An archery club for archers of all levels located on the border of Kent and Surrey

Beginners’ Courses

In order to join the club you must either, 1) already be a member of Archery GB or, 2) complete a beginners’ course either at our club, or through another archery club.

The North Downs AC course is run over three consecutive Sunday mornings. The sessions run from 09:30am to 12.30pm (our usual club meeting time) and are held in the field adjoining Matchpoint Lifeline Fitness Centre in Hurst Green, Oxted.

The cost of the course is £65 (for 2022 – subsequent years may change). Juniors (11-17yrs) must be accompanied at all times by a parent or responsible adult (both during the course and attending the club if they join). There is a discount of £20 for a junior and adult signing up for the course together. We highly recommend that a parent or guardian does the beginners’ course alongside a junior, particularly since they have to be in attendance anyway. Often we have had parents wishing they had signed up, who then have had to wait 6 months until the next course.

Each beginner receives a copy of Archery GB’s book “The Archery for Beginners Guidebook”. The sessions also include Safety Procedures and Rules of Shooting, demonstrations of Freestyle and Barebow Shooting, and information on how to continue enjoying archery at club level.

As far as equipment goes, we use recurve bows during training and all equipment is provided. Any beginners at the club are welcome to continue to use the club equipment, until it is needed for the next beginners’ course. We would recommend not to rush into buying equipment until you’ve had time to try out the sport for a while and think about what sort of archery/bow-style might suit you best.

The course is limited to a maximum of 12 people; spaces will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you would like to know a little more about the club, feel free to come down to see us at the club one Sunday morning. We are usually there from 9.30am onwards, setting up to start shooting at 10am. We finish about 12-1pm.

Our next course will  be in the Summer of 2024. If you are interested in attending a course, please send a message to us for an application form:

North Downs Archery Club Privacy Policy

Having completed your course, if you would like to take up archery as a hobby we would be delighted to have you join our club. Your initial Club joining fee will include a discount following your beginner’s course.   Until you acquire your own equipment you are very welcome to borrow the club’s equipment until it is needed for the next training session.   You would use the same bow each week and it would be kept in the club’s storage for safe keeping.

Alternatively, following the course, if you would like a longer period to decide whether to become a member, you may come along and enjoy supervised shooting for the next 2 consecutive Sundays for a one off fee.

Club members use a variety of bows, such as the Recurve, Longbow, and Compound shown below, and also Flat bows and Hunter bows.

Club members are happy to give advice on purchasing equipment.   Occasionally, some members may have second-hand equipment for sale.