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Information for Beginners

   Beginners courses are run all year round. However, you can only join a beginners course on the designated "first night". See below for next course starting date.  Each course consists of one night per week for five weeks.

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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 5 weeks, a certificate will be awarded along with the opportunity to continue in the sport by joining Targetcraft Archery Club and GNAS. 

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

Winter:  Course takes place on Tuesday evenings at the Montsaye Community College Sports Hall, Greening Rd, Rothwell, Northants from 6.45pm till 7.45pm

Summer:  Course takes place on a Tuesday evening at The West Lodge Rural Centre in Desborough, Northants, 6.30pm till dusk.

Please Note:  As with all outdoor events, inclement weather may result in any single session being cancelled.  For current status contact Tim Bull, coaching officer  t.n.bull@btinternet.com


Cost:   The cost is £40 per person, a beginner's reference handbook will be included in the course.
This will contain valuable information relating to the course, with space for notes and comments. All equipment needed for the course is provided by the club 

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

Next 5 week beginners Course:
  Tuesday 9th January 2018



One Day Archery Course

     If you feel you would like to complete a full beginners course in one day then why not try our 6 hour course. This course is provided by Targetcarft Archers in conjunction with Northants Adult Learning. It is held at Montsaye Community College. The next course is on   Saturday 11th November
email shoot@targetcraft.org for details

For cost details and to book a place on this course follow the link below...

Northants Adult Learning Archery Course

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 and places are the same as our beginners courses. The £5.00 will be deducted from the beginners course if your start the course within 2 weeks of the taster session. Anyone interested in a taster session must book a session by email 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.   During the summer months, Wednesday evenings are used to provide formal tuition and simply requires prior arrangement of times etc.. with the coaching officer or by phoning Pete Waterton on (0798 040 5821).  Informal tuition is always available during 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.  With GB squad members, ex-olympic archers and current county squad members, there is plenty of expertise at your disposal. 


Our general information brochure is available below




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