Worcester Woodland Archers
This friendly, inclusive club is open to archers of all ages and abilities from beginner to expert. Based near Bransford, the club takes part in competitions, runs courses and organises archery taster events. Abby Allsopp tells us more.
What is Field Archery?
Worcester Woodland Archers are an NFAS (National Field Archery Association) field archery club – field archery involves shooting at targets at varying distances, often in woodland and rough outdoor terrain. British field archery has absolutely nothing to do with hunting, it's a sport of archer versus course-layer! We're based near Bransford, Worcester, and have 15 acres of woodland to shoot in. We shoot on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. We have over 50 members, both men and women, from 8 years old through to retired members.
What are the different kinds of archery that take place?
Our members shoot all types of bows, from traditional longbows with wooden arrows fletched with feathers, right through to high-tech compound bows with sights, stabilisers and carbon-fibre arrows. And everything in between – recurve bow, American flat-bow, primitive bow, crossbow, horse-bow… whatever type of bow you are interested in, there is a category for you!
What different levels of ability do you cater for?
We cater for the full range of ability. We regularly run beginners’ courses for those new to archery (dates on our website). A number of our members shoot just for fun, and we also have some great competitive archers who have been successful in national field archery competitions.
What is the pleasure of archery in an outdoor setting?
Field Archery is a great individual challenge, but also has the significant advantage that all bow types and age groups can shoot on the same course in the same group – this makes it an outstanding family activity where everyone can genuinely experience a challenging and enjoyable time. It is also a super excuse to be in the outdoors, experiencing the changing seasons and appreciating the wildlife. There is nothing quite like walking through the bluebells, feeling the sun beaming through the gaps in the leaf canopy or the scrunching of autumn leaves and enjoying time with new friends.
You can find out more about Worcester Woodland Archers on their website worcesterwoodlandarchers.com or by phoning their senior coach Geoff on (01905) 352878 or by emailing coach and course administrator firstname.lastname@example.org