Beginners’ Course

If you are not an experienced archer, you must complete an archery beginners course before you can shoot on your own.
The purpose of the beginners course is to teach you how to shoot safely, to avoid injury to yourself and others. We will also begin coaching you in effective shooting technique.
You need no experience whatsoever to join this course. Upon completion of your beginners’ course, you become a full member and will be able to shoot whenever our range is open.

Book Now

The beginners’ course is £40 and it also includes a year’s membership to the club. Click on the link below and choose the day and time you prefer to have the weekly sessions, having in mind it’s a 6 week course and it’s best not to miss any of these introductory lessons.

Book Beginners’ Course Here

Where

Our beginners’ course takes place at the range, which is a 15 minute walk or bus ride from Highfield Campus. You can also find a printable version here.

When

The course runs for six weeks, starting from the Friday 6th of October, and ends in mid-November.
This year, we have nine beginners’ course slots available, set up on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays at the times listed below.
You should pick one session which you will be able to attend every week. Please stick to your session as much as you can. If you cannot make your session for any reason, please e-mail us a week in advance.
Note: To cover the basics of shooting safety, you must attend at least four of these courses, otherwise you may not be allowed to continue shooting with us after the end of the beginners’ course. This is recommended by our coaches for safety reasons.

The slots for the course are as follows:

  1. Friday 17:30 – 18:45
  2. Friday 18:45 – 20:00
  3. Saturday 17:00 – 18:15
  4. Saturday 18:15 – 19:30
  5. Suunday 12:30 – 13:45
  6. Sunday 14:00 – 15:15
  7. Sunday 15:15 – 16:30
  8. Monday 17:30 – 18:45
  9. Monday 18:45 – 20:00

Please arrive 5 minutes before the start of your session.

Afterwards

After successfully completing the course, you will then be fully-fledged members of the club. You will be able to come and shoot any day that we open the range, and seniors will be on hand to continue to help and coach you.
Notice that to join the club you must also have at least a Sport and Wellbeing Sport Pass membership. This is separate from our membership, and covers the use of university equipment and grounds.
As time goes on we will begin loaning out advanced equipment to those novices who shoot regularly and show good progress. For those that are interested we will run equipment workshops to teach you more about how to set up and maintain your bows and arrows. There will also be opportunities to enter competitions almost as soon as you complete the beginners’ course, both within the club and in the outside world.

We are unable to take on any new beginners once the beginners’ course has finished.

Socials

All beginners are welcome to come along to any and all of our weekly club socials! Details of these will be emailed out, put on facebook and posted on the range walls, and you can see what is up and coming on our calendar.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at archclub@soton.ac.uk.