Beginners Course


Archers of Bridlington & Burton Agnes run Coaching Courses each year at our shooting ground at Burton Agnes Sports Field between April and 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 5 consecutive Sunday mornings and each session lasts 2.5 hours.

The cost of the 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, which will increase at your pace if you join the Club.  You will be presented with a certificate when you finish the course.  If you then join the Club, coaching is available on a one to one or group basis if requested.

You will use the recurve bow (used in the Olympics, see pic below), but you will also be shown the Compound bow and the English Longbow. Longbows are available to shoot on the course.

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

What you can expect.

 Week 1: Welcome, Introduction to the club, shooting equipment assignment.  Safety talk/briefing, eye dominance checked, equipment set up and basic safety rules. Explanation on parts of the bow. Demonstration of Olympic/Mediterranean style shooting technique, leading on to shooting at 10 yards using a sight.  Targets will have already been set up at 10 yards.  How and when to adjust your sight and safe arrow retrieval.  How to take down equipment and return to containers and where it is all stored. Finishing with how to string and de-string your bow.

Week 2: Recap week 1. Set up all equipment, string own bows, set up bosses and stands. Stretching/warm up exercises, importance of warming up and use of stretch bands. Focus on pre-draw, stance, body alignment & draw hand position. Introduction and explanation of the long rod and finger sling. Moving out to 20 yards for all those who are ready to do so.  Introduction to scoring systems, Imperial and metric, line  cutters, bouncers, hangers etc. Field and Clout shooting also explained. Arrow pullers shown and demonstrated. Finishing with Safety & Etiquette in archery explanation.

Week 3: Recap week 2. Set up, warm up.  Correct body position for shooting to perfect your shot and prevent injuries.  Good release (loose) with follow through explained and demonstrated, forward loose and dead loose also explained/demonstrated.  Shoot a 180 or 252 round and score your own arrows.

Week 4: Recap week 3. Warm up. Shot sequence explained to enable repetition of your shots, 10 point checklist explained.  Check all have a shot sequence and correct where necessary. Compound & Longbow shown and explained. Bare bow technique demonstrated (no sight). Now try the Longbow if you wish to do so, shooting bare bow style.  Finishing with how to join the club, joining forms will be available. Equipment loan explained.

Week 5:  Recap week 4. Integration into the Club, Shoot alongside Club members, form check on all and adjustments as necessary.  Set up shooting a ‘round’ score arrows and where to place completed score sheet. Last opportunity for questions on form and archery in general.   Further coaching will be available when required and requested.

Two way feedback session about your course.

After the last session:

A Certificate will be issued to those who complete the course.

A course photo will be taken for use on the website and also sent to all participants.

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