Archery is a very inclusive sport, with people of all age and ability ranges being able to take part. We maintain that inclusive feel, so irrespective of background we will be happy to see you. No tryouts, no minimum talent threshold, no A team/B team mentality. The only thing we ask is that you bring some enthusiasm, so that you can really get the most out of it!
With the vast majority of our members starting as beginners, it is no surprise that we are most set up to cater to those who have never shot before, or have only shot a few times. The first thing we recommend is that you try archery out. During freshers week, we will be running several sessions where you can come along and try archery under the supervision of one of the experienced archers in the club. The sessions, all in the main sports hall at the top of the hill, are on Wednesday 19th from 9am until 10:30am, Thursday 20th from 10am until midday and Saturday 22nd from 9am until 11am.
If you like what you tried, then during the squash (on the Sunday), come and find us in the main sports hall to sign up. We'll be the ones with the giant target above us (although trying to stand out in a room full of people trying to stand out is a pretty hard endeavour!). Then, for the first 6 weeks, you'll be taught how to shoot under supervision until finally you can shoot safely on your own, so feel free to pop up to one of our regular sessions and make yourself known to a member of committee, so they can have a chat with you and get you started. If you decide you like it, we can get you signed up and start teaching you to be able to shoot on your own.
While the majority of our new member are novices, we still do take on experienced archers (usually ex-youth archers). If you pop up to one of our regular sessions (Tuesday or Wednesdays are best) and find a member of committee to have a chat to, we can get you signed up and shooting again in no time. You won't have to go through the 6 week beginner course, although if you don't have a current GNAS card, someone will keep an eye on you for the first few ends, just to make sure you remember what you are doing.