up the sport, we run a beginners’ course once a year. Completing the beginners’ course is the only way for a novice to join the club. However if you have been a full shooting member of a club in the past, please get in touch with us to inquire about joining.

Archery is a sport that is open, to all irrespective of ability. We encourage anyone and everyone to come along and have a shot, the club’s minimum age limit is set at 12 years old.

Each November the clubs runs an open indoor competition attracting up to 80 archers from all over Britain.

Loreburn Archers also run a number of Come and Try sessions at local Gala days during the summer season which introduces archery to a wider audience as well as raising funds for the club.

 

Some of the Team

Alan McWhinnie

Chairman
Email: alan@loreburnarchers.co.uk

Alan has been with the club since 2000 and has been the club's chairman since 2005. Over the years he has shot on the Scottish team and squad, collecting an impressive number of gold trophies along the way. His role as chairman is invaluable to the club.  If there are any decisions to be made, 'Big Al' is there to deal with them.

Ros Mackie

Club Secretary
Email: secretary@loreburnarchers.co.uk

Ros has been with us for a wee while now, starting as a complete beginner.  Ros' technique and skill has improved massively over the years, and then she added another string to her bow by taking on the role of Club Secretary.  Keeping the club going year on year, her hard work does not go unnoticed.

Brian "The Coach" Massion

Coach
Email: brian@loreburnarchers.co.uk

Brian and his daughter Hannah came along to the beginners course back in 2014 and have been hooked on the sport ever since.  Moving from strength to strength, Brian's style and ability keeps improving.  In 2016 the club arranged for Brian to attain a certified coaching qualification (hence the nickname).  This is a massive benefit to the club, especially when we run our annual Beginners' Course.

Chris McWhinnie

Equipment Officer
Email: chris@loreburnarchers.co.uk

Having been shooting for over 14 years, Chris has a impressive record as a junior archer.  He shot with the Scottish team and over the years has broken and held many Scottish and British records.  He was Scottish Junior Boy Champion for several years and even went on to win the British Championships in 2005.  Now he takes much more to do with help run the club, taking on the roll of Equipment Officer and organising the Beginners' Course.

Gary Kirkpatrick

Child Protection Officer
Email: childprotection@loreburnarchers.co.uk

Gary had previously shot at another club in the region, but after moving to Dumfries he needed somewhere with a little less travelling to keep up with his hobby.  He has helped the club over the years with being our "go-to" guy for ever-changing rules and legislation, and holds the role of Child Protection Officer within the club.  He's also our resident handy man!

Neil Irving

Treasurer
Email: neil@loreburnarchers.co.uk

After bringing his son Andrew to the club every week, Neil eventually decided there was no point in sitting on the bench watching everyone else shoot and took up the sport himself.  Little did he know he would end up becoming the Club Treasurer.  Every penny is a prisoner!