Beginners

About Our Beginners Courses

21 Benefits of Archery by ArcherStopWhether you have shot before or are completely new to the sport, one of the best ways to get yourself started in Archery is to go on one of our beginners courses.

These courses are run over two three-hour sessions or three two-hour sessions by the club coach and will result in the candidate being offered membership to the club. If they wish to join another club the course and certificate issued will show the club that they have completed a recognised GNAS Course that has been run by a qualified GNAS Coach.

We hold several beginners courses during the year, depending on demand.

Due to the limited number of places and equipment available, places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

Please read our terms and conditions below.

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    When

    There are no scheduled courses at the moment

    Please book places via our contact form or waitinglist@st-kingsmark.co.uk

    Time

    11am to 2pm

    Where

    Caerwent Community Centre or Chepstow Athletic Club (refer to our Course Venues below).

    Length

    Six hours split into two three-hour sessions or three two-hour sessions

    Cost

    The cost of the course (currently £50) which includes all tuition, a copy of the Archery for Beginners Guidebook produced by Archery GB (that retails at £7.50 in the shops), a finger tab, arm bracer, insurance and equipment hire for the duration of the course must be paid in advance and is non-refundable.

    Archery GB have produced The Archery for Beginners Guidebook, which has been designed to guide beginners through their first steps in target archery. It’s beautifully illustrated, easy to follow and packed with basic information on technique, equipment, range safety, scoring and competition. It is also packed with useful hints and tips, guidance on etiquette and what to expect as you progress through the sport.

    Read the reviews on Amazon.

    Number of Places

    We hold several beginners courses per year, depending on demand.  On each course we can accommodate up to twelve people.  Due to the limited number of places and equipment available, places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

    Equipment

    All equipment is supplied by the club so please do not buy anything for yourself until you have completed the course.

    Training

    Your training will cover aspects of all modern bow types, arrows and accessories, shooting technique, scoring, safety and the rules of shooting. All training is provided by accredited coaches and experienced club members.

    Insurance

    Archery GB’s insurance covers you for the first six lessons that you receive at the club but if you wish to continue shooting after that, you must become a member of Archery GB and/or a club.

    Juniors

    We welcome all ages from 10 years up. Children under the age of 18 must have a ‘Designated Responsible Adult’ (DRA) present for the whole of the session. A Designated Responsible Adult (DRA) is a parent, legal guardian or other adult approved (in writing) by a parent or legal guardian to look after the interests of a minor or vulnerable adult in accordance with the Child Protection Act.

    Clothing

    Wear close fitting clothing during the lessons. This helps to prevent your clothing being caught by the bowstring when shooting the bow. Footwear should be fully enclosing (not open-toed).  No long earrings or upper body piercings please.

    Course Venues

    Caerwent Community Centre

    Lawrence Crescent
    Caerwent
    Caldicot
    Gwent
    NP26 5NS

    SAT NAV/Google Maps NP26 5NS

    Please note: The course is held in the Community Centre not the Village Hall.

    Directions from Newport/Cardiff(Westbound)
    From the A48 heading towards Chepstow, before you reach Caerwent look out for The Northgate Inn on your RIGHT hand side. At the lights, take the next LEFT into Dinham Road. Take the SECOND RIGHT into Lawrence Crescent. On your RIGHT you’ll see a small brick building with a car park just to the left of it. Take the SECOND RIGHT into the car park.

    Directions from Chepstow/London (Eastbound)
    From the A48 heading towards Newport/Cardiff, just after passing through Crick you’ll pass a turning for Dewstow on your left. Carry straight on. Immediately after the 30mph sign you’ll see a set of traffic lights and a slip road to the right. Take the next RIGHT into Dinham Road. Take the SECOND RIGHT into Lawrence Crescent. On your RIGHT you’ll see a small brick building with a car park just to the left of it. Take the SECOND RIGHT into the car park.

    Chepstow Athletic Club

    Mathern Road
    Bulwark
    Chepstow
    NP16 5JT

    SAT NAV/Google Maps NP16 5JT

    Directions

    From the main “Larkfield” A48/A466 roundabout (1 mile from junction 2 of the M48), take the 4th exit signposted Aust Cycle route (the exit after Chepstow). After 100 metres turn left into High Beech Lane. At the T-junction in 300m, the entrance to Chepstow Athletic club is in front of you on the T-junction.

    Terms and Conditions

    Availability

    • Due to the limited number of places and equipment available, places are allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

    Payment and Registration

    • The cost of the course (currently £50) which includes all tuition, a copy of the Archery for Beginners Guidebook produced by Archery GB (that retails at £7.50 in the shops), a finger tab, arm bracer, insurance and equipment hire for the duration of the course must be paid in advance and is non-refundable.
    • Payment is usually by cheque.
    • A completed Registration Form and payment confirms your place on the course.
    • If you cannot attend, please ensure that you cancel your registration as soon as possible so that we can offer your place to another beginner on our waiting list.
    • When a course date has been organised an email will be sent to the first twelve people on the waiting list requesting them to register and pay using the online booking system.  If they do not respond within two weeks, their name will be removed from the waiting list and their place will be given to the next person on the waiting list. So, please check your emails often!

    Juniors

    • Children under the age of 18 must have a ‘Designated Responsible Adult’ (DRA) present for the whole of the session. A Designated Responsible Adult (DRA) is a parent, legal guardian or other adult approved (in writing) by a parent or legal guardian to look after the interests of a minor or vulnerable adult in accordance with the Child Protection Act.

    Equipment

    • All equipment is supplied by the club.
    • Equipment (bow, arrows, etc.) lent to a first year archer should be returned to a club member 3 – 6 months after joining.
    • The club operates an equipment hire scheme. On payment of a £50 deposit a first year archer can take loaned equipment home. The deposit will be reimbursed upon return of the equipment to the club.

    Insurance

    • Archery GB’s insurance covers you for the first six lessons that you receive at the club but if you wish to continue shooting after that, you must become a member of Archery GB and/or a club.

    Some of Our Reviews

    Thanks guys – the Beginners Course was everything I hoped: informative, friendly, safe and welcoming – with plenty of hands-on time. I’m particularly pleased by how patient the instructors were both with me (a slow learner) and my ten-year-old son. Can’t wait to come along again!

    brilliant loved every second even if it was cold the coaches were very knowledgeable and very friendly can’t wait to go back for the second session

    Thanks very much for the fantastic beginners course on the weekend and well done all my fellow beginners for doing so amazingly well and being incredibly safe.