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About Archery

ArcheryArchery GB is the governing body for the sport of archery in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Archery GB has a development team which is responsible for providing support to developing clubs, supporting schools better to deliver archery and introducing new young people to the sport, and improving the capacity of the sport through the development and support of coaches and volunteers.

Get into Archery

Archery is one of the fastest growing sports in the UK. It captures the imagination of over 34,000 Archery GB members and many more at 'have a go' events at activity centres, holiday parks, fairs, outdoor shows and tourist attractions across the UK.

There are many ways you can get involved and progress in the sport as an archer, leader, coach, judge or club volunteer.  It is a very sociable sport and provides the opportunity to join a club, shoot in a social setting and participate in friendly club and inter-club competitions (indoor in winter, outdoor in summer). Whatever your need, you will find that archery provides a balance between fun and fitness no matter what your ability.

Archery provides opportunities for all in a number of ways. It provides four disciplines where the shooting format differs:

  • Target archery is the most popular form of archery, in which members shoot at stationary circular targets at varying distances and is practiced indoor and outdoor
  • Field archery involves shooting at targets of varying (sometimes unmarked) distance, often in woodland and rough terrain
  • Clout is a form where archers shoot at a flag (known as "the Clout") from a relatively long distance and score points depending on how close each arrow lands
  • In flight archery the aim is to shoot the greatest distance and requires a large flat area such as an aerodrome.

How do I get involved? 

Anyone interested in taking up archery can contact their local club by using Archery GB’s Club Finder (see below). With over 1240 clubs in the UK, there will be one not too far away. Some clubs specialise in particular types of archery such as 'Target' or ‘Field’ and many have access to indoor facilities over the winter season for practising and shooting in competition at closer distances.

In order to join an archery club, you are typically asked to take part in a beginner’s course run by the club. This usually consists of four to six introductory lessons, covering a basic understanding of technique and disciplines for shooting in safety and with relative accuracy.

Courses will be organised and supervised by experienced archers and could be held indoors or outdoors.