Beginners Course FAQ’s
Please take some time to read the Frequently Asked Questions below, they will answer most of your queries regarding our beginners course’s and in particular our policy on Junior Archers attending our courses.
I have a child who is interested in Archery, what is the minimum age you accept?
We welcome junior archers over the age of eight. If a junior does attend the course, a parent or guardian also needs to attend the course and join the club with their child(ren).
Can I leave my child with you and collect at the end?
No. We are not a crèche. If a junior does attend the course we require a parent or guardian to also attend the course either as a participant or to supervise thier child(ren).
Why do I need to attend a Beginners Course?
To join us or any other Archery GB affiliated archery club you will need to have completed an archery beginners course first this usually comprises of 4 – 6 two hour lessons. A course will give you a good basic shooting technique and teach you all of the necessary safety rules
I shot years ago, do I need to attend a Beginners Course for a refresher?
If you attended a course some time ago, or are an experienced archer who has not shot for years you may not need to attend a refresher course. Please contact us to arrange a time where one of our coaches can chat with you about technique and safety and stay with you for the first few ends. This just allows us to see if you can shoot safely and understand the rules of shooting.
What if I have a disability?
Archery is an inclusive sport and we will try to accomodate archers with any disability. This is why we ask if there are any medical conditions or disabilities on the application form so that we can make appropriate provision.
Do I have to join after completing the course?
Although we would like you to join, there is no obligation to join Burton Joyce Archers after completing one of our beginners’ courses.
At the end of the course you will be presented with a certificate saying you are safe and competent to shoot. You can take this certificate to any AGB affiliated club and apply for membership.
Do I need my own equipment?
You don’t need your own equipment to attend our course. We provide all of the equipment necessary to participate in the course and offer a hire system for new members joining the club after the course has finished.
Because Archery equipment is tailored to individuals, it is advisable to wait until you are more familiar with the sport before buying any equipment.
How soon should I buy my own equipment?
It’s generally not a good idea to rush out and buy a new bow straight after completing a beginners course. There are a number of reasons for this, but in the main, it is because your technique and strength will be still be developing and you run the risk of buying a bow which is too heavy to pull and causing injury.
Juniors can be particularly at risk of using equipment which is not suited especially if they are undergoing a growth spurt.
In both cases, it’s always best to consult a coach before buying any equipment and they may be able to accompany you to a local shop when purchasing your first bow.
The club offers a bow rental scheme for three months where we can provide you with suitable equipment when starting out.
Are our coaches qualified?
All of our coaches are fully trained by Archery GB to either Level 1 or Level 2 or Instructor standard. We occasionally have senior archers helping at our sessions, but all are under the supervision of a Level 2 coach.
How much does Archery cost?
There are two elements to taking up archery and joining a club:
- Club Fees – Our current fees for a full year can be found on our Membership Fees page. We also charge a fee for each Indoor Session in addition to the year membership fee.
- Equipment – can range from £150 to £550 for a beginners kit, to well over £1000 for more advanced equipment once you become more involved in the sport. There are a number of local archery shops who provide complete kits and we can advise you on which may suit.
What clothing should I wear?
When you are attending the sessions please wear close fitting clothing and tie back any long hair, it is essential to stop the bow string catching on loose clothing and hair when you shoot, and it enables the coaches to ensure you are using the correct muscle groups when you are shooting. Please also remove any long earrings and piercing which may also catch on the bowstring.
Any questions not answered above?
If you have any questions not answered above, please email us.