Beginners Courses

Beginner classes

Beginner classes in full flow

Archery has historically been used for hunting and combat; in modern times, however, its main use is that of a recreational activity. While there are several forms of archery, such as “Field”, “Clout”, and “Hunting”, the most popular form is “Target Archery”, and that is what we do. This involves shooting arrows, and as you may have guessed, we aim at a target.

People of all ages and abilities practice target archery, either to compete with themselves or against others, but ultimately, to have a good time. If you want a piece of the action, consider a taster session with us before signing up for a beginners course.

We provide tuition for beginners, both from our qualified coaches and the experience of our skilled archers. You will be taught the proper technique for shooting and how to use archery equipment correctly and safely by expert club coaches and members.

All the equipment you will need is provided to get you started, from a bow and target down to a bracer or tab. You will be taught basic shooting techniques while shooting at targets at a distance of 20 yards using a recurve bow.

You will also be given advice on what kit is suitable for you to purchase when you complete your training, but you are free to use the bow you learnt with for as long as you feel necessary. Our members can provide valuable experience and knowledge when it comes to bow selection, but at the end of the day, it will be your choice, as a bow has to be correct for you and your measurements.

It is strongly recommended that you do not buy any equipment before you start, as it can be both a waste of money and even physically damaging. Please get in touch and speak to one of our archers before purchasing any kit.

Beginner Courses

We host beginner classes a couple of times a year. We are lucky to have use of a local indoor sports center for our beginner classes to allow you to focus on the art of archery without having to contend with the British weather… that will come later. If you have completed a beginner course elsewhere but would prefer to join our club, please get in touch.

Our Beginners courses are provided at a minimal cost because we want archery to be accessible to anyone who wants to pick up a bow.

Cost: £  TBA for 2022-2023 when done outside at the field

Cost: £  TBA for 2022-2023 when done inside as we have to rent the hall

The club will provide any and all equipment needed for the course – you will not be allowed to use your own equipment. Our courses are run over three sessions each 4-5 hours long, and you will need to complete all the sessions supervised shooting. This then qualifies you to become a member of our (or any other UK Archery GB ) club. Follow us on Facebook to stay informed about future courses.

NEXT COURSE: To be announced please email for current prices and full details 

The next beginners course will normally take place over three weekends on Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 6pm.
You will need to attend each afternoon. At the end of the course you will be able to join our club or join any other Archery GB affiliated club.
As a beginners course is a pre-requisite in order to join a club, this is the perfect opportunity to get ready for the summer season.

To apply for a place on the next course

For information please email:   and put Beginners Course in the subject line. Places are filled on a first come, first served basis and there are limited spaces available, so if you would like to attend, please email as soon as possible to register your interest.

Children must be at least 7 years old to undertake our beginners courses.
All equipment is supplied.

Read on for information for new members.