Frequently Asked Questions
Can my child practise archery with London Archers? What age can someone start shooting?
Archery is often described as a sport for all ages. However, we generally recommend that children do not start to shoot until they are at least 12 or 13, as younger children are still developing physically, and until they are older, it can be quite easy to damage growing muscles or bones.
London Archers has a ‘junior’ section, for archers under the age of 18, and we welcome archers who have shot before joining the ‘junior club’ – juniors can join in the same way ‘seniors’ can. If a child has not shot before, they may be able to join our beginners’ courses to learn the sport. However this is dependent on instructors with the appropriate Criminal Records Bureau checks being available.
Can London Archers help me in organising a corporate event or help in providing corporate hospitality?
Unfortunately, London Archers is not generally able to assist with corporate events, or in the provision of any corporate hospitality. London Archers is run exclusively by unpaid volunteers, many of whom are in full time paid employment. As a result, members of the club can seldom be available during the conventional working day. It is also a requirement imposed upon London Archers by its landlord that the club does not undertake commercial activity at its main venue, and most corporate events or corporate hospitality would be deemed to be commercial activity.
Can London Archers provide special group sessions, e.g. for stag or hen parties?
Unfortunately, London Archers cannot cater for group events such as stag or hen parties.
London Archers is run exclusively by unpaid volunteers, most of whom are unavailable during normal office hours. In addition, the club shares its main venue with a number of other sports and, as a result, has only a limited time during which it may use that venue at weekends. This time is reserved for club members’ own practice, as the primary objective of the club is to facilitate members practising the sport.
Does London Archers offer private/paid tuition, or individual coaching?
London Archers does not normally offer private, paid, tuition to members of the public. We are an amateur sports club, and while several of our more experienced members are either qualified coaches, or have some tuition expertise, it is our understanding that private/paid tuition is outside the scope of the Club’s normal insurance arrangements (provided through our national governing body).
If I have shot before, even if I have not practised for a while, or I currently shoot somewhere else, how do I go about joining London Archers?
London Archers is happy to welcome archers back into the sport after a period away, or to see archers from other clubs shoot with us.
If you are still a member of the Grand National Archery Society (“GNAS”) (in other words, if you have paid a membership fee to another club during the last year) you will be able to apply to join London Archers immediately. If you wish to join as an associate member (i.e. retaining your membership of another GNAS club) then all you need to do is fill in an application form and send it to the Membership Secretary. Please make sure that you tell us which club you are a member of, and confirm your GNAS number. If you would prefer to transfer membership from your other club to London Archers, please let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.
If you are returning to the sport after some time away, i.e. you are not currently a member of a GNAS club, you can still apply to be a member of the London Archers, but we will ask you to attend one of our periodic assessment sessions for returning archers before completing the formalities of your application. You will appreciate that we need a chance to confirm whether or not potential new members returning to the sport might need to refresh their memories before becoming active archers again! For returning archers who have been away from the sport for a particularly long time, or who are particularly rusty, we may recommend that those archers go through our summer beginners’ course as a reminder of the basic points of shooting form and range safety.
If I have not shot before, or have only shot very occasionally (e.g. at country fairs, in the guides, scouts or at school) how do I learn the sport?
London Archers runs a beginners’ course each summer for people who wish to take up the sport of archery. At present, the club is only able to run one course per year. The course which generally takes place in June and July – we do not run courses at any other time due to limitations on instructor availability and time at our main venue.
How much does it cost to be a member of London Archers?
The current annual fee, 2016 -2017, for full adult membership of the club is £101.00. Fees for other classes of membership (including associate members) can be supplied by our membership secretary.