Between April and September—the archery outdoor season—we organise a number of archery taster sessions. The next ones will be on Saturdays July 27th and August 3rd. Starting time is 11am, and the session runs till 1pm. You need to be at the field about 10:50am.
Taster sessions are all about getting you to shoot lots of arrows, after we’ve given you the minimal instruction so you can shoot safely, and without injuring yourself or others. For this reason we will be shooting in “barebow” style—without using a bow sight.
We will supply all the archery equipment including bows and arrows. All you need to bring is closed footwear (we can’t allow you to shoot in flip-flops, sandals or other shoes with open toes), suitable clothing (bulky jackets and sweaters can catch the string), good spirits and some small change: We only charge £5 per person for these sessions, payable on the day – no need to book.
We also organise beginners’ courses. In 2019 these will take place over 3 sessions of 3 hours each, and are intended for those who are thinking about joining an archery club. The next course will run on Saturdays August 17th, 24th and 31st, and September 7th and 14th,from 10:00 am till 1:00 pm. To complete the course you need to attend 3 out of the 5 sessions. This course will take place at our outdoor range in Offord Darcy.
At our courses you will be taught the right (recurve freestyle) shooting technique, how to shoot safely alongside others at a typical club shoot setting, and the basics of handling your equipment as well as the targets. After finishing this course you should be able to shoot to a level that will allow you to join St. Neots Bowmen, or any other archery club associated with ArcheryGB (the national body for the sport).
Again we will supply all equipment—even though you might be very enthousiastic about archery, we would recommend that at this stage you do NOT buy your own equipment. Beginners’ courses must be booked and paid for in advance. The fee is £55 for the whole course.
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Other clubs in the area
If you can’t make our taster sessions or beginners’ courses, there are other clubs in the area:
- The Jolly Archers – Huntingdon/St. Ives
- Kestrels archery club – Sandy/Biggleswade
- Eagle Bowmen of Bedford – Bedford
- Ouse Valley Archers – Bedford
All these beginners’ courses are to Archery GB guidelines, which means that you can do your course at one club and then join another as a member.