Beginners Courses

We are now taking bookings for our next course.

The dates are 21st and 22nd September 2019 and the cost is £90 for adults and £70 for juniors. An application form may be downloaded here.

For more information on our courses, or to register your interest in the next course, please email the Beginners Course Secretary

Course Information

Please note that we have a minimum age of 9 years for attendance on our Beginners Courses.

The governing body of archery, ArcheryGB, stipulates that anyone taking up the sport of archery must complete a "Beginners course" before being allowed to join a club. This course is aimed at teaching the basic skills of archery with particular emphasis on safety.

Meridian run two courses each year, usually over a weekend, in the Spring and Autumn. In total 12 hours of instruction are recommended. The courses are run by coaches and all equipment is provided.

Typical Timetable for a Beginners Course

Time Session content
10:00 Registration/Welcome/Equipment
11:00 Break for coffee
11:30 Shooting
1:00 Lunch
1:45 Shooting
2:45 Types of bows and shooting etiquette
3:00 Shooting
3:30 Equipment disassembly and range takedown
10:00 Equipment assembly
10:30 Shooting
11:30 Break for coffee
11:30 Shooting
11:45 Rounds and handicaps
12:15 Meet the club members
12:45 Lunch
1:30 Organisations in archery
1:45 "Meridian Beginners Challenge"
3:15 Equipment takedown and final questions
3:30 Debrief - Parents of juniors to attend please
4:00 End of course

At the end of the course you will be presented with a certificate of completion which will be accepted at most archery clubs when you apply for membership.

If you decide to join Meridian you are welcome to continue using the equipment you have used during the course until you are ready to purchase your own. The first 6 weeks are free of charge, then a small weekly fee is payable. You will then be offered advice on the selection of your personal equipment.