New Archery Beginners Courses for 2024

Having moved into our new outdoor venue nr Napton.

We’re delighted to announce that we are ready to accept bookings for the following beginners courses in 2024.

Other than knowing your left from your right there is absolutely no experience required to take a beginner’s course. Unless you are an experienced archer, taking one of our courses is the only way to become a shooting member.

The course costs £60 per junior (under 18) and £70 per senior and is made up of three two-hour sessions held on Sundays. Details for each available session are detailed below. Under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian to all sessions. There are no exceptions to this.

The dates are as follows:

July
July 14, 10am to 12pm
July 21, 10am to 12pm
July 28, 10am to 12pm

August
August 4, 10am to 12pm
August 11, 10am to 12pm
August 18, 10am to 12pm

September
Sept 15, 10am to 12pm
Sept 22, 10am to 12pm
Sept 29, 10am to 12pm

All payment information is at the link for each course.

All sessions will be held at our field nr Napton (details are on the ticket). Places are limited to 8 attendees and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the courses, booking and payments, please see our Courses page.

Grand National Archery Meet 2024 results

At the weekend, four of our club members returned to the 169th Grand National Archery Meet at Lilleshall.

Steve claimed in Black and Blue Rose Awards for barebow, which is a brilliant achievement. Also he was part of the winning County team for Mens’ barebow, as Warwickshire took home The Challenge Cup.

Shona took Gold in the Ladies’ Barebow shooting a Double Bristol III, and Su took Silver.

Clare took Gold in the Ladies’ Longbow shooting a Double Bristol III.

Both Su and Clare gained Archer 1st class Outdoor Classifications with their scores.

All in all, a great outing from Rugby Archers!

Competition updates 🥇 – January 2024

Rugby Archers has had some good competition results in the first few weeks of 2024.

A picture of archery medals and pins
A good medal and pin haul to start the year with!

Archers of Raunds – 21st January 2024

Steve shot a WA18 and took gold in the Senior Mens Barebow 50+ category.

Coventry and Warwickshire Archery Association – 28th January 2024

Shooting Portsmouth rounds, Steve took bronze in the Senior Men Barebow, Su took bronze in Ladies Barebow and Clare took gold in Ladies Longbow.

South Leeds Archers 2nd Barebow Only and Head to Head Tournament – 11th February 2024

Shona shot a WA18 and took bronze in a nailbiting, one arrow shoot off in the Head to Head!

Dunston Triple – 12th February 2024

Steve took gold in the Single Barebow Mens Senior, and silver in the Triple Barebow Mens Senior.

Congratulations to all of the Rugby Archers who added to their medal or pin collection during January and February! More competitions are on the horizon over the coming months and we will share more updates when we have them.

If you are interested in entering your first competition, please speak to any of the individuals above who will be happy to chat through what to expect. You can learn more about archery competitions on the Archery GB website.

New archery beginner’s course dates for 2024!

Just in time for those last-minute Christmas gifts, we’re announcing our new batch of archery beginners courses for Spring 2024.

We’re delighted to announce that we are ready to accept bookings for the first three of our beginners courses in 2024.

Other than knowing your left from your right there is absolutely no experience required to take a beginner’s course. Unless you are an experienced archer, taking one of our courses is the only way to become a shooting member.

The course costs £60 per junior (under 18) and £70 per senior and is made up of three two-hour sessions held on Sundays. Details for each available session are detailed below. Under 18s must be accompanied by a guardian to all sessions. There are no exceptions to this.

The dates are as follows:

Course 1:
January 14, 10am to 12pm
January 21, 10am to 12pm
January 28, 10am to 12pm

Course 2:
February 4, 10am to 12pm
February 11, 10am to 12pm
February 18, 10am to 12pm

Course 3:
February 25, 10am to 12pm
March 3, 10am to 12pm
March 17, 10am to 12pm

All payment information is at the link for each course.

All sessions will be held at Thornfield Indoor Bowls Club in Rugby. Places are limited to 8 attendees and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information about the courses, booking and payments, please see our Courses page.

Indoor season change of venue and shooting times

We’re pleased to let you know that, from Sunday 5 November 2023, we’ll be shooting at the Thornfield Indoor Bowls Club, near the leisure centre. We have emailed all the members with the details of the new venue. so please read this email carefully and if you have any questions, please ask any member of the committee. Please note the safety and housekeeping details within that email.

There will be no shooting on Sunday 29 October as we need to move all the equipment over to the new venue.

In a slight change to last season, we will be shooting indoors twice a week, on Thursdays from 6-8pm and on Sundays from 12-3pm.

Our first session at the new venue will be on Sunday 5 November. ClubEvent will be back up and running by then, so please do book your sessions as normal.

Due to the venue’s prior commitments/holidays, there are going to be a couple of dates where we cannot shoot. A reminder will be added on ClubEvent, but for your records, there will be no shooting on the following days:

  • Sunday 12 November
  • Thursday 30 November
  • Sunday 24 December
  • Thursday 28 December
  • Sunday 31 December

Over 150 people tried archery with Rugby Archers!

Last Saturday, we welcomed over 150 members of the public to shoot with us as part of Archery GB‘s Start Archery Week, an annual event created to open archery clubs up to the public.

It was our first-ever Start Archery event and large-scale have-a-go, and we weren’t sure what to expect but people came down to Harris Academy on mass. For over four hours, people of all ages were given the chance to try their hand at archery, with members supporting them throughout the event.

We also opened booking for three of our summer beginners’ courses, and sold all of them out in less than two hours – beating our previous record of 25 hours by a huge margin.

With balloons, card games and cookies, the day was a great success, but the crowning glory was the £170 we raised for Macmillan Cancer Support.

Thank you to everyone who came and supported us on the day.

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Feb 23 – New beginner’s course dates announced!

We’re delighted to announce that we are ready to accept bookings for our third beginner’s course of 2023.

The dates are as follows:

Sunday 16 April, 1pm to 3pm
Sunday 23 April, 1pm to 3pm
Sunday 30 April, 1pm to 3pm

All sessions will be held on the sports field Harris Sports Centre. Places are limited to 6 attendees and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Both adults and children over the age of 9* are welcome to attend. For those under the age of 18, a parent or guardian will need to be present during each session.

The costs for attending the course are:

Under 18, £60
Over 18, £70

*If there is any doubt in your mind that your child will be able to pull a bow, please do not book as places are non-refundable. Instead, contact us via email and we will arrange a date for your child to come and test out our bows. If all goes well, you can always book them onto a course in the summer.

All sessions will be held on the field at Harris Academy. Please use the larger car park at the back of the school by the fields (CV22 6EA). Please be aware that on Sundays there are church groups also using this car park – drive slowly.

When booking, please fill out all the details before you pay. To do so, click on “Get a ticket” at the top of the page and click through, adding the details as you go.

Once you have filled out your details, please pay within 3 days to secure your place. After 3 days, if you have not paid we will release your space for someone else to book.

We currently only accept payment through bank transfer. All the payment details are listed on the ClubEvent page. Please use your name as a reference.

Because the course is in April, we are beholden to the weather. Please bring a waterproof jacket and shoes. If the rain is too heavy, we will have to call off the session and reschedule. We’ll let you know about this via email/text as soon as we can. If it’s sunny, don’t forget your sunscreen, hat and drink!

If you have any questions, please contact us at secretary@rugbyarchers.co.uk.

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Feb 23 – Archers take the pot at “Poker Night” fun shoot!

Cards on the table – this fun shoot was much harder than the previous one’s we’ve had this season. From 18 metres, members had to score 21 (or less) by shooting at regular sized playing cards using between 2-4 arrows. Score over 21 and they busted, under and the points started decreasing.

However, as they always do, our members took on the challenge admirably and 4 people across the two sessions emerged victorious. Congratulations to Steve (Barebow), Tom (Recurve), Barbara (Barebow) and Louis (Recurve). Don’t spend your chocolate coins too fast!

Jan 23 – Members attend first competition and are victorious!

(L-R) Shona, Alan, Suzanne, Mark, Richard and Steve S

Six members of Rugby Archers made a weekend of it by taking part in two separate competitions and coming home with a handful of bling.

All six archers went along to the Long Buckby Archery Club Indoor Portsmouth Tournament to take part in their very first competition. After battling against 30+ other archers, Mark took home silver in the Men’s Barebow Single and gold in the Double. Richard took a bronze in both the Men’s Barebow Single and Double, and Shona walked away with the silver Women’s Barebow Single.

Sunday was spent with other Warwickshire clubs at the County of Warwick Archery Association Indoor Senior Championships in Walsall. This time, Shona was awarded “the golden quiver” for 1st place in the Women’s Barebow across all clubs under the CWAA, and Alan received the Most Improved Men’s Handicap award across all bowtypes, which is an amazing award to win on just your second ever competition!

Congratulations to all our archers who took part. Medals aside, they had a great time and learned a lot. And, all have signed up for another competition in March, so they must have enjoyed it!