Disability Archery

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Next Course

Our next begginners courses will be held on:
29th & 30th Sept 2018 - (FULL)
6th & 7th October 2018 - (FULL)
27th & 28th April 2019 - (FULL)
4th & 5th May 2019 - (FULL)

Please contact the secretary to reserve your spot. Our courses are always over subscribed so please register your interest early.

Membership is open to anyone over the age of 10 years old (younger children may be accepted at the discretion of the committee) although juniors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times whilst shooting. The junior section of Worthing Archery Club is run by Doreen Cannon. Doreen is an archer with many years experience and also our child protection officer. Please contact Isla for further information on our Junior section. Any adult wishing to join the club must have successfully completed a recognised beginners course or be a current member of Archery GB. All members and beginners must abide by the Archery GB Rules of Shooting and follow all safety requirements and any specific club rules.

If you would like to take up archery you need to go on a Beginners Course which are designed to not only get you shooting quickly but to do so safely. Our beginners courses run during the summer months and are typically run for two whole days over one or two weekends.

Our courses are some of the most popular in Sussex and we typically run at least three courses a year. Due to their popularity our courses fill up fast so we would recommend joining our waiting list so that we can get you on the first available course. You can do this by contacting our secretary.

We normally hold beginners courses during summer months. Our beginner’s course operates to strict safety standards but it is also designed to make your initial experience of archery an enjoyable one.

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. All members are expected to have their own equipment. However, if you are a beginner, then we strongly advise that you do not buy any equipment before first speaking to one of our coaches because it is very easy to spend money on equipment that looks okay but is in fact not right for you. When you join Worthing Archery Club, you are welcome to shoot alongside regular club members and, if you have any queries (no matter how trivial they may appear), then simply ask. Our members are a friendly bunch and can usually point you in the right direction! Club target days are Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, but when you reach a certain standard you will be able to shoot on any day of the week. However, you must abide by Archery GBs rules of shooting including Solo Shooting.

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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 has now become a very successful tournament; we were selected to host the All British Field Championships in 1999 and have since hosted the All English, and regularly host the 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 with an indoor facility for the winter. 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 coached by Doreen Cannon, again with members from complete beginners up to County Champions. We also have an active program in place for regular investment in the club providing not only regular maintenance but also new equipment and now offer a bow loan service to beginners who join our club after completing one of our beginners courses.

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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