We run three courses each year running in Spring, Summer and Autumn. They are designed to teach the basic skills of archery in a friendly and enjoyable way and are run in accordance with the Archery GB requirements and guidelines.
Almost anyone can take part and enjoy archery regardless of age and physical ability, (although a degree of physical fitness is required). However, the club does have strict conditions regarding the participation of young persons (see below for further details).
All the equipment (bow, arrows, quiver, arm guard and finger tab) is provided by us, just turn up and enjoy the sport.
At the end of the Course, you will have been taught the essential safety requirements to protect yourself and others from harm. You should be able to shoot an Olympic style Recurve Bow with reasonable confidence and skill. You will also have been introduced to other types of bows (traditional Longbow, Compound Bow and others), all of which can be shot at Lichfield Archers should you decide to become a member.
On completion of the Course, successful candidates will be presented with a Certificate of Competency required to apply for membership of Lichfield Archers. The Certificate is also accepted at other archery clubs.
Our Beginner’s Course can be used as part of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
What the Course entails
The Course comprises five consecutive sessions which take place on Wednesday evenings between 7:15 to 9:15. Courses usually take place using our 20 yard indoor range but when warmer Summer evenings permit we often try to shoot outdoors on our 100 yard field.
Below is a brief overview of what each week comprises:
Week One: Your first session starts with an introduction to archery and a safety briefing to ensure you and your fellow beginners are kept safe. You will then be allocated a bow, arrows, quiver, arm guard and finger tab. After you have been shown the basics of archery it’s off to the shooting range where you will be given a demonstration on how to shoot a bow followed by ‘one on one’ coaching. In the first week, you will shoot from a distance of 10 yards to get you familiar with how to shoot.
Week Two: After a quick recap you will be back in the range straight away but this time shooting from 20 yards. Our Coaches will help you throughout to improve your technique.
Week Three: In the third week you will be taught how to score and how to fill out a standard competition score sheet.
Week Four: This week you will be introduced to Compound Bows and Longbows and given the opportunity to try out these different bow types. You will also have the opportunity to shoot the Recurve Bow, again with coaching.
Week Five: The last evening will be run as a mock club night. There will still be coaching available but the aim of this session is to give you a taste of what it’s like to shoot on a normal Tuesday/Thursday club night where you will be shooting alongside the instructors and other club members. During the evening you will also be presented with your Certificate of Competency and given details on how to become a member of Lichfield Archers should you wish to.
Week Six: Yes we can count! This is a bonus week where you will be free to shoot the bow of your choice but the level of coaching will be reduced (but will still be on offer if required). This session will also act as a ‘mop up’ for anyone who missed a previous session.
What options do you have after completion of the Course
After successful completion of the course, you may decide to pursue archery further and join Lichfield Archers. If you do, then as a member you are welcome to continue to use the club equipment until such time you decide to buy your own equipment. There is no additional charge for using club equipment.
Course Fees & Dates
We run three courses per year. This year our courses are due to commence on the following dates:
Spring > Wednesday 20th February 2019 – FULL
Summer > Wednesday 5th June 2019 – FULL
Autumn > Wednesday 24th September 2019 – FULL
Each course costs £50 per person. This includes insurance, loan of equipment and instruction from our archery coaches. Refreshments and biscuits are also provided.
To ensure everyone benefits from coaching, each course is limited to a maximum of 15 people. The minimum age for Junior Archers is 8 years old and they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.