The Federation was formed in 1984, the year after the second World Championships (held at Himley in the West Midlands). The organising committee of the Championships, C. Aston, E. Hayward, and G. Amer set about forming the Federation, originally known as the NFCF (National Field Crossbow Federation). This distinguished it from other types of crossbow shooting (eg Match crossbow). The first President of the NFCF was Mr E. J. Hayward and the Secretary was Mr C. Aston.
In 1986 the Federation played a major part in the negotiations with the Home Office in London regarding the Crossbow Bill which came into force in 1987.
The NFCF was affiliated to the Internationale Armbrustschutzen Union (IAU) which at that time was the only international body for crossbow shooting.
In the 1990`s the name was changed to the National Crossbow Federation of Great Britain (NCF) Mr A. Bradbury became President in 1995. The Federation through Mr Bradbury was instrumental in forming a new international body for crossbow shooting the World Crossbow Shooting Association (WCSA). The first President of the WCSA was Mr A. Bradbury. The current President of the WCSA, Mr J. Bingham, is also a member of the NCF. The President of the NCF is now Mr E. J. Hayward and Mr G. E. Peatfield is the Secretary.
In the past the NCF has been represented successfully by participating in international tournaments in Great Britain, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Ireland, Taiwan, Sweden, USA, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal. The Federation has also organised one World and two European Crossbow Championships both held in the Midlands.