Exeter Company of Archers
Membership is usually open to anyone who has satisfactorily completed an Archery GB recognised beginners course, or is a current member of another Archery GB affiliated archery club, or is an AGB direct member.
With the exception of organised Have-a-go and taster sessions, and beginners courses, shooting is strictly restricted to full or affiliated members of Archery GB (the sport's UK governing body), or World Archery.
For membership enquiries, please contact our membership secretary.
For membership enquiries please contact us using our contact form.
We offer Introduction to Archery coaching sessions at our club a few times a year.
These two-hour sessions are for adults, and juniors 10 yrs+. Please note that all participants under fourteen years of age must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian).
You will be tutored by our qualified coaches and other experienced club archers, and you will get the opportunity to learn the basics of shooting, under supervision, and start to channel your inner ‘Robin Hood’. If you are keen to progress further, you can put your name down for our next beginners course.
For details of our next introduction session and beginners course please keep an eye on our homepage, and Facebook for updates.
If you want to register your interest, please contact our coaching officer.
For more information please contact our coaching officer Colin Alexander by contacting him using our contact form, or on 07745 026509 (after 4pm).
It is kindly requested that you do not leave a voicemail as Colin is unable to access it. Instead, if your call isn't answered - please text a message. Even as a missed call, your call will be returned as soon as Colin can.
The club offers beginners courses throughout the year, and early booking is recommended as places are limited.
Spring/Summer courses usually take place on a Tuesday evening and comprise of five 2-hour lessons on consecutive weeks, at the club’s outdoor shooting ground.
Subject to the availability of the venue, Autumn/Winter courses may be held on Sunday afternoons in the Exeter School Sports Hall.
All equipment is supplied, and we ask participants to wear appropriate clothing and footwear - details will be provided on enrolment (also see FAQ below).
The course will teach prospective archers to shoot the bow with confidence and consistency, and give a thorough understanding of the safety requirements around the sport.
Club membership is open to those who have satisfactorily completed a beginners course.
For all club based activities the minimum age is ten years, and any participant under fourteen years of age must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian) at all times.
If you want to register your interest please contact our coaching officer.
Potential participants are strongly advised not to purchase any equipment prior to the course.
Below you'll find answers to questions we get asked the most about beginner courses.
You should wear comfortable but close-fitting clothing. In particular it is important that you don't wear jumpers or jackets with baggy sleeves. Long hair may need to be tied back, and facial piercings removed for safety. Please wear suitable footwear i.e. not open shoes or sandals, sturdy shoes for outdoors, soft soled, non-marking footwear for indoors.
You will be under instruction from a qualified coach or coaches, with support from experienced archers on a one to one basis.
We have to keep our prices under review due venue hire and equipment maintenance costs. To give you an idea, our recent Introduction to Archery sessions (2hrs) cost £10 and the five week Beginners course cost £65.
Between 5-20 metres.
No, normally several people shoot at the same time on their own target. Shooting is under the control of a field captain who blows a whistle to stop and start shooting.
This depends on the time available and the number of people attending the session. We would normally hope to get 4 dozen arrows (48 arrows) shot in a 2 hour session, 3 arrows are shot at a time.
No, all equipment is provided. We recommend that you ask advice on purchasing equipment after you have completed a beginners course and have joined the club.