Welcome to Worthing Archery Club and our new website. Our club was formed back in 1949 and has had a long and distinguished history producing archers the like of former world champion field archer Gary Kinghorn and Master Bowman and member of the Archery GB Paralympic Development Team, Heath Saxby. We shoot both Target and Field Archery for Recurve, Compound and traditional Longbow all year round at our field and woodlands on the outskirts of Worthing. The Club provides a competitive as well as a social environment, whether you are just starting out or are an experienced archer looking to compete. Established for more than 60 years Worthing Archery Club has a long track record of supporting archers young and old to achieve success at local, regional, national and international level. We meet from March to October on Wednesday and Friday nights and all day Saturday and Sunday. During winter, club days are Saturday and Sunday.
Worthing Archery Club welcomes both complete beginners to the sport as well as seasoned archers and a warm welcome is assured to all. All members of the club are treated equally whether you have been shooting for 20 minutes or 20 years. If you are a beginner, please read about the beginners courses we run throughout the year.
Details of membership and fees can be found here
Our website has a number of new areas which are only available to members of the club itself. To access these areas you must first create an account on this website. Creating an account is completely free but only members of Worthing Archery Club can do so. When you join the club you will be given a passphrase which you need to enter into the Registration Contol panel on the left and click on submit. Once you've done this you will be able to complete the registration process.
Has the Olympic games whetted your appetite? Have you been inspired by the various Hollywood films like The Hunger Games, that feature archery? Have you always wanted to try something new, challenging and fun? Do you think you could give Robin Hood a run for his money? There are hundreds of different reasons for taking up archery but the first step is to take a Beginners Course. We will be running two beginners courses on October 15th & 16th and October 22nd & 23rd. Our courses are always very popular and places fill up fast so if you would like to take part then please get in contact with our Club Secretary as soon as possible to secure your place.
All equipment is provided and you will receive training from qualified coaches in, among other things, range safety, correct technique and the safe shooting of both barebow and recurve (Olympic) style bows.
For more information about our popular beginners courses and the costs please see here
Most of our members will know by now but we are delighted to confirm that our own Gavin Sutherland will be shooting in the Olympic Games in Rio 2016! Gavin will be shooting for his home country of Zimbabwe and is their first Olympic archer since Wrex Tarr at the 1988 Seoul games in South Korea. Gavin has trained incredibly hard to get to the Olympics and finally won his much deserved spot at the Federation of African Archery (FAA) Championships held in Windhoek, Namibia in January this year. On being selected for the Zimbabwe Olympic team Gavin said, in an interview with NewsDay Sport “I am so super excited as I have been trying my best to get Zimbabwean archery going again and on the world map. I am 100% over the moon and I just want to hold my flag high at the Olympics,”. I'm sure everyone at Worthing Archery Club shares in Gavin's excitement and we are all very proud of what he has achieved, it really couldn't have happened to a nicer or more deserving person.
Gavin will be joined in Rio by Worthing Archery Club and committee member, Gary Kinghorn who is Gavin's coach. Gary is no stranger to the international stage himself being a former World Champion and represented Great Britain.
We are very pleased to announce that we now have 4 new coaches at our club. Isla Bezencon, Oliver Johnson, Andrew Walford and Malcolm Jukes all recently qualified as Level 1 Archery coaches. A few other members are about to start their training to become coaches and so we hope to be increasing our roster of coaches very soon. As Level 1 coaches, Isla, Oliver, Andrew & Malcolm will primarily be there to support and help our beginners but in the near future some of our Level 1 coaches will begin their training to become Level 2 coaches who will then be able to coach intermediates.
If you would like some coaching then please ask one of our new coaches who will be able to either give you some quick advice or put together a more comprehensive plan to assist you with any particular problem you feel you are having. As I'm sure everyone will understand, all our coaches are volunteers who do this all in their free time and as such there will be times when they may not be available to help and will want to shoot for themselves. As a general rule, if they are wearing a coaching shirt then they are happy to assist you there and then. If they aren't wearing a coach shirt, then they may not be able to assist you on that particular day but please feel free to ask them about arranging a date for another time.
Our second beginners course of the year took place over the bank holiday weekend of April 30th & 1st May. Seven prospective new archers enjoyed their two days being taught barebow and freestyle bow styles and correct 'T form'. At the end of each day a short tournament was held and everyone was grouping well with scores being very close. On day 1 the focus was on barebow which everyone took to very well and even after the distance was increased everyone was able to adjust and get their arrows into the gold again. Day 2 was all about freestyle and whilst, as expected, the introduction of sights and a different anchor position, was initially a bit of a challenge for some, with the help of the coaches it was only a few ends before everyone was shooting well and by the end of the day many were grouping very tightly.
Again we would like to extend our gratitude to those members that gave up their bank holiday weekend to help run this course, we couldn't do it without you. Everyone on the course expressed how much they enjoyed it, how much they learned and how helpful and friendly they found everyone and many have already joined our club.
If you would like to be on our next beginners course please contact the club secretary our courses are always very popular and we do have a waiting list so register your interest today.
Photos from this course can be seen below.