Archery Beginners Courses at Assheton Bowmen

Our Beginners Courses are friendly and enjoyable and are designed to teach the basic skills of archery. Almost anyone can enjoy archery, although we do have strict conditions regarding the participation of young persons.

Next beginners course starts: Coming soon

Course dates

Tuesday courses 6pm-9pm (course begins at 6:30pm)

5th November to 10th December 2019
11th February to 17th March 2020
31st March to 5th May 2020

Saturday course 8:30am-12pm (course begins at 9am)

29th June (Full)
31st August to 21st September 2019 (Full)
5th October to 26th October 2019 (full)
11th January to 1st February 2020 (spaces still available)

Beginners_course_application_form (WORD)

Beginners_course_application_form (PDF)


How much does the course cost?

£65 per person. We currently accept payment by cheque and cash. Each course has a maximum of 12 spaces.

How long is each course?

Six weekly sessions, held on Tuesdays at 6pm, which are approximately 2 hours long. Complimentary tea and coffee is provided.
We will also be trialling a Saturday courses which are separate to the Tuesday courses. The Saturday courses will begin at 8:30am and these are also approximately 3 hours long.
All we ask is that you turn up at the specified time. This allows 30 minutes before the course starts for setting up.

Do I need my own equipment?

No. All equipment is provided by Assheton Bowmen.

What age range is the course suitable for?

The course is an approved Archery GB beginners course and, as such is open to any and all ages however we do have a minimum age of nine years old and upwards. Children aged eight who will have their ninth birthday with a few weeks of the end of the course would be fine to attend.

It is important that we stress that the club and it’s members cannot act in loco parentis. For learners under 14 years old we insist an adult also takes part in the beginners course to they are fully aware of the safety precautions and techniques required to conduct archery safely. In addition, any junior under the age of 14 must always have a parent/guardian who is fully aware of range safety in attendance for the duration of any archery session.

What is covered in the course?

Beginners Courses are held at our clubhouse on Victoria Avenue East in Manchester.
Once the course is completed, all beginners will take away:

  • an understanding of the basic skills of shooting;
  • basic technique, safety and etiquette to the level required to join an archery club;
  • the ability to shoot a recurve bow with reasonable confidence and skill;
  • you will also have been introduced to other types of bows (traditional longbow, compound bow and others); and
  • a certificate providing proof that you have completed a Beginners’ Course and safe to shoot in a club environment. This certificate can be used to join any archery club.

Anyone wanting to join Assheton Bowmen must have completed an Archery GB Beginners’ Course, either at Assheton Bowmen, or another archery club.

All Beginners Courses are run in accordance with the Archery GB guidelines.

If you’re interested in taking part in our next beginners course, please download the application form above and send it to Paul and Liz Mather at or drop it in to the club house.