The 252 Scheme

The Foresters have recently introduced a new challenge that club members of all ages can undertake – the 252 scheme.

Have you ever lined up for a tournament and looked around at the other Archers and felt a little intimidated? Or wondered whether you can now shoot longer distances accurately? Well the 252 scheme is for you! It’s designed to help you practice your shooting at different distances.

  • You get 6 sighter arrows
  • You shoot 3 dozen arrows [36 arrows in total] on a 122cm face at your chosen distance.
  • You score the round using the 5 zone scoring method [so 9 for a gold, 7 for a red etc]

The aim of the round is to get a score of 252 or better [there are adjusted target scores for longbowmen and barebows – see below] – keep in mind that the maximum score for 36 arrows when using 5 zone scoring is 324, so 252 is quite a challenge!

We all know that there is a large mental aspect to Archery, so if you can line up for a tournament knowing that you can score 252 at a chosen distance then you should be able to feel confident in your ability to shoot a good round regardless of how much experience you have.

The round can be shoot at the following distances

  • 20 yds, 30 yds, 40 yds, 50yds, 60 yds, 80yds & 100yds.
  • The three dozen arrows may be shot alone or as any consecutive three dozen arrows of a longer imperial round.

For each round that you get a score of 252 or better you can claim a badge that you can proudly display on your quiver – badges can be seen here. Badges cost £2.50 and can be claimed from Paul Broome-Faulkner e-mail

When claiming a 252 badge please ensure you have proof of the round that you have shoot, signed by another archer.

This scheme is not designed to take people away from shoot recognised rounds, and it will not count towards your handicap or classification [please do not hand 252 score sheets to the records officer – this scheme is being run independantly] – it is purely designed as a bit of fun and to help people gain confidence in shooting longer distances.

So come on – have a go! Can you be the first person to claim all the badges?

Click here to download a copy of the Foresters 252 scheme score sheet.

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