We are slowly settling into our new home at Mersham Sports Ground and have begun to plan for our first beginners course now that our equipment will soon be available to us again.  We are expecting to run a course either early July or late June. If your interested in one of these please complete the application form you can find at Application Form

Due to a lack of availability of members to run beginners courses on Saturday mornings we have instead decided to run them on 3 Wednesday evenings from 6pm until 8pm.  Those days will be 4th/11th & 18th July.  Cost will be £30

If you are thinking about attending a training course with Ashford archers, you'll love it! If you are thinking of bringing your children or a friend and just watching, then I would beware!

Back in August last year I brought my 17 and 12 year old daughters along to give them something to do in the summer holidays. They both really enjoyed the days and decided to join the club. So as the dutiful Mother, I brought them to the archery field every Saturday morning. One day another member of the club said to me "I'm afraid it's a bit like watching paint dry if you are not playing isn't it?" I had to honestly reply, that I found it fascinating and that I enjoyed watching the way different archers did things and what results they got accordingly, in fact I was itching to have a go myself. I had one problem.

Keeley strikes gold

Back in April I had injured my left shoulder and I was unsure if I could even lift a bow up, let alone shoot an arrow from it. By October 2013 I felt strong enough to give it a go and the club members encouraged me to try, with the use of a club training bow and two hours training with a coach. I was pleasantly surprised that I was able to pull back a 22lb bow and put an arrow on the boss! When I realised I could actually get some arrows on the target face as well I realised that I was hooked! I joined the club and as the clocks had gone back, started shooting the indoor rounds at 20 yards.


Slowly but surely as the weeks went by I got better and more consistent and by December my 17 year old daughter and I decided to put our own archery gear on our Christmas list!

We are both still learning hints and tips and still feel like rough rookies, but with the help of the club members we are definitely getting to grips with the sport and both find it somewhat addictive.


So, if you think you might just come and watch someone else learn the ropes, you might just find yourself a new sport and a new social life that you never expected!

Do you want to try archery? Are you aged 10 and over? You can learn with us!

We run several beginners courses throughout the spring and summer each year.  The courses generally run over 2 consecutive Saturday mornings.  During this time our level 1 coach will teach you the basics of shooting a recurve bow so you will be a safe archer who is able to join in with club shoots.

We will supply all the equipment necessary during your training course.  If you decide to join us the same equipment will be available for you to use free of charge for practice (unless/until it is required for another training course).  We strongly advise that you do NOT purchase any equipment prior to taking part.  If you find archery is the sport for you we will gladly advise you on where you can purchase equipment and what you will need.

If you want to compete, keep coming to practice and we can help you progress to competitive archery. Equally if you just want to enjoy sociable archery, you are just as welcome.