Beginners' Course & Taster Sessions 2017

Beginners' Course & Taster Sessions 2017

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Welcome to the University of Warwick and to one of its most successful sports teams, the University of Warwick Archery Club (UWAC). If you’re interested in joining our club we're sure you’ll have a few questions and we hope this post will answer a few.

Clothing Requirements

Participation in both our taster sessions and the beginners' course is subject to a few requirements in regards to clothing. PLEASE read these as you won’t be allowed to shoot if you are improperly dressed. The requirements are:

  • To wear flat, closed-toe footwear that is comfortable and easy to walk/balance in,
  • To tie long hair back,
  • To wear comfortable, close fitting clothing that allows free movement of the arms,
  • To remove all jewellery or piercings on the face and torso.

Taster Sessions

We will be running two taster sessions on Wednesday 4th and Sunday 8th October 2016 (Week 1). These will be hosted in the Westwood Games Hall and are open to anyone, no sign-up required! On Wednesday the session will be 14:00-16:00 and on the Sunday 14:00-16:00. There is no signup required for either of these events.

Beginners' Course

Course session times

To attend the beginners' course you must sign up either on the Warwick Sport website or by visiting the Sports Centre reception. Sessions will be 2.5 hours each week on either:

  • Wednesdays (14:00-16:00) or
  • Sundays (14:00-16:00). Please only attend one of these sessions a week.

The beginners' course will last 4 weeks (Weeks 2- 5) where you will be assigned a coach. This coach will teach you the basics of archery and get you shooting proficiently by yourself. You will attend one session a week lasting 2 hours, where you will have a solid set of archery skills to build upon.

After week 5 you will be welcome to attend both Wednesday and Sunday sessions where you can shoot by yourself without the aid of a coach. However, plenty of help will still be available.

Course cost

The beginner’s course is run through Warwick Active and the following prices apply:

  • Warwick Sport (Standard or above) member - £20,
  • Warwick Sport non-member - £40.

How do I sign up?

You can sign up to the course on the Warwick Sport website, or at the desk of the Sports Centre on campus.

What happens after the course?

Once the course has been completed, you will be able to shoot by yourself at any session open to novices. More sessions will be opened to novices as the year progresses; usually all sessions become available during term 2. This will require you to be a Warwick Sport Standard (or above) member as well as a member of the archery club.

Experienced Archers

If you have already completed a archery beginners' course, our Thursday session (16:00-19:00) on the 5th October (week 1) is open for you to come along to and we will assess whether you're safe to shoot. Please note that doing archery a few times at club/scout/school/guide/similar camp is not the same as a full beginners' course.

If you have any questions about this or anything else, don't hesitate to contact out field captain Eleanor Blakey at In addition we will also be at Sports Fair.

Photo credit Alexander Logan