Beginners’ Courses

*** Acting on advice from the government and Archery GB in relation to COVID-19, we have suspended all of our archery events at Colchester until further notice. In the first instance we have postponed the taster sessions in April as well as the beginners’ course and the Bill Tucker tournament in May. No decisions have been taken yet with regard to the June taster sessions or the July beginners’ course and we will advise on these once the situation becomes clearer. Thank you everyone, and stay safe over the coming weeks and months. ***

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 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.

*** Apologies but the May course is now FULL ***

Thu 7 May 2020CADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
Thu 14 May 2020CADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
Thu 21 May 2020CADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
Thu 28 May 2020CADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm

Dates and application form for the July 2020 course:

Mon 6 Jul 2020 CADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
Mon 13 Jul 2020CADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
Mon 20 Jul 2020CADAC Ground, Mill Road Rugby Club6:45pm
Mon 27 Jul 2020CADAC 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 the Raydon branch for details on 01473 314097, but please note their opening times are Wed 12pm-5pm, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm.

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.