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.


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

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Welcome to Rugby Archers, a member-focused community archery club

A photo of a school playing field with six archery targets

At Rugby Archers, we welcome all archers and all bowstyles. We shoot twice a week – indoors from October to March, and outdoors April to September – at Harris Sports Centre in Rugby and we run a number of beginners courses throughout the year, with new members joining us all the time.

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive and welcoming club, running fun shoots every month and friendly club competitions at the end of the indoor and outdoor seasons. If you have any questions about the club, its members or joining, please see our Q&A page or send us an email and we’ll do our best to answer.