Tuesday, 11 December 2018 12:12

Disability Archery

Archery is an inclusive sport, a sport that anyone with a disability can participate in with just a little pre-planning and minor modifications. Accessibility to the shooting line for example, can be achieved by a helpful push of a wheelchair and collecting arrows and scoring can be done by other club members. We at Worthing Archery Club will help in any way we can to accomodate anyone with a disability whether you wish to shoot casually or aspire to shoot for the County or even for Great Britain.

History of Disabled Archery

The bow is one of the earliest forms of weapons and so archery has been around almost since the dawn of mankind. Whilst it is probable that in that time individuals with a disability learned to shoot a bow out of necessity and later for leisure it wasn't really until the 1940's when archery was actively thought of as a sport that disabled people could not only participate in but also compete in.

Dr Ludwig Guttman organised an archery and javelin competition for patients at what originally was called the Ministry of Pensions Spinal Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital held on 28 July 1948 to coincide with the opening of the 1948 Olympic Games. These modest beginnings of an archery competition with 14 male and two female competitors, led to the creation of an annual Stoke-Mandeville Games and later the Paralympic Games was born. When the first Paralympics was held in 1960 in Rome, para archery was part of the programme where it has remained ever since.

Dr. Ludwig Guttmann

Adaptive equipment may not be necessary, but it is allowed. Some of the adaptations allowed are:

  • Mechanical releases for the bow, mouth tabs, slings, or bow mounts for people who have limited arm movement.
  • An assistant may nock the arrow onto the bow.
  • Strapping can be used to keep the body supported and/or on the chair
  • Sighting aids may be used,
  • Equipment may be used such as a wheelchair bow stringer, bow sling, amputee adapter device, or adapted archery bow.

If you would like to take your archery further then we can arrange for classification at Stoke Mandaville thorough the British Wheelchair Archery Association if required and we can also get professional advice from the BWAA on any adaptions that may be required to help you with your archery.

Worthing Archery Club is fully compliant with the Equality Act 2010 with regard to reasonable adjustments direct and indirect discrimination. We are however limited to what we can do to the land due to the landowner and the ground can become quite muddy but if you are determined it shouldn’t be a limiting factor.

You’re welcome to come along and see our facilities before you take a beginner’s course -please contact our Secretary to arrange a convenient date and time.

A disability shouldn’t be a barrier to enjoying archery.

Wheelchair Archer

Friday, 10 February 2017 12:53

Membership Fees

Our membership year runs October to October. The current membership fees are: Please note that if you are not already a member of Archery GB you will need to complete one of our beginners courses first.

Individual Membership

Joining Between 1st October 2020 - 31st March 2021

Pensioner:£105 (must be eligable to receive state pension)
Junior (Under 25) / Disabled:£60
Archery GB Visitor:£5 per visit

Pro Rata Fee After April 1st 2021 (New Members Only)

Pensioner:£52.50 (must be eligable to receive state pension)
Junior (Under 25) / Disabled:£30
Archery GB Visitor:£5 per visit

Family Membership

We also offer a range of Family memberships (living at the same address):

Joining Between 1st October 2020 - 31st March 2021

2x Adult:£225
1x Adult 1x Junior:£165
2x Adult 1x Junior:£270
Additional Adult (to any of the above):£105
Additional Junior (to any of the above):£45

Pro Rata Fee After April 1st 2021 (New Members Only)

2x Adult:£112.50
1x Adult 1x Junior:£82.50
2x Adult 1x Junior:£135
Additional Adult (to any of the above):£52.50
Additional Junior (to any of the above):£25

Membership forms can now be filled in online here. Please note that all new members must either be able to prove they have taken one of our beginners course or have been assessed by the club to be able to shoot in accordance with the rules of shooting. Memberships will not be accepted from applicants who are unable to demonstrate this criteria.

Please note that only one discount per person is applicable

All our members have completed an approved Archery GB beginner’s course either at this club or elsewhere. This is a requirement before anyone can shoot or be accepted as a full member of any club.
Existing archers can apply for immediate membership, however, both practising archers and beginners must have their applications approved by the committee before being allowed to shoot or becoming a full member.

Membership fees are payable annually prior to the A.G.M. which is normally held in September.

The membership fees collected are shared between the club and the following bodies:-

Archery GB is the governing body of the sport in the U.K. They provide an  administrative function and cover clubs and archers with insurance. All Archery GB members receive the society’s magazine Archery U.K., four times a year.

Southern Counties Archery Society (S.C.A.S.) which represents our region on Archery GB Committees. The S.C.A.S. organises competitions in various archery disciplines and holds regular meetings to discuss issues affecting clubs and archers in its area of influence.

Only Archers who have a valid Archery GB membership are insured to shoot on WAC grounds.

If a member brings an archer/s to visit the club to shoot who are not a member of WAC, a day fee of £5 should be collected by that the WAC member from the visitor and passed to the Treasurer. The exception to the daily fee would be if a person was visiting WAC to 'try out' the facilities, and this may be done twice prior to that person deciding whether to join WAC as a paid member. 

If you have any questions contact the Membership Secretary.


Juniors between the ages of 10 and 16 (younger children may be accepted at the discretion of the committee) meet between 10am and midday on Sunday mornings, although they are welcome to stay on for the afternoon if they want more practice.  Those aged between 17 & 25 may shoot with the seniors at all times, but please note that if they under 18 they must have a parent or legal guardian with them.

Please note that all juniors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times whilst shooting.

Monday, 06 February 2017 11:51

Beginners Courses

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 Spring and Summer months and for adults run for two half days over a weekend.  For juniors, courses run as four two hour sessions, over consecutive Sundays.  All necessary equipment is provided. 

E-Mail Secretary

2022 Course Timetable

If you are already on the 2022 waiting list, the Secretary will be contacting you over the next few weeks to advise you of course dates this year.

The Club has a long waiting list for 2022, but, please email the Secretary if you wish to be added to the list for cancellations this year or to the waiting list for 2023 courses.

Beginner Courses Cost £65* and Include the Following

  • Duration

    Courses run for 8hrs in total which are typically split into 2x 4hr sessions held over two days. Unless otherwise stated these sessions are always held on a weekend.

  • All Equipment Provided

    Recurve bows, sights, arrows, and all safety equipment is provided. Please make sure you wear suitable footwear, no sandals or high heeled shoes. Courses typically take place at our field which can get muddy in poor weather so sturdy boots are ideal.

  • Health & Safety & Range Safety Explained

    Whilst archery is a safe sport and suitable for all ages, it is essential to understand a few fundamental do's and don'ts to ensure your safety and of those around you.

  • Introduction to Barebow Shooting

    We typically start shooting barebow teaching you the same principles used in traditional archery like that of the English Longbow.

  • Introduction to Recurve Shooting

    After learning how to shoot barebow we will then teach you how to shoot a recurve bow like those used at the Olympic Games.

  • Refreshments Provided

    In archery you'll be using muscles that most people don't typically use in their everyday lives and so taking regular breaks is required to ensure you don't strain anything. During these breaks tea, coffee and light refreshments are provided and we will also use this time to talk you through other aspects of archery.

  • Development of Correct Form

    Archery is all about form, posture, body position and alignment, and is something that archers continually work on. Our coaches will work with you to start to develop 'T form' and on your release to improve accuracy and consistency.

  • Qualified Coaching

    The courses will be lead by our team of qualified coaches who will ensure that beginners receive the correct training and equipment and that they are safe at all times.

  • Fully Insured

    All beginners are covered by our insurance policy.

* 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

Monday, 06 February 2017 09:15

Club History

About Us

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.

Club History

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.

Members of Note

Gavin Sutherland

Ranked #1 in SussexGavin is the Sussex Outdoor Champion, Sussex Indoor Champion, Southern County Indoor Champion, Sussex Field Champion, is a member of the Sussex Team and shoots for England with the English Archery Federation. Gavin also shot in the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 for his home country of Zimbabwe.

Bryony Pitman

Bryony represented Great Britain at the European Grand Prix, has twice been the Junior Under 14 National Indoor Champion, is a member of TeamGB and in 2014 represented Great Britain in the Junior Olympics in Nanjing. In 2016 Bryony beat London 2012 Olympic silver medallist Aida Roman in a five-set final to take gold at the Marrakesh Indoor Archery World Cup.

Gary Kinghorn

Gary is not only a former World Field Archery Champion, but is also the only person in Sussex ever to shoot a perfect Albion score of 972. Gary coached fellow club member Gavin Sutherland at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. He also coaches Bryony Pitman & Petra Ginman and last year was asked to be the assistant Team Manager for the World Field Championships in Ireland.

Doreen Cannon

Doreen Cannon has received several awards over the years including the Worthing Sports Council Sportswoman of the Year for outstanding services to sport and by Sports England in 2006 for Outstanding Services to Sport. Currently she is County Secretary for Sussex and Chairperson of Martlets Guild of Archery Coaching.
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