Beginners courses

All beginners courses are now booked up for this year – our next available course will be February 2022.

Our next taster sessions will be in May 2022.

A beginners course is a fun introduction to archery that will leave you competent and able to shoot on your own at a club. With Covid restrictions starting to list our coaches look forward to welcoming you to our club. We take archers from 8 years old.

Beginners courses will be run for individuals or family groups over 3 two hour sessions. You will work with a single coach and all equipment is cleaned between sessions.

To register your interest email beginners@braintreebowmen.co.uk

Session 1

We begin by talking about safety, both of the archer and on the range. We then get you set up with the right equipment, demonstrate what you’re going to be doing and get you shooting as quickly as we can. The main objectives are to:

  • follow range safety and range layout procedures
  • have a correct stance and posture
  • develop the correct techniques for shooting
  • be able to consistently hit the centre of target boss from 10yds.

Session 2

We start by recapping on the previous session and then move the target further away up to a distance of 20 yards. As well as practicing and developing technique we cover scoring and usually finish with a game or small competition. The main objectives are:

  • practice and develop shooting techniques
  • understanding equipment including using a sight
  • be able to consistently hit the target from 20yds
  • understand scoring.

Session 3

Session 3 gives us an opportunity to develop and gain confidence with your new skills. Session 1 and 2 are normally held away from our main field, but session 3 will be with our other archers on the main range.

Next steps

At the end of the course you will hopefully be signed off as safe to shoot. Your Coach will cover some of the potential next steps in archery including joining a club, awards and competitions.

After the course is finished, and if you decide to join us, a Coach will make sure there are there for your first club session to help get you set up. We will also assign you a mentor who is an experienced archer who you can call on for help or advice. We are a friendly club and Coaches and members are only too willing to help you develop further and improve as an archer.

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