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:
- 23rd February
- 2nd March
- 9th March
- 16th March
- 23rd March
- 30th March
- 6th April
- 13th April
- 20th April
Beginners lessons 2pm - 4pm
More dates to be announced later
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do you hold your lessons?
May to September, we are on the sports field at Whitgift Academy in Grimsby and October to April, we are in the sports hall at the same school. We do have other practise venues, but they are not currently available for beginners lessons.
If you dont know where Whitgift School is, theres a map here
Do I have to book a whole course at once?
You can book one lesson at a time.
Lessons dont have to be consecutive (one after another) so that should help people who work shifts or have other commitments.
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 if your coach considers that you have achieved the required standard of safety, competence and confidence in shooting.
I've never done archery before. Are your lessons suitable for me?
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.
Do children have to be accompanied by an adult?
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" and "well done" at the appropriate points. Non participating adults might want to bring a folding chair or something comfortable to sit on.
What will I learn from your lessons?
On our lessons, 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!
Are the lessons taught by qualified coaches?
Our lessons 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.
I've got a big garden. Will I be able to practise at home?
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.
Do I need to buy any equipment?
As I said, the lesson fee includes use of all the equipment you need for the lesson, 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. Once you have joined the club, we have a bow rental scheme wherein equipment can be rented for a very reasonable monthly fee.
Do I have to wear anything special?
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.
Is your venue wheelchair friendly?
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.
Do I have to be fit to do archery?
Archery is a very inclusive sport that most people can take part in. It is your responsibility to disclose any health conditions that may affect you, or affect your ability to participate, in confidence to your coach or a club official
Does it matter that I am a vegan?
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.
Do I have to book in advance?
If you want to come along, please drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and check availability. Our courses are quite popular and we do get booked up sometimes.
What do I do next?
So, since you're still reading, you're obviously still interested, so drop us an email, book a lesson and come and try the great sport of archery for yourself.
So, thank you for reading.