Beginners Course Sunday 19th May 2024

Our aim is to give people an intensive course so that you can start archery a lot quicker and become a club member sooner, if you so wish.  On successful completion of the course you will be provide with a certificate to be able to join Blue Arrows immediately or take as evidence of basic course completion to other clubs.  Details of Blue Arrows membership will become available at the breaks whilst on the course.

If you want to use the day as a taster or something different to try, then that is fine also. There is certainly no obligation to continue archery after the day if you felt it wasn't for you.

The cost of the day is £40 per person, no concessions or group discounts.

The use of all equipment and the necessary training is included.

You must be at least 7 years old to take part but no upper limit! Juniors under 13 will require parent/guardian supervision throughout the day. Parents/guardians will be required to sign the disclaimer for all those under 16.

Topics covered

The topics covered during the day will consist of:

  • Safety – personal and Range
  • Eye dominance
  • Finger slings, tabs and bracers – if you don’t know what they are, you soon will!
  • How to draw and shoot a bow
  • Basic shooting – bare bow
  • Shooting with sights
  • Arrow collection
  • Bow assembly
  • Bow types
  • Scoring
  • Club Information and membership
  • And any archery related questions you want to ask us about!


The courses and will start at 10.00am sharp.

The first session will last for 2 hours until 12 noon.

We then have a break and plan to resume at 1pm for 2.5hours, until approximately 3.30pm, where you will have received all the necessary training and coaching to start archery as a hobby.

All timings are approximate and we may tailor the day depending on conditions and attendees abilities.

Although it may seem like a long day, you will learn a lot. You will find the day will go quite quickly and I am sure you will find it very enjoyable.

At the end of the course you will have the opportunity to progress into archery through joining the club as a member immediately.

All details regarding this will be given at the end of the day.

The Venue

The course will take place at Ipswich School Playing fields, see map below. This is an outdoor field with parking and toilets. Detailed instructions of how to find us can be viewed and printed here.  Please note, the only entrance to the field is via 'The Grove'.

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There is very limited shelter at the venue for either good or not so good weather! Feel free to bring along chairs/picnic blankets for lunchtime or spectators.


Lunch is NOT provided. You will need to bring your own lunch and drinks, there aren’t any shops within walking distance. You will have time to drive out but advisable to come prepared.  You'll have the oppertunity to talk to members and we will demonstrate and talk you through the high end bows we use and (try) to answer any questions.

What to wear

It is important that you dress appropriately using the following as a guideline:

  • No open toed shoes/sandals are permitted for archery. Without closed toe shoes, you will not be able to shoot
  • It is a grass field so if it’s been raining on the lead up to the day, it is likely to be wet underfoot and possibly muddy. Please wear appropriate footwear
  • We would NOT recommend wearing loose fitting garments, these may snag the bow
  • Tie your hair back if it is long
  • If the day is a bit cold, bring clothes to keep you warm

Am I fit to take up archery?

As with any sports there are inherent risks, the equipment is aimed at beginners with lower strength limbs. However, it is a physical activity and most of the day will be spent standing. We cannot advise on any heath conditions and if you have concerns you should take expert medical advice from your GP prior to booking.


We will endeavour to run the course but if the weather forecast is bad, we shall postpone the event and make arrangements for another day as soon as possible.

We will email you on the day if the course is not going ahead due to the weather, so check your emails before setting off. If you don’t hear from us, assume it’s on and we’ll see you there.

Contact details

We will use the email address you provided for the booking to contact you, should we need to please ensure it is accurate (you will receive a confirmation email, contact us if you don’t). If you are booking on behalf of others, you will be responsible for passing on any correspondence and passing on the information stated here. It is important people come prepared.

Should you need to contact us up to the event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Finally, the boring (but important) bits

Please read the booking terms and conditions carefully and you will be asked to sign a disclaimer form prior to the start of the course, parents/guardian of under 16s will be required to sign on their behalf.

Ready to book?

Press register, you will be asked to fill in some details. When you make the booking you will be taken to PayPal to complete the booking, this may take a few seconds to redirect, please be patient. Only when payment has been made will the booking be confirmed. You will receive a confirmation email from Blue Arrows shortly after registration. If this fails to happen, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to meeting you!

Event Properties

Event Date 10:00 am 19/05/2024
Event End Date 3:30 pm 19/05/2024
Capacity 24
Registered 16
Available place 8
Individual Price £40.00
Location Ipswich School Playing Fields

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