After deciding at the beginning of the year I would start a new hobby, I have taken up Archery! I was always interested in archery and have tried a few ‘have a go’ type activities before and always enjoyed it. So I found my local archery club (Archers of Raunds) and signed up for their beginner’s course!
I was the oldest person on the course (I’m not very old, but most of the beginners were children), but I didn’t let that bother me and I have now completed the course and taken part in my first outdoor shoot last week. The club specializes in recurve target shooting, which I think I will continue doing, although in the future I may pick up a longbow as the simplicity has always appealed to me!
The course consisted of 5 lots of 2-hour sessions which I think was the right amount of time to get to know what I was doing and make some decent improvements. Now I am finished with the course I have joined the club as a full member and am renting a bow from the club for the first few months.
The club recommended I rent a bow rather than buying my own as apparently my skill will increase greatly within the first few months (they are more optimistic than me!) and I may outgrow the bow if I bought one, which would obviously not be any good if I have just spent a load of money on it! Whereas they could just loan me a different bow should I wish to change, also it will prevent me making any rash or rushed decisions!
The club shoots three times a week and they only fee you need to pay is the monthly subscription to the club (GNAS membership is also required), meaning the more you shoot the better value you get, especially given you can shoot up to four times a week now it is outdoor season!
It really is a great hobby and my only regret is not joining up sooner!
See This Post for more detail about the cost of taking up Archery!