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Beginners Courses

Learn the sport of archery on our beginners course costing £60, all equipment provided. We try to hold two beginners courses each year in April(ish) and September(ish). The dates for beginners courses can be found on our events page.

If a course is full, there maybe space on the waiting list - you can book a space on the waiting list and you will be moved onto the course if someone cancels.  If there are no courses on the events list, please contact us as normal via the contact page and we will then email you when the next course dates have been set.

About the course

Indoor courses lasts 6 weeks normally on Friday eves, outdoor courses last 4 weeks, normally on Sat/Sun mornings, during which you will learn the basics of shooting and gain a thorough understanding of archery safety and shooting etiquette. All equipment is provided for 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 an extra date for each course to allow for some flexibility.

To book, please see our Events page. Courses tend to get booked up very quickly.  For more information please 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.


Events for 2023 have not been finalised, but normally....

Corporate Coaching/Archery Experience

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 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, BBC, youth organisations (Scouts/Guides).

Coaching Team

Our beginners courses, try the sport and have-a-go sessions are run by our coaches and experienced archers:

  •  Peter Turner (Head of Coaching), National Judge, Level 2 coach, Safeguarding, DBS

  •  Steve Allam (Chairman), Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS

  •  Richard Buckner (Competitions Officer), Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS

  •  Steve Baker (Treasurer), Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS

  • Rob Aldridge (Secretary), Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS

  • Eric Dunlop (Safeguarding Officer), Level 1 coach,  Safeguarding, DBS     

  •  Alex Allam, Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS

  •  Mike Humphries, Experienced Archer, Safeguarding, DBS 

  • Geoff Titchener, Experienced Archer

  •  Maurice Berridge, Experienced Archer,  County Judge

  • Terry Edwards, Experienced Archer

  • Wendy Thomas, Experienced Archer

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