The Gronant Bowmen 252 Scheme is designed to provide archers with a series of challenges that support their continuing development and progression from novice, through intermediate to advanced. The scheme is effective from 15 August 2017.

For a full list of all the badges awarded so far, see 252 Award List


  • A 252 round shall consist of six ends of six arrows (36 in total) at a 122cm face
  • An archer may choose a distance of either 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 80 or 100 yards
  • Six sighter arrows are permitted before commencement of a 252 round
  • A 252 round must be the first round of the day at that distance, or the first 36 arrows of a competition imperial round at that distance
  • Scores must be recorded on an official score sheet and an archer must not record their own scores. The score must be signed for by both archer and scorer
  • Junior archers’ scores may be recorded by an adult member of Gronant Bowmen
  • To claim a badge, you must achieve or exceed the target score for the distance and bow type in one officially recognised competition, or on two separate days if not in competition
  • Only one badge may be claimed for each distance
  • Achievement must be accepted and confirmed by the records officer before a badge is granted. For claims arising from competitions, the archer must lodge a photograph/photocopy of the official score sheet
  • The 252 scheme is open to visiting archers, attending a Gronant Bowmen shoot; their score must be recorded by an adult member of Gronant Bowmen, or under the direction of a judge if it is a competition
  • GNAS rules of shooting apply
  • Badges cost £2.50 each (plus postage costs if needed)

Target Scores

The scheme is based upon an average arrow score of 7 for recurve archers (red), an average end score of 42, leading to an overall score of 252 for the round, out of a maximum of 324. The target score is adjusted for bow type as detailed below:

Distance20 yds30 yds40 yds50 yds60 yds80 yds100 yds

A round can be shot indoors or outdoors, space and safety requirements permitting.

Rule Clarifications

Rule 3: Since the purpose is to support developing archers, 6 sighter arrows are permitted for each distance being shot. The sighter arrows can be shot in any combination, such as one end of six arrows or two ends of three arrows. The only exception to this is where an archer is shooting a particular imperial round in competition, where the competition rules take precedence (usually only one end of six arrows at the furthest distance).

Rule 4: You can shoot particular imperial rounds and claim more than one qualifying score, since some consist of more than one distance, as long as you have not shot at any of those distances earlier in the day. For example, a Windsor round consists of 3 dozen arrows at each of 60, 50 and 40 yards and only allows the archer to have 6 sighter arrows at the start of the round (not each distance). It is possible to claim qualifying scores for any combination of the three distances, if you achieve or exceed 252 with the first 36 arrows at those distances. Research suggests that that shooting mostly golds at a shorter distance does not yield as great an improvement as producing scores in the blue ring or better at longer distances.

Similarly, if you are only shooting 252 rounds, you can shoot any combination you choose (such as a 20 yard 252 followed by a 40 yard 252), as long as you have not shot those distances earlier in the day. In this case, you may have 6 sighter arrows at each distance, since this does not fall under any imperial competition rules.

Rule 7: To encourage participation in competitions, only one qualifying score is required to claim a badge if that score is shot in a competition. In all other cases, two qualifying scores are required.


Archers are encouraged to start at the shorter distances and work through the distances in order as their skill and competency improves, even though the badges may be claimed in any order.

Once a badge is achieved, it is recommended that the archer moves on to the next distance. Increasing distance will provide the necessary challenge for optimal development of confidence, skill and continued motivation. Research suggests that shooting mostly golds at a shorter distance does not yield as great an improvement as producing scores in the blue ring or better at longer distances.

Ideally, pair up with someone at the same distance so they can score for you and vice versa. If not, ask another archer on the line to record your scores for the duration of your 252.

If there is any dispute over the score of a particular arrow that cannot be resolved within your group, call one of the coaches or more experienced archers to adjudicate. For that reason, DO NOT touch the arrows until all have been agreed and scored for that end.

Remember to enjoy yourself – have fun!