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Getting started is easy with Griffin Archers …

Our Archery GB qualified coaches will enjoy assisting you in trying out this fantastic sport, so if you want to sign up for a taster session

During the COVID-19 pandemic our regular taster sessions and beginner courses have been suspended. Please contact us using the contact form in order that we may register your interest and liaise with you appropriately.

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After your taster session, what’s the next step…

A beginners course is the way to go. We have Archery GB trained coaches who follow the Archery GB training schedule and are up to date with their DBS checks. This is alongside constantly developing coaching methodology.



Of course, we need to remember that this is classified as a dangerous sport, therefore we want to set you off on the right path for safety alongside the enjoyment, personal achievement and even the social aspects. Archery is actually one of the safest sports you can try? It’s true! Archery is safer than football, rugby, basketball, baseball and even golf. To be able to take up the sport within a club environment you must have taken a recognised Archery GB course.

  • Griffin Archers run beginner’s courses throughout the year. They are led by Archery GB Qualified Archery Coaches.
  • Our courses are recognised by Archery GB, and certificates will be issued to all who attend all sessions, take part, and pass required safety elements. This could easily lead to finding a new sport to participate in.
  • The certificate may be used at any Archery GB affiliated club as proof that you have met the requirements to shoot safely and become a novice archer.
  • Upon your successful completion of the beginners course, we would look to offer you membership to the Griffin Archers family. The course will have given you an opportunity to get to know us a bit and we warmly welcome new members. Membership gives access to our coaches, who can assist you with shooting, buying equipment, coaching and mentoring.
  • Membership details can be found here.


  • The maximum number of participants on any of our courses is twelve. This will ensure that getting started, you will receive quality instruction. The course not only gives instruction on safety, but provides basic tuition and coaching help in all areas of the sport as well. The number of coaches will increase dependant on the number of participants.
  • All of our courses are held at our normal shooting location, and consist of structured sessions that cover all aspects of current AGB requirements. Please contact us to be advised on the next course.
  • We do not have a specific minimum age for Beginners courses, juniors will need to meet club criteria in order to be accepted on the course. Our coaches are very happy to discuss with both the child and parents alike.
  • All juniors up to age 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For 16 – 18 year old, we recognise a need for independence, and therefore we will work with parents and the individual to find an outcome that is acceptable to all. Vulnerable adults are encouraged to bring a friend or carer with them if they would feel more comfortable. Our Child, Young Person and Vulnerable Adult policy is available on the website and works in conjunction with Archery GB policies.
  • Our club is totally inclusive, our location is accessible, has plenty of parking and our coaches have experience of training and adapting to all abilities, age groups and those with special needs. Please mention any specific needs upon booking and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • The current cost for the course is £60 per Adult and £40 per Junior, paid in full prior to the start of the course and is non-refundable. All payments should be via bank transfer – details available from the club secretary. Other methods of payments should be discussed in the first instance with the secretary (

You will need to be able to attend all your course sessions to receive your certificate.

Terms and Conditions can be found here.


Getting started, Griffin Archers will provide all the equipment necessary for the course. All we ask of you is that you wear comfortable close fitting clothing to avoid the bow string catching on your clothing. This includes the tie strings for hoodies and flowing open cardigans.

Similarly, long hair may need to be tied back and nose, ear, eyebrow etc. piercings be removed for safety. Long or dangly earrings may also need to be removed.

Enclosed toe footwear is mandatory, not sandals, flip/flops or ‘Crocs’ etc. We cannot allow you to participate in unsafe footwear, our insurance through Archery GB states as such.

A safety talk will be part of the introduction, this will include basic warm up and cool down exercises to care for your muscles, and every participant will be as safe as is possible as long as they take part, concentrate and listen.



Don’t fret, its easy getting started back in Archery. Come and chat to our coaches and they will assess your performance and bring you up to date, but if necessary we may advise you redo the beginners course, or jump on our ‘Refreshers Pathway’. 


 If you have more questions regarding beginner’s courses or you wish to join Griffin Archers after a break from archery, please contact us by e-mail using the Contact form.

The Archery for beginners guide book

A good source for learning archery is the ‘The Archery for Beginners Guide Book’, available from the Archery GB online store.