We always encourage people to try archery! It’s a lot of fun and very rewarding. Centenary Archers’ Club has two options for beginners: Come & Try Archery Days and Beginner’s courses. The club has beginner’s bows (recurve and compound) 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 (minimum 8 years old). If a child younger than 10 years old wishes to learn then they will need to be able to 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. 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! This insurance stays valid for 4 additional visits after the class or course is finished and you are welcome to come and hire the club’s bows on Saturday afternoons for $20 per visit.
Come & Try Archery Days
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 $55 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 day – 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 $55 for the two-Saturday course and includes bow hire, instruction, and temporary club membership (essential for insurance at the Club).