Anyone can take part in archery and most impairments can be accommodated in clubs. Clubs provide introductory courses, coaching and competitive opportunities. Beginning in the sport requires no classification, and you can take in part in club activities and competitions with minimal adaptation required. Disabled archers can shoot standing, perching on a stool or sitting down. Only if you wish to progress in the sport are you recommended to gain classification.
New archers are taken through a beginner’s course which teaches them all the basics of shooting and scoring, how to assemble equipment and understand the signals and safety requirements. This usually lasts 6 weeks and costs vary between £30-£70.
Archery clubs hold taster opportunities, called Have A Go sessions, and beginner’s courses regularly throughout the year, although most are held during the spring and summer months. Contact your nearest club to find out when their next beginner’s course is, and discuss with them the location, access and any additional support you may need.