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Next Beginners course


Our next beginners course will be in April 2023
please see the EVENTS and/or the BEGINNERS page for more details.




I've brought a bow and want to practice with it....

Whilst it is possible to teach yourself to shoot, there are all sorts of things that can go wrong with this!  Where will you shoot this lethal weapon - an official range has a minimum length of 100m and a width than includes a sizeable safety area either side of the target.  Are you insured? Are your neighbours happy? Is your equipment even fit for purpose?

From a coaching perspective, it is important to NOT just go and buy a bow.  Correct shooting technique should be learnt on a light-weight bow, before moving to a heavier poundage otherwise you will be stuck with bad technique and possibly end up injuring yourself.  A typical beginners bow has a draw weight of 16-18lb, which is ideal.  Once good technique has been learnt, an archer can gradually move up in bow weight. We teach using recurve bows (as these have interchangeable limbs), but the techniques we teach are equally applicable to Compound, Recurve, Longbow, Horsebow - we can hire bows once you have finished a beginners course and recommend continuing for a few months using recurve before switching to a different bowstyle


Welcome to Overton Black Arrows Archery Club

Originally established in 1962, the Overton Black Arrows archery club was founded to allow members to enjoy all aspects of the sport of archery from beginner tuition, recreational archery through to competition coaching. The club is affiliated with Archery GB, Southern Counties Archery Society (SCAS) and the Hampshire Archery Association (HAA).

Members currently shoot a variety of disciplines including Target, Field and Clout using Recurve, Barebow, Compound, flatbow and Long Bows. Some equipment is available for novices to use until they develop sufficient technique to warrant the purchase of their own equipment.

The club meets at its outdoor range in Laverstoke (between Overton and Whitchurch) all year and also once a week at its 18 metre indoor range in Whitchurch during the winter. We also meet regularly at our Field Archery course in Kingsclere.

Beginners courses are run on a regular basis and enquiries from anyone interested in archery are always welcome.



Shooting Times

Shooting for all club members:

  • Wednesday and Friday from 6:00pm to dusk (Laverstoke range) in the summer (outdoors)

  • Wednesday 7:00pm to 9:30pm (Testbourne school Sports Hall) in the winter (indoors)

  • At The Warren field archery course (Kingsclere) by arrangement

  • Members can shoot at any time at our Laverstoke range, as long as the range rules are complied with

Please see our Contact page for location details and maps.

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