Beginners Courses


General information 

Each course consists of four sessions and will cost £70 in total.  Note that you need to attend four sessions. The course fee will be allowed against your first year’s membership if you decide to join the club on completion of the course, and for under 18s club membership is free for the first

If you would like to receive further details then please complete the Contact-Us form and select the heading “Register beginners Course Interest”

Please note that  juniors must be at least 10 years old. However, juniors younger than 10 may be considered following an assessment.

When enquiring please include the following details:

  1. Full name, address, email and contact telephone number
  2. Emergency contact name, address, and telephone number (in case of accident)
  3. Age if under 18

Our beginner’s courses consist of four 2 hour sessions on consecutive weeks at our outdoor venues.  All equipment is provided for – you only need to bring yourself (and maybe some boots and a raincoat if the weather turns inclement).

You will be taught target archery and learn to shoot a recurve bow with a sight.  You will be provided with your own bow for the day (no sharing!) and share a target with other archers.  An experienced club coach will instruct and guide you throughout the session.

Please come dressed in close fitting long sleeved tops. Thin layers work best in colder days. Bulky and loose clothing can catch the string on release and arm strike is quite possible as novices get to grips with a consistent technique.  We will provide protective arm guards but for additional safety please wear long sleeves.  Facial piercings should be removed and long hair tied back.

For your safety, open toe footwear is not allowed.

Membership of Wilford Bowmen or indeed any club is dependent on completing the course – there is no obligation to join afterwards.  You will be issued a certificate upon successful completion of the course – with this you should be able to join any club in the UK after their vetting process.  Your application to join this club may be subject to committee vote.

Cancelled sessions due to poor weather (decided by us) will be rescheduled – normally after the originally proposed dates.  Please allow for course dates to run beyond the original proposed dates due to variable weather.  Be prepared to shoot in light/intermittent rain (this is the norm for archery!).

After the course there will be a follow up session where your options are discussed.