Beginners Courses

The Club has scheduled two courses for June and July in 2021, but unfortunately these are both now fully booked. Please register an interest with Kieron by email if you would like us to contact you when we schedule our next course, or see below for details on Perris Archery who also run courses locally.

Perhaps you have tried archery on holiday and fancy something a bit more advanced, or maybe you are contemplating taking archery up as a sport/hobby and possibly joining our club. If so then a beginners’ course is what you are looking for. It is designed to get you to a standard where you would be safe to join any Archery GB affiliated club. Most clubs require you to have completed a course such as this before you can join.

The course consists of four 90 minute sessions and we run these on Thursday evenings during May and on Monday evenings during July. The cost of the four week course is £50 and we take up to 12 people with a recommended minimum age of 10 years. Our Beginners Guide provides useful background information to anyone doing a course.

We find that about half the people on our courses are planning to take up archery whereas the other half just fancy something a bit more advanced than our 90 minute taster sessions. You won’t feel out of place either way and everyone is welcome. People who have done a taster session with us often come back to do a beginners’ course. Aside from having to cover the safety aspects again, the content of the course and the style of shooting is different so you won’t feel like you are going over old ground.

June 2021 datesLocationTime
Wed 2 JuneCADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
Wed 9 JuneCADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
Wed 16 JuneCADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
Wed 23 JuneCADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
July 2021 dates LocationTime
Mon 5 JulyCADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
Mon 12 JulyCADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
Mon 19 JulyCADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
Mon 26 JulyCADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm

It is important to note that you must complete a beginners’ course before you can join an archery club such as Colchester. We strongly advise that you finish the course before purchasing any equipment. You are unlikely to buy an appropriate bow if you haven’t developed good technique. Also, given that bow length, draw weight, arrow length and arrow spine all need to be matched specifically to the archer, we recommend visiting a reputable dealer to get measured up for your first set of equipment. If you attempt to purchase archery equipment online without having the necessary experience it is very likely you’ll end up wasting your money.

If our courses are full or our dates don’t suit you then you can try Perris Archery as they run lessons indoors throughout the year. We deal regularly with Perris and will accept membership applications from beginners if you have completed one of their courses or a course organised by another Archery GB affiliated archery club. Phone them at their Raydon branch for details on 01473 314097.

Please note that if a session is cancelled by CADAC then the club will organise another session to replace it. If you fail to turn up for a session then you will not be entitled to another. Sessions will normally take place even if it is raining so please bring a waterproof with you. We will only cancel the session if there is persistent heavy rain, lightening, high winds or fog. This will be at CADAC’s discretion on the grounds of safety and is non-negotiable . You will be provided with contact details in advance, but if you are unsure about the weather and cannot contact us on the day then turn up anyway as someone will be there to inform you of the rescheduled date if we do have to cancel a session.

If you have any questions please contact Kieron by email.