Each month we will shine the spotlight on one of the key personnel involved with the SFAA. This month, it's the turn of Ken Brill, our current President.
Ken has been shooting since 2002 and this was on a pure whim, but quickly got addicted, initially with Archery GB / GNAS, his employment with the Army meant that he moved around a great deal so over the first 10 years he shot with 3 different clubs: South Wilts, Windsor Archers and Oxford Archers. After moving permanently to Scotland in 2012 he joined Birkhill Bowmen in North East Fife turning full time to Field Archery.
Over his archery career he has been involved with leadership and coaching within clubs. He qualified as an Archery GB Coach whilst with Oxford, converting this qualification to IFAA Level 2 instructor in 2014.
He was Chair of the Army Archery Association between 2005-2011, also organising and shooting with the Army Squad over this period. The Squad was successful in winning the Inter-Services Outdoor (York Round) on 3 occasions, and the indoors (shot at the Archery GB Indoors FITA 18) on 2 occasions. He also represented Oxfordshire shooting with the County Squad 2009-11.
Ken currently shoots Bowhunter Unlimited but over the years has shot Freestyle Recurve, Barebow Recurve and Compound Unlimited. He has just bought a flatbow and is “Going to give that a punt to see how it flies”. He has had reasonable success winning the Scottish Bowhunter in 2014 & 15 and the Field Champs in 2016 shooting Bowhunter Unlimited.
Ken favourite aspect of Field Archery is when out shooting arrows in the woods with some friends (any one with a bow and a sense of humour). Favouring the outdoor rounds and tolerating the indoor season. He is also keen to bring people into Field Archery and develop their skills, or just support the fun they have shooting.
A willing volunteer to the position of CEO, Ken hopes to further develop Field Archery in Scotland, through better communication between the Clubs, who are the life blood of the Association.
He continues to be involved in the event management of the 3 SFAA “Majors” hoping to bring together a cohort of “Shoot Directors” to carry forward the foundations laid who have preceded.
Coaching and instruction are pivotal in the future of the Association and Ken is highly supportive of the work done by the Coaching Director & Secretary in developing a strong Instructor/Coach scheme.
It is also Ken’s ambition to try to unite Field Archers in Scotland in order to promote the sport we love.