Before anyone can join an archery club in the UK, they must first complete a Beginner's Archery Course which will introduce the new archer to various aspects of archery, and bring them up to a standard of archery considered "safe" for shooting up to 20 yds. At this time, the archer is then ready to join other club archers on the shooting line, and you will receive a certificate of safe shooting. This certificate can be taken to any archery club in the UK to show them you have received proper instruction to shoot safely, been instructed in various aspects of archery, its rules and etiquettes, and you can ask to join their club, if they have the capacity to accept you.
As mentioned, the main subjects we will teach you in order for you to obtain your certificate include:
Not a specific part of the certificate requirements, but we may take any opportunity that arises to show you how to repair equipment (like parts of the arrows, etc.) and also let you know when you might be ready to purchase your own equipment and how to prepare for your first kit. Please DO NOT buy any equipment now. What is right for you at the start of the course will not be right for you just a few weeks or a couple of months after you have started shooting. We provide equipment for the course and will upgrade as your technique improves and your equipment requirements change.
My courses are run over four lessons. Lesson one will start with enrolment and be followed by a brief description of the equipment you will be using throughout your course, including the recurve bow, arrows and various other archery accessories. You will also receive important safety instructions which must be followed at all times. Soon we will get down to business, starting with a demonstration of shooting in the "Barebow" style of archery. Then it is your turn and you will get plenty of time to practice shooting under my watchful eye.
Every archery lesson will have a short interval in the middle to give you a break and chance to take refreshments. During this interval some information about various aspects archery will be provided, that you need to know about to complete the course. The second half will mostly be dedicated to your practice. In the early stages, hitting the centre of the target is not important. What I will be looking for is how your arrows are grouping on the target.
In subsequent lessons you will be shown how to set-up and take-down your own bow and have sights added to the bow when you will be shown how to shoot in the more common "Freestyle" method. Now with sights attached, these can be adjusted to match your shooting style and you will find your group of arrows moving towards the centre!
Places are normally limited to four students per course to give you the best 1-on-1 coaching as well as giving you the most opportunity to shoot, because you are not in group of many people doing the same course. So enter your details into the Enrolment Form early to avoid disappointment and we will get you shooting as soon as possible.
Please refer to the FAQ page for more information.
We are planning to run Beginners' Courses throughout the year. We hope to have enough people to run the first course of 2018 in February, followed by a course one or two months apart through the year (depending on holidays etc.). Courses consist of 4 sessions which will run on Saturday afternoons from 1pm to 4pm. This includes an interval in the middle for light refreshments and some archery education as required to complete the course.
You need to be able to attend all four lessons to complete the course and obtain your certificate, so please only apply if you are able to commit to all four lessons. No refunds can be provided once the first session has started (except in some exceptional circumstances).
I try to make the sessions fun and enjoyable for all, whilst still providing fully qualified, structured training. I hope you will also enjoy taking your course with Targeting Archery.
Note: Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during the course sessions.