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If you are interested in learning archery with us, you're in the right place. We offer several different ways to learn archery, so contact us today.
Taking up archery
If you are completely new to the sport and looking to learn archery and in particular field archery, then you will need to complete a beginners course. We will be running courses throughout the year, so if you are interested in learning archery, then get in touch. We will be offering a couple of different ways to learn archery, one to one coaching and groups sessions. These will either be a one-day intensive learn archery courses or spread over more than one session.
If you want to attend an archery course, please fill in the contact form opposite and give us a few details about you. Such as age, gender, physical condition and any archery experience you may have had. Plus whether your right or left handed and right or left eye dominant.
Eye Dominance Test
Make a triangle with your hands as shown above. Then pick a distant object such as a clock on the wall and look at it through the triangle with both eyes open. Put the object in the centre of the triangle.
Now close your left eye. If the object stays in the centre of the triangle, you're right eye dominant, if it moves out of the centre, you're left eye dominant. Everyone has a dominant eye.
One day course
We offer a one-day intensive coaching session at our Field Archery Range with a qualified coach. We will start at 10am and finish around 3pm. All the equipment needed for the day will be provided, you need to bring your own food and weather appropriate clothing/footwear. We start at practice targets, where you will get to learn archery starting with basic techniques needed to get you shooting safely and competently. We will then head out onto the course for some more 'on the go' coaching, which will give you a real feel for what field archery is all about.
These sessions can be either on a one to one basis, one to two or one to three. We can accommodate bigger groups but please contact us first with specifics.
Learn Archery - One to One - £45
Learn Archery - One to Two - £40 per person
Learn Archery - One to three - £35 per person
We will send you more information prior to the start of the course.
The Archery Beginners Course Details
The course covers basic archery instruction using recurve bows. We can also offer the opportunity to use some other bow types during the course, once we feel the individual archer has a good enough grasp of the basics.
Our aims for each archer are:
- To familiarise you with the equipment
- To ensure you understand and can shoot within the safety rules
- To get you shooting safely at reasonably short distances of up to 10 yards initially
- Move into the woods for shooting at longer distances
- To begin to develop a consistent shooting form and style that you can build on
- Understand the fundamentals of field archery
- Get a grasp of the scoring systems
- Most of all, to enjoy yourself
The aim of the course is to get each person to learn archery to a standard allowing him or her to shoot unsupervised at Blaidd Field Archers or at any other club. We cannot guarantee each archer will reach that standard.
We supply all of the archery equipment you will need for the beginners course – our advice, is however enthusiastic you become (and many do) – try to resist the urge to buy your own equipment straight away. It’s very easy to buy the wrong kit early on and this can be an expensive business.
We offer individual coaching and group sessions and can tailor the course to the participants. One-to-one coaching is the best way to learn archery. Although it can be quite intensive and tiring, you can beat learning archery in this way.
Types of shooting
There are many different forms of archery, but for the purposes of our courses, we will be teaching people to shoot 'bare bow' style. This means shooting instinctively without the use of sights on the bow. This is the purest form of archery and is a great way to learn archery if you want to shoot field archery.
Please note: Junior Archers (under 16) must be accompanied at all times by a parent/guardian or responsible adult nominated by the parent/ guardian. This is to satisfy both insurance and Child Protection requirements. We can accommodate juniors above 11 years of age.
After the Archery Beginners Course
If you decide you would like to continue with archery after completing the course, you would be very welcome to become a member of Blaidd Field Archers. The costs of archery are relatively inexpensive compared to many sports. Basic costs to be budgeted for would include:
- Your equipment. This can be as much or as little as you want to spend, but we suggest starting with a basic setup which can cost less than £200. We will recommend the type of equipment to buy and where to buy it.
- Membership fees to the governing body. We are affiliated to the three main governing bodies in archery. NFAS, Archery GB and IAFF. We will recommend the body you should join at the end of the course.
- Membership fees to Blaidd Field Archers. The final fee is to our club, this fee covers our costs to run the club, pay for our shooting ground, maintenance, and new equipment. We always aim to keep this fee as low as possible. Here is a link to the membership fees
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