About the Club
The University of Warwick Archery Club is an informal club providing a friendly atmosphere for its members to meet, socialise and shoot together. We are an Archery GB affiliated club, part of the County of Warwickshire Archery Association and the West Midlands Archery Society. We participate in BUCS events and also the student run regional BUTTS league, along with various external competitions. We also have a number of members who choose not to compete and simply shoot for their own enjoyment!
We cater for all levels of experience, including beginners. (See details below for how you can get involved!) We provide coaching, a bow, arrows and all other equipment once you join the club for those new to the sport. We also cater for experienced archers, and have enjoyed success at county, regional and national level competitions. After practice we have regular trips to the pub together, as well as a variety of other socials including fortnightly circling at the union and other non drinking socials.
The quickest and easiest way to join is to turn up at the sports fair in Welcome Week and find our stand, where you will be able to speak to current members. You can also join us if you turn up to one of our sessions and find an exec member, who will be wearing an archery club t-shirt.
How Do I Join?
We divide our incoming members into two groups: current members of Archery GB or a World Archery affiliated body, and those who we classify as 'new' to the sport. Although many people have had some experience of archery before at Summer Camps, school, etc. this does not count as sufficient experience to participate in one of our sessions.
- I am new to the sport and haven't been an Archery GB member before:
- If you haven't been a member of Archery GB before, you'll need to complete one of our Beginners' Courses. This is because we have to ensure everyone knows how to shoot safely before being allowed to take part in sessions. A beginners' course typically consists of four hands-on sessions at the club where we teach range safety and the basics of good technique. The courses are led by our club coach, and run by volunteers from the club. It is important to stress that these courses are only offered on particular dates/times each year and are a requirment for you to participate in club sessions. At a typical club session it is expected that members will be self-sufficient; the club is run by and for its members and we simply do not have the ability to offer one-on-one teaching all year round.
- We are running two courses during Term 1 in the 2019/20 academic year - one in weeks 2-3 and one weeks 4-7 (you'll need to be a member to sign up for these):
- I am a current member of Archery GB or another World Archery member organisation:
- Great! Every year, we have a few experienced archers who join our club. Contact us via email or through our Facebook page to let us know who you are! You'll need to be a member of the club to participate in our sessions.
- I don't know if I need to do a beginners' course:
- If you really are unsure as to whether or not you need to do a beginners' course (maybe you used to be a member of an archery club but have since stopped) please contact us by email and give us details of your previous experience.
Please note that when you join this club, your name, e-mail address, and date of birth will be used to register you with Archery GB, the national governing body for Archery in the UK. This is necessary to comply with the terms of our insurance.
Club Session Details
Typically, we have up to 6 sessions per week, with dates and times varying from year to year. Full details of our current session times and more information about our club can be found on our website. We also use an online archery club record keeping software called archr to enable people to sign up to competitions and track scores. We ask that, if possible, you arrive promptly for the start of session to help us set up.
Our sessions are held in the Westwood Games Hall during Terms 1 and 2, and then outside on Varsity Field during Term 3. We also shoot during the university holidays because we have a significant number of postgraduate students among our members.
As agreed at a recent AGM, we kindly ask you make a voluntary £10 contribution to help with the club's ongoing equipment and running costs. The contribution can be paid here: https://www.warwicksu.com/shop/product/10150100/. This goes eniterely towards club equipment, including targets.