Joining a club is a fairly straightforward process, and our Development Team has produced a handy guide called 'Getting Involved with Archery' which should answer your queries.
There are many benefits of archery- it’s good for your health, offers a varied sporting challenge, but ultimately it’s fun!
People get into archery for all kinds of reasons: some are drawn into it after their children get involved, some get hooked at a casual have-a-go at a holiday park or country fair, others were inspired to give it a go after watching the Olympics – but whatever your reason, Archery GB aims to make your entry into the sport a safe and enjoyable one. All clubs come under the Archery GB umbrella, and all members are also registered members of Archery GB.
Archery GB recommends everyone wishing to take up archery attends a beginner’s course run by a club. This will give you a good grounding in shooting technique, archery’s safety rules and range etiquette, and from there you can decide where you’d like to take your shooting. Most beginners courses are taught on recurve bows, but you don’t have to stick with this – you could look at diversifying into a high-tech compound or a traditional longbow. You can continue shooting target archery, or check out a field course or clout event, the options are there for you to find the form of archery that suits what you want to get out of the sport.
The coach running the beginners course is usually the best person to speak to about where you want to take your archery once you’ve completed the beginner’s sessions. They will be able to advise you on equipment choices, building up the strength to shoot competition rounds, and point you in the direction of facilities that can offer different shooting experiences, such as clout. Don’t be afraid to ask questions; of your coach, in archery shops, or of your fellow archers. There can be a lot to take in, particularly with regards to the vast array of equipment available, so don’t be afraid to ask if you’re ever unsure of anything.
Archery is a sport for all ages and all abilities. If you’ve ever fancied trying it, you can use the Archery GB Club Finder to find clubs in your area, or you can call the office on 01952 677 888.
Archery GB Membership Fees from 1 October 2016
|Membership Category:||Full Year||Pro-rata|
|Direct Member – Senior (aged 25 and over)||£50.00||N/A|
|Club Member – Senior (aged 25 and over)||£42.00||£21.00|
|Seniors members aged 18 to 24 (inc) – all categories||£10.50||£5.25|
|Juniors (under 18s) – all categories||£10.50||£5.25|
|Archers with Disabilities – all categories||£10.50||£5.25|
The above pro-rata fee structure was agreed at the 2016 AGM.
Pro-rata fees are only available to new members or returning members whose membership has lapsed for at least 18 months.
When there are exceptional circumstances (accident, ill health, bereavement or similar) associated with lapses of membership of less than 18 months, the Membership Services Manager, at his sole discretion, may authorise a pro-rata fee when the member rejoins
The relevant Archery GB membership fee is applicable from the date the new member joins the club.