Try Archery & further training
We always encourage people to try archery! It’s a lot of fun and very rewarding. Centenary Archers’ Club runs Come ‘n Try Archery classes for those who haven’t shot before or require a refresher, as well as a Beginner’s course for a more detailed look into archery. The club has beginner’s bows (recurve primarily) suitable for everyone. No matter what age or ability, everyone can learn.
We have children as young as 10 years old, boys and girls, and adults well into retirement years who all participate in the sport either socially for exercise or competitively for awards. It can be a sport for the whole family to enjoy together. In the sport, we also have disabled persons, “Wheelies”, competing along side able-bodied archers.
We prefer to teach children who are at least 10 years old. If a child younger than 10 years old wishes to learn, please come down to the Club and we can assess whether they can hold about 6 kg in their dominant hand for about 20 seconds – when they pull back the bow they will be holding about 6 kg in their fingers. This will help you book with a bit of confidence after the fact.
We also prefer that at least one parent accompany children under 12 years old, at least for the first lesson. If a parent also wishes to join in the lesson, they are most welcome.
Everyone who wants to try archery must complete a Temporary Membership form. This ensures that everyone who goes on the field is covered by our insurance which is administered by the national governing body, Archery Australia. We want to make sure that everyone on the field is safe and covered against those rare accidents!
These days are for anyone who wants to just try archery. You will be fitted with the right sized bow and other gear, then given instructions on safety and how to shoot the bow properly. You will be shooting at 20 m and will usually get in about two hours shooting after learning the basics. Cost is $65 and includes bow hire, instruction, and temporary club membership (essential for insurance at the Club).
Beginners’ Courses (Member’s Only)
The two-Saturday course will introduce the beginning archer to all the aspects of archery – from proper shooting form to choosing your equipment to lessons on scoring during a competition. The course is designed as a continuation of the Come & Try Archery class – so you will need to have done one before you can do this course. You will begin shooting at 20 m, but will progress to 30 m by the third lesson. Cost is $65 for the two-Saturday course and includes bow hire, instruction, and temporary club membership (essential for insurance at the Club).
Training after Come & Try and Beginner’s Courses
To promote the practice of archery as a pastime, recreation, amateur and elite sport for junior club members (10 to 18 years) the CAC Youth Squad was developed.
If you would like to know more or if you have any questions, ask for Rob Connell or Lindsay Roux at the club.
To assist Club members’ advancement and provide our Level 1 coaches with practice, the Club Level 2 coaches will organise coaching sessions on Saturday mornings as per advertised club calendar dates from 9am – 12 noon.
Members can come to the Club at the allotted day and time and receive specific instruction from the Club coaches on any aspect of their archery that they would like to work on.
Video analysis and other coaching tools will be available during these sessions.