Beginners Course

We run two Coaching Courses each year at our shooting ground at Burton Agnes Sports Field, one in the spring (April/May) and one in the autumn (August September).  Each course is run by our Level 2 Archery GB registered Coach and assisted by a team of very experienced Archers.  The course runs for 6 consecutive Sunday’s and each lesson lasts for around 2.5 hours.

The cost of a course is £50 for seniors (age 18 and over) and £30 for juniors (min age 10). This cost covers Insurance, equipment and all training.  By the end of the course you will be able to shoot safely and confidently at a distance of 20 yards.  You will be presented with a certificate when you finish the course.

You will use the recurve bow (the one used in the Olympics) but you will also be shown the Compound bow and the English Longbow during the 6 weeks course. You can also try a Longbow at this time.
Once you have completed the course you can then apply to join the club.  The certificate you will receive will also be valid as proof at any other Archery club that you have completed a beginner’s course.

Application Form

For more information contact our club coach Dave Hunt on 07795 097260 or email

Week 1:  Welcome, Introduction to the club, shooting equipment assignment.  Safety talk/briefing, eye dominance checked, equipment set up, basic safety rules. Demonstration of Olympic/Mediterranean style technique, leading on to shooting at 10 yards.  How and when to adjust your sight. Safe arrow retrieval. Explanation on parts of the bow with a hand out to assist.   Plenty of shooting with coaching team assistance.

Basic equipment – hand-out

Week 2: Recap week 1. How to string your own bow using a bow stringer, set up all equipment, stretching/warm up exercises, importance of warming up and use of stretch bands. Focus on pre-draw, stance, body alignment & draw hand position. Practice stringing and unstringing your bow.  Plenty of shooting with coaching team assistance.

Shooting process – hand-out

Week 3: Recap week 2. Move out to 20 yards, warm up, correct body position for shooting to perfect your shot and stop injuries.  Release technique and follow through explained and practised. Archery etiquette discussed. Cool down and its importance. Plenty of shooting with coaching team assistance.

Safety & Etiquette – hand-out

Week 4: Recap week 3. Warm up. Introduction and explanation of the finger sling and long rod to aid the shot. Good release (loose) with follow through demonstrated, forward loose and dead loose also explained.  Shot sequence explained to enable repetition of your shots.  Introduction to scoring, imperial and metric scoring, archery rounds explained, including a 180 round. Then shoot a 180 round.
Plenty of shooting with coaching team assistance.
Scoring/score sheet – hand-out

Week 5: Recap week 4.  Warm up.  Shot sequence explained and checked on all beginners.  Bare bow technique demonstrated (no sight), other bow styles explained and demonstrated (Longbow and Compound bow) by the coaching team. You can also try a Longbow if you wish to do so.  How to join the club explained. Plenty of shooting with coaching team assistance.
Forms to join the club will be available to take away.
Technical terms for beginners – hand-out

Week 6: Recap on all the previous 5 sessions, warm up, shoot with final checks on your shooting form, from the coaching team.
Now RELAX – Plenty of shooting with a few surprises and fun along the way.

Longbows available for those who wish to take advantage of a second try.  At the end of this session there will be a two way feedback session and course photo.

A Certificate will be issued to those who complete the course.
Please note, at all times on the beginners course there will be members of the coaching team with you for assistance, guidance and encouragement and to answer any questions you may have.

Thank you – ABBA Coaching team