Archery is an extremely accessible sport in countries around the world. It is a sport for all ages and abilities - and can be as recreational or competitive as the person taking part wants!
Beware: Archery is addictive. One shot can have you hooked for a lifetime.
While the elite athletes shooting at the Olympic Games might spend hours every day training, there is no need to dedicate so much time to archery if your goals are not so lofty. Casual archers make up the bulk of the archery fraternity and anyone can consistently hit the target with as little as an hour of practice. More advanced aspects of the sport, however, can take years to master.
Do remember to be conscious of safety and your surroundings when practising archery. There are plenty of archery ranges and clubs with proficient coaches to guide you through your first steps into the sport.
There are millions of archers all around the world. Do you have a reason not to join them?
For more informationcontact your national federation
Finding somewhere to shoot
The best way to start archery is find a club or range with dedicated instructors and beginner equipment available. Getting an introduction to the sport does not cost a lot of money and new archers improve very quickly with proper coaching.
Like any sport, it’s better to learn the correct technique from the very beginning!
It is encouraged to complete an introductory course – and try out the different kinds of bows, recurve, compound and traditional, and disciplines within the sport – with a local archery club or centre.
Facilities can range from a dedicated venue to hired sports halls or fields.
The important thing is to find a well-organised club with instructors accredited through the World Archery or respective national federation coaching system, who will offer the appropriate advice for someone starting out in the sport.
After a number of lessons, your instructor will be able to guide you in buying your own archery equipment.
It is better to use borrowed equipment and wait until your technique has developed for a couple of lessons before purchasing your own bow. The specification of gear required may change over time, particularly draw weight and length, or even the bow type!
It will take some time and practice to be comfortable enough as an archer to enter a competition.
Competition levels vary a huge amount, meaning there are tournaments appropriate for very new archers right up to international events at which only members of national teams can shoot.
Your national federation, and other archers, will be the best people to identify relevant events in your area.
Visit theWorld Archery Events Calendar