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`There is no excellence in archery without great labour.` – Maurice Thompson

Beginners FAQ’s

Ever wanted to take up archery but didn’t know where to start? Why not try one of our courses that are held throughout the summer?

What are the dates for your beginners’ courses?
We normally run them during the summer over the course of a weekend. Our courses for 2024 are yet to be announced.
Please check back, or contact us and we  will add your name to our waiting list.

All juniors under the age of 16 need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian!

How much do your courses cost?
Courses cost £50.00 for adults and for juniors (under 18’s), payable by cash, debit card or BACS in advance. We do not offer concessions.

The full amount is required in advance in order to secure your place.

How is the course structured?
It is a five to six-hour one day course, usual on a Sunday and always weather dependant.
You will be taught on a recurve bow; first learning barebow style, then move on to sighted shooting techniques. Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate.

How many places are on the course and how do I book my place?
We teach 12 people per course, with a maximum of 3 junior spaces. This allows the coaches to spend equal time with each person. However, every course is different and depending on demand for spaces, you may be learning on an all-adults course. 

What do I need to wear/bring?
As you will be on your feet and outside for the course, you will need to wear a top that will cover your shoulders and trousers as you’ll need to be able to change your position (should you need to) without your clothes restricting your movement. No loose-fitting tops or dangly earrings as they will be a hazard and will get entangled in the bow. Bring a hat, sunscreen, food and drink, and most of all, wear sensible, comfortable shoes that will enclose your toes – no sandals or flip flops!

What is the minimum age that CM&FB allows children to start archery at the club?
The minimum age we allow juniors to start archery at is 11. We are always happy to evaluate juniors prior to a course as some juniors may have the physical attributes required at a younger age. Other clubs have different minimum start ages.

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