We are a family-oriented club enjoying the benefits of a wonderful sport called field archery. The Club comprises of families all spending time together both indoors and outdoors, either practicing, socializing, or competing.
So, what is FIELD ARCHERY?
The Photo Galleries on the right will better explain, a picture paints a thousand words as they say. Simply put, it is ordinary people shooting bows and arrows in beautiful woodland up and down the country, in woods we used to drive by wishing we could walk in. Safety springs to mind for most people, but this is probably one of the safest sports about, as we obey very strict rules.
So how do we go about it?
Well, we walk a marked trail of numbered targets (36 or 40 is the norm) in groups of 3-5 people shooting at targets from marked pegs in turn. There is the all too frequent breaking of arrows on trees………accompanied by laughter, but when we have shot at the target, we go and collect the arrows then walk to the next target and so on.
Every week, we can and generally do attend what are called open shoots where we drive to another club’s wood and meet up with approximately one hundred other like-minded individuals. Here we socialize, drink tea/coffee, have a bacon butty, collect our score cards for the princely sum of six to eight pounds each and await the call to gather.
From here we are instructed on arrangements and safety protocols for the day before being led out to our pegs by the course marshals. Once there we await the starting signal, either a single air horn blast, firework, rifle or similar. This then begins the days event with stops for lunch and an end of day gathering back at the admin tent for score collection and placements for all classes of bows/sexes and ages.
It’s as simple as that? No, it isn’t!
This is very addictive so be warned, your Sundays will never be the same again.
We are members of a society called the National Field Archery Society (N.F.A.S.) which has around 6,500 members up and down the country. This society provides us with Insurance, calendar of events, strict safety rules and guidelines, two annual National Championship events and coaching courses.
Our club is also affiliated to the English Field Archery Association (E.F.A.A.). This provides our members the opportunity to enter the European Championships, World Championships and other International Events governed by the Internation Field Archery Association (I.F.F.A). These competitions differ slightly from the competitions governed by the N.F.A.S. in that we shoot, for the most part, at Spot targets from marked distances. Whereas the NFAS is unmarked distances and distinct types of target, intended to simulate hunting.
HUNTING WITH A BOW AND ARROW IS ILLEGAL IN THE UK
We can practice all days of the week outdoor at our twenty acre wood in Belper where we have fixed distance practice butts ranging from 10 yards to 80 yards, fixed distance 14 target EFAA course and an unmarked distance 18 target NFAS course.
We also gather on Monday nights at the Church Hall in Alvaston, Derby between 7pm and 9pm. The hall is well equipped to practice in. It has a 15 yard shooting line, good heating and lighting, kitchen, toilets, and off-road car parking.
Artemis Archers welcomes anyone to try their hand at archery on at these gatherings on Monday evenings. No equipment is required, the club has a selection of bows and related equipment that is free to use for visitors to the club. The entrance and hall are wheelchair friendly, and the Church Hall now has disabled friendly toilets.
Come along and have a look to see if we meet your needs.
As a responsible club we embrace all aspects of safety, which is why we have a Child Protection Policy, which is a live document and will be constantly evaluated by our Child Protection Officer.
We have conducted a Risk Assessment for the Hall usage.
We have a strict Indoor Shooting Rules document for all to adhere to and will be monitored at all times by our Coaches and Committee Members.
If you have any questions, please contact us using the details on the contact page.