Welcome Philip Vyver

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Welcome Philip Vyver

23 September, 2019

It is a real pleasure to be able to welcome Phillip Vyver to the role of General Manager of Archery New Zealand.

Phil has a very extensive knowledge and background in sport administration, and I am really looking forward to seeing just what he can achieve in this role. This appointment is another exciting and major step in our associations drive to become much more professional and structured, as we move our sport forward in the coming years.

I am sure Phil will be keen to get out and meet as many of our members as possible over the coming months, and now that we have a full complement of board members, as well as the two pivotal roles of General Manager, and Administration manager in place, I feel that we can really start to see some major improvements to our organisational structure.

Yours sincerely 
Colin Mitchell
Chair of Board
Archery New Zealand


Phil Vyver comes to Archery NZ with an extensive sports administration background.  He possesses a broad range of skills with strengths in financial management, operational management and developing strong relationships.  He has most recently been General Manager of Auckland Bowls and has held previous roles with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in the United Kingdom, along with positions at Counties Manukau Badminton, Sport Bay of Plenty and Manukau City Council. 

Phil has been a longstanding member of the Organised Sport Advisory Committee for Aktive Auckland and a representative to the Auckland Council committee ‘One Voice for Sport and Recreation’ strongly advocating for sport in Auckland.

Vyver said he was looking forward to the role and bringing a fresh energy to a sport with a long history in New Zealand. “What excites me about the role is the growth potential in the sport, primarily at the grassroots level. We need healthy sports clubs if we are serious about the well-being of our communities. Archery is a sport that can be played by everyone, irrespective of ability, age or ethnicity. I see great potential to work closely with the clubs and grow the sport, particularly with young people."