Droitwich Archery Society

The club beginners’ courses

facebook_92474are run according to the guidelines laid down by the sport’s governing body, ArcheryGB. The aim of the course is to turn the complete beginner into a safe and competent novice archer, where they are capable of maintaining and shooting a bow safely and understand the discipline and etiquette of shooting. All the information on our forthcoming courses is on our dedicated Facebook page. Please have a look at what’s on.

Eligibility

Children under 8 are unfortunately not covered by our insurance: but the course is open to anybody else who is capable of safely using the equipment: in practice we sometimes find that children under 10 are not quite big or strong enough to participate effectively, or are not quite ready for the amount of listening and following instruction that is involved! Similarly, those who are older or with health problems may also struggle physically. However, everyone is different and you are welcome to try! Archery is particularly suitable for disabled persons in wheelchairs. The Society reserves the right not to accept onto a course anybody who is not considered safe, for whatever reason.

Times, dates and venues

cal001Courses are run several times a year depending on demand.

  • Indoor (Winter) courses will consist of four Saturday afternoon (3 hour) sessions at our training venue in Worcester.
  • Outdoor (Summer) courses will consist of five 2 hour sessions (normally Tuesday & Thursday evenings) at our outdoor facility near Droitwich.
  • All archers joining the club from our beginners’ courses will have an extra lesson / induction session immediately following the end of the course.

All those booking a place will be sent confirmation of the times and venue, but a map is also available here. All details on our current and planned courses are on our dedicated FaceBook page.

Booking & payment

Safety considerations place a limit on the number of spaces on the course and spaces will be allocated first-come first-served. A normal course would be 16 candidates on indoor courses, 6 - 8 on outdoor ones. Booking can only be done by completing a booking form and return it to the address on the form (along with your payment). For the current cost please see the panel on the right. The cost includes use of all the equipment necessary for the course: please do not purchase anything in advance.

Staff

The course will be run by a ArcheryGB accredited coach, and the club will provide additional coaches and instructors as necessary for the number of participants. All ArcheryGB coaches have undergone Enhanced DBS checks. Please note that all the staff (including the coaches) are volunteers, and are giving up their own practice time to run these courses.

Membership & ongoing training

If you complete the course to the satisfaction of our coaches you will be invited to join the club. If you decide to become a member you will receive additional training, designed to further improve your shooting and to introduce you to the way of life of a club archer. These sessions will be during a normal club shooting session, to aid integration into the club.

If you want to come on one of our beginners’ courses, here’s what you do:

  1. Have a look at the courses we are running here.
  2. Read the notes we publish here to make sure you understand as much as possible about our courses.
  3. Download the application form here. Fill it in a accurately as you can.
  4. Post the form and the fee (or notification of on-line payment) to address shown on it ASAP - places are allocated on a first-come first-served basis.
  5. You should receive confirmation by email in about a week.
  6. A few days prior to the start of the course you will receive further email(s) with more details.

If you have any questions you can email the Beginners’ Coordinator here.

Generally The Club runs four courses per year. Courses (and other events) will be published on our dedicated beginners’ course Facebook page.

  1. Indoors in March
  2. Outdoors in June
  3. Outdoors in August
  4. Indoors in October

Those documents again:

  1. Notes sheet is here.
  2. Application form is here.

Current rates for
beginners’ courses

Adults₤75.00
Juniors (U18)₤50.00

Payment methods:

Chequepayable to Droitwich Archery Society Ltd.
OnlineOur bank details available on request
Direct DebitWe can invoice you so you can pay by DD*
PayPalOur PayPal detail available on request**

Please note that your place is not guaranteed until we receive payment.


*Club membership is paid by DD, so this will save time if you join.
**PayPal fee of ₤2.50 fee applies