Sunday, 12 March 2017 19:25

Bryony Wins Silver At Euro Championships

Club member and Team GB member, Bryony Pitman has been shooting in the European Indoor Championships in Vittel, France and is bringing home two medals. Yesterday, Saturday 11th March, Bryony secured a bronze medal in the Recurve Junior Women with her team mates Alyssia Tromans-Ansell and Lizzie Warner. Shooting against Poland who were seeded sixth the British team dominated the round winning it 6-0. Today Bryony was shooting in the gold medal match against Italian Tatiana Andreoli and it was a very closely fought match. Tatiana won the first set by just 1 point but in the second set Bryony shot a perfect round of 30 to draw the match level. Unfortunately though Tatiana responded by shooting the next two ends perfectly winning the match 6-2 and taking the gold medal.

The whole match can be viewed on ArcheryTV 

There can be no doubt that Bryony had an amazing season last year and this one is looking to be even better. Shoot strong Bryony!

Monday, 06 March 2017 15:26

Record Your Bow Setup & Scores

We have introduced a new feature to this website that we think will be of use and interest to our members that being an enhanced user profile where you can record your bow details, arrow details, sight marks and your personal best scores. There are a number of apps for smartphones that offer this function but what if you lost your phone, all that valuable data would be lost too? Although you could use this website like an app on the shooting line, this function isn't really intended to replace a dedicated app but as an backup. It also may be interesting to see what equipment other members are using and how they have it set-up.

In the Members Area menu you will now see two new links, My Profile and Club Members. My Profile will let you view and edit your own profile whilst Club Members will allow you to view other members profiles.


In the Details tab your name and username will be displayed but you can also upload a photo that will appear in your profile and you can also record your current handicap and classification. Please note that any photo you upload here will also appear as your avatar in the forum. If you already have a forum avatar, it will be replaced by the one you upload here.

Bow Details

Bow Details

Here you can record your bow type, make and model of your bow, limbs and sight as well as the brace height, draw weight, and your draw length.



In Arrows you can record the make and model of your arrows, their AMO length (from the throat of the nock to the end of the shaft before the point), their spine, what nocks and points you use and your fletches.

Sight Mark (Metric)

Sight Marks (Metric)

Here you can record all your sight marks for metric distances. Sight marks can be recorded for 10M, 15M, 18M, 20M, 25M, 30M, 40M, 50M, 60M, 70M & 90M.

Sight Marks (Imperial)

Sight Marks (Imperial)

Here you can record your sight marks for imperial distances. Sight marks can be recorded for 10 Yards, 20 Yards, 30 Yards, 40 Yards, 50 Yards, 60 Yards, 80 Yards, 100 Yards.

Personal Bests

Personal Bests

Here you can record your personal best scores. Due to technical reasons we cannot list every possible round that can be shot but we have listed 36 of the most popular rounds that members have shot.

If you do not know what your personal best scores are then please contact our records officer who will be able to send these to you. Please note that until you add other information, only the detail tab will be visible. Only fields that you fill in will appear under your profile.

Friday, 24 February 2017 12:24

Our New Website

Welcome to the new Worthing Archery Club website. As you can see we've had a complete change and the new site is now much faster and, we hope that you'll agree, better than the old. Your existing user accounts will still work, so just login as you would normally to unlock all areas of the site. In the menu above there is now a Members Area which contains pages that only logged in members can access like the Club Classification and Handicap, where you can look up your handicap etc, as well as the club rules and our new merchandise page.

Other changes include improvements to the Events Calendar. If you are going to any of the tournaments or events listed in the calendar than just click on the Join button in the event details and your name will appear in the list of attendees that will become visible. Whilst every effort has been made to check that everything is working as it should, if you have any problems using the site please let the webmaster know.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 11:37

Sunburn League 2017

Our 4th annual Sunburn League will be running throughout the outdoor season. For those of you that are new to the club or who haven't shot in previous years, the Sunburn League is open to all members of all abilities and bow types and is a great way to not only improve your handicap but also to achieve classifications up to Bowman and win a trophy.

The league works on the handicap system which means that all archers can compete against each other on an equal basis. It is entirely possible for a beginner to beat a seasoned archer as scores are based on your handicap and not just what you actually shoot. Not only that but archers compete against each other by shooting different rounds. This means that one archer might be shooting at 50M against another archer shooting at 90M, the handicap system takes all of this into account making it equal for all.

The Sunburn League uses variations of the Long Metric rounds details of which can be found below with each distance being a different league. Our League Secretary, Paul Murray will be organising the league so if you wish to enter any of the rounds please make sure you let Paul know ASAP as places do fill up fast

The Leagues

There will be 5 different leagues and each league will shoot a different distance.

The leagues will shooting the following rounds/distances:

Long Metric (90M & 70M)
Long Metric I (70M & 60M)
Long Metric II (60M & 50M)
Long Metric III (50M & 40M)
Long Metric IV (40M & 30M)

Each round consists of 3 dozen arrows at each distance.

Depending on gender, age and bow type the following classifications can be achieved:
Long Metric - Up to Bowman for all archers
Long Metric I - Up to Bowman for all except Senior Gents
Long Metric II - Up to Junior Bowman for most juniors, 1st Class for Senior Ladies and 2nd Class for Senior Gents
Long Metric III - Up to 2nd Class for Senior Ladies, 3rd Class for Senior Gents and Junior Bowman for most Juniors
Long Metric IV - Up to Junior Bowman depending on gender, age and bow type

The Rules

  1. You must have a valid handicap in order to enter the league subject to rule 1a
    1a. Archers who do not have a handicap may shoot in 3 rounds to one. However their scores will not be included in the leaderboards and so won't count towards an trophies until they have achieved a handicap. If you have not yet got a handicap than you can submit any 3 scored rounds to our records officer that have been shot this year at any time and one will be calculated for you.
  2. You can shoot in any league you wish.
  3. You can change leagues as many times as you want
  4. Your top 3 scores in any one league count towards the leader board for that particular league
  5. Your top 3 scores across all leagues count towards the leader board for the overall Sunburn League
  6. Scoring will use the 10 zone scoring system (X,10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 for each ring of the target face)
  7. In the event of a tie (after adding the handicap allowance) the number of X's will determine the winner. Should there still be tie, the number of 10's, 9's etc until a winner is determined.

The Rounds

There are 6 rounds in this years Sunburn League. You don't have to shoot in every round as only your top 3 scores will count towards your total but the more rounds you enter the more chance you have of improving an earlier score. Each round will have an assembly at 9:15am with sighters starting promptly at 9:30am. Please make sure you arrive in time to set-up before. The dates for each round are as follows:

Round 1: May 14th 2017
Round 2: June 25th 2017
Round 3: July 16th 2017
Round 4: August 13th 2017
Round 5: September 17th 2017
Round 6: October 15th 2017

The Prizes

There will be trophies for the following winners:

Most Improved Handicap
Winner of the Long Metric IV League
Winner of the Long Metric III League
Winner of the Long Metric II League
Winner of the Long Metric I League
Winner of the Long Metric League
Overall Winner of the Sunburn League

The Sunburn League is a lot of fun and all members are welcome to join in, so get your bows tuned, get practicing and get ready for The Sunburn League 2017!

Monday, 20 February 2017 14:40

Buying Your First Bow

One of the most frequent questions we get asked by people who are on one of our beginners courses is "which bow should I buy?". This though is perhaps the wrong question to ask and instead it should be "when should I buy my first bow?"

Whilst it is perfectly understandable to be excited about your new sport, it would be a mistake to rush out and buy a bow too early as this can result in having to replace parts earlier than you would otherwise need and/or buying something that may either cause you injury or impair your development and enjoyment of the sport.

For this reason we strongly suggest that our members make use of the clubs bow loan scheme. For a deposit of £50 we will loan you one of our beginners bows, a sight, tab, arm guard and a set of arrows. When you return the bow, the deposit will be refunded to you.

By using the club bows you will be able to work on developing your form, build your strength all of which will not only give you a better understanding of what you actually need but also potentially mean you can draw heavier bows thus saving you from replacing your equipment too soon.

We would normally recommend that a beginner starts with a recurve bow hence this article will focus on that. Whilst compound bows are gaining popularity in this country recurve is still the dominant discipline and is potentially cheaper, easier and safer for a beginner to start with.

So you've decided, or one of the club coaches has advised you, that it's now time to buy your own bow. What should you buy?

This is by no means a definitive guide. The single most important thing to remember when buying a bow is that it has to be 'right' for you. What is right for you may not be right for someone else and just because a particular bow may not be listed here doesn't mean that you shouldn't buy it.

As you will no doubt have seen the price of bows vary widely but keep in mind that, as a beginner, it is likely that you will replace most parts of your bow in the first couple of years depending on how often you shoot and how quickly you pick things up.



They come in different sizes, different colours are made by different companies and have different limb fittings. To make life easier for you we would advise that you buy a riser that uses ILF (International Limb Fitting). In theory any ILF limb will fit any ILF riser regardless of make. ILF is by far the most common fitting and gives you maximum choice of limbs. The choice of riser is very much down to feel. A £600 riser won't shoot as well as a £200 riser if it feels uncomfortable to you. Nor is an £600 riser necasarily more acurate than a £200 one. A more expensive riser may however have tuning/adjustment capabilities that the most basic risers don't have but for a beginner such adjustments can cause more confusion than benefit in the early stages.

Is one manufacturer better than another?
Yes.....and no. The biggest names in recurve bows are probably Hoyt and Win & Win (W&W) but that's not to say that they are the best, at least not at the beginners end of the market. The cheapest W&W riser is more money than a beginner would typically be prepared to pay but that doesn't mean you should rush out and buy a Hoyt either. One particular manufacturer who make some great risers for beginners and intermediates is Sebastian Flute (SF) In some ways these risers are argualbly better than the entry level Hoyt. Other brands that do beginner risers are Cartel and Kap but there are many others.

Models that we would suggest at worthy of consideerationare (in no particular order):
WINS Axion (around £110)
WINS Premium (around £150)
WINS Forged Elite (around £240)
Hoyt Excel (around £110)
Hoyt Horizon (around £150)

(prices and models correct 2017)

What size should you buy? The size of a recurve bow is determined by the size of the riser and the length of the limbs. The most common size is a 68" bow which typically would mean a 25" riser with medium limbs. However determining what size bow you need is an important step to get right with many variable and so you should really speak to a coach about it or someone at the shop.

How much should you spend?
There is no real way of answering this question. Our advise is that you spend as much as you are prepared to spend but keep in mind that you may still replace it in the first couple of years. The more you spend now the longer you might be able to keep it but far more important than price is how it feels to you. Don't spend £250 on a riser if it feels uncomfortable when a £100 model feels better.


Again this is something you will need to speak to a coach about or the shop as they come in different sizes, different weights, made of different materials and made by different companies.

What size do I need?
The size limb (and therefore the size of riser) you should buy will be determined by your draw length. The average person will shoot a 68" bow meaning that on a 25" riser they need Medium length limbs. Getting the correct bow size is important as if you shoot one that's the wrong size you won't be able to get the most energy from the limbs or you'll be putting too much energy into them. If your draw length is between 27"-29" you will probably need a 68" bow and therefore medium limbs.

What poundage should I buy?
This is why we suggest using the club bows to begin with. For most people archery uses muscles that they don't use that much in every day life, therefore it takes time to develop them. If you buy limbs that are too heavy you are 'over bowed' and could do yourself an injury and you'll find it very hard to be accurate. If you buy limbs that are too light you are 'under bowed' and won't develop the muscles needed or be able to reach the distances you want. By the time most beginners come to buy their first bow most will be looking to buy limbs between 24lb - 32lb but for some people 24lb will be too much and 32lb too light. Only you know how easy or hard it is to draw so ultimately it's got to be something that you feel comfortable with.


What make/model should I buy?
Limbs are made of all different types of materials such as wood, foam, carbon and often limbs will use a combination of these materials. The main difference in these materials is their speed. The faster they spring back the faster the arrow flies. As a beginner you are going to be increasing your draw weight so you will almost certainly replace them in the first year. Therefore don't spend a lot. Models we would suggest are worth consideration are:
SF Premium Fibre (around £60)
KAP Windstorm 1 (around £60)
WNS Axiom (around £70)
WNS Premium Alpha (around £95)

(prices and models correct 2017)



Assuming you aren't shooting bare bow, you'll need a sight. There are two schools of thoughts when it comes to buying your first sight and both are equally valid. 1. Buy cheap and replace sooner. 2. Buy more expensive and replace later, if at all. The reason why both are valid can be best demonstrated by highlighting the main disadvantages of both types of sight.

Cheap Sight Disadvantages:
1. They shake themselves loose frequently.
2. They are harder to adjust quickly and finely.

Expensive Sight Disadvantages:
1. They can cost 10x as much as a cheap one.
2. They offer a level of fine adjustment that a beginner won't make use of for several months.

To be frank all a beginner needs from a sight to begin with is a fixed reference point. On that basis a pin stuck in some tape on the riser does the job (not recommended long term of course). You do want something though that you can record your sight marks with, but any sight can do that.

It's up to you how much you want to spend but models we believe are worth considering are:

Cartel Midi Extension (around £10)
SF Axiom (around £25)
Decut 120 (around £40)
SF Velocity Carbon (around £75)

(prices and models correct 2017)

You can spend a lot more than that the Shibuya Ultima RC Carbon is a whopping £235 but you certainly don't need to spend anywhere near that as a beginner.


Arrows are obviously an important piece of equipement that you will need. However it is important to get the right length and spine (thickness/strength) of arrow and that is determined by your bow and draw length. Therefore you should talk to a coach or the shop before making a purchase.

There are dozens of different types of arrows made from a range of materials but as a beginner we would definitely suggest you buy aluminium arrows as these are cheap to replace and perfectly good enough.

Typically most shops tend to supply beginners with Easton Jazz or Easton Blues and these are available in sets of 8 or 12 as well as individually. 8 arrows is enough to begin with, you will probably bend and loose some over time but they can be easily replaced.


Other equipment you will need will be a tab, arm guard, string, stand and quiver. You may also wish to consider buying a case/rucksack in which to transport and store all your equipment.

A Tab is a very personal piece of equipment and often over looked as just a finger protector. Its more than that as it's one of only 2 points of contact you have with your bow. To begin with a tab is just a piece of leather but when you buy your first bow you will probably need something better as the heavier draw weights may hurt your fingers if you shoot with the cheap single layered leather tabs. The most important thing is that you get one that fits correctly. Too small and your fingers won't be protected, too big and the leather will catch on the string spoiling your shot. Speak to the shop to get the right size. Tabs come in all manner of shapes and sizes and prices. You don't need to spend a fortune. What you are getting in the more expensive tabs is a better quality leather which allows the string to slip off more easily, more adjustments and the name. We would advise getting something with a finger spacer to prevent you pinching your arrows off the string but beyond that it's done to personal preference, feel and budget.

When it comes to the string just ask the shop to provide you with one but ask them to set the bow up as well. They should then check to make sure that the brace height and nocking point height are correct which may require making some minor adjustments to the string (adding or removing twists). It's a lot easier for you if they do it first but it is something you will need to learn to check and do for yourself as well.

Your quiver, stand and arm guard are all just personal preferences.

After all that, enjoy your archery!

Friday, 10 February 2017 20:58

Club Officers

Below is the list of committee members and non executive officers of Worthing Archery Club. The committee is elected by the club members at our AGM for a term not exceeding two years. Committee members wishing to remain in post after this time must be re-elected at the AGM. Any full member of Worthing Archery Club can stand for election for any position on the committee and must fill in a nomination form and be proposed and seconded by two other club members. Please see our constitution for full details.

Committee Members


Barrie Le Grove

Barrie Le Grove

Barrie shoots recurve and took over as Chairman in September 2020 you can contact him about Club Grounds, Buildings and complaints.


Geoff Watkins

Geoff Watkins

Geoff was elected onto the committee in March 2020 and became the club secretary in September 2020. You can contact him for Beginners courses, new members, club administration and any miscellaneous questions.


Neil Gunner

Neil Gunner

Neil was elected as Treasurer at the 2017 AGM and shoots both barebow and compound. You can contact Neil about deposits and refunds for beginners bow hire, club finances and club equipment and other financial matters.

Safeguarding Officer

Paul Murray

Paul Murray

Paul was elected to Safeguarding Officer in September 2020

Committee Member

Mike Ellis

Mike Ellis

Mike was elected onto the committee in September 2020

Club Officials

League Secretary

Paul Murray

Paul Murray

Paul joined the club in 2015 and shoots recurve. You can contact him about club and interclub tournaments, Albion Frostbite & Sunburn Leagues.

Records Officer

Frank Hollis

Frank Hollis

Frank became Records Officer in 2013 and shoots recurve. You can contact him about submitting completed score sheets, questions on different archery rounds, classifications and handicaps.


Oliver Johnson

Oliver Johnson

Oliver Johnson runs our website. Oliver designed and built this site in 2013. If you have any comments, suggestions or questions about the website please contact Oliver by clicking on the link below.

Club Coaches

Isla Bezencon

Isla Bezencon
Isla took up archery in 2012 and currently holds a 1st Class Classification in Barebow. Isla qualified as an Archery GB Level 2 coach in 2019 and regularly organises and coaches on our beginners courses throughout the year.

Paul Murray

Paul Murray
Paul Murray took up archery in 2015 and has thrown himself into archery. As well as being voted onto the committee and being League Secretary, Paul qualified as an Archery GB Level 2 Coach in 2019.

Andrew Walford

Andrew Walford
Andrew took up archery in 2014 and has been a regular helper on our beginner courses ever since. Andrew qualified as an Archery GB Level 1 Coach in 2016.

Neil Gunner

Neil Gunner
Club Treasurer, Neil qualified as an Archery GB Level 1 coach in 2019. He shoots compound and flatbow, amongst many others, and has encouraged many club members to try traditional forms of archery with great success.

Linda Howarth

Linda Howarth 13
Linda qualified as an Archery GB Level 1 coach in 2019. She shoots both recurve and flatbow and has been a regular helper on our beginner courses since she joined the club.

Nicky McDowell

Nicky McDowell
Nicky qualified as an Archery GB Level 1 coach in 2019. She shoots recurve and has been a keen competitor in the clubs Sunburn League Tournament, being the 2017 club champion.

Friday, 10 February 2017 14:43

Target Rounds

There are many different rounds that can be shot both indoors and outdoors and broadly breakdown to either Metric or Imperial. Imperial rounds are the traditional rounds from Archery GB (governing body of archery in the UK) that are typically named after British cities. These rounds are shot at distances measured in yards. Metric rounds are shot at distances measured in meters and predominantly fall under the World Archery (formally FITA) governing body although there are also some metric rounds from Archery GB.

The following tables show the number of arrows (per dozen) shot at each distance for each specific round and the maximum score that can be achieved for that round. The tables also list what size target face is required and the scoring system that is used, either 5 zone or 10 zone.

5 Zone Scoring / Imperial Scoring

Target Face5 zone scoring is only used in Archery GB Imperial rounds. On a target face there are ten rings with the rings being in coloured pairs resulting in 5 colours. These 5 colours are the zones and are scored as follows:

Gold: 9
Red: 7
Blue: 5
Black: 3
White: 1

10 Zone Scoring / Metric Scoring

10 zone scoring is where each of the 10 rings has a different value with 10 being for the inner gold ring, 9 for the outer gold ring all the way down to 1 for the outer white ring. Many target faces number each ring accordingly, as can be seen in the picture above.

Archery GB Indoor Rounds

Indoor rounds such as a Portsmouth are shot in 3 arrow ends with 2 ends (6 arrows) of sighters and use metric scoring.

Archery GB Outdoor Rounds

Outdoor rounds such as a York are shot in 6 arrow ends with 1 end (6 arrows) of sighters and use imperial scoring. A 120cm target face is used and rounds involve multiple distances. The furthest distance is shot first and then the bosses are moved to the closer distance.

World Archery Indoor Rounds

All indoor rounds are shot in 3 arrow ends and archers also get 2 ends (6 arrows) of practice before scoring commences. Archers also have 2 minutes in which to shoot an end an 3 arrows. The metric, 10 zone scoring system is used.

World Archery Outdoor Rounds

A single outdoor round is shot at multiple distances with the furthest distance being shot first. The bosses are then moved closer to shoot the shorter distances. Archers are given 45 minutes of sighters at the furthest distance and the archer can shoot as many arrows as they like within this time. Distances 90, 70 and 60 metres are shot in 6 arrow ends using 120cm faces. The closer distances, 50 and 30 metres, are shot in 3 arrow ends using 80cm faces. For 6 arrow ends the archer is given 4 minutes to shoot, for 3 arrow ends they have 2 minutes. The metric, 10 zone scoring system is used.

Archery GB Imperial Outdoor Rounds (5 Zone Scoring)

Round Name100 Yards80 Yards60 Yards50 Yards40 Yards30 Yards20 Yards10 YardsMax Score
York642     1296
Hereford / Bristol I
 642    1296
Bristol II  642   1296
Bristol III   642  1296
Bristol IV    642 1296
Bristol V     6421296
St. George 33     972
Albion 333    972
Windsor  333   972
Short Windsor   333  972
Junior Windsor    333 972
Short Junior Windsor     333972
New Western44      864
Long Western 44     864
Western  44    864
Junior Western   44   864
Short Junior Western    44  864
American   810
St. Nicholas    43  756
New National42      648
Long National 42     648
National  42    648
Short National   42   648
Junior National    42  648
Short Junior National


New Warwick22      432
Long Warwick 22     432
Warwick  22    432
Short Warwick   22   432
Junior Warwick    22  432
Short Junior Warwick     22 432

Archery GB Outdoor Metric Rounds (10 Zone Scoring)

  122cm Target Face 80cm Target Face
Round Name 90 Meters 70 Meters 60 Meters 50 Meters 40 Meters 30 Meters 20 Meters 50 Meters 40 Meters 30 Meters 20 Meters 15 Meters 10 Meters Max Score
Metric I 3 3 3 3 1440
Metric II 3 3 3 3 1440
Metric III 3 3 3 3 1440
Metric IV 3 3 3 3 1440
Metric V 3 3 3 3 1440
Long Metric (Gentlemen) 3 3 720
Long Metric (Ladies) / Long Metric I 3 3 720
Long Metric II 3 3 720
Long Metric III 3 3 720
Long Metric IV 3 3 720
Long Metric V 3 3 720
Short Metric / Short Metric I 3 3 720
Short Metric II 3 3 720
Short Metric III 3 3 720
Short Metric IV 3 3 720
Short Metric V 3 3 720

World Archery (WA) Metric Outdoor Rounds (10 Zone Scoring)

 122cm Target Face80cm Target Face
Round Name90 Meters70 Meters60 Meters50 Meters40 Meters30 Meters20 Meters50 Meters40 Meters30 Meters20 Meters15 Meters10 MetersMax Score
WA 1440 (Gentlemen) 33     3 3   1440
WA 1440 (Ladies)  33     3 3   1440
WA 1440 (Cadet Ladies)   33     33   1440
WA 900  2.5 2.52.5        900
WA 720 (70 Meters)  6           720
WA 720 (60 Meters)            720
WA 720 (50 Meters)            720
WA Standard Bow Round
   3        720
Olympic Round Sets            Best of 3 or 5 Sets
Olympic Round (Cadet)  Sets           Best of 3 or 5 Sets
Compound Match        1.25     150

Archery GB Imperial Indoor Rounds (10 Zone Scoring)

Round Name Distance Face Size Dozens Max Score
Portsmouth 20 Yards 60cm 5 600
Bray I 20 Yards 40cm 2.5 300
Bray II 25 Yards 60cm 2.5 300

Archery GB Indoor Special Rounds

Round Name Distance Face Size Dozens Max Score
Stafford 30 Meters 80cm 6 720
Worcester 20 Yards 16" (5 Zone Scoring) 5 300
Vegas 18 Meters 3 Spot Triangle 5 600

World Archery (WA) Indoor Rounds (10 Zone Scoring)

Round Name 18 Meters
40cm Target Face
25 Meters
60cm Target Face
Max Score
WA18 5   600
WA25   5 600
WA Combined 5 5 1200
Recurve Match Sets   Best of 3
Compound Match 1.25   150
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 2019 - 31st March 2020

Adult: £120
Pensioner: £105 (must be eligable to receive state pension)
Associate: £85
Junior (Under 25) / Disabled: £60
Archery GB Visitor: £5 per visit

Pro Rata Fee After April 1st 2020 (New Members Only)

Adult: £60
Pensioner: £52.50 (must be eligable to receive state pension)
Associate: £65
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 2019 - 31st March 2020

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 2020 (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 Saturday mornings, although they are welcome to stay on for the afternoon if they want more practice. For 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.

The Junior section is run by Doreen Cannon, an archer with many years experience and our child protection officer. There are over 20 members and individuals have enjoyed success in local and regional competitions many going on to further success as adult members. To find out more contact Doreen.

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

Thursday, 09 February 2017 20:15

Archery Awards

Archery GB is keen to recognise progress and provides a wide range of awards for all archers regardless of age, ability and bow types. These awards can be a good way of not only charting your own progress but can also motivate you by giving you something to aim for.

Many of these awards can be obtained at Club Target Days as well as at tournaments. A Club Target Day is not to be confused with a normal practice day. Instead a Club Target Day A Club Target Day is any day and time appointed under the Rules of the Club and previously announced to the Members. All scores made on a Club Target Day must be entered
in the Club Record Book and all shooting is in accordance with the Rules of Shooting.


Third Class Badge
Second Class Badge
First Class Badge
Bowman Badge
Master Bowman Badge
Grand Master Bowman Badge

Classifications in archery start with Third Class and continue with Second Class, First Class, Bowman, Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman. The scores that need to be achieved for each of these classifications are dependent on the round that is shot, the type of bow you use, how old you are and your gender. Details of what rounds can be used for classification and what scores are required can be found here.

You can claim the relevant badge once you have submitted 3 qualifying scores within the same year.

3rd, 2nd, 1st class and Bowman classifications can be achieved by shooting at official club days as well as in open competitions and tournaments and are entirely handled at club level.

Master Bowman, Junior Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman can only be achieved by shooting the required scores at UK Record Status tournaments. Unlike the lower awards, Master (Junior and Senior) and Grand Master Bowman are co-ordinated by Archery GB and not the club and so all claims are made to Archery GB.

Six Gold End Badge

Six Gold End Badge

If, at a Registered Tournament or Club Target Day, you shoot six arrows into the gold in one end at either of the two longest distances for your age group (WA Metric or Imperial Rounds), you can claim this badge. Juniors can claim a Six Gold End badge only once in each discipline you shoot - recurve, longbow and compound. There is also a 3 Gold End badge for Longbow.

Claims must be submitted to Archery GB on the appropriate form. If it is attained at a tournament then the claim should be ratified by the tournament organiser. If it is attained at a Club Target day, then Club Secretary must sign the claim form.


Imperial Measurements

Metric Measurements


Gentlemen 80 Yards 70 Meters
Ladies 60 Yards 60 Meters

Jnr Gents

Under 18 60 Yards 60 Meters
Under 16 50 Yards 50 Meters
Under 14 40 Yards 40 Meters
Under 12 30 Yards 30 Meters

Jnr Ladies

Under 18 50 Yards 50 Meters
Under 16 40 Yards 40 Meters
Under 14 30 Yards 30 Meters
Under 12 20 Yards 20 Meters

Rose Awards

Rose Award 800
Rose Award 900
Rose Award 1000
Rose Award 1100
Rose Award 1200
Rose Award 1250

Rose Awards can only be claimed when shooting at UK Record Status York, Hereford and/or Bristol l – V tournaments that have been accorded "Rose Award" Status. Scores required to achieve a Rose Award and the relevant background colour of the badge are detailed in the table opposite.

Badge Colour







Compound and Recurve

800 900 1000 1100 1200 1250


225 300 375 450 525 600


There are many other types of awards available from Arrow Awards for juniors through to WA Target and Star awards that can only be claimed at tournaments with World Record status. For details of these awards please visit the Archery GB website.

Saturday, 28 September 2013 21:55

Bryony Pitman Shooting For Great Britain

Our own Bryony Pitman has had a very busy year shooting for the Great Britain team with success and not only shooting 3 personal bests but also breaking 3 British records.

Who better to describe what a great year she has had than Bryony herself.

Bryony Pitman European Grand Prix
Bryony Pitman European Grand Prix
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