Before joining a club, anyone new to archery (or if you have not shot for some time) will need to complete a Beginner’s Course. Due to safety considerations and insurance we recommend that you only shoot within an archery club environment. Deer Park Archers run many courses throughout the year to accommodate the increasing demand.
These courses can be tailored to suit individual requirements, generally they are group sessions for up to 12 participants but also becoming increasingly common are smaller sessions for family units or friends or even individuals who would prefer to do the introduction to the sport on their own.
Again general courses consist of weekly sessions, each lasting approximately 1 hour, over a six week period. During the course you will have one-to-one tuition with a member of our coaching team, focusing on safety and shooting techniques. We include introductions to various types of bow an overview of archery disciplines. The course includes coaching, equipment hire and insurance cover. Programmes can be customised to suit individual requirements.
If you’re keen to get into archery, we strongly recommend that you do not purchase any equipment until the end of the course, once you’re familiar with all the different bow styles and the range of equipment available. We provide all the equipment required for the course and you are not permitted to use your own equipment for the course.
The 6 week general group course costs £40. This price includes 6 x 1 hour sessions of top quality coaching, equipment & insurance cover. Costs for customised courses may be higher.
Next planned fixed date courses (2017)
Course 5 – Mondays 6:30 – 7:30pm – Birdlip Village Hall – 11th, 18th, 25th September, 2nd, 9th & 16th October.
Course 6 – Mondays 7:45 – 8:45pm – Birdlip Village Hall – 11th, 18th, 25th September, 2nd, 9th & 16th October.
Course 7 – Fridays 6:30 – 7:30pm – Birdlip Village Hall – 15th, 22nd, 29th September, 6th, 13th & 20th October.
New archers completing their beginners course are also offered support for further progress through an Improvers Course before they join the club. Existing members join the Improvers as ‘buddies’ which again instils the culture of help, friendship & support. The transition and technique development to longer distances, smaller targets and other types of archery will also be advanced. As part of this programme the Improvers learn to set up and take down the range so that on joining the club they can help at practice evenings and integrate more with the club culture.
Where juniors are involved, we encourage (we recognise that this may not happen in every case) at least one parent to also complete the course, they can then act as a buddy, support the junior in developing aspects of their technique that has been identified by a coach and be more than just a Taxi Driver. Likewise we like parents to get involved on the volunteering side!
When you attend the beginners course ask questions, find out more about the coaches delivering the courses, membership levels, type of equipment (particularly poundage of bows, which ideally should be no more than 18lbs, ideally less), where appropriate is the equipment suitable for juniors, particular disabilities etc,, the coach to pupil ratio etc. On successful completion of the course you will meet the requirements needed to join any Archery GB club!
If the timescales do not meet your requirements, or you would prefer more individual course then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website www.xperiencearchery.co.uk their coaches are our members and they cater for our overloads etc. You can have an individual course at times to suit you for as little as £120 for 2 people!