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BeginnersIf you are an existing archer and interested in becoming a member of Nene Bowmen we would be very happy to hear from you, all that you have to do is fill in the membership form and send a cheque for the appropriate fees.

Beginners courses

This section will give you information on how to get started in the sport of archery.

Modern target bows still have the lethal potential of their along bow ancestors, so the principle concern when starting out is learning how to shoot safely.

Archery GB (GNAS), the sport's UK governing body, operates an insurance policy that covers all archers who are properly qualified and abide by the Archery GB (GNAS) rules of shooting. All Archery GB (GNAS) affiliated archery clubs operate a beginners course to meet the basic qualification requirements of this insurance.

Nene Bowmen is no exception and all beginners must enrol in and successfully complete 6 hours of instruction before being allowed to join and shoot.

We do ask, however, that archers are at least 9 years old before coming on a beginners course.

We run two indoor courses each year (3 week duration) and one outdoors in the summer months (4 week duration).

At present the indoor courses run on a Monday evening from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. Outdoor schedule to be advised.

Archery does require specialist equipment, but don't worry, this will be provided for you during your course. There are some basic considerations that will help you turn up prepared and able to get the most from the course. (See links at bottom of page).

There is a charge of £50 per person for the course, which helps pay for the hire of our shooting venues, as well as covering the cost of replacing equipment when necessary. The people who will be helping you learn about archery are all volunteers from the club who give up their time freely.

When you complete the course we hope you will decide that you want to join the club and continue shooting. If so, you will be able to use the club equipment for up to 6 more weeks to find out if archery really is for you.

After this our coaches or other club members will be available to advise you on buying your own equipment. Please take advantage of this as its easy to make expensive mistakes!

If you have any questions about what the course involves or anything else, please contact us and we will be happy to help.


Indoor and outdoor courses

If you would like to sign up for a beginners course, please download the Beginners Course Enquiry Form.


These courses require that safety measures are in operation for the benefit of all, so please do your part by carefully reading all of the information contained in the Beginners Course Safety Instructions.

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