Q. Where are you based?
A. Our club was founded in 1979 (2014 was the Club’s 35th Anniversary!). We are located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, in the sports hall at the Lasswade Centre, Eskdale Drive, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian during the indoor season, and at Grove Farm, Bonnyrigg, Midlothian when outdoors. Some of our members live within the Midlothian area, while others come from Edinburgh, East Lothian, West Lothian or the Borders. Both locations are easily reached from Dalkeith, Musselburgh, Tranent and many other places within East Lothian and Mid Lothian as well as from Edinburgh.
Q. When do you shoot and at what time?
A. For the indoor season (September to the end of April) we shoot on Wednesdays between 7.15pm and 9.00pm and on Saturday afternoons between 3.00pm and 5.00pm. For the outdoor season (May to the end of August) we shoot from 3.00pm till 5.00pm on Saturdays, and 7.00pm till 9.00pm on Wednesdays. Club evenings are for all members, and visitors, providing they have their own equipment and can shoot 20 yards competently. All under 18’s and vulnerable adults must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. In archery a junior is defined as a person who has yet to reach the age of 18yrs.
Competitions are held regularly during the indoor season, usually on Sundays.
Q. Is Archery safe?
A. It is with us! Lasswade Archery Club has a strong emphasis on safety, and adheres to the safety standards of the Scottish Archery Association, and of Archery GB, which are the governing bodies of target archery in the UK, so shooting within the club is much safer than shooting in your back-garden.
Archery has many hidden risks, so by joining the club you will be able to shoot in a safe environment, and you will receive lessons in how to shoot safely, how to maintain your equipment safely, and how to select the right archery equipment.
Q. How do I learn to shoot / how do I go about joining?
A. It’s easy. From time to time the club holds beginners’ lessons indoors, usually on Saturday afternoons, but days and times can vary. The fees for these classes are £80.00 adults and £50.00 juniors. If you are interested in learning to shoot, contact us via our contact form. Your name will then be put onto a waiting list and you will be notified when a new training class is being held.
If you don't want to wait, then there are other options for you to consider; the "Useful Links to Other Archery Pages" section contains links to companies that we are aware of that run starter sessions commercially.
In the beginners’ class our coaches will teach you the basics of Archery and at the end of this period if you have caught the Archery bug and want to try to master archery, you may join the club immediately. If you decide not to stay then change your mind, you will not be permitted to do another beginners’ class, and must then join the club directly. (This is a rule of our governing body Archery GB).
All beginners who complete the class will receive an official certificate of completion, and when you join the Club we will give you a New Members Information Pack which contains a lot of useful information about our sport and the Club itself.
Q. Are children allowed to join?
A. Yes! The Club operates the AGB Safeguarding Child and Young People Policy, which means in simple terms, that if a child or 'vulnerable adult' joins the Club or attends a beginners’ class, then the parent or guardian must accompany the child or 'vulnerable adult' at all times. We cannot accept responsibility for any un-accompanied children or 'vulnerable adults' as as we are first and foremost a sports club, not a crèche !
Our coaches and archery leaders are vetted under the appropriate Disclosure Scotland procedures.
Q. What if I am an established/expert archer already?
A. You can join the club, or you are welcome to shoot as a visitor, although you will have to show a club official your current AGB card (or equivalent) before you start shooting. If you shoot as a visitor then target fee’s are payable for each session as shown in the table below.
Visitor Target Fees
P.S. The club has a 60lb draw-weight limit, and we reserve the right to check your draw weight with our own bow scales. If you exceed the 60lb limit then you will have to reduce your poundage to comply with our rules before you will be permitted to shoot. We also ask that points are suitable for indoor use to avoid damage to the safety curtain, and to the bosses. No broad-heads or bodkins, please!
Q. How much will it cost to join?
A. Please see the table below. (Correct as of Sep. 2016)
Affiliation Fees per annum
|Junior (under 18)||£10.50||£5||N/A||£15.50|
|OAP’s (over 60)||£42||£21||£1||£64|
Lasswade Archery Club membership Fee’s per annum
|Junior (under 18)||£120|
|OAP’s (over 60), Students and un-waged||£120|
Please note; all of the above fees can vary depending upon what time of year you join us, but for insurance purposes you will need to pay as soon as you decide to join us. When a junior reaches the age of 18 they will be required to pay the full senior club and affiliation fees, when they next fall due.
Q. Is archery equipment expensive?
A. It can, but doesn't have to be. You could spend several hundred pounds on a bow alone, not including the other equipment you will need, or you can purchase a good brand-new starter bow plus arrows and other accessories for around £175.00 to £300.00. You could also save on this amount again by purchasing one of the many good quality second hand bows that may be available. After completing a beginners course with club equipment we will advise you about what you will need, when to buy it (juniors in particular should not rush in to buying a bow), and provide recommendations on where to purchase. We strongly advise that while you are starting out any archery equipment is purchased only from reputable archery dealers as they should ensure that you receive the correct equipment for your individual needs. There are a couple of 2nd hand equipment groups on Facebook that you may wish to join: UK 2nd hand archery equipment
Q. How many members does your club have?
A. At the moment our membership stands at over fifty members, including senior, junior and disabled members. As with most clubs we are always ready to welcome more members who want to shoot with us, and hopefully help in the running of the club.
Q. What do I do next?
A. Please contact us via our contact page if you wish to learn the basics, or indeed if you want master the sport of Archery.
I hope you have found the above information useful.
Donald A. Cameron