Beginners Courses

Throughout the year we try to run several beginners courses. These courses teach and build skills for safe and correct shooting technique, using training recurve bows.

Our Next Course

Our next course will be held over two days on Sunday 15th and Sunday 22nd September 2024 at The Washlands Sports Club. Please click here for location details.


Our next course is now taking bookings. Please click here to go to our online shop. If you wish to be added to the waiting list for a future course, please fill in your details in the contact form below.


The price is £80 per person. All participants must be at least 8 years old to attend, and anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times (this person can also be on the course).


If you have any questions at all, please contact us and we'll do our very best to answer them. Please also drop us a line if you would prefer not to book online, and we'll send you details of how to apply by post.


Training Recurve

Format of the Course

The focus of the course is target shooting with a recurve bow, and this is the type of archery you will be practising throughout the course. You will also see demonstrations of recurve, longbow and compound bows, be shown how to score, assemble a target, and you will be introduced to the rules and procedures necessary to enjoy archery safely. On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate and be invited to apply to join the club.


Our Coaches

All of our courses are lead by Archery GB accredited coaches, supported by other coaches and experienced club members. We are not a business, and so all courses rely on voluntary time offered freely by our members. This is why we (as all clubs) are limited to how many courses we can offer each year.


What to Wear

You will want to wear warm clothing that isn't too loose fitting, so that you won't catch the bowstring on your clothing. Sensible footwear is also a must, with no open-toed shoes or high heels.

Arm Guard    Finger Tab
We will provide you with an arm guard and finger tab while you are on the course. The arm guard straps to your bow arm and protects you from the bowstring (which can sting a bit if the string catches you), while the finger tab protects your fingers when drawing back the string.


Joining a Course

All participants must be at least 8 years of age at the start of the course. The course costs £80 per person, which covers all sessions. Any attendees under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times while on the course.

To register your interest in a course, please fill in the form below.


Join the Waiting List

If you would like to join one of our courses, please fill in this form. We won't spam you with messages, and there is no commitment to attending a course if you join the waiting list - we only use this to inform you when a course is scheduled.

You'll need to provide your email address and first and last name so that we can contact you. It would also be helpful for us if you could tell us how many adults (18 and over) and juniors (8 - 17) you would expect to be attending, but you don't need to fill these in and we don't mind if you end up bringing more or fewer people.

Please don't use this form to join an existing course. If we have a course starting soon, there will be a link to our online store at the top of this page which can be used to join the course.

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