Archery is not a 'rock up and play' sport. To participate in of our sessions you will need to have completed a beginners’ course to ensure you are familiar with range safety and the basics of shooting a bow.
We divide our incoming members into two groups: those who are existing Archery GB (or World Archery) members, and those who are not. Although we are aware that many people will have had some experience of archery at Summer camps and outdoor activity centres, this does NOT count as sufficient experience to be able to participate at one of our sessions.
Read on to find out how you can get involved with the club!
I am new to Archery and not an Archery GB member
Great! People who are new to the sport make up the majority of our intake. We run taster sessions during the first week or two of Term 1 at the Westwood Games Hall to give everyone the chance to have a go at shooting a bow. If you are interested in Archery please come along to one of these sessions! (Exact times and dates are advertised around the start of term.)
If you took part in a taster session and are thinking that you would like to join the club, you’ll then need to sign up for a beginners’ course. We typically run courses on Wednesday and Sunday afternoons at the Westwood Games Hall, but be sure to check the times and dates for the course for which you have signed up. We usually run two courses during Term 1, and an extra course at the start of Term 2.
The course consists of four two-hour sessions. You will need to attend ALL of these to be signed off as safe to shoot. The courses are led by our Club Coach, Nick Mitchell, and the course is delivered by our club members, who are usually Archery GB Level 1 coaches. We provide all equipment for the sessions. The course covers the basics of range safety and good technique, and aims to give you a well-rounded introduction to the sport as a whole. We ask that any long hair is tied up, and that you wear clothes which will be comfortable for gentle exercise—jeans, trainers, and t-shirt is perfect! We usually go to get a drink and some food after the session has finished, and everyone is invited to come along.
After the initial beginners’ course is completed, we also offer extra training to help you settle into the club. These ‘Beginners’ Plus’ courses will be advertised when you are reaching the end of your beginners’ course. Only those who have completed our beginners' course can sign up to these.
I am an existing Archery GB member:
Awesome! Every year we have a small number of people who join who are already archers. To be on the safe side, we ask that you contact us and arrange to come to one of our sessions where we can check that you are safe to shoot and show you how to use our facilities and equipment. Almost all of our experienced archers have their own equipment, but we do have a limited number of club bows which are available to borrow at our sessions.
Once you have completed our beginners' course, you are able to attend club sessions. If sessions are particularly busy, we may restrict some to be 'experienced members' only. This means these sessions are for people who have been shooting for more than a year and/or those who were Archery GB members before they came to Warwick. Exactly which sessions you can come to will be explained at the end of your course.We typically reserve some sessions each term as 'competition sessions' when everyone at the club shoots a particular round for score in a more controlled environment. These are advertised in advance. We also offer coaching at club sessions, both from our members and club coaches. Days and times for this vary from year to year.
The club has a limited range of equipment available free to all its members. Typically this equipment is given out on a first-come, first-served basis at sessions. It is fairly common to share a club bow between two people at a busy session. If you are using a club bow at a competition, we will usually reserve one for you to use exclusively for a week or so before that competition.
Most experienced club members own their own equipment. We usually run trips to reputable archery shops or have shops visit us to sell equipment to members each year, usually at the end of Term 1 or the start of Term 2. It is very easy to be mis-sold archery equipment online, so we always recommend going on one of these trips where you can be correctly measured and kitted out. A typical setup for someone starting out costs somewhere in the region of £250-500.
As a member of the club, if you shoot well, it is possible to go to competitions with us and represent your university! We compete in our regional league and at BUCS events. At all student archery events, there is a novice category for people in their first year of shooting. We typically provide transport and cover entry costs for these events.
Anyone wanting more information about the club can come and visit us at the annual Sports Fair run by the SU. Our stand always has members on hand to chat to you and answer any questions you might have.