Membership of Worthing Archery Club is open to anyone over the age of 10 years (younger children may be accepted at the discretion of the Committee). Any person wishing to join the Club must: have successfully completed a recognised beginners course; or be a current member of Archery GB and undergo an assessment by one of our coaches. All members and beginners must abide by the Archery GB Rules of Shooting and follow all safety requirements and any specific club rules.
Our beginners courses are designed to not only get you shooting quickly, but to do so safely. The courses take place during the summer months and typically run for two half days over a weekend. All necessary equipment is provided. The courses are amongst the most popular in Sussex and fill up fast. We recommend joining our waiting list so that we can get you on the first available course. You can do this by contacting our Secretary.
Beginner Courses Cost £65* and Include the Following
* the course fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
After The Course
On completion of the course, all successful beginners, i.e. those who are able to demonstrate the required level of competence, are issued with a certificate, and are then eligible to join the club (or any other Archery GB affiliated club in the UK).
All members are expected to have their own equipment. The Club runs a short-term bow hire scheme (subject to availability) and we highly recommend new members take advantage of this opportunity. Purchasing your own equipment when new to the sport can be costly and you will outperform this equipment quickly. Within a few weeks/months of regular practice your technique and strength will improve. At this point you will be able to make properly informed choices. Our coaches will happily talk through your options and needs before purchasing your first bow.
The Club’s target field and field course are open to members seven days per week during daylight hours* and all members are expected to comply with Archery GB’s solo shooting rules. Our members are a friendly bunch and if you have any queries (no matter how apparently minor) then simply ask them or contact our coaches. They can usually point you in the right direction.
The Club has a Junior Section and Junior members usually shoot on Sundat mornings, with sessions led by one of our qualified coaches. Of course, outside the managed sessions Juniors are welcome at the club at any time, but those under 16 years old must be always accompanied by a parent or guardian when shooting.
* The Club’s facilities are occasionally closed during the pheasant season (October to February) and may occasionally be closed due to other specific events.
Feedback From Previous Courses
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and learnt more than I thought possible in a two-day course.
I completed the beginners course at the weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that I signed up and borrowed a bow and equipment there and then!
People were all welcoming, Communication was on top form. It was very well coordinated. All instruction were very clearly made and all WAC members were very happy to help
..excellent knowledgeable coaching, no judgements just encouragement.
The clubs website is excellent and gives a favourable impression of a club that is well-organised and managed.
The coaches on both days were friendly, knowledgeable and enabling. They pitched the level of tuition perfectly so that I didn’t feel overwhelmed by new information but was sufficiently challenged by the content to engage with the process and think about what I was trying to achieve. Really excellent and much appreciated.
We all had a fantastic time despite it being a bit cold. Everyone enjoyed the course and all seem to have caught the archery bug.
Thanks for making us very welcome. Thank you to all the coaches.
Amazing! I love it so much I want do archery every week.
Worthing has a long association with the sport of archery. As long ago as 1860 Worthing Archery Society, occasionally also referred to as Worthing Archery Club, was shooting at Steyne Gardens just off the seafront. During Victorian times archery was a popular sport as it was practiced by many British monarchs and was considered a graceful exercise that taught dexterity. Archery was also one of the few sports in which women could compete alongside men, indeed archery was one of the first organised competitive sports for women. The details of the club that shot in Worthing during the 1800's has sadly been lost to history but what we do know is that the club in its present form was founded in 1949.
Records of the first club committee unfortunately do not exist but in 1959 the officers were:
President: Alderman Osland Chairman: John Hackman Secretary: Mrs Stella Hackman Committee Members:Mr Tommy Dymock Mrs Elizabeth Dymock Mr John Harrison Mrs Peggy Harrison.
Alderman Osland was the Mayor of Worthing, and when he died his daughter Gabrielle took over the position of President, and the club enjoyed many winter days shooting clouts in the field near their farm. The Club’s official home in those days was Worthing Football Club and all members were automatically members of the football club. This enabled them to use the ground for practice, matches and tournaments, and the hall for other events. The club was small at that time with around 20 members taking part in club events and tournaments. One innovative adventure was a league to compete against overseas archers which proved to be very successful; Worthing used to shoot against two Australian Clubs - Bunbury and Benara. Two of our members visited Benara, which is near Perth, and presented them with a silver plate. Also one of the Club’s members won the Bunbury postal league and still has the award.
Tommy and Elizabeth Dymock also set about forming the Sussex County Albion League in the 1950’s, designed purely to allow archers of all levels to meet others on a friendly basis, at their various grounds. This was another successful venture for the club, with the result that it is now implemented throughout the county and is still in existence. Now run by Sussex County it has developed into five leagues with cups to be won. It is interesting to note that despite equipment greatly improving over the years, and higher scores - archers still find it a struggle to achieve the final accolade of Grand Master Bowman - this is the reason that the classification of Bowman was introduced, so even the very best have something to strive for.
As the club grew through the 60's and 70's bigger and better grounds were needed, so we left Worthing Football Club for a small piece of land in Worthing woods. The new club ground must have played its part in inspiring the members to achieve greater success and meant the committee could explore the option of developing field archery. Gary Kinghorn, Tony Zottola and Mark Caine went all over the country attending field archery ranges and learning all they could about the sport. Gary Kinghorn then moved from target to field archery and soon excelled at this and was selected to shoot for Great Britain on several occasions, becoming World Champion. Our annual field shoot became a very successful tournament and we were selected to host the All British Field Championships in 1999. Since then we have hosted also the All English and Sussex County Field Championships.
In more recent years the committee has focused on developing the club, facilities and membership and we now boast a membership of around 100 archers of all ages and abilities from complete beginners to elite archers who have competed in the Olympic Games. We are now one of the few clubs in the country to offer outdoor, target and field archery 7 days a week. Most clubs in Sussex only offer shooting on 1 or 2 days a week and very few offer both target and field archery. We also have a Junior Club, with members from complete beginners up to aspiring champions. We also have an active investment program in place for the club, providing not only regular maintenance but also new equipment. We offer a bow loan service to beginners who join our club, after completing one of our beginners courses, to enable them to develop their technique and strength before committing to the purchase of a new bow.