Archery Classes

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Archery classes will teach a person the practice or skill of using a bow to shoot arrows.The word ‘archery’, comes from the Latin arcus meaning ‘bow’ or ‘arch’.

In the past, archery was used for hunting and combat and was invented in the late Palaeolithic or early Mesolithic periods. The oldest signs of archery’s use in Europe date from around 10,000BC, while in Asia and the Middle East evidence suggests archery originated even earlier. Now in modern times however, it is mainly a competitive sport and recreational activity.

Types of archery

There are commonly three different types of archery that are used for entertainment or fun purposes:

  • Target Archery (Indoor and Outdoor)
  • Field Archery
  • Clout Archery

Target Archery:

Target Archery is the most commonly practised form of archery worldwide. Target tournaments are conducted regularly and held both indoors and outdoors. 

Field Archery:

Field Archery involves shooting at targets of varying (and often unmarked) distance, often in woodland and rough terrain. 

Clout Archery:

Clout archery is derived from medieval warfare where archers would shoot arrows into the advancing army. A target measuring 15 metres in diameter is marked on the ground, with a triangular marker placed at its centre. The archer’s task is to lob arrows into this ground target from distances up to 180 metres depending upon gender and equipment.

Why learn archery?

Archery is a fun way to hone your skills in focus and precision. It can also be a fun day out with family or friends or even as a corporate event. It will teach patience,  team work, and improve your stability and coordination. It can also improve your mental acuity and reaction times, and teaches concentration and mindfulness as well. 

It is suitable for all ages and all skill levels. 

There are a number of courses available across the country for all ages and skill levels. 


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