Beginners Courses


Next Intake 7th February 2020

Beginners course will run Friday evenings from 6.30pm

The booking application will be made available towards the end of year.

2020 Dates for Beginners Courses

7th February 2020 (Indoors) - Applications will open after October 2019 Intake

1st May 2020 (Outdoors)  - Applications will open after February 2020 Intake

How much does the course cost?

Payment of £55 per person.

Payment details can be found within the application form at the bottom of this page as well as instructions on how to return the form.

Gift Vouchers
If you wish to purchase a gift voucher for one of our beginners courses for either a friend or family member, please contact us using our Contact Us section on our site and specify "Gift Voucher" in the subject line. 

Minimum Age Requirements

The minimum age requirement for juniors which we recommend is 9 years of age. It is important when juniors take part in the course that they are patient and are willing to listen to instructions from our coaches especially around the use of the bow and safety towards others. 

Length of Course

The course lasts for 6 weeks on a Friday evenings.  Arrive at 6:30pm to set up your equipment and start shooting at 7:00pm.  The session will last approximately 1 1/2 hours.

What should I expect to learn?

  • You will be taught basic techniques on how to safely shoot a recurve bow.
  • You will learn about different bow types and styles (compound, longbow, horsebow).
  • You will learn how to score in a tournament and will take part in a mini tournament at the end of the course.
  • At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion as proof that you have completed the Beginners Course. You can then use this certificate to join any archery club.

Location of Course

Indoor sessions take place at the School Gym located in Dean Close School, Hatherley Road Cheltenham 


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If travelling by car please note that the School Gym hall is just a few meters up from the Bacon Theatre which is a short drive from the Junction 11 on the M5 and only 1½ miles from Cheltenham town centre. The Bacon Theatre entrance can be accessed via the Hatherley Road entrance to Dean Close School.  Simply follow the brown tourism signs from either end of the Hatherley Road. For satellite navigation purposes only, enter the postcode GL51 6EP


There is free on-site parking available at but please be aware that spaces cannot be guaranteed during busy periods so please allow plenty of time for parking. 

Previous Courses


Jan to Mar 2019

17 great students from our indoors winter course we ran at the start of 2019. All graduated with flying colours. 

Archery GB Tutorials

The following sequence of videos provided by Archery GB is a useful resources for Beginners and Coaches