Beginners Archery Courses

17th March 2020
With immediate effect, ALL ACHERY ACTIVITIES ARE CANCELLED due to Covid-19.  Therefore no Archery courses are currently running.  We will update this page as soon as the situation changes.  If you are booked on a course, you will receive an email from us.

Gosport Bowmen run  Beginners courses throughout the year, this is dependent on the availability of our coaches.

Numbers are very limited and places go quickly.

We can take children from the age of 13 on our courses without an assessment.  Children aged 8 to 12 may be able to take our course but will need to attend an assessment session prior to booking the course.

Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult throughout their course.

Five-Session Courses

Course costs £50
Each five-session course lasts two and a half weeks and covers the basic principles on archery, safety, equipment and shooting technique.   The courses are run by GNAS qualified club coaches.

These beginners’ lessons are always held on Wednesday and Friday evening either indoors or outdoors depending on the time of year.

One-Day & Two-Day Courses

Course Cost £50

During the warmer months, we hold one-day courses (can be adapted to a two-day course for juniors).  These courses are held outside and cover the same content as our five-session course.  These courses are held at the weekends and are run by GNAS qualified club coaches.

All Courses

For all our courses, the club provides all the archery equipment you will require: we strongly recommend that you do not purchase any archery equipment until you have completed the course. The club coaches and members can offer advice on the purchase of equipment.

At the successful conclusion of your Beginners course you will be invited to apply to join the club and the GNAS. Membership of the GNAS provides you with ongoing liability insurance: an essential requirement if you wish to shoot. You are not permitted to shoot at any venue, including the club ground, if you do not have GNAS membership.

Club equipment is available to members who have just completed a Beginners course. There is a £30 fee for a 6 week hire period or part thereof. An extension of that period may be allowed subject to availability.

Please note that Juniors attending a Beginners course (those under 18) must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Upcoming Courses

Courses are booked online through Eventbrite. Please click the links below for more information on each course and to book a place.

SORRY – NO COURSES CURRENT SCHEDULED DUE TO COVID-19.  This page will be updated when this situation changes.

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Taster Sessions 

For those wishing to give archery a try before committing to a full Beginners course, we offer a two hour session for £10. Please note that demand is high and early pre-booking is essential.  These sessions run on the first Friday of alternate months.

SORRY – NO TASTER SESSIONS CURRENT SCHEDULED DUE TO COVID-19.  This page will be updated when this situation changes.

Booking a Taster Session or an Assessment for a Junior Archer


If you are interested in a beginners course for a child aged 8 to 12, they will need to complete a taster session prior to being able to book a beginners course – this is so that we can ensure they are suitable for an archery beginners course.  Suitability for the course is decided by our coaches following assessment during a taster session.