Get into Archery


One of the many questions we get asked at the club is, “How do get into archery?” The answer is it depends on what kind of archer you want to be. You might want to shoot compound, long bow, crossbow or recurve, you might want to shoot field or target archery.

At Marshland Archers, we teach and shoot target archery using recurve bows, no matter if you want to be a casual or a competitive archer. This guide outlines the typical process you would expect to follow from beginner to competent archer.


First you need to complete a course with a minimum of 12 hours’ tuition, usually spread over 4 weeks at our The Paddock Middle Drove, Marshland St. James Wisbech PE14 8JW or Alive Downham Leisure, Bexwell Road, Downham Market Norfolk PE38 9LL venue. All kit is provided and once completed, you will receive our official certificate of competence.

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Once you have completed your course, you will be expected to purchase your first bow set-up. This doesn’t have to be expensive and we recommend you stick to purchasing a bow similar to your training kit.

A basic kit should consist of: –

  • 1 x Full Size Recurve Bow (Inc. string, nocks and arrow rest)
  • 6 x Aluminium Arrows
  • 1 x Basic Bracer + 1 x Leather Glove or Finger Tab
  • 1 x Bow Stringer
  • 1 x Quiver
  • 1 x Midi Aluminium Extension Sight
  • 1 x Basic Bow Case


Finally, as an Archery GB club you need to be a member in order to continue to shoot, with membership you have the benefit of being fully insured to shoot on club days, enter tournaments, have membership to Archery GB where you will receive the quarterly Archery GB magazine and you will have the facility to use the club account to order kit.

If you have any further questions on this or any other matter on “How to get into Archery” please contact us here.