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Have a Go and Beginners

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If your office or business is organising a day out, why not consider archery?

We can tailor a day to suit your needs, including target archery, field archery and clout shooting.

It can be as competitive or relaxed as you like. Whatever you need, we can help.

For more information please contact us


The club occasionally runs beginners' courses, which are intended to get you up to a skill level which satisfies the course tutors that you can shoot safely and enjoyably.

On successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate after which you can apply for club membership with Panda Bowmen or any other Archery GB club.

For safety and insurance reasons, beginners cannot shoot indoors. All coaching takes place outdoors.

Courses in 2024

The exact dates of the next course will be posted here when confirmed.


We advise beginners against buying bows and arrows immediately. It's best to complete the club's archery course and gain some experience in using the equipment before making a purchase, otherwise you could buy equipment that is not suitable for you.

This is especially likely to happen if you go to a general sports shop or fishing tackle shop rather than a specialist archery dealer.

The club has a number of bows and sets of arrows that beginners may use, and coaches will advise on what equipment will suit you.

If you already have a bow and arrows, please bring them. Please note that our facilities are not suitable for crossbows.

Archery equipment can be expensive, but you needn't break the bank. A decent starter kit (bow, 8 arrows, string, sight, hard case and accessories) can be bought for around 140. Bargains can be found online, especially on eBay, but buying online is risky if you don't have experience of archery equipment.

Other equipment

Beginners are advised to purchase an arm guard (also known as a bracer) and a finger tab at an early point. It's not necessary to do this during the beginners course or your first few sessions as a full member, since the club has a number of arm guards and tabs that you can use.

These items can be obtained from an archery shop, for example Quicks or Archery World. These items are inexpensive and last for years.


All beginners shoot outdoors until the five-week course is completed. This means that you should wear clothing appropriate to the conditions. You are advised to wear clothing that is warm and not too loose (since loose clothing can catch on the bow string).

You are advised to bring a waterproof top or cagoule in case of rain. When choosing footwear, bear in mind that you'll be walking on grass (often wet and muddy) and your toes must be covered. No sandals, even on the best summer day.


Because of the nature of our ground (a rugby pitch), we do not shoot outdoors in heavy rain. This may mean that the beginners course is cancelled in bad weather. If in doubt, phone us on the day and we will advise.


There is no upper age limit in archery - some people continue well into their eighties.

There is no hard-and-fast lower age limit either, but we've found that 10 years old is a sensible lower limit. Children younger than 10 sometimes struggle physically to control a bow, and children under 7 often don't understand the safety instructions. If in doubt, our coaches can assess the child's suitability at a special session.

Disabilities and medical conditions

Archery is a very accessible sport for people with disabilities and medical conditions. Our coaches have a good understanding of the needs of people with various conditions, and will be able to get you shooting safely and enjoyably.

Protection of children and vulnerable adults

Our national association has issued some guidelines on the protection of children and vulnerable adults. We follow these guidelines.

We require that a parent or guardian accompanies children under 16 years of age throughout the duration of the beginners course.

At least two adults must be present, at least one of whom must be a member of the Grand National Archery Society.

Children aged 14 years or over may shoot only if there are at least two adults present. These adults may be club members, parents or guardians. At least one of these adults must be a member of the Grand National Archery Society.

The parents or guardians of any children who are to attend the beginners course must read and sign a consent form.

This form can be obtained in advance.

Similar considerations apply to vulnerable adults. The exact rules will depend on the nature and severity of the vulnerability.