FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

IS ARCHERY SAFE?

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.

HOW DO I LEARN TO SHOOT?

From time to time the club holds beginners’ lessons. If you are interested in learning to shoot, contact us with your name, email address and ages of any children with a request to be added to the waiting list. Your name will then be put on the list and you will be notified when the next available class is being held. Please note that the waiting list is currently lengthy.

All beginners who complete our class will receive an official certificate of completion.

ARE CHILDREN ALLOWED TO JOIN?

Children under 10 years old are not permitted. The Club follows the Archery GB Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy and the Safeguarding Adults Policy, and our coaches and archery leaders are vetted under the appropriate Disclosure Scotland procedures. If a child or vulnerable adult joins the Club or attends a beginners’ class, then the parent or guardian must accompany them at all times. We cannot accept responsibility for any unaccompanied children.

IS ARCHERY EQUIPMENT EXPENSIVE?

It can be, 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 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.

CAN I BORROW EQUIPMENT FROM THE CLUB?

We offer rental of beginner's equipment for up to 3 months following completion of a beginner's course with us, to allow you to see whether the sport is for you before committing to buy your own equipment. See the club fees section for further information.

I AM A MEMBER AT ANOTHER CLUB - CAN I USE YOUR RANGE?

AGB affiliated visiting archers are very welcome, and we have a small fee per session. See the Shoot with us section for further information.

DO YOU HOLD COMPETITIONS?

Yes, we hold an indoor and outdoor club championship each year, and undertake a variety of fun shoots, badge award schemes and a handicap scheme. These all help our archers to see their improvement!

DO YOU HOST TASTER SESSIONS, CHILDREN'S PARTIES OR OTHER EVENTS?

We are not able to offer these types of event at this time.

USEFUL LINKS

Associations

Archery GB

Scottish Archery Association

Other Ways to Learn Archery

The club has no affiliation with the following companies, but at the time of writing we believe that their introductory courses meet the necessary standard for beginners who wish to join our club.

MRM Archery Ltd

Archery Retailers

The club has no affiliation with the following companies and this list is not exhaustive.

Aardvark Archery

Alternative Sporting Services

Arrowsocks

The Archery Shop

Archery World

Bowsports

Chiltern Archery

Clickers Archery

Custom Built Archery

The Longbow Shop

Merlin Archery

Phoenix Archery

Podium Bowstrings

Quicks Archery

Red Frog Archery

Wales Archery