Introductory courses

Warlingham Archery Club Surrey CR6 9PB Arrows on target

The club runs Introduction to Archery courses twice a year, typically in April and September. The course consists of six 2-hourly sessions: the first 4 are indoors on Wednesday evenings at Kenley Memorial Hall followed by 2 Sunday mornings at the Club's field at Warlingham Park School. Course details below.

The Club has a number of members who have qualified as coaches by Archery GB, the national governing body. The course content is predominantly hands-on, with all necessary equipment being provided. Children aged 11 and above are welcome; however, a responsible adult must accompany children under 18 throughout the whole course.  The cost for the course is £70 per person; however, there is a £10 discount for any child (11- 17) accompanied by a parent/guardian also undertaking the course. 


We frequently get requests from parents about doing the course either just before or after their son or daughter takes their 1st lesson. Sometimes this is not possible if the class is full (they normally are). It’s certainly worth considering beforehand especially as you can have some friendly rivalry whilst encouraging and helping each other progress.

Topics covered include:

Session 1: Welcome and introductions; safety in archery; basic equipment; warm up exercises; basic shooting technique; shooting under tuition.

Session 2: Safety reminder; shooting under tuition; introduction of the sight; talk on aiming; talk on different forms of archery.

Session 3: Safety reminder; shooting under tuition; demonstration of various bow types and talk on equipment  selection.

Session 4: Review of technique; shooting under tuition; talk on archery etiquette, scoring , rounds and awards. 

Session 5: (Sunday, at field) Safety reminder, review of technique; guided instruction.

Session 6: (Sunday, at field) Guided observation; Course Competition; open forum; presentation of Certificates of Competence.

After successful completion of the course you can join the Club, or any other club, should you wish.

If you join the Club you can hire bow/arrows etc until the next course is due (usually 6 months). The cost is £1 per week. 

The Spring 2018 course will probably run throughout April and early May. Places available: 11 

We can take a maximum of 12 on the beginners and taster sessions (the "Places available" is updated as each course fills up).

Taster sessions

Two hour sessions are normally held on a summer Sunday. Cost is £20/person; cost for children aged 11-17 is £10 if accompanied by a participating adult. 


If you are interested in details of the next course, taster session or would like further information then contact the Secretary


If you are considering purchasing equipment, you should first read this document (pdf, 3.5Mb) and talk to a coach. When you've bought your bow, arrows, etc., make a date with one of the coaches to check the set up and to get help tuning the equipment to its most efficient level for you.

Additional coaching

The Coaches (Dave, Gary, Jeff, Paul) are available to assist members select and set up equipment, tune bows, review technique, etc should you want advice. Just discuss your requirements and agree a time/place at the Club. They’re always happy to help.


Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) award

We welcome students wishing to use archery towards their DoE award. This is our guidance document (pdf, 180kb). 

Contact the Secretary for more information.


archery, archery lessons, archery training, course, archery in surrey, archer, clout, bow, longbow, archery clubs in surrey, surrey archery, chelsham, kenley, caterham, whyteleafe, warlingham, woldingham, croydon, hamsey, riddlesdown, purley, sanderstead, training, surrey clout, croydon, east surrey, tandridge, addiscombe, tatsfield, warlingham park school, bowmen, archery classes, 

Page updated 24 September 2017

| Contact | Site Map |
All content © WAC 2017 unless stated otherwise. All rights reserved.