Welcome to Worthing Archery Club and our new website. Our club was formed back in 1949 and has had a long and distinguished history producing archers the like of former world champion field archer Gary Kinghorn and Master Bowman and member of the Archery GB Paralympic Development Team, Heath Saxby. We shoot both Target and Field Archery for Recurve, Compound and traditional Longbow all year round at our field and woodlands on the outskirts of Worthing. The Club provides a competitive as well as a social environment, whether you are just starting out or are an experienced archer looking to compete. Established for more than 60 years Worthing Archery Club has a long track record of supporting archers young and old to achieve success at local, regional, national and international level. We meet from March to October on Wednesday and Friday nights and all day Saturday and Sunday. During winter, club days are Saturday and Sunday.
Worthing Archery Club welcomes both complete beginners to the sport as well as seasoned archers and a warm welcome is assured to all. All members of the club are treated equally whether you have been shooting for 20 minutes or 20 years. If you are a beginner, please read about the beginners courses we run throughout the year.
Details of membership and fees can be found here
Our website has a number of new areas which are only available to members of the club itself. To access these areas you must first create an account on this website. Creating an account is completely free but only members of Worthing Archery Club can do so. When you join the club you will be given a passphrase which you need to enter into the Registration Contol panel on the left and click on submit. Once you've done this you will be able to complete the registration process.
We are very pleased to announce that we now have 4 new coaches at our club. Isla Bezencon, Oliver Johnson, Andrew Walford and Malcolm Jukes all recently qualified as Level 1 Archery coaches. A few other members are about to start their training to become coaches and so we hope to be increasing our roster of coaches very soon. As Level 1 coaches, Isla, Oliver, Andrew & Malcolm will primarily be there to support and help our beginners but in the near future some of our Level 1 coaches will begin their training to become Level 2 coaches who will then be able to coach intermediates.
If you would like some coaching then please ask one of our new coaches who will be able to either give you some quick advice or put together a more comprehensive plan to assist you with any particular problem you feel you are having. As I'm sure everyone will understand, all our coaches are volunteers who do this all in their free time and as such there will be times when they may not be available to help and will want to shoot for themselves. As a general rule, if they are wearing a coaching shirt then they are happy to assist you there and then. If they aren't wearing a coach shirt, then they may not be able to assist you on that particular day but please feel free to ask them about arranging a date for another time.
Our second beginners course of the year took place over the bank holiday weekend of April 30th & 1st May. Seven prospective new archers enjoyed their two days being taught barebow and freestyle bow styles and correct 'T form'. At the end of each day a short tournament was held and everyone was grouping well with scores being very close. On day 1 the focus was on barebow which everyone took to very well and even after the distance was increased everyone was able to adjust and get their arrows into the gold again. Day 2 was all about freestyle and whilst, as expected, the introduction of sights and a different anchor position, was initially a bit of a challenge for some, with the help of the coaches it was only a few ends before everyone was shooting well and by the end of the day many were grouping very tightly.
Again we would like to extend our gratitude to those members that gave up their bank holiday weekend to help run this course, we couldn't do it without you. Everyone on the course expressed how much they enjoyed it, how much they learned and how helpful and friendly they found everyone and many have already joined our club.
If you would like to be on our next beginners course please contact the club secretary our courses are always very popular and we do have a waiting list so register your interest today.
Photos from this course can be seen below.
We are pleased to announce that, for the third year in a row, we will be running the Sunburn League throughout the summer months. If you haven't shot in previous years, the Sunburn League is a great way to not only get or improve your handicap but to also achieve classifications up to Bowman, the highest classification possible at club level and its a lot of fun too.
The league works on the handicap system which means that archers of all abilities and experience can compete against each other on an equal basis and archers can even compete against each other when shooting different rounds. As we did last year we will be shooting variations of the Long Metric rounds details of which can be found below. This year's Sunburn League will be run by our League Secretary, Paul Murray who did a great job of running the Frostbite League over the winter. If you wish to enter any of the rounds please make sure you let Paul know ASAP as places do fill up fast. Paul can be contacted here.
Sunday saw our first Frostbite league shoot of the year. A big thank you to all 14 Archers who braved the windy and slightly muddy conditions.
We had everything from flapping targets to one boss blowing over, but hey that’s what the Frostbite league is all about – braving and adjusting to the elements!!!!
The great thing about this competition is we are in 2 leagues (A&B) A league is made up of the following teams.
1 Worthing A.C. A
2 Ditchling A.C. B
3 Pastures C of A (company of Archers)
4 The High Weald A.C. B
5 Assheton B`men B
6 Woking A.C. B
1 Leek A.C.
2 Andover Archers B
3 Atkins Archers B
4 Worthing A.C. B
5 Maidenhead Archers B
6 Sutton Coldfield A.C. B
On Sunday we shot against Ditchling and Sutton Coalfield – we await their scores.
Our next Frostbite League will take place on Sunday 13th Dec and we will be shooting against Pastures C of A & Maidenhead. Everyone is welcome.
Photos from Round 1 can be seen below