Targeting Archery runs a series of Come-and-Shoot archery sessions. This is an excellent way to try your hand at archery without the need to take a full Beginners' Archery Course. These introductory sessions allow you to try out the wonderful sport of archery under the guidance of fully qualified Archery GB coaches. Whether you have tried archery at other locations or are brand new to archery, you will be given all the safety information needed and where required you also get the education and coaching to start shooting archery in a safe environment under the guidance of experienced archery coaches. So these sessions are suitable for archers of all abilities from complete novice to existing archers wishing to continue to shoot on a recreational basis.
We make use of the junior sessions to run our Kids Club. Archery is an excellent sport for both junior school and senior school aged children, because it introduces so many mental and physical beneficial aspects to the children. Our Kids Club is run to introduce children to archery so they can benefit from aspects such as:
Our normal minimum age for juniors wanting to shoot archery at our Come-and-Shoot sessions is 8 years old. In our experience under 8s often struggle with things like: pulling the string on a "real" bow after a while, concentration for a full hour on the same subject, listening to and understanding instruction, following all instructions carefully and safely, and so on.
But if you feel your child is mature enough to handle all these challenges, then you can come along and we will be prepared to give them a try, as long as you notify us in advance. You must both accept that if we feel they are not able to deal with anything safely, we may have to bring their formal session to an early end. If they do then want to continue, we can bring out the junior "sucker" bows and arrows to complete the session. Even then, this will have to be done safely or we will have to cancel their session completely. Sorry to sound negative, but we treat the safety of everyone on the range with the utmost priority. All archery equipment (even junior sucker bows and arrows) can cause injury if not used correctly at all times.
Come-and-Shoot sessions are split into various hour long lessons on Tuesday afternoons:
Prices are £5.00 for the one-hour sessions which is payable at the start of each lesson.
If you find that you enjoy archery through these sessions and would like to take it up on a less ad-hoc basis, the next step will be to take an Archery Beginners' Course followed by joining an archery club. Targeting Archery runs several such courses throughout the year. Students that successfully complete the course will then be able to (and encouraged to) join our Targeting Archery Club, or you have the option to join any other archery club in the UK using the Archery Certificate awarded at the end of the course. It is still allowable to continue to come to these Tuesday sessions even after becoming a club member.
See our Archery Beginners' Course page for information on our Archery Courses.