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Our Beginners' Courses

To join any Archery GB affiliated club you will need to have completed a beginners' course.  The beginners' course teaches how to shoot the bow safely, as well as archery etiquette and advice on different styles of shooting and types of equipment.


Droitwich Archery Society runs several courses during the year, we provide all the equipment and the course is run by our club's Archery GB qualified coaches and experienced club members.

For more details, or to book a space on one of our courses, please email

What is covered?

It's a "hands-on" course - following some essential health and safety topics, we will get you equipped with a suitable bow and arrows. The tutors will then show you how to shoot safely, and throughout the course will give help and advice on your style and shooting technique as it develops.

The first session we will show you how to shoot ‘barebow’ style without a sight to get you used to the feel of the bow. We will then add a sight to the bow, and you will continue to practise your style, with coaching and pointers to help you improve, including friendly and short fun competitions and scoring.

There will also be talks on different bow types, how to purchase your own equipment, and information about our club and Archery GB membership if you decide to continue.

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Course Details

Adults (over 18): £75 - Juniors: £50


The course fees cover all coaching, equipment use and hire of the venue. There will be four sessions of 3 hours each, usually on Saturday afternoons.


Minimum age to attend the beginners course is generally 8 years old, but this depends on the individual. Before you book, please be honest with yourself about your child's ability to listen, concentrate and follow instructions for three hours at a time.

Juniors must be accompanied by a responsible adult who stays for the duration of each session.​


As the course is feature packed you need to be able to commit to the full course, missing a session makes catching up difficult and re-arranging sessions is difficult for everyone.

After the course

Once you have finished the archery beginners’ course you will be able to become a full member of Droitwich Archery Society, or you can join a different Archery GB club if there's one more convenient for you. More details of joining D.A.S. are on the membership page. 


We recommend you don't rush right out and buy your own equipment straight away. This is because during your first few months of shooting, your strength will change and so the bow and arrows which "fit" you will be different.  It's best to wait for a while, so we have a range of beginners’ archery equipment that you can hire. 


We charge a fully refundable £50 deposit for a free 6-week hire period (any damages or missing items will be deducted from the deposit).

Next Steps

If you are interested in our beginners' courses, please check out the
Frequently Asked Questions which will give you some more detail on how we run them and what's involved.

We currently have quite a long waiting list, but please feel free to contact us by email at 
if you want to find out anything more, and see about booking onto the next available course.

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