Beginners Courses

Next Beginners Course

Update for 2024 – Due to large demand we currently have a waitlist for spaces in beginners courses. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, or have any other queries about the course, Please email us at 

Clacton Archers welcome new members!

People of almost any age and physical ability can enjoy archery and we are very happy to accept new members who have completed an approved archery beginner’s course.

Clacton Archers run beginner’s courses at regular intervals throughout the year, with all courses being run in accordance with Archery GB requirements and guidelines.

The beginner’s course is designed to teach the basic skills of archery in a friendly and enjoyable way and at the end of the course you will have been taught the essential safety requirements to protect yourself, and others, from harm.

After finishing the course you should be able to shoot a recurve bow with reasonable confidence and skill. You will also have been introduced to other types of bow; traditional longbow, compound bow and others.

The course consists of 4 weekly 2 and a half hour sessions at our outdoor venue – followed by 2 sessions on either a Sunday morning or Wednesday evenings at the Club. You cannot pass the course unless ALL sessions have been completed.  On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate of achievement evidencing your completion of the beginners course required to enable you to join any archery club.  

Beginners courses information

The cost of the course is £50 for all ages. Payment is required at time of registering to guarantee a place.

Course Instructors
The instructor in charge of the course will always be a Level 1 Archery GB qualified coach (or higher). Other coaches and experienced club archers will support throughout the course.

Clacton Archers provide all the equipment necessary to undertake the course. Please do not buy any equipment to use on the course yourselves.

Juniors of age 10 years and above are eligible to join the beginner’s course. A parent, or parentally approved guardian, must accompany juniors at all times.

Clothing, Jewellery and Footwear
There are dress regulations for your own comfort and safety:

  • Long hair should be secured out of the way.
  • Wear close fitting clothes that will not catch on the bowstring.
  • Avoid loose sleeves, baggy collars, cardigans and scarves.
  • Shoes should have enclosed toes, flip-flops, sandals and open toes shoes are not permitted
  • Remove all facial piercings and upper body piercings
  • Avoid dangle earrings and loose bracelets and necklaces 

If you would like to be contacted when our next course is running, or have any other queries about the course, Please email us at