Getting Started in Archery
Archery is a great sport for all, catering to a large range of ages and abilities (one of the few sports where it is possible to have grandchildren and grandparents taking part side by side!). A great way of making friends or just getting out there and trying something different. We provide a friendly and positive atmosphere but archery can be as social or as serious as you like and equipment is provided so all you need to bring is yourself!
If you've never tried archery and you either want to have a one-off go at archery or want to check if you like it before signing up to a beginners course, you can try your hand at one of our have-a-go sessions. These are designed to get you kickstarted in shooting and have a taster of what being an archer is like. If you're interested in booking a have-a-go please see our booking page for availability.
If you want a more in-depth introduction to archery, sign up for our beginners course. This will give you the confidence to set up your own bow and shoot 2 different styles of archery at the minimum indoor competition distance, and will give you the knowledge to navigate competition style scoring as well as knowledge of different bow types and the equipment that comes with them. Completing a beginners course will also allow you to attend practice sessions.
If you have completed a beginners course or are already an experienced archer, come to our practice sessions. Here you can practice your shooting, try out various distances, meet other archers, ask for advice and hone your skills. We have equipment for rent so there is no pressure to go out and buy equipment straight away.
During practice sessions you also have the opportunity to try the 252 challenge. This is a great way to monitor your progress, try out new distances, and earn yourself some fancy badges you can hang on your quiver with pride!
If you would like to try a 252 challenge, we will guide you through but here are the official rules on how to
complete a 252:
- Archery GB rules of shooting will apply - six sighters to be followed immediately by 3 dozen
scored arrows, on a 122cm target Face.
- Imperial 5 Zone scoring, Gold = 9, Red = 7, Blue = 5, Black = 3, White =1, Miss = 0
- The attempt for the 252 rounds must be the first shoot of the day.
- You can only claim a 252 award after two separate days of the same distance.
- When a score of 252 or more is achieved twice, a quiver badge is awarded displaying the distance.
- The badges are available at 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 80 and 100 yard
- There are different scores for different bow styles, please see the table below.
- A distance award may be claimed multiple times if different bow styles are used (recurve,
compound, longbow etc).