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Archery Beginner Information

Anyone wishing to take up Archery as a sport must first successfully complete a Beginner Course.

Beginner Course

Our beginner course is an introduction to the sport of archery, for people who are interested in learning how to participate safely. The course consists of six hours of coaching, focusing on recurve target archery, as seen at the Olympic Games. The course is spread over three weeks, with each lesson lasting two hours. During the autumn/winter months the course takes place indoors and during the spring/summer months the course takes place outside. The sessions are structured with the emphasis on shooting, to maximise the time you will actually spend shooting with a bow under the supervision of a qualified coach.

Caldy Bowmen Beginner Course
Caldy Bowmen Beginner Course

On completion of the course you will:

  • be aware of the safety requirements of archery
  • be able to describe the various components of a recurve bow
  • know what the different types of archery are and what bow styles are available
  • be able to successfully shoot a recurve bow at a distance of up to 20 yards
  • know how to complete a score sheet as used in an archery competition
  • understand archery terminology
  • have reached a sufficient standard to allow you apply to join an Archery GB registered club

The course starts with a safety briefing, which will explain the layout of the archery range, the signals that need to be followed and the general do’s and don’ts of archery. You will then be equipped with a bow, arrows and safety equipment before starting to shoot a recurve bow under the supervision of an instructor.

All of the equipment needed for archery is provided by the club. You should however wear comfortable clothing that is not loose fitting (no baggy sleeves) and flat heeled footwear that covers the entire foot (no sandals, open-toed shoes or high-heels). Long hair must be tied back and long necklaces or tassels on hoodies should be tucked away.

For courses taking place during the outdoor season, please bring a raincoat and/or sunhat and sun cream as appropriate, depending on the weather forecast. You may also wish to bring a snack and a drink (in a non-spillable container).

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Membership of Caldy Bowmen

If you have already completed a beginner course or are a current member of Archery GB and wish to join our Club, please contact us via email. ...more


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