Beginners Courses

Learn the sport of archery on our six week beginners course costing £60, all equipment provided. 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 can 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 (2020)
June (2020) October (2020)
Testbourne school gym.
Fridays: 7:00-9pm
Laverstoke outdoor range.
Tuesdays: 7pm - 9pm
Testbourne school gym.
Fridays: 7:00-9pm
7th Feb - 20th Mar

2nd Jun - 14th July


Courses lasts 6 weeks, 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 7 dates for each 6 session course to allow for some flexibility.

To book, please follow one of the links above, or 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. This year, we are planning session on the following dates/venues:

 Date Venue Details
26th April 2020 (TBC)
2pm - 4pm

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

3-5 coaches and members will be present.
16th May 2020
2pm - 4pm

 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.
June 2020 (TBA)
Micheldever village Fete
July 2020 (TBA)
 Micheldever Station Fete

August 2020 (TBA)

Monday xth 2pm - 4pm
Wednesday xth 11am - 1pm
Friday xth 2pm - 4pm

Monday xth 11am - 1pm
Wednesday xst 2pm - 4pm
Friday xrd 11am - 1pm

 Overton Black Arrows, Laverstoke rangeAfter the success of 2018, 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!).

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, 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. Please see the following table for our coaches qualifications and expiry dates.

 Peter Turner (Head of Coaching)
 National Judge, Level 2 coach, Safeguarding, DBS
 Mike Humphries (Head of Beginners courses)
 Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS
Eric Dunlop (Safeguarding Officer)
Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS 
 Peter Hunton
Level 2 coach, Safeguarding, DBS
Geoff Titchener
Experienced Archer
 Maurice Berridge
Experienced Archer,  County Judge
 Jo Bevis (Club Secretary)
Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS
 Richard Buckner (Competitions Officer)
Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS
 Mark Davis
Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS
 Steve Allam (Chairman)
Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS
 Steve Baker (Treasurer)
Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS
 Alex Allam
Level 1 coach, Safeguarding, DBS
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