Beginners Courses

Perhaps you have tried archery on holiday and fancy something a bit more advanced, or maybe you are contemplating taking up archery 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.

CADAC have scheduled three beginners’ courses in 2022, as follows:

The first course will take place on Wednesday evenings, starting at 7pm on Wednesday 4th May, and will run for four weekly sessions of about 90 minutes each (so, the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th May).

The second course will take place on Monday evenings, starting at 7pm on Monday 4th July, and will run for four weekly sessions of about 90 minutes each (so, the 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th July).

The third course will take place on Saturday mornings, starting at 10am on Saturday 3rd September, and will run for three weekly sessions of about 2 hours each (so, the 3rd, 10th and 17th September).

The fee for the courses will be £60 per person.

In 2022, CADAC will be relocating to our new home at the Northern Gateway Sports Park. However, since we do not yet have a moving date, the courses will be held either at our current site on the former Mill Road Sports Ground, or at the new Sports Park. Participants will be informed of the venue and provided with directions with plenty of notice.

Links to the application forms are below, but in the first instance you need to email to express an interest and make sure places are still available. Once you have a place reserved, the application form can be downloaded and sent in with the fee. Payment can be by cheque or cash in the post, or on request we can supply you with details for an online bank transfer. Further details are on the application forms which are available at:

May Course

July Course

September Course

We usually suggest 10 as a minimum age due to the physical strength and maturity needed, given the equipment we use. We’re happy to accept 8 and 9-year-olds, but we know from experience that younger and smaller children do sometimes struggle.

Our Beginners Guide provides useful background information for anyone thinking of taking up archery.

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 that you will end up wasting your money.

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 a session if there is persistent heavy rain, lightning, 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.

We look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible to our club in the summer. For those of you who fail to secure a place or are unable to attend because of holidays etc, then we do a lot of work with Perris Archery ( who have an indoor range and run courses all year round at their shop in Raydon, Suffolk. We work closely with Perris and most of our archers will go there to purchase their first set of equipment. Anyone who completes a Perris course is welcome to come back and join Colchester afterwards, and we would work with them in the same way we work with our own beginners to help them through their first couple of months as new archers. You can give the Raydon branch a ring on 01473 314097 or contact them via their website.

If you have any questions, please contact Kieron by email.