About our Beginners Course

We haven’t been able to run our normal beginners course during Covid pandemic. However following guidance of our national body AGB, we have restarted running socially distant beginners courses. At the moment these courses are being run on Saturday and the 12 hours are completed within three sessions. If you are interested in trying archery, or completing a beginner course, please contact us by email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that we have had many from new beginners and will try to run as many courses as possible to catch up in a safe manner. 
We hope to see you soon, but until we do, stay safe.”

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 don’t buy any until you’ve had our advice.

Starting date and time

Our beginners courses are currently taking place on Saturdays for 4 hours (see Covid notice). 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 courses are on sundays 1-3pm

Duration of the course

The duration of the course is 12 hours. Due to Covid restrictions, we are running the current beginners course in three 4 hour sessions (including lunch). 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. If you successfully complete the course and join Neston Company of Archers, seniors will get a £10 refund and juniors a £5 refund of the first years club fees.


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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