If you have never tried to shoot a bow but like the idea, there are a number of ways to try it out. We do run occasional Have-a-go sessions but by far the best way to learn is through a structured beginners course.
Our beginners courses are built around an approved Archery GB framework and provide twelve (12) hours of tuition over six (6) weeks with full insurance and all equipment provided. The course is delivered by qualified coaches.
Unfortunately due to high demand we have had to set up a waiting list which is currently longer than one (1) year. The situation has been made worse by the Coronavirus pandemic since we have been unable to deliver any courses since March 2020.
We are looking to resume courses in the near future so please watch this space for more information.
Archery is an inclusive sport open to people of all backgrounds and abilities There is no upper age limit and people shoot well into their seventies and beyond. We do, however, have some restrictions on children and normally consider those from thirteen (13) years of age onwards, however we will consider younger children on an individual basis.
The course is broken down into a number of sessions covering the following topics:-
- Range layout and safety protocols
- Eye dominance and handedness
- The archers equipment; bow, arrows, armguard, finger tab
- Bow length
- Arrow length
- Draw length
- Hand positions on the bow and on the string
- The archers stance and drawing the bow
- The anchor
- The loose and follow through.
In all this there will be plenty of time to put into practice what what you have learned.
During the summer months the course will generally be delivered outdoors at our range at Hickleton, weather permitting. Through Autumn and Winter we move indoors and courses will be delivered at St Pius School in Wath on Dearne. That said, the current situation with Coronavirus means the school facilities remain closed and we are looking for a suitable alternative venue.
At successfully completing your course you will be presented with a certificate that will then allow you, if you choose, to apply for membership of DVAC or other club of your choice.
Having completed your beginners course, and because Dearne Valley Archery Club is known nationally as a Field Archery club, you will be given the opportunity to visit our Field Archery range and experience field archery. You will be guided through the differences between target and field archery and will then be able to shoot some of the course, under close supervision.