Beginners Courses

Monday, 06 February 2017 11:51

Membership of Worthing Archery Club is open to anyone over the age of 10 years (younger children may be accepted at the discretion of the Committee).  Any person wishing to join the Club must: have successfully completed a recognised beginners course; or be a current member of Archery GB and undergo an assessment by one of our coaches.   All members and beginners must abide by the Archery GB Rules of Shooting and follow all safety requirements and any specific club rules.

Our beginners courses are designed to not only get you shooting quickly, but to do so safely. The courses take place during the summer months and typically run for two half days over a weekend.  All necessary equipment is provided.  The courses are amongst the most popular in Sussex and fill up fast. We recommend joining our waiting list so that we can get you on the first available course. You can do this by contacting our Secretary.

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2021 Course Timetable

All of the following 2021 courses are full.  Please email the Secretary if you wish to be added to the list for cancellations this year or to the waiting list for 2022 courses.
The 2022 timetable will be published early in the year.

Beginner Courses Cost £65* and Include the Following

  • Duration

    Courses run for 8hrs in total which are typically split into 2x 4hr sessions held over two days. Unless otherwise stated these sessions are always held on a weekend.

  • All Equipment Provided

    Recurve bows, sights, arrows, and all safety equipment is provided. Please make sure you wear suitable footwear, no sandals or high heeled shoes. Courses typically take place at our field which can get muddy in poor weather so sturdy boots are ideal.

  • Health & Safety & Range Safety Explained

    Whilst archery is a safe sport and suitable for all ages, it is essential to understand a few fundamental do's and don'ts to ensure your safety and of those around you.

  • Introduction to Barebow Shooting

    We typically start shooting barebow teaching you the same principles used in traditional archery like that of the English Longbow.

  • Introduction to Recurve Shooting

    After learning how to shoot barebow we will then teach you how to shoot a recurve bow like those used at the Olympic Games.

  • Refreshments Provided

    In archery you'll be using muscles that most people don't typically use in their everyday lives and so taking regular breaks is required to ensure you don't strain anything. During these breaks tea, coffee and light refreshments are provided and we will also use this time to talk you through other aspects of archery.

  • Development of Correct Form

    Archery is all about form, posture, body position and alignment, and is something that archers continually work on. Our coaches will work with you to start to develop 'T form' and on your release to improve accuracy and consistency.

  • Qualified Coaching

    The courses will be lead by our team of qualified coaches who will ensure that beginners receive the correct training and equipment and that they are safe at all times.

  • Fully Insured

    All beginners are covered by our insurance policy.

* the course fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

After The Course

On completion of the course, all successful beginners, i.e. those who are able to demonstrate the required level of competence, are issued with a certificate, and are then eligible to join the club (or any other Archery GB affiliated club in the UK).

All members are expected to have their own equipment.  The Club runs a short-term bow hire scheme (subject to availability) and we highly recommend new members take advantage of this opportunity.  Purchasing your own equipment when new to the sport can be costly and you will outperform this equipment quickly. Within a few weeks/months of regular practice your technique and strength will improve.  At this point you will be able to make properly informed choices.  Our coaches will happily talk through your options and needs before purchasing your first bow.

The Club’s target field and field course are open to members seven days per week during daylight hours* and all members are expected to comply with Archery GB’s solo shooting rules.  Our members are a friendly bunch and if you have any queries (no matter how apparently minor) then simply ask them or contact our coaches.  They can usually point you in the right direction.

The Club has a Junior Section and Junior members usually shoot on Sundat mornings, with sessions led by one of our qualified coaches.   Of course, outside the managed sessions Juniors are welcome at the club at any time, but those under 16 years old must be always accompanied by a parent or guardian when shooting.

* The Club’s facilities are occasionally closed during the pheasant season (October to February) and may occasionally be closed due to other specific events.

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