The Federation was formed in 1984. The year after the second World Championships (held at Himley in the West Midlands), the organisers of those Championships, Chris Aston, Edward (Ted) Hayward and George Amer, set about forming the Federation. Originally it was known as the National Field Crossbow Federation – so named to distinguish it from other types of crossbow shooting; e.g., Match Crossbow. The founding President was Ted Hayward and Chris Aston was Secretary.
In 1986 the Federation played a major part in the negotiations with the Home Office that resulted in the Crossbow Bill which came into force in 1987.
The NFCF was affiliated to the Internationale Armbrustsschűtzen Union (IAU) which at the time was the only governing body for crossbow shooting.
In 1900’s the Federation changed its name to the National Crossbow Federation of Great Britain NCF and in 1995 Tony Bradbury became President.
The Federation, through Tony Bradbury, was instrumental in the formation of a new international governing body – the World Crossbow Shooting Association (WCSA). Tony Bradbury was the first President of WCSA. When Tony sadly died John Bingham served as president for twelve years up to 2019.
NCF members have successfully competed in international competitions in Great Britain, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Taiwan, Sweden, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, and Portugal.
NCF Membership is open to all individuals.
The individual membership fee is £50.00 per year – January 1st to December 31st. This includes insurance at NCF organized tournaments.
President – John Bingham
Secretary – Iris Bingham
Treasurer – Dawn Heales
Vice Presidents – Keith Reynolds & Graeme Mooney
Crossbow shooting is a sport that will appeal to all age groups irrespective of gender. WCSA welcomes people with disability to compete alongside able-bodied shooters and has rules that make this possible.
There are restrictions that apply to those under the age of 18 – see Crossbow and the Law.
Crossbow shooting is organised and run on similar lines to Archery. Afterall it is simply another form of Archery.
Clothing is as for Archery – light, inexpensive, but must not provide any form of support. Boots, shooting shoes and camouflage clothing are not permitted.
For target style shooting the arbalist stands astride the line that denotes the shooting position for all shooters. For Forest, 3D, and Bush rounds shooters stand toe to a peg that marks the shooting position. Shooters with disability always shoot from the sitting position.
Standard Archery bosses are used to mount archery style target faces. Face sizes range from 25cm to 60cm diameter – see Crossbow Rounds.
There is a misconception that Crossbows have a greater hitting power than normal “Archery” style bows. Although the draw weight of Crossbows is much higher than an Archery bow the power stroke is much shorter. This means that the stored energy is in many cases comparable. In ballistic terms the Crossbow bolt is relatively slow and looses energy and slow quite quickly. This means that the range for reasonable accuracy for a Crossbow is much shorter that that for an Archery bow.
The maximum shooting range for a Target style bow is 65 metres, for a Sport bow 55 metres, and for Medieval bow 40 metres.