Listed below is a list of Beginner’s Archery Courses and contacts in the County. To have your course listed here please email the webmaster.


it is a condition of Archery GB (the governing body of archery in Great Britain) that attendance on a beginners course is required before you can become a member of any Archery GB archery club. All archery clubs put safety foremost. It is essential that anyone wishing to learn archery is given tuition in both the art of shooting, and the safety aspects of the sport. Most clubs take from 10 years upwards, but please check with the club. Children under 16 years old must usually be accompanied by a parent (although there is no compulsion on the parent to shoot).

On the course you will learn:
– How to shoot safely
-Warm up and cool down exercises
– Introduction to the bow
– sight usage
– about the recurve, barebow, longbow & compound boows
– How to assemble the bow
– How to take the bow down
– Scoring
– Different Rounds

The club usually runs 2 or 3 beginners’ courses each year. These take place over 4 weeks in the gym at Loreto College in St Albans.  They are on Saturdays from 2.30 – 5.30pm (with a break in the middle of each session). The cost is £75.  The club will usually accept juniors from the age of eight (if they are mature enough to take instruction). 

Chiltern Archers beginners course is run over three 1 hour sessions that can be booked at your convenience. The total cost of the course is £90 which includes a qualified instructor, use of equipment and our indoor range. (Contact number 01296 630919).

Elswood runs beginners course throughout the year. The 4 week archery course, with sessions being 2 hours long, is perfect for complete beginners and those wanting a refresh of their archery skills.The teaching part of the course takes place over the first 3 weeks and during the final session you have the opportunity to shoot with the rest of the club after which you can decide whether you would like to join the club. The course fee is £65 and includes all equipment hire.

The course runs over 5 weeks and consists of 4 two-hour training sessions on a Saturday and then you will be invited to the club session on a Sunday for the 5th session. The course cost is £65. Enfield Archers provide the Archery GB beginners book for future reference and beginners also receive a stretchy band to practice at home. A deposit of £30 is required to book a place. Enfield run 2 courses per year, one in March/April and another in September/October. the April 2020 course is currently full. Contact

Green Dragon provide two training courses for beginners each year, with courses run at Knebworth. Numbers on these courses are strictly limited to 25 students per course, this ensures both safety and the quality of the training. The cost of the four sessions (two afternoons or two weekends usually in early June and early September) is a total of £60, (this fee is for tuition, insurance and use of club equipment, own equipment must not be used). On the last afternoon of the course (the second Sunday) we usually hold a ‘fun shoot’. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Hertford Archers run a beginners course once a year, on Saturday mornings over four consecutive weeks, from 09.30 to 12.00. Hertford Archers don’t guarantee entry to their club after the course (there is normally a waiting list). The cost is £85. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Hinxworth’s courses run for up to a total of 6 consecutive sessions throughout the summer. Each session is of about 2 hours duration. Individual sessions are subject to mutual arrangement with one of the club coaches but must be held either on a Sunday morning 10.00 to 12.00 or Wednesday &/or Friday evenings 6.00 to 8.00pm. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Ricksmanworth Archers’ courses run over 4 teaching sessions, spread over one weekend – 10.00 to 12.30 and 13.30 to 16.00 on each day. Beginners are then able to try out their new skills at the following 2 club shoot Sundays which are offered as free shooting days. Course Fees £95/£75. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Royston Heath run two beginner’s courses each year, in Spring and September (although in 2020 there is no beginners course). Courses run over a four weeks and each week is for 3 hours usually 1.30pm till 4.30pm. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

Details awaited of beginners courses. In the meantime please contact CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS.

The Howard Bowmen organise approximately four beginner’s courses per year with a maximum number of 12 participants. Courses are organised over a single weekend with sessions on Friday night (6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.), all day Saturday (9.30 a.m. to 4.00p.m.) and Sunday morning (9.30a.m. to 12 noon).The cost of the course is £65 per person. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS or email