We run three beginners courses each year, usually starting in March, June and September. 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 take part of any age and physical ability (although a degree of physical fitness is required) can enjoy archery, although the club has strict conditions regarding the participation of young persons (see below for further details).
All the equipment you’ll need 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 a 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.
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 can also be 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.
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 your first arrows 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: This week you will be introduced to Compound bows and Longbows and given the opportunity to try out the different bow types. You will also have the opportunity to shoot the Recurve bow, again with coaching.
Week Four: In the fourth week you will be taught how to score and how to fill out a standard competition score sheet.
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 taster of what it's like to shoot on a Tuesday/Thursday club night where you will be shooting alongside the instructors. 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.
Course Fees & Dates
We run three courses each year in spring, summer and autumn. This year we have courses commencing on the following dates:
tbc March 2017
tbc June 2017
tbc September 2017
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 (see further details below).
To enquire about course availability please contact our Development Officer via our contact page and we will send you a beginners application form.
Why choose a Lichfield Archers Beginners Course?
Unlike most archery clubs we have our own indoor and outdoor ranges which are available for use my members 365 days a year 24 hours a day. By doing your beginners course at Lichfield Archers you will be coached by existing club members and you will start to build friendships from day one. There is no extra charge for our friendship.
Should you decide to join Lichfield Archers we often find several fellow beginners also join at the same time. We feel this helps you integrate into the club and as you will already know several of our coaches and the club surrounding this can make joining a club less daunting compared with going somewhere new.
Clothing, Jewellery, and Footwear Safety
For your own safety and comfort you will need to comply with the following dress guidelines:
· Long hair should be secured out of the way
· It is recommended to wear close fitting clothes that will not catch on the bow string so please avoid loose sleeves, baggy collars, cardigans and scarves
· Shoes should have enclosed toes, so that you do not stub your toes against arrows buried in the grass. Flip-flops, sandals and open toed shoes will not be allowed.
· All facial piercings and upper body piercings will need to be removed as if these get caught in a bow string it will be very painful (ouch!)
· Avoid dangly earrings and loose bracelets and necklaces, for the same reasons
· On outdoor courses bring a warm jumper
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 the Lichfield Archers. If you do then as a member you are welcome to continue to use the club equipment for as long as you like. There is no additional charge.
Should you decide to get your own kit, a member of the coaching team will be happy to give advice on the purchase of suitable equipment so you don’t waste money on a bow or arrows that do not suit you. Whatever you do please try to avoid buying equipment from your favourite internet auction site until you get more experience, as you will almost certainly not be spending your money wisely.
Disabilities & Injuries
At Lichfield Archers we welcome everyone and we will endeavor to deliver a suitable course to anyone who asks for it. However, if you have a disability or previous injury which might affect your physical ability to shoot a bow and arrow, you must tell us about it beforehand. We will treat this information in the strictest of confidence. We will always try to work with you enjoy the course, provided we believe it is safe for you to do so.
Children, Young Persons and Vulnerable Adults
We follow the Archery GB policy on safeguarding children, young persons and vulnerable adults. The full policy can be found on our website (>>> Insert link here <<<) or you can contact our dedicated Child Protection Officer.
In addition to the above, we have some specific policies regarding this. In practical terms this means the we will only accept Juniors 8 years old or older onto our courses. Furthermore, Juniors under 16 must be accompanied at all times on the course by a parent or guardian. Juniors over 16 may attend unaccompanied, provided we have a signed consent form from a parent or guardian.
Please note that it is the parent or guardian’s responsibility to see the Junior is delivered to and collected from each session in a timely way. Please do not leave unaccompanied juniors at the venue, before or after each session, as this is not our responsibility.
If you would like more information on our Beginners Course or would like to check availability then please contact our Development Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org