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Where are you based?


We are based at the Archbishop's School in Canterbury, St Stephen's Hill, CT2 7AP. Our clubhouse is located within the compound on the school field. There is plenty of parking available.




When do you shoot and at what time?


First Course: 10th July (Morning) Second Course: 4th September (Afternoon) The morning course begins at 10:00 and finishes at 13:30 but you will need to assemble at 9:30. ​The afternoon course begins at 13:30 and finishes at 17:00 but you will need to assemble at 13:00. If you are interested in joining our club after you have completed your beginner's course, our normal club opening hours are as follows: During the summer season, (beginning of April to end of October) we shoot on Saturday, Sunday from 10:00am and Friday evenings from 16:00 until it gets dark. During the Winter season, (end of October to end of March) we shoot on Saturday, Sundays from 10:00am and Tuesday evenings indoors from 19:00 till 21:00.




How do I learn to shoot? / How do I join?


For those wanting to learn the basics, we offer a beginner's course which runs twice a year in July and September. This is a three week course and must be completed before you can join the club. If you have completed the beginner's course with another archery club you will need to show your certificate to us before you can join. If you have not shot for a while and would like to join the club, we may ask you to do an assessment to demonstrate that you know how to shoot safely.




Are children allowed to join?


Yes, we accept anyone who is 10 years or older* although we ask that anyone under the age of 18 is accompanied by an adult. *Young archers will be assessed before they can take part in our beginners course as to whether the are strong enough to pull back the bow and whether they are able to follow the Archery GB rules.




What should I wear?


It is important that you wear shoes that fully cover your feet (no flip-flops of sandals). We advise that you wear close fitting clothing so no baggy sleeves.




Will I need to bring any equipment for the beginners course?


No, all the equipment you need will be provided by the club free of charge. There are drinks and light refreshments available on the day too.




What about people with disabilities?


The club welcolms all archers including those with disabilities and we try to accomodate people where we can. If you are interested in doing the beginner's course, please contact the course organiser in advance at canterburyarcherscoaching@gmail.com to discuss your needs.




Am I too old for archery?


We have no maximum age. Plenty of people take up the sport after retiring. We have had members ranging from age 10 all the way up to those in their 90's! It really is an all inclusive sport that everyone can enjoy.




I have poor eyesight, can I still do archery?


Yes, you are still able to shoot with poor eyesight. Visually impared archers use foot locators to ensure their feet stay in the same position for each shot. A tactile sight on a tripod can also be used to help line up with the centre of the target and a sighted assistant (known as a spotter) to help the archer shoot safely. If you are visually impared and thinking about doing one of our beginner's courses, please contact us for advice. You can email canterburyarcherscoaching@gmail.co.uk.




What kind of bows do you shoot?


We have archers that shoot a range of bows including recurve, compound, longbow, barebow, primative and flatbow. On the beginner's course you will be using training recurve bows. We do not allow crossbows at our club for health and safety reasons.




Smoking/vaping and alcohol is prohibited on site


Please remember that we are based on a school ground. This means no alcohol, smoking or vaping is allowed on site. For those that would like to smoke/vape, you may do so but outside of the school gates.





Beginner's Course FAQ's