Frequently Asked Questions

Can my child practise archery with Totnes Archers. What age can someone start shooting?

Archery is often described as a sport for all ages. However, we generally recommend that children do not start to shoot until they are at least at secondary school age, as younger children are still developing physically, and until they are older, it can be quite easy to damage growing muscles or bones. We take junior members from 10 years old.

Totnes Archers has a 'junior' section, for archers between the ages of 10 and 18, and we welcome young archers who have shot before, juniors can join in the same way 'seniors' can. If a child has not shot before, they may be able to join our beginners' courses to learn the sport. KEVICC registered students are welcome to attend the afterschool club to do their initial training.

Can Totnes Archers help with a corporate event or help in providing corporate hospitality?

Unfortunately, Totnes Archers is not generally able to assist with corporate events, or in the provision of any corporate hospitality. Totnes Archers is run exclusively by unpaid volunteers, many of whom are in full time paid employment. As a result, members of the club can seldom be available during the conventional working day. It is also a requirement imposed upon Totnes Archers by its landlord that the club does not undertake commercial activity at its main venue, and most corporate events or corporate hospitality would be deemed to be commercial activity.

Can Totnes Archers provide special group sessions, e.g. for other types of club or group, stag or hen parties?

Totnes Archers can run sessions for local scout and guide groups, we also have provided sessions for other community organisations for their members to "Have a Go". Please contact us for details.

Unfortunately, Totnes Archers cannot cater for group events such as stag or hen parties. For the same reasons as corporate events.

Does Totnes Archers offer private/paid tuition, or individual coaching?

Totnes Archers does not normally offer private, paid, tuition to members of the public. We are an amateur sports club, and while several of our more experienced members are either qualified coaches, or have some tuition expertise, it is our understanding that private/paid tuition is outside the scope of the Club's normal insurance arrangements (provided through our national governing body).

Can Totnes Archers provide Archery at our summer fete?

Totnes Archers can with proper notice, attend local fetes and shows. However, we can only attend if we can arrange enough volunteers and the venue has a suitable Risk Assessment.

If I have shot before, even if I have not practised for a while, or I currently shoot somewhere else, how do I go about joining Totnes Archers?

Totnes Archers is happy to welcome archers back into the sport after a period away, or to see archers from other clubs shoot with us.

If you are still a member of the Grand National Archery Society ("GNAS") (in other words, if you have paid a membership fee to another club during the last year) you will be able to apply to join Totnes Archers immediately. If you wish to join as an associate member (i.e. retaining your membership of another GNAS club) then all you need to do is fill in an application form and send it to the Membership Secretary. Please make sure that you tell us which club you are a member of, and confirm your GNAS number. If you would prefer to transfer membership from your other club to Totnes Archers, please let us know and we will make the necessary arrangements.

If you are returning to the sport after some time away, i.e. you are not currently a member of GNAS, you can still apply to be a member of the Totnes Archers, but we will ask you to attend one of our periodic assessment sessions for returning archers before completing the formalities of your application. You will appreciate that we need a chance to confirm whether or not potential new members returning to the sport might need to refresh their memories before becoming active archers again! For returning archers who have been away from the sport for a particularly long time, or who are particularly rusty, we may recommend that those archers enrol on a "beginner's course" as a reminder of the basic points of shooting form and range safety.

If I have not shot before, or have only shot very occasionally (e.g. at country fairs, in the guides, scouts or at school) how do I learn the sport?

Totnes Archers runs beginners' courses throughout the year for people who wish to take up the sport of archery. The courses are advertised on our website and on our facebook page. We can accommodate up to 12 beginners on these courses and enquiries are taken on a "first come, first served" basis. We do not hold a waiting list and rely solely on adverts on our website and our facebook page, and word of mouth.

How much does it cost to be a member of Totnes Archers?

The current annual fee, 2015, for full adult membership of the club is £62.00; the junior fee is £10. This is reviewed in September every year. Each session you attend as a senior member will cost a £3.00 range fee and £1.00 for junior members.

Our Membership Secretary can supply fees for other classes of membership, including associate members.


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New to Archery?

If you are new to Archery then please contact us to become a student on a Beginners course. Everyone over the age of 10 is more than welcome to try Archery; you never know you may have a hidden talent waiting to get out. Prior booking is necessary for courses as spaces are limited and we do not offer drop in sessions.

Courses are run on Wednesday evenings from 7 pm to 9 pm, and are for 6 sessions.

Please contact us for details and dates of the next course.