A Guide to


Getting Involved in Archery

Archery GB – A Guide to: Getting Involved in Archery
Guide 2 / Updated – May, 2012


at targets over distances of up to 100 yards for men and 80 yards for women. Team GB has also won 23 Paralympic medals since 1980. including four in Beijing. known as a round. The shooting distances are frequently unmarked so that archers have to rely on judgement and instinct. Archery GB – A Guide to: Getting Involved in Archery . Forms of Archery Target Archery – is the current Olympic form of the sport. Indoor archery with its smaller target faces and closer distances is very popular during the winter months.A beginner’s guide to Archery Archery is a sport where competitors use bows to shoot arrows at a target. has represented Britain at the last five Olympic Games. except that the archer attempts to drop arrows at long range (180 yards for the men and 140 yards for women) into a series of circular scoring zones on the ground surrounding a marker flag. Flight Archery . particularly if they elect to shoot without sighting aids or with the traditional longbow. Field Archery . Juniors have their own special shorter distances depending on age.Similar to target. who won a bronze at Athens in 2004. Alison Williamson. British archers have won 10 medals at the Olympic Games. This popular form of archery takes place on flat terrain and consists of shooting a given number of arrows. It is an Olympic sport that has been enjoyed throughout the ages and since 1988.A form of archery that can only take place where space permits since archers compete by shooting for sheer distance. Clout Archery .takes place on a course of targets set out in rough country (often woodland).

A “come and try” is often run by a local club and they will also be able to give information on the club and how to join. This usually consists of four to six introductory lessons. Archery GB’s insurance covers beginners for the first six lessons that they receive at a club but if they wish to continue shooting after that. they must become members of Archery GB and/or a club.How do I get involved? Anyone interested in taking up archery can contact their local club. Another way is to look to have an archery experience as part of a holiday or leisure break. Instruction In order to join an archery club typically you are asked to take part in beginner’s course run by the club. Some clubs specialise in particular types of archery such as 'Target' or ‘Field’ and many have access to indoor facilities over the winter season for practising and shooting in competition at closer distances. there will be one not too far away. The cost of a beginners’ course varies from club to club and costs start from around £30. by using Archery GB’s Club Finder. Courses will be organised and supervised by experience archers and could be in or outdoors. covering a basic understanding of technique and disciplines for shooting in safety and with relative accuracy.100 clubs in the UK. Archery GB – A Guide to: Getting Involved in Archery . With over 1. or to experience archery through a "come and try" at places like game fairs or county shows.

Most archers choose to shoot the ‘Recurve’ bow. Sometimes a club will offer a reduction for family membership. Archery GB – A Guide to: Getting Involved in Archery . quiver etc). cables and telescopic sights. distinguished by its much shorter length. arm guard. An annual cost of £100 for an adult member is about average. Second hand equipment can represent a significant saving but should always be considered only after an inspection by an experienced archer. which can vary from club to club. the modern version of the traditional Longbow (which still has its admirers in club archery). Do not spend vast amounts of money when first joining clubs nor purchase equipment from online auction sites unless you know what you are doing. As a guide. which could save you money.What equipment will I use? Clubs will provide all equipment for the beginner’s course and may lend equipment for up to 3 months after joining. with reduced fees for juniors. Rapid technological developments over the last few years have led to an increasing popularity with the 'Compound' bow. For those entering the sport for the first time. The subscription is paid to the club. A club can recommend what equipment to buy and who to buy from and provide generic advice. archery equipment can prove expensive. the cost of basic equipment (bow. finger tab. Although wooden arrows are still shot by longbow archers most are produced from aluminium. new members pay an annual subscription. carbon or a combination of both. county and regional associations. and also a portion is for the Archery GB affiliation fee. will be approximately £100-£300. arrows. How much will it cost me? On joining an archery club. pulley wheels. but as previously mentioned a club will lend equipment for a short time. They are extremely light and vary considerably in price depending on their toughness or durability.

and is a member of the British Olympic and Paralympic Associations. For more information visit www. which has around 140 member associations. Archery GB is the recognised Governing Body for all forms of archery in the United Kingdom and responsible for approximately 30.Do I have to take part in competitions? There are numerous outdoor and indoor tournaments throughout the year that an archer could take part in and they are an important part of the sport for those of a more competitive nature. shooting alongside their able bodied friends on the same tournament shooting line. It is not uncommon to see disabled archers sometimes in wheelchairs.org and click on ‘Get into Archery’ or ‘Club Finder’. a company limited by guarantee no. 1342150 Registered in England. family or colleagues in the familiar surroundings of their club. Special guidance and instruction is available. Archery GB is affiliated to World Archery (formerly called FITA). You could even find yourself stood next to an Olympian or Paralympian! Archery GB The Grand National Archery Society. even for the visually impaired. Archery GB – A Guide to: Getting Involved in Archery .archerygb. Nevertheless club and recreational archery is just as important for people who enjoy 'shooting arrows' with friends. or GNAS. Archery GB is the trading name of the Grand National Archery Society. Archery is also one of the few sports that are enjoyed with few compromises by people with most types of disability.000 members across eight Regional Societies. was originally founded in 1861 and has since adopted the trading name Archery GB.

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