If you are new to archery, you must have successfully completed a beginners course before you can join and shoot with us. The course costs £75 and consists of 6 - two hours coaching sessions. Full coaching support, beginners manual and equipment hire is included as part of the course fee and there will be no further charges made for its use throughout the duration of the course.
We receive around 100 enquiries a year from people wanting to do a beginners course. As much as we would love to offer everyone a place, we are simply not able to keep up with demand. We are a small members club that is run entirely by volunteers who all have full time jobs and other commitments so we are only able to offer a very small number of courses each year. We understand that people will be disappointed which is we would always recommend checking out some of the other clubs in the South West if you are really keen to get started to see if they have any space. We do operate a waiting list but we will hold your details and email you before booking becomes available on our public site. Booking is on a first come first served basis.
About the course
You are advised to wear close fitting clothing during the sessions that is comfortable to wear. This helps to prevent your clothing being caught by the bowstring when shooting. You must wear closed toe shoes for health and safety reasons; you cannot shoot in flip-flops or sandals.
The minimum age for a beginners course is 10 years old.
By the end of the course you will:
- Know and understand both the rules and etiquette involved in the sport of archery.
- Be familiar with the basic equipment used in target archery.
- Be able to hit the target consistently at a distance of 20 yards.
- Know and understand the scoring systems used in target archery.
- Know and understand the basic rules used in target archery.
- Know and understand the principles of the 'rounds' shot in target archery.
- Have received information on other forms of archery.
- Have an understanding of the organisations involved in the sport of archery.
- Have knowledge of and have received information on the selection of personal equipment for the sport of archery.
- Have received a certificate confirming the course has been completed.
- Have been given information on the next step towards competing in the sport of archery.
We advise that people do not purchase their own equipment until after the beginners course has been completed as you will want to spend some time getting settled in to the club and deciding what bow type is best for you. Advice will be given upon completion as to the best equipment for you as an individual from the club coaches. If you do already have your own equipment, we do ask that you use the clubs equipment for the duration of the course.