Archery Beginners’ CourseBeginners Archery

Ely Archers runs regular courses during the year for people who are interested in taking up archery, or who just want to try it to see if they like it!

All equipment is provided and you get tuition from the club’s Archery GB Qualified Coaches.

The coaches teach you the correct way to shoot as well as archery safety and etiquette.

Please note: Courses are open to adults and children aged 10 years and over. Children (10-16 years old) must be accompanied by a responsible adult who stays for the duration of each session.

As the course is feature packed you need to be able to commit to the full course, missing a session would be detrimental and re-arranging sessions is not possible.

When and Where


Our venue over the Summer outdoor season is at The King’s School Amherst field near Ely railway station.

If a session has to be cancelled due to bad weather outdoors, we will run an session at the end of the course.

When: Wednesdays 6pm-8pm for 4 weeks.

Where: Amherst Field, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4BS – access from the A142 near to Ely Railway Bridge.

There is plenty of car parking space available on the field.


Our indoor Winter venue is the Ely College Sports Hall, Downham Road, Ely.

When: Saturday’s 3 hours a week for 2 weeks.

Where: Ely Community College Sports Hall, Downham Road, Ely, CB6 2SH.

There is plenty of car parking space available at the college.


Adults (over 18): £60
Juniors (10-18): £60

Minimum age to attend the beginners course is 10 years old.
Juniors (10-16 years old) must be accompanied by a responsible adult who stays for the duration of each session.

What to bring and wear

  • Please feel free to bring a drink and a snack
  • Please remove any upper body piercings before attending
  • Please do not wear any open toed shoes or sandals etc
  • Please tie back any long hair
  • Please remember to bring appropriate clothing for the time of year, very loose clothing is not adivseable

Most of the points above are for safety and so that you don’t get caught up with the string of the bow!


For more information, and to register your interest in joining one of these extemely popular courses, please get in touch with us now by either completing and submitting our online enquiry form or emailing us at Then one of the club’s coaches will contact you as soon as possible.

After the course and Archery equipment hire

After the archery beginners’ course you will be able to become a full member of Ely Archers. Please see the membership page for more details on this.

After you have completed the beginners’ course you don’t have to rush out and purchase your own equipment if you don’t want to. Ely Archers have a range of beginners’ archery equipment that you can hire. We charge a deposit of £50 for a free 6-week hire period.

Buying your first archery bow

Many people ask about the cost of starting out in archery – once you have completed the course, the club can give you straightforward and unbiased advice on all aspects of purchasing your own equipment and can give you contact details for various archery shops.

A trainer bow like the one which you will use on our beginners’ course costs about £70 with a basic set of arrows costing under £40 – but we recommend you buy a better bow than this. A sensible amount to spend to get yourself all of the equipment that you will need in order to enjoy the sport and make progress is likely to be around £300 to £400.

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