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Beginners' Courses


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:

Once you have learnt all this you are then ready to join other archers at an archery club.

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 after it finishes, if you decide to go on and join our club. We will upgrade it as your technique improves and your equipment requirements change. When you have settled into your correct technique and built up to the position where you are ready, usually around 6 months, we will then be happy to help and advise you in purchasing your own equipment, if you would like.

Gift Certificates

If you have a family member or friend that might like archery, why not get them a Gift Certificate for an Archery Beginners' Course or for one or more Have-a-Go sessions. These make great gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, retirement, well done gift and many more special occasions. Head over to our Gift Certificate page for more information and to order your certificates.

Next Beginners' Courses

We run our Beginners' Courses throughout the year. Courses consist of 4 sessions which normally 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.

Next course dates:

The COVID-19 situation has meant we have dedicated equipment to current archers and we don't have enough to free equipment to run a course at the moment. We are looking at options to resolve this situation and will posts dates here when we have spare equipment again.

You can still complete our Enrolment Form and we will contact you as soon as we are ready to run the next course.

More dates to follow when the coronavirus situation has passed. Check back later for further courses. Stay safe and healthy, everyone.

Contact me if you are interested in taking a course. Alternatively add you name to the waiting list immediately by completing the on-line enrolment form.

  • Minimum age to take a course is 10 and must be physically able and mature enough to complete the course safely. [ 1 ]
  • Cost:  £80 per person (all ages) payable in advance.
  • The cost includes:
    • All archery equipment
    • All archery instruction from qualified Archery GB coaches
    • All hand-outs
    • Light refreshments
  • Refer to the FAQ page for clothing recommendations.

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. Due to the information provided, the first session is always mandatory. Should you be unable to attend one of the following sessions it might be possible to arrange an alternative session. (Note this sometimes comes at an extra cost). No refunds can be provided once you have paid and been confirmed on a course (except in some exceptional circumstances).

We try to make the sessions fun and enjoyable for all, whilst still providing fully qualified, structured training. We hope you will also enjoy taking your course with Targeting Archery.

[ 1 ] Note: Under 18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times during all of the course sessions.

What to Expect

Our 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 our 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 we 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!

Targeting Archery

Places are kept low on each 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 a large group of 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.