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Information for Beginners

   Beginners courses are run all year round either over 5 Tuesday evenings or as a one day, usually a Saturday. You can only join an evening course on the designated "first night". See below for next course starting date.

Main Topics Covered During Course
-  Safety rules
-  How to draw the bow, aim, and loose the arrow.
-  Learn about scoring.
-  Learn about the different rounds shot
-  Competition practice


    On completion of the course a certificate will be awarded along with the opportunity to continue in the sport by joining Targetcraft Archery Club and Archery GB.. 

Courses take place at one of our two venues...

Winter:  Montsaye Community College Sports Hall, Greening Rd, Rothwell, Northants

Summer:  At our range by The West Lodge Rural Centre, Back Lane, Desborough, Northants.

Timing  Evenings from 6.45pm till 8.15pm or Saturdays from 12 noon to 5pm

Please Note: As with all outdoor events, inclement weather may result in any single session being cancelled. We will endeavour to advise you if this is the case


Cost:   The cost is £40 per adult and £20 per child, a beginner's reference handbook will be included in the course

 Equipment and Clothing   All equipment needed for the course is provided by the club.

You should wear clothing appropriate for the weather, rain does not usually stop us! Preferably your top should not be too loose with strings or such attached as they might get tangled in the bow string.

You must not wear open shoes for safety reasons

Contact:   Anyone interested in taking a course should contact shoot@targetcraft.org 

Next Courses

  Tuesday 9th January 2018

Saturday Please note that the course scheduled for 13th January has now been cancelled

One day courses are also arranged in conjunction wuth Northamptonshire Adult Learning. For details and to book a place follow the link below...

Northants Adult Learning Archery Course

 Please complete the application form on the link below and return it by email before the course, you can pay the fee on arrival

Beginners Course Application Form

Taster Session
If you are not sure that you want to commit to the archery course straight away or just want to "have a go", then you can book a taster session. These are one hour sessions on a Tuesday evening and cost £5.00. Times are flexible and the £5.00 will be deducted from the next beginners course if you decide to continue.

  Anyone interested in a taster session must book a session by email (shoot@targetcraft.org ) and receive confirmation before turning up


 Ongoing Tuition
        Our commitment to your archery skills does not end with the beginners course. Within our club, ongoing archery tuition will be available to those who would like to progress in the sport. there are no additional charges for this.

Informal tuition is always available during Tuesday practice nights with our coaches always happy to answer questions and provide tips and advice to improve your technique.

There is no pressure or expectation for you to progress in ability in the sport. Many archers just enjoy progressing at their own pace. This is acknowledged and respected by the coaches. However, if you want to progress as far as you can and see competitive archery as your goal then there is no ceiling on our coaching level. 




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