Archery is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. It captures the imagination of over 34,000 Archery GB members and many more at 'have a go' events at activity centres, holiday parks, fairs, outdoor shows and tourist attractions across the UK.
There are many ways you can get involved and progress in the sport as an archer, leader, coach, judge or club volunteer.
It is a very sociable sport and provides the opportunity to join a club, shoot in a social setting and participate in friendly club and inter-club competitions (indoor in winter, outdoor in summer). Whatever your need, you will find that archery provides a balance between fun and fitness no matter what your ability.
Archery provides opportunities for all in a number of ways. It provides four disciplines where the shooting format differs:
• Target archery is the most popular form of archery, in which members shoot at stationary circular targets at varying distances and is practiced indoor and outdoor
• Field archery involves shooting at targets of varying (sometimes unmarked) distance, often in woodland and rough terrain
• Clout is a form where archers shoot at a flag (known as "the Clout") from a relatively long distance and score points depending on how close each arrow lands
• In flight archery the aim is to shoot the greatest distance and requires a large flat area such as an aerodrome
Participation in archery is going up
The latest figures from the Active People Survey show that archery continues to demonstrate a positive result. The number of people taking part in archery once a week has increased since the survey began in 2006 - and the positive trend remains. In 2014 we had 36,100 people taking part in archery once a week.
Anyone interested in taking up archery can contact their local club by using Archery GB’s Club Finder. With over 1240 clubs in the UK, there will be one not too far away. Some clubs specialise in particular types of archery such as 'Target' or ‘Field’ and many have access to
indoor facilities over the winter season for practising and shooting in competition at closer distances.
In order to join an archery club, you are typically asked to take part in a beginner’s course run by the club. This usually consists of four to six introductory lessons, covering a basic understanding of technique and disciplines for shooting in safety and with relative accuracy.
Courses will be organised and supervised by experienced archers and could be held indoors or outdoors.
Information and guidance to help you start an archery club can be found here.
Archery GB’s club development programme – ontarget, has been running for a number of years and provides support by recognising and rewarding clubs already working hard and encourages them to develop areas of the sport that need improving.
Once a club has joined ontarget, it has a choice to consider working towards becoming a specialist club. There are three specialisms – Young People, Community and Performance. ontarget encourages clubs to specialise according to their strengths, and helps them tackle their weaknesses through structured criteria and resources.
For more information about the programme click here.
To get started in coaching all you need to be is enthusiastic about archery and the progression of others. The following 2 archery awards train participants to work with beginners:
• Instructor Award - This is our new entry level training course specifically designed for people working in leisure, recreation and educational environments, now and in the future. The new course is focussed on training learners to deliver fun and safe introductory archery sessions. It includes a modernised learning programme and resources, and will be delivered by accredited Archery GB tutors. To find a course, please visit
• Level 1 Award in Coaching Archery - If you are a club archer or active volunteer who is enthusiastic about introducing new people to the sport and helping them to improve, then the Level 1 Award in Coaching Archery will give you all the skills, experience and resources that you need.
There are 23 opportunities listed on the Physical Activity Directory. To view local opportunities please select your local area.
County Development Co-ordinator
M: 07901700907 / 07751975451
Development Manager - Participation
M: 07525 233 592
Development Manager - Workforce
M: 07525 233 591
Development Manager - Young People
M: 07587 133 894
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