Getting Started?

If you are a total beginner, DO NOT BUY ANYTHING! The absolute best course of action is to turn up at our facility and get a couple of lessons under your belt and try the three differing styles of archery before settling on a style that is most appealing to you. After the lessons you will have had a go at the longbow, the recurve and the compound bow. The following is useful information about getting involved with archery and dependant upon the style selected this guide will assist you to finding the best society and club for you.

Target Archery
Target archery as seen at the Olympics is governed by the International Archery Federation (FITA – Fédération Internationale de Tir à l’Arc). International Olympic Committee recognise FITA as the governing body for all archery. 142 nations are represented by FITA archery governing bodies.

Target archery is the most popular form of archery in which archers shoot at a non moving round targets at varying distances. All types of bows can be used, Longbow, recurve and compound, in the UK. Imperial rounds are still used in the Uk which have slightly differing rules to the metric rounds, which are used internationally. Archers are divided up into seniors and juniors where juniors are under 18.

Numerous outdoor and indoor events are held throughout the UK and are an important part of competitive target archery. However for the not so competitive archer who uses the sport for recreation, many clubs exists where you can shoot arrows with friends, family or colleagues. At Black Cat Archery, you are not limited to club times however our site is open on Saturdays and Sundays and during the long summer evenings on Wednesday after 5pm. Other times are available by specific club arrangements.

Sport archery can be enjoyed by all members of society and especially for those with disabilities. Unlike many sports, little compromise is required for a disabled person to fully enjoy archery. It is quite common for disabled archers to be shooting alongside their able bodied counterparts in the same tournament on the same shooting line.

Field Archery
Field archery is an all year round outdoor sport. It is a variety of the sport that brings people out into the country where an appreciation for the countryside grows.

Target can vary widely in size from a small bird to a huge dinosaur and the targets are placed in the open or in woodland at various distances from the shooting line. Targets can be 3D foam representation or flat 2D pictures. The ground is not prepared and is often not flat. The shoot difficulty is presented to the archer when the shot has to navigate through small opening in the wood. Shooting up or down hill is common practice. Often these targets are set out in a course of up to 40 targets, (usually 36). This type of shooting tests the archers skill mentally and also physically.

Field archery also includes more traditional activities including clout shooting and distance shooting. Variety of the sport is best expressed in a field shooting club or centre

It is Illegal to hunt in the UK with a Bow or Crossbow

The Basics
Here we are going through the basics of shooting an arrow off the bow consistently, my theory is to remove as many variables from your shooting technique as possible:

Stance:
Most important is the stance, it needs to be defined and consistent in its use. An archer needs to stand perpendicular to the target with you feet straddling the shooting line at about a shoulder width apart. Body weight should be over the balls of the feet. Stand upright and keep your back straight. Stay relaxed as your body will need to absorb the shock of the loose. The back foot needs to be parallel to the shooting line and the front foot should be from parallel to slightly pointing towards the target. Be comfortable with you foot position and remember that you will need to replicate this stance consistently. Some would call this a T stance. The H stance is where the feet are parallel to each other, the T stance is where the front foot is pointing to the target. The ideal stance is that which is comfortable to you between the H and the T stance.

Nock:
Nocking the arrow is the process o