Beginners Courses

If you are interested in archery and have little experience you will need to complete a beginners course before joining any archery club.

Each summer the club organises and runs three beginners courses. Anyone from the age of 10 is welcome and all equipment is provided. Juniors under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and as this also applies if they subsequently join the club we strongly advise parents to consider doing the beginners course themselves so that they can also shoot. The course consists of five one-hour sessions on Wednesday evenings.

We also run one Saturday morning course in March. This will consist of three two-hour sessions from 10am – 12noon. All three mornings must be completed.

This course is for adults and older teenagers (15 and above) only. The reason for this is that it is an intensive course requiring a lot of concentration and at this time of year it will be cold.

Please see our FAQ for some commonly asked questions.

Courses in 2017

Course #1 Saturday (10:00 – 12:00am) 11th March – 25th March Finished
Course #2 Wednesday (6:30 – 7:30pm) 05th April – 10th May Finished
Course #3 Wednesday (6:30 – 7:30pm) 17th May – 21st June Finished
Course #4 Wednesday (6:30 – 7:30pm) 28th June – 02nd August Finished
To enquire about above courses please Contact the Course Organiser via this contact form.

Please allow 7 days for a reply


Have-a-go events

have-a-go03The club is committed to publicising and promoting archery as widely as we can. To this end we do Have a Go sessions on our own ground at Old Leamingtonians RFC, for clubs, societies, schools and work groups.

HAG’s are a more informal introduction to archery and are not a beginner’s course, but for people who just want to try something different by way of an evening out. These sessions are particularly popular as works or office outings.

We can take pre-organised groups, minimum of 10 and maximum of 20 people. The session consists of two hours shooting (7-9 pm), ending with a short, friendly competition and certificates will be given to the winning adult and children. Anyone from the age of 10 is welcome and all equipment is provided. Coaching support is provided by RLSAS club members and we will also provide light refreshments (coffee, tea, squash and biscuits) at a break half way through the evening.

A Have a Go session can usually be arranged on a mutually agreeable Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evening, in the month of May, June or July. You will need to be at our ground for 6:45pm.

If you are interested in a HAG for your group or works, please contact the organiser by email (below) for prices, giving a couple of dates and the size of your group. The organiser will then get back in touch with you to confirm a date. Please book well in advance since we can only do a couple of HAG each year. 

We occasionally put on “Drop In” Have a Go days. The dates will be advertised in and around the local community as well as on our own web site. A drop in HAG which runs on a Saturday between 10am and 4pm, for individuals or families to come along and shoot a few arrows, usually a dozen, under the supervision of one of our club members. The drop in is free but we may have bucket out collecting voluntary donations for a local charity. If you are interested in coming to one of these days contact the HAG organiser and ask to be put on the contact list for when the dates are official.

Unfortunately we cannot currently accommodate any further have a go’s within 2017. 
To enquire about Group HAG’s or Drop In HAG’s please contact the  via email.

Please allow 7 days for a reply


Joining RLSAS

Just Finished an RLSAS Beginners Course

If you have completed an RLSAS beginners courses and would like to join us you would be most welcome.  Please contact our Membership Secretary.

Experienced Archers and Completed a Non-RLSAS Beginners Course

We are quite happy to accept new members who have previously been members of the GNAS/AGB and those that have recently completed an approved beginners course.  It is important to note that it is a condition of the GNAS insurance that all novice archers must have completed an approved beginners course.  In both situations we need to check your ability and as such please contact our Club Coach to book a time for an assessment.


We strongly advise novice archers not to rush out and buy equipment before joining, however tempting that may be.

Those who have completed an RLSAS beginners course may use the club bows for a while during club target sessions (Wednesday evening after beginners, Friday evening and Sunday morning) so come along and talk to us about what you will need. That way you can try before you buy, benefit from the experience of the other club members and maybe find suitable second hand equipment (there is an active facebook group for second hand archery equipment).