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) through '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. Archery 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.
An Overview of Archery
The Archery GB Development Team 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.
Archery GB has a club development programme, ontarget. Through this programme, ontarget will provide clubs with three main benefits – Recognition, Rewards and Development. All Archery GB affiliated clubs are eligible to join at any time.
- Whole family activity
- Upper body strength
On joining an archery club, new members pay an annual subscription, which can vary from club to club. The subscription is paid to the club, county and regional associations, and also a portion is for the Archery GB affiliation fee. An annual cost of £100 for an adult member is about average, with reduced fees for juniors. Sometimes a club will offer a reduction for family membership.
For those entering the sport for the first time, archery equipment can prove expensive, but a club will lend equipment for a short time. As a guide, the cost of basic equipment (bow, arrows, arm guard, finger tab, quiver etc), will be approximately £100-£300. Second hand equipment can represent a significant saving but should always be considered only after an inspection by an experienced archer.
Clubs will provide all equipment for the beginner's course and may lend equipment for up to 3 months after joining. Most archers choose to shoot the 'Recurve' bow, the modern version of the traditional Longbow.
- Archery is one of 36 Olympic sports. It was part of the Games from 1900 to 1920, and has been a regular feature since 1972.
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National Governing Bodies
- Contact Name
- Archery GB General Enquiries
- Contact Email
- Contact Telephone
- 01952 677 888