Before you join any archery club you will need to complete a Beginners’ Course, which will introduce you to the sport and teach you how to shoot safely. Our Beginners’ Course Introduction (see below) tells you exactly what you will learn and also has some useful additional information such as what to wear when coming along for the first time.
Our courses currently run three or four times a year depending on demand on Monday evenings between 7pm and 9pm over six-weeks. All Beginners’ sessions take place at our club within the Wells Sports Ground (directions can be found on the Sessions page).
We accept all participants from the age of 8 upwards, but please note that under-16’s must be accompanied by an adult to all sessions. We often find that accompanying adults are desperate to join in once they see what it’s all about, so please consider signing up for a course from the beginning as it will be difficult to squeeze you in later!
Archery is very inclusive and the standard shooting style that we teach can be easily adapted for age and any disability so don’t feel inhibited about signing-up for a Beginners’ Course. If you do have any concerns about your ability to join a Beginners’ group, please feel free to discuss this with our coaches at any time.
The cost of a Beginner’s Course is currently £70 per person for the full six sessions. All equipment necessary will be provided for the duration of the course. All you have to bring is YOU!
How To Sign-Up
We currently run three or four courses per year and they are incredibly popular so please contact us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment – our Archery GB qualified coaches and their invaluable helpers are all volunteers but we try our best to cope with the demand!
The process for signing up for a Beginners’ Course is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest and to ask any questions you may have about the course which aren’t covered either above or in the Frequently Asked Questions list on the Info page.
You will receive a response answering your questions and asking for certain details from you; please respond to this email as it is only when you do so that your name will be added to the waiting list.
When the dates of the course are set, we will email the first group of individuals on the waiting list and there will be a deadline of up to two weeks for you to respond to confirm attendance at the sessions. Please only confirm if you can make at least five of the six sessions. If you cannot make the course and let us know this, you will remain on the waiting list for the next course, but if you fail to respond by the deadline you will be removed from the waiting list, so please ensure that you check your email regularly.
Any places not filled will then be offered to those who are next on the waiting list, again with a (generally shorter) deadline to respond, as above.
Any remaining places after this will be offered to the whole waiting list on a first-come, first-served basis.
If you start a course at another club whilst on our waiting list, please let us know as soon as possible so we can move people up the list and get them onto earlier courses.
Beginners' Course Introduction
The course will consist of six lessons, each of one and a half hours duration within a two hour session time to allow for equipment set-up and take-down.
All equipment will be provided, free of additional charge for the duration of the course.
You are advised to wear close-fitting clothing during the lessons. This will help to prevent your clothing being caught by the bowstring when shooting the bow. No “dangly” earrings or loose long-hair please, and any studs or piercings should be either covered with a plaster or removed; for similar reasons. Footwear should fully enclose the toes – stubbing your toe on an arrow in the grass is painful – so, no open-toed shoes or sandals please.
At the end of the course you will:
- Know and understand the rules of safety and etiquette of the sport
- Be familiar with the basic equipment used in target archery
- Be able to consistently hit a target, at a distance of 20 yards
- Know and understand the scoring systems used in target archery
- Know and understand the basic shooting rules of target archery
- Know and understand the principles of the “rounds” that are shot in target archery
- Have received information about other forms of archery
- Have received a certificate confirming that you have completed a Beginners’ Course in target archery
Should you wish to purchase your own equipment we would advise you not to do so until the end of the course. We will assess your individual needs and advise you on the bow type and arrow specification best suited to those needs. If you already have equipment we will still ask you to use the club’s equipment for the duration of the course.
Useful Diagrams for Beginners
To remind you of some of the key things you’ll learn on the Beginners’ Course, we’ve included these very useful diagrams which have been kindly provided by Jessica Emmett of www.jessica-emmett.com.
Click on each image for a larger version.