Membership

Membership is usually open to anyone who has satisfactorily completed an Archery GB recognised beginners course, or is a current member of another Archery GB affiliated archery club, or is an AGB direct member.

With the exception of organised Have-a-go and taster sessions, and beginners courses, shooting is strictly restricted to full or affiliated members of Archery GB (the sport's UK governing body), or World Archery.

For membership enquiries, please contact our membership secretary.

Introduction to archery taster sessions

We offer Introduction to Archery coaching sessions at our club a few times a year.

These two-hour sessions are for adults, and juniors 10 yrs+. Please note that all participants under fourteen years of age must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian).

You will be tutored by our qualified coaches and other experienced club archers, and you will get the opportunity to learn the basics of shooting, under supervision, and start to channel your inner ‘Robin Hood’. If you are keen to progress further, you can put your name down for our next beginners course.

For details of our next introduction session and beginners course please keep an eye on our homepage, and Facebook for updates.

If you want to register your interest, please contact our coaching officer.

Beginners course

The club offers beginners courses throughout the year, and early booking is recommended as places are limited.

Spring/Summer courses usually take place on a Tuesday evening and comprise of five 2-hour lessons on consecutive weeks, at the club’s outdoor shooting ground.

Subject to the availability of the venue, Autumn/Winter courses may be held on Sunday afternoons in the Exeter School Sports Hall.

All equipment is supplied, and we ask participants to wear appropriate clothing and footwear - details will be provided on enrolment (also see FAQ below).

The course will teach prospective archers to shoot the bow with confidence and consistency, and give a thorough understanding of the safety requirements around the sport.

Club membership is open to those who have satisfactorily completed a beginners course.

For all club based activities the minimum age is ten years, and any participant under fourteen years of age must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian) at all times.

If you want to register your interest please contact our coaching officer.

FAQ

Below you'll find answers to questions we get asked the most about beginner courses.

  • What clothing should I wear?

    You should wear comfortable but close-fitting clothing. In particular it is important that you don't wear jumpers or jackets with baggy sleeves. Long hair may need to be tied back, and facial piercings removed for safety. Please wear suitable footwear i.e. not open shoes or sandals, sturdy shoes for outdoors, soft soled, non-marking footwear for indoors.

  • Who will be there to help me?

    You will be under instruction from a qualified coach or coaches, with support from experienced archers on a one to one basis.

  • How much does it cost?

    We have to keep our prices under review due venue hire and equipment maintenance costs. To give you an idea, our recent Introduction to Archery sessions (2hrs) cost £10 and the five week Beginners course cost £65.

  • How far do I have to shoot?

    Between 5-20 metres.

  • Will I have to shoot on my own?

    No, normally several people shoot at the same time on their own target. Shooting is under the control of a field captain who blows a whistle to stop and start shooting.

  • How many arrows do I shoot?

    This depends on the time available and the number of people attending the session. We would normally hope to get 4 dozen arrows (48 arrows) shot in a 2 hour session, 3 arrows are shot at a time.

  • Do I need to bring any of my own equipment?

    No, all equipment is provided. We recommend that you ask advice on purchasing equipment after you have completed a beginners course and have joined the club.