In The Beginning.

The origins of the League date back to 1995, and a group of Birmingham University Archers, who decided to organize some of the local university archery clubs into a League. The plan was not only expand on the quantity of competitive archery available to university archers, but also create a fun and inviting league that would welcome archers of any standard.

The competitive aim was the BUTTS Challenge Trophy, and it was contested then in a more traditional format: each University hosted a leg inviting all other members of the league, and the results collated into a league table, with each clubs lowest score from the year being discounted. Quite simply, the #1 team at the end of the year walks away with the trophy.

And in an effort to include new archers, who may not be able to compete at the high level attained by some members of a League, a Novice Division was included. The BUTTS Novice Challenge Trophy was contested the same as the BUTTS Challenge Trophy, with the only proviso that any archers for the team could not have been shooting before the start of that academic year. This way, any novices would feel included, and within weeks of picking up a bow would be able to represent their university.

The chosen round of the League is the Portsmouth (including the famed 'Outdoor Portsmouth' at Cambridge) which is 5 dozen arrows at 20 yards. Each leg caters at least for a novice and experienced team from each University within the league. And as well as the team trophies at the end of the year, medals are handed out to individuals at each leg. They are handed out as follows:

1st, 2nd and 3rd Gent's Recurve

1st, 2nd and 3rd Novice Gent's Recurve

1st, 2nd and 3rd Ladies Recurve

1st, 2nd and 3rd Novice Ladies Recurve

1st  Gents Compound

1st  Ladies Compound




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