Beginner Courses

The next course will be held outdoors and will start in August/September 2024.

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Perhaps you’ve never shot a bow before or maybe you’ve had a go at archery at an activity day or while on holiday. Either way we welcome adults and juniors (9 years +) who just want to try out archery or are already keen to take it up.

Our instructors will teach you the right technique and ensure that you know how to shoot safely. We’ll also tell you all about target archery including;

  • safety, etiquette and the rules of shooting
  • shooting rounds and scoring
  • the handicap and classification scheme

We provide all the equipment you’ll need for the course, so please DO NOT buy any until you’ve had our advice; we will give you documentation detailing the specifics of all the equipment you need to purchase.

Starting date and time

During the summer season, our beginners courses take place on Saturdays from 10 AM to 2 PM and run for three weeks (This includes 30 minutes for lunch). We meet promptly at 10 AM on the archery range at Wirral RUFC Thornton Common Road directions can be found on the “Contact us” page.

During the indoor season October-March, our beginners courses are on Sundays from 1 PM to 4 PM and run for four weeks. We meet in the sports hall at the Ellesmere Port Catholic School – see “Contact us” page for further details of how to get there.

Duration of the course

The duration of the course is 12 hours, in total split over three weeks (outdoors) or four weeks (indoors). If it’s necessary to cancel a lesson or if you know in advance that you’ll miss a particular week (e.g if you are holiday), then it can be made up later. If you are unable to attend a particular lesson please let us know beforehand. We can’t accept beginners into the Club unless they have attended at all the lessons. If we need to postpone a session then we will contact you, or let you know the week before.


The fee for the six weeks is £60 for adults and £30 for under 18s. This should be paid on the first day.


You should wear comfortable but close-fitting clothing. If it’s chilly it’s better to wear several thin layers rather than one bulky one. In particular it’s important that you don’t wear jumpers or jackets with baggy sleeves, as the bowstring tends to catch on them and spoil your shot!


We encourage juniors from 9 upwards to shoot and there is no upper age limit. We can accommodate most disabilities and archery is a sport open to all. Parents of juniors under 16 yrs should stay with their children during the course and will be encouraged to participate on the course.

To attend, or enquire about, one of our beginners courses please complete the contact form below:

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