Beginners’ Courses

The next beginners’ course will take place on Sundays 12th and 19th May 2024, 10am till 4pm.

We hold regular beginners’ courses at our outdoor field from spring to autumn at a cost of £50.00 for adults and £35.00 for juniors (under 18). This includes the provision of all equipment during the lessons.

The course normally consists of 2 sessions on consecutive Sundays, and you will need to attend both sessions to pass the course.  We are happy to consider different arrangements to meet peoples’ requirements.

To register your interest and discuss possible options, please get in touch, click here to email us. Mailboxes are checked regularly so if you don’t receive a reply in a timely manner, please check your spam folder.

The course will teach you the basics of shooting safely and include at least nine hours of tuition. We will teach you the basic techniques of shooting and scoring and how to shoot safely. The club aims for a tutor/beginner ratio of 1:2.

Safety is paramount and a safety briefing will be given at the start of the course. Anyone with concerns or medical conditions, please ask before attending the course.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the Foxes beginners’ course an archer should be able to:

  • Set up and take down a recurve bow
  • Adopt an appropriate stance on the shooting line
  • Nock an arrow onto a string correctly
  • Execute a basic draw and release
  • Pull arrows from a target safely and correctly
  • Adjust a bow sight to compensate for shooting distance and sideways drift
  • Obey the field captains’ whistle
  • Behave both on and off the shooting line with a proper regard for the safety of oneself and other archers/spectators
  • Be able to shoot most arrows into a target at 20 yards distance

If you would like to know more about our beginners’ courses and get involved in this wonderful and friendly sport, please click here to contact us. Mailboxes are checked regularly so if you don’t receive a reply in a timely manner, please check your spam folder.

We would suggest that you do not purchase your own bow until after you have attended a course. During the course your coach will be able to assess your individual needs and will be able to advise on the bow type and arrow specification best suited to those needs. If you already have your own equipment please have it checked by your coach to ensure its safety and suitability.

After your Beginners’ Course
If you decide to join The Foxes Archery Club following completion of your beginners’ course
you will be made very welcome.
Individuals joining the club within three weeks of completing their beginners’ course will be
given a 20% reduction in the club membership fee payable from the date of joining to the
next 31 March.
The club kit used during your beginners’ course will be available for you to hire for £2.50 per
session whilst you develop your technique and decide on what kit to purchase.
Existing members are very happy to provide ongoing advice and support to new (and not so
new) members alike.