To join the club as a beginner, please attend one of our have-a-go sessions and
register for a beginner's course. At the end of Michaelmas, once the course is
complete, you are then welcome to shoot with us as a normal member of the club
and borrow club equipment if necessary.
We regret that we cannot accept beginners at any time other than
the start of Michaelmas term. This is because running a beginner's course is a
significant time investment for committee members, especially in the context of
a Cambridge term, and Lent is busy with competitions and Easter with exams.
If you have missed the beginner's course for this academic year, please
register your interest for the coming Michaelmas by emailing the committee.
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At the start of Michaelmas term, we hold have-a-go sessions at the University
of Cambridge Sports Centre. Anyone can turn up to these, even if you've never
tried archery before. We provide all the equipment, and enough coaching to get
you up and shooting. To cover costs, we charge a £3.00 fee. Please bring the
exact amount on the day as our ability to dispense change is limited.
This year's have-a-go session are scheduled as follows:
We recommend that you come and visit our stall at the university's 'freshers'
fair' at the start of Michaelmas to register your interest and book a place on
one of these courses. If you are unable to do this then please email the committee to request a space in one of the
sessions. If you have not done this you are welcome to turn up on the day, but
priority will be given to those who have booked so be prepared for it to be
At the end of the have-a-go sessions there will be an opportunity to sign up
for one of our beginner's courses. These will take place over the six Sunday
mornings after the have-a-go session and contain all the coaching necessary to
allow you to shoot safely and independently, as well as introducing you to the
wider sport of archery. Again, all the equipment will be provided by the club.
If the courses are over-subscribed, as they often are, selection will be on a
The fees for this year's beginner's courses are as follows:
Those who successfully complete the beginner's course, and as a result are then
able to shoot independently to a safe standard, will be provided with a
certificate. They are then welcome to become a full member of the club for the
rest of the year for a fee of £5 and are welcome to shoot at any of the regular
club sessions, continuing to borrow club equipment free-of-charge.
Beginners that are keen on representing the university as part of the novice
team may be accepted on to the novice squad. This involves additional coaching
each week as well as the opportunity to hire a bow from the club. Members of
the novice squad are expected to attend coaching and practise sessions, as well
as the weekend competitions throughout the year.
If you are interested in this, please speak to the novice officer at one of the
have-a-go sessions. Selection will be made by consideration of performance,
attendance, and keenness.
You can find out more here. If you have any more
questions, please get in touch with the novice officer.