CALDICOT Castle will be transformed into a spectacular head-to-head archery arena this weekend.

Britain’s best archers converge on the historic Monmouthshire location in a bid to be crowned National Tour Finals champion.

The event, which is free to the public, will take the same format as the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

There will also be an opportunity for visitors to have a go at archery, inflatable football and crazy golf, with many other family activities throughout tomorrow and Sunday (both 10.30am starts).

Thirty-two entrants will compete across the two days, with compound archers taking centre stage tomorrow and recurve – the Olympic discipline – archers competing on Sunday.

Tomorrow sees current National Tour men’s compound champion and World Cup mixed team gold medallist James Mason look to retain his title.

In-form Ella Gibson is going to be looking to add the National Tour title to her World Cup mixed team gold and women’s team silver this year.

She goes up against World Cup silver medal-winning teammates Susan Corless and Sarah Moon, as well as UK number one Sarah Prieels.

Sunday gives spectators a chance to watch four-time Olympian Naomi Folkard in action, along with the other members of the European Games gold medal-winning team, Sarah Bettles and reigning National Tour recurve champion Bryony Pitman.

Alex Wise, the reigning National Tour men’s recurve champion, is in top form and fresh from helping secure Olympic quota places for Team GB at the World Championships earlier this summer.

But UK number one and teammate Tom Hall is also in strong contention for the prestigious title.

Neil Armitage, CEO of Archery GB, said: “It’s been an exceptional year for us with British archers displaying an impressive level of talent in both home and international competitions, with six Olympic and five Paralympic quota places already secured for Tokyo, along with numerous international titles from world and European events.

“We are expecting an exciting battle for the title of National Tour champion within each category.

“The weekend will also be a great opportunity for local people to get involved and have a go at archery, as well as a range of other activities to keep the whole family entertained.

“We are looking forward to working with Starling Bank and MonLife, along with our existing partners to build this into a world-class event – without their support it simply wouldn’t be possible.”

The National Tour Finals will be comprised of a series of head-to-head matches inside the walls of Caldicot Castle, with a 70m target for the recurve archers and a 50m target for the compound archers.

The women’s compound quarter-finals kick off the event.

As well as the main competition, the Key Event Finals, the National Tour Final equivalent for youth archers, also take place.

The recurve competition of that will feature Cwmbran’s Thea Rogers, who shot for Great Britain at August’s World Youth Championships in Madrid.

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