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Introductory courses

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The club runs Introduction to Archery courses twice a year, typically in April and September. The course consists of six 2-hour sessions: the first 4 are indoors (from 8pm) on Wednesday evenings at Kenley Memorial Hall followed by 2 Sunday mornings (from 1030am) at the Club's field at Warlingham Park School. Course details below.

The Club has a number of members who are qualified archery coaches by Archery GB, the national governing body. The course content is predominantly hands-on, with all necessary equipment being provided. Young people aged 11 and above are welcome; however,  those under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult throughout the whole course.  The cost for the course is £70 per person; with a £10 discount for anyone under 18 accompanied by a responsible adult who is also undertaking the same course. 


We can take a maximum of 12 on the beginners and taster sessions (the "Places available” figure is updated as each course fills up - but we may get late cancellations so it’s worth going on a ‘waiting list’ if you'd prefer an earlier 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.

You must be able to commit to at least 5 sessions, including the first, for successful completion of the course.

After successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of competence. This will allow you to join the Club, or any other GB archery club, should you wish. 

Members joining the Club from the course will also receive written guidance for their first sessions at the Club. Archery GB has also produced a Beginners Guidebook which contains a wealth of information for new archers.

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 Autumn 2019 course will be on September 11, 18, 25 and October 2, 6, 13.  Places available: 0

The Spring 2020 course will be on April 1, 8, 15, 22, 26 and May 3:  Places available: 11

Taster sessions

Two hour sessions are normally held on a summer Sunday afternoon. The cost is £20/person with a discount of £10 for any young person under the age of 18 if accompanied by an adult who is also taking part in the same session. 


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. However, we strongly recommend that you DO NOT buy a bow until after finishing the course and asking advice from 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

We hold regular “Improvers” courses, for all members, usually at Kenley on a Wednesday evening. Cost is £5, maximum number is 8 archers. This may also involve video analysis of the archers technique with advice given where adjustments will be beneficial.

The next course at Kenley is planned for March 2020. Or sooner if there is demand.

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.


Page updated 9 September 2019

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