We now run our archery beginners lessons, on a "pay as you go" basis.
£10 for a 2 hour lesson on a Saturday afternoon, including use of all the equipment, insurance and a coach for up to 6 lessons.
The next dates available are:
- Saturday 6th October (no new starts other than those already confirmed)
- Saturday 13th October
- Saturday 20th October
- Saturday 3rd November (no new starts other than those already confirmed)
- Saturday 10th November
- Saturday 17th November
- Saturday 1st December
- Saturday 8th December
- Saturday 15th December
More dates to be announced later
Lessons dont have to be consecutive (one after another) so that should help people who work shifts or have other commitments, but if you dont turn up for 6 months, dont expect me to remember your name.
After 6 lessons, you must join the club if you want to continue to take part. Archery GB's rules, not ours. Annual and weekly fees
apply to club membership. It is possible to join the club after less than 6 lessons. It all depends on whether your coach considers you "safe"*
(*"safe" is used as a general term, meaning able to shoot unassisted and able to progress without immediate attention from the coaching staff. Its not limited to whether or not your likely to kill passers by.)
The lessons are suitable for most people over the age of 10 and adults of all ages who can follow simple instructions. Most people who do our course have never done archery before, or have had a taste of archery at school, on holiday or at scout/guide camps etc and want to try a bit more.
If this sounds like you, come along.
Juniors under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult and cannot be left alone without the express permission of the club. The adult doesnt have to take part, as long as they say "my my, thats good" at the appropriate points. Non participating adults might want to bring a chair or something comfortable to sit on.
On our course, you will learn to shoot safely and effectively with a basic archery technique. You'll also learn about scoring systems we use and the different types of bow used for pleasure and competition today and even the different types of archery. You didnt know there are different types of archery? You do now!
Our courses are lead by qualified Archery GB UKCC coaches who have completed enhanced DBS (new name for CRB checks) checks through Archery GB. Our coaches may be assisted by experienced archers from time to time.
Although I am often asked, back gardens are usually not suitable for practicing archery. Bows and arrows are weapons designed to kill the enemy or animals for lunch (neither allowed in the UK). Hedges, fences and even brick walls will not stop arrows, which could present a danger to any people or animals beyond the end of your garden. Our shooting ranges are the length of one and a half football fields for a reason. Much better to do your archery in a safe place designated for the practice of archery, with like minded people, qualified coaches and appropriate insurance.
As I said, we lend you all the equipment you need for the course, so dont rush out and spend lots of money on archery equipment. Archery equipment has to be tailored to suit the person using it. You cannot buy good archery equipment locally and you should avoid eBay at all costs. Ignore this and you may waste your money and even injure yourself or others.
When attending our sessions, for your own comfort and safety, please
- tie back long hair
- wear shoes that completely cover the foot (sandals, flipflops and crocs are not suitable)
If we are outdoors
- dress appropriately for the british weather. You will be stood in a field for 2 hours. Several thin layers work better than one thick one, so you can shed or put on layers as you get warm or cold.
- wear a hat and/or sunblock to protect you from the sun / rain as appropriate.
If we are indoors
- the sportshall heating can be unpredictable, so be prepared for it being quite warm or quite cool.
Indoors or outdoors, avoid clothing that is too baggy or has long tapes/ties that could get caught in the bowstring.
Our fields are as wheelchair friendly as most school playing fields can be. During the winter we use the sports hall which is somewhat better.
Vegetarians, please note that our field archery section do shoot at life size foam replicas of animals and paper images of animals, though no real animals are ever hurt during our practice sessions. Bow hunting is illegal in the UK.
People with food allergies or intolerances, we occasionally have club picnics and celebrate events such as members birthdays with cake and other food provided by our members and their families. These foods may contain nuts, wheat, milk, shellfish, meat, dairy, gluten and other substances that people could be allergic to or have intolerances of. If in doubt please check and if necessary, avoid consuming.
So, since you're still reading, you're obviously still interested, so come along.
Saturdays 2pm to 4pm at Whitgift Academy in Grimsby.
If you dont know where that is, theres a map here
We are on the field May to September and in the sportshall October to April.
We are open all school holidays, except maybe at Christmas.
Our sessions are dependant on the weather, so if its absolutely bouncing it down, we'll probably still be there, but I can't guarantee it.
If 50 beginners all turn up on the same day, it could be interesting, but we'll worry about that if it happens.
So, thank you for reading.