Beginners Courses

Learn the sport of archery. Cost £60, all equipment provided. A six week course.

We hold three beginners courses each year, in February, June and October. The dates and venues for our beginners courses are as follows, as long as there is space on the course, we accept new participants until two weeks before the first session. If you wish to register interest for a course later in the year, please contact us as normal via the contact page and we will add you to a waiting list.

February (2019)
June (2019)
October (2018)
Testbourne school gym, Fridays: 7:00-9pm
Laverstoke outdoor range, Tuesdays: 7pm - 9pm
Testbourne school gym, Fridays: 7:00-9pm
1st Feb -> 15th Mar
5th Oct -> 16th Nov

Courses lasts 6 weeks, during which you will learn and become proficient in a variety of techniques and disciplines as well as gain a thorough understanding of archery safety and shooting etiquette. All equipment is provided during the course. An ArcheryGB (AGB) approved certificate will be issued to all those who have reached a suitable standard. This certificate is evidence that you have completed the course to the national standard required for membership of an AGB affiliated archery club. FITA badges may also be achieved during and after the course. Note that we schedule 7 dates for each 6 session course to allow for some flexibility.

To book or for more information contact: Peter on 01256 893638 or use the contact form to send a message to 'Beginners'.  Please note: While we welcome children they must be 10 or over and accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

Have a go!

Throughout the year we hold "Have-a-go" sessions for members of the public to come and try Archery.  Some are held at our own range, others at local schools, fetes and other events.  This year, we are planning session on the following dates/venues:

<Next years event will be published in early 2019>

 Date Venue Details
Sunday 29th April 2018

 Oakley primary school field.
 Part of the Oakley sports weekend, we will have 3-4 targets set-up and cater for all ages!

3-5 coaches and members will be present.
 16th June 2018
 Overton Black Arrows, Laverstoke range
 Archery GBs "Big Weekend"; we will have full size targets at various distances, catering for all ages.  Our coaches will be present and members quite often shoot at the same time, allowing people to see different equipment and shooting styles.
21st July 1-4pm 2018Micheldever Fete
28th July 2018

St Mary Bourne  

Part of St. Mary Bourne Fete.

3 coaches will be present.

Monday 6th 1400 - 1600

Wednesday 8th 1100 - 1300

Friday 10th 1400 - 1600

Monday 20th 1100 - 1300

Wednesday 22nd 1400 - 1600

Thursday 23rd 1100 - 1300

 Overton Black Arrows, Laverstoke rangeAfter the success of 2017, we are holding sessions for kids during the summer.  However, anyone may come and try the sport during these times.

No booking required, just turn up. £2 per session.

We have sucker arrow kits for younger kids (e.g. 4-7) and beginners bows for those children tall enough (and adults!).

Coaching Details

  • Members: Open practice every Wednesday evening.  A club coach is always on hand to assist with technique and tuning. 
  • Beginners: Courses are run throughout the year, usually on Friday evenings, by qualified and approved coaches or experienced club archers.

Corporate Events

Overton Black Arrows can provide an Archery Experience to most types of corporate event.

Participants need no previous experience.  All equipment and instruction is provided.  Our coaches are internationally approved and hugely experienced, ensuring your attendees have a safe and enjoyable time.  Activities can be tailored to suit all needs (including disabled). Sessions can be at your own venue or one of a number that we can arrange for you, both outdoors and indoors.

Examples of clients and locations that we have already worked with are: Royal Patronage events, multi-national companies, team building event organisers, stately homes, local hotels, sports fields, schools, youth organisations (Scouts  / Guides).