Archery Clubs North East England

Archery in Newcastle

Archery has its origins deeply rooted in our history, while more often than not when we think of archers shooting their bow and arrows we think of great characters like Robin Hood or amazing TV series such as Game of Thrones that features lots of archery battle scenes. The first bow and arrows were used as hunting tools to kill animals for food progressing on to be used later in combat situations. Many of us are becoming interested in archery as a pastime, hobby or even as a competitive sport now that archery is featured at the Olympic Games. So, where do we go when we want to learn how to shoot with a bow and arrow? Here we feature archery clubs located in Newcastle in terms of location and what they have to offer.

Bowmen of Walker

Bowmen of Walker

The Bowmen of Walker Club was established forty years ago and has grown in strength over the decades having over seventy members at this present moment in time. The club caters for archers of all ages and abilities whether they want to learn how to shoot simply as a pastime or whether they wish to achieve competition standard all are welcome! Why not go along to the club and see just what they have to offer us would be archers.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Bowmen of Walker Archery Club is located at Benfield Sports Centre in the East of Newcastle upon Tyne. They meet for practice on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm plus Saturdays 9.30am to 1pm.

Types of Classes

Archery types include Long Bow, Bare Bow, Recurve and Compound and the club offers tailored coaching programmes for both junior and senior members. The club also runs

Have a Go Sessions

Periodically would be archers can go along and see if they want to take up archery. These sessions are a great idea as they are run by qualified coaches who will take visitors through a typical archery class, while equipment is provided too therefore it saves on buying equipment you otherwise may not use.

Beginners

Beginner's courses are run by the club where those new to archery can go along and learn in the first instance how to shoot. Archers also learn about basic range safety which is really important, scoring methods plus the qualified coaches will answer any questions beginners may have on which type of equipment to buy. Equipment is provided for the beginner's sessions. Once beginners have completed the course to the coaches' satisfaction they will receive a certificate that will enable them to practice archery at any club. Application to join in the next available beginner's session is done via the website.

School Coaching Sessions

Coaches from Bowmen of Walker, for a charge, are more than happy to go along to schools and clubs in order to run a try out session for pupils or club members. Contact the club to find out when plus how much the charges for this service are.

Bowmen of Walker Club

Further Club Activities

Bowmen of Walker take part in competitions and championships throughout the year including the DNAA Novice Championships, the Mauretania Shoot and the Archery GB Junior November Challenge.

Getting There

The club can be found at the sports centre based at Benfield School.  The postcode for Sat Nav purposes is NE6 4NU. Buses run past the school regularly travelling from Newcastle City Centre. Please visit Arriva for bus times, the number 46 runs a service past the school.

  • Bowmen of Walker
  • Benfield School
  • Benfield Road
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE6 4NU

Killingworth Archers

Killingworth Archers

Killingworth Archers was established in 1975 with the club based indoors in varying locations around Killingworth during the winter and outdoors at Long Meadows North Tyneside during the summer where Killingworth Young Peoples Club is based. The Kilingworth coaches are all qualified in archery, while the Killingworth Archers also has Club Mark status.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

During the summer months the club meets at Long Meadows, while during the winter indoor meetings take place in various schools namely Burnside School Wednesdays at 6.45pm to 9pm, Percy Hedley School on Tuesdays at 6.30pm to 9.30pm and Churchill School Saturday mornings 10am to 1pm.

Types of Classes

Killingworth Archers offers classes and practice sessions for all its members including

Beginners Classes

Six week beginner's courses are held at Burnside School during the winter months, while it's common for people to be sitting on waiting lists due to the high demand for these excellent courses. The courses are run by qualified coaches, while all equipment is provided too.

Junior Coaching

Killingworth Archers run excellent junior sessions for kids aged ten and over where there are two adults per child always in attendance. Normally these will be two qualified coaches but in the event that there are not two available a parent or guardian may be able to join in the session to supervise. The club runs a junior award scheme and archers accrue points throughout the season with awards presented at the end of the year.

Indoor and Outdoor Sessions for Seniors

The club runs both indoor and outdoor sessions for senior members with membership costs totalling £50.00.

Killingworth Archers Sessions

Further Club Activities

The Killingworth Archers host a number of archery events including DNNA Indoor County Championships, Club Junior Shoot, Club Outdoor Open Shoot, DNNA FITA Star and the Club Indoor Open. Entry to these competitions is facilitated at the Killingworth Archers Website.

Getting There

Percy Hedley School is on West Lane in Killingworth, while NE12 7BH is the postcode used for Sat-Navs. Churchill School is located opposite North Tyneside College in Wallsend. NE28 7TN is the Sat-Nav postcode. Burnside School is on St Peter's Road NE28 7LQ. Killingworth Young Peoples Club (KYPC) is located at The Croft, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne NE12 6PJ. Please visit the Nexus website for further travel details.

Contact the club on Telephone Number 01670 715499

Riverside Archers

Riverside Archers

Riverside Archers is based at Thorp Academy Ryton on Tyne in County Durham. Whether you wish to pursue archery competitively or simply as a hobby the club welcomes all comers whatever ability and age including juniors. Many Riverside members have proved very successful therefore if you wish to find a club that will guide you towards competition success then Riverside Archers is the club for you!

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The Riverside Archers meet Sundays mornings at 10am and Sunday afternoons at 1.30pm. During the spring and summer months the club shoots outdoors, while during autumn and winter sessions are held indoors. Their base is Thorp Academy in Ryton, Tyne and Wear.

Types of Classes

Beginners Courses

The Riverside Archers run regular beginner's courses and future courses are currently under negotiation. In the meantime would be archers can fill in an online form in order to register their interest in the course. The club also welcomes prospective members to join them on Sundays at one of their regular sessions where they may make enquiries plus see how the club is run.

Experienced Archers

Those who have already completed an Archery Great Britain Beginners Course are welcome at the club. Experienced juniors and seniors are considered for membership, while the club requires prospective members to attend training for around six weeks in order for coaches to ascertain their level of ability.

Visitors

Riverside Archers welcome visitors that are members of Archery GB, while visitors need to inform organisers of their intention to visit the club in advance. Proof of Archery GB membership is also required on the day.

Associate Members

If you are a member of an alternative archery club you may be able to train with Riverside Archers. Associate Members are required to be Archery GB Members and will need to pay an annual subscription to the Riverside club.

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Further Club Activities

Riverside Archers take part in a number of club activities including the Christmas Fun Shoot, The Jubilee Shoot, The Worcester Round, the GNAS Rounds and the FITA Rounds. The club also took part in Ironman 2014 competition.

Getting There

Thorp Academy is located in the village of Ryton to the west of Blaydon on the B6317. Buses leave Eldon Square in Newcastle every ten minutes and include numbers 10, 10A, 10B and 11. The postcode for sat-nav purposes is NE40 3AH.

  • Riverside Archers
  • Ryton on Tyne
  • Tyne and Wear
  • NE40 3AH

Ponteland Archers

Ponteland Archers

Ponteland Archers have an outdoor and indoor season therefore offer archery all year round for all its members to enjoy whatever age or level of ability they are. The club was established in 1967 therefore is well experienced in what is required to run a successful archery club, while both junior and senior archers are catered for too. Many club members have achieved County and National standard at the club, while overseas archers have often been welcome visitors to Ponteland.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets at Ponteland Leisure Centre to shoot outdoors and indoors. During spring/summer they meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings as well as Sundays. During the winter members meet on Sundays in the leisure centre hall.

Types of Classes

Beginners Courses

There are four sessions involved in the beginner's courses which are held on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm for both juniors and seniors. Juniors under the age of fourteen require an appropriate adult to shoot with them. Once the beginner's course is complete a progression course will be provided for those who want to join the club.

Outdoor Shooting

Sunday outdoor sessions begin at 2.15 prompt therefore participants need to arrive at least thirty minutes before in order to set up. Sunday sessions involve rounds and handicap competitions. Tuesday evening meetings are practice sessions and Thursday evening sessions involve practice rounds that begin at 6pm. Further coaching is available by appointment.

Ponteland Archers Image

Further Club Activities

The club runs a monthly handicap, while also running three open competitions that include

  • Ponteland Vegas which is held in January
  • Belsay Castle Tournament which is held in the castle grounds in June
  • The Griffin Memorial which is held in August and is a tribute to the late Tony Griffin the founder member of Ponteland Archers

Getting There

Ponteland Leisure Centre where the Ponteland Archers meet is located in Ponteland Northumberland. The postcode for Sat-nav users is NE20 9EG. Drivers follow the A696 to Ponteland Village, turn left at the traffic lights to see the centre on the left hand side.

  • Ponteland Archers
  • Ponteland Leisure Centre
  • Callerton Lane
  • Ponteland,
  • Northumberland
  • NE20 9EG

Norton Archers

Norton Archers

Norton Archers is located on Tee-side and welcomes archers of all ages and ability to join them at their friendly club. This award winning archery club has well over one hundred members and grows in membership year on year. A minimum age of eight is the requirement for shooting here, while archers who have a disability are also catered for at the club. Why not pop along to see just what this great archery club has to offer!

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

Norton Archers shoots at Norton Sports Charity that is a fifty five acre site located in Norton Sports Village on Tee-side. Shoot practice times are as follows

  • Outdoor shoots from April to September take place Wednesdays and Fridays 5pm to 8pm and Sundays 1pm to 5pm
  • Indoor shoots take place from October to December Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm to 8pm and Sundays 1pm to 5pm
  • From January through to March indoor shoots take place Tuesday 5pm to 8pm, Saturday 2pm to 5pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm.

Types of Classes

Beginners Courses

It is not possible to join an archery club without first following a beginner's course. Norton run beginner's courses in spring, summer and autumn on Sundays at Avery Cricket Centre that is located at the Norton Sports Charity. The course involves five sessions, while all equipment is provided. Those with disabilities are welcome to join a beginner's course too. Archers wishing to join a beginner's course must email the organisers in the first instance at secretary@nortonarchers.co.uk.

Progression Courses

Those who have completed a beginners course may wish to progress by way of booking some personal coaching sessions. These sessions will hone an archer's skill plus improve their technique too. Norton Archers encourages its members to shoot long bow, compound bow and recurves.

Junior Coaching

A free monthly coaching programme is offered from October to March for juniors, while the Archery GB Progress Award Scheme encourages juniors to earn badges and improve their skill.

Students

Students who are affiliated to Archery GB through their university or college are welcome at Norton Archers all year round including holiday periods where students may be home for a break.

Norton Archers Image

Further Club Activities

The Norton Archers host the Agincourt Anniversary Shoot in July 2015, while they also host their own club championships. Norton Archers have also taken part in the Evening Gazette Wish Sport Token Appeal.

Getting There

The postcode for sat-nav users is TS20 1PE, while full directions of the sports charity complex are available in picture format at the website. The centre is located just off the A19 along the A1027. Take the 3rd exit on the first roundabout onto Junction Road then Station Road is the first right.

  • Norton Archers
  • Norton Sports Charity
  • Station Road
  • Norton
  • Stockton-On-Tees
  • TS20 1PE

Bowmen of Backworth

Bowmen of Backworth

Bowmen of Backworth Archery Club pride themselves on being a friendly club that welcomes new members whatever their ability or age. Backworth boasts eighty members some who want to enter competitions and achieve national qualification levels, while others who simply join the club to enjoy their archery with like-minded people.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets in the grounds of Backworth Hall or indoors in a local school when the weather is bad. Meetings currently take place on Saturday afternoons at 1pm, Wednesdays at 2pm and Sundays at 2pm. Beginners meet Wednesday and Friday evenings.

Types of Classes

Beginners Courses

Beginner's courses run during the outdoor shooting season on Wednesday and Friday evenings. Courses are run over a twelve hour period where archers will learn the basics of shooting, different bow types and different styles. Once you have completed the course you are invited to join the Bowmen of Backworth club and become a member of Archery GB.

Progression Sessions

Once archers have completed the beginners course progression sessions are offered where archers will improve their skills, increase shooting distances, prepare for shooting rounds and all while practising alongside qualified trainers and other qualified members.

Shooting Practice

Shooting days take place currently outdoors

  • Wednesday and Sunday afternoons, - 2pm sighters
  • Saturday afternoon – 1pm sighters
Bowmen of Backworth

Further Club Activities

The club hosts two competitions namely the Easter Egg Competition and the Open Championship in May plus the Members Club Championship in October.

Getting There

Backworth Hall is located on Station Road with sat-nav postcode NE27 0AH. From Newcastle follow the A1058 for eight miles then turn onto the A19 towards Hoylston finding the club on Station Road in Backworth. The journey takes a mere twenty minutes.

  • Bowmen of Backworth
  • Backworth Miner's Welfare
  • Backworth Hall
  • Backworth
  • Tyne and Wear
  • NE27 0AH

Cleadon Archers

Cleadon Archers

Cleadon Archers was established in 1949 and boasts over one hundred members from all over the North Eastern area of England. The club welcomes experienced archers, newcomers and complete beginners who are interested in joining their club, while the club is traditional in that it is involved in mainly GNAS target archery and FITA target rounds. Members may shoot outdoors most of the year depending on the weather that day but the club also facilitates indoor practice if needs be.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

During the outdoor season the club meets on a daily basis at the Butts behind Boldon Cricket Club located on the main Newcastle to Sunderland Road on Wednesday and Friday from 6pm and Sunday from 10am. During the indoor season the club meets at Boldon Community Association Wednesday and Friday from 7.15pm and Sundays 10.30am and 2.30pm.

Types of Classes

All types of bow are used at Cleadon Archers with sessions as follows

Beginners

Beginner's courses are popular therefore fill up very quickly. It is advisable to apply in advance in order to put your name on the current waiting list. There is an online contact form available at the website. Beginner's evenings run from 7.30pm to 9.30pm on Wednesdays and are available for anyone over the age of ten years. The course offers six shooting lessons with an optional follow on lesson that deals with equipment types. Equipment is provided at the beginner's course.

Full and Senior Member Sessions

Outdoor shooting sessions are available daily when the weather permits for all members. Indoor sessions are available Fridays and Sundays for full members with Sunday sessions available for senior members.

Community Association Members

Sessions available are as follows

  • Beginners Wednesdays from 7pm to 10pm
  • Juniors Fridays from 7pm to 10pm
  • Seniors Sundays 10am to 1pm or 2pm
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Further Club Activities

The club hosts indoor and outdoor championships as well as an open tournament.

Getting There

Turn off the A19 road onto the A184 and head towards Boldon Cricket Club located in East Boldon. The postcode for sat-nav purposes is NE36 0BT.

  • Cleadon Archers
  • The Butts
  • East Boldon
  • NE36 OBT

Indoor Contact

  • Boldon Community Association
  • New Road
  • Boldon Colliery
  • NE35 9DZ

Durham City Archers

Durham City Archers

Durham City Archers located in the City of Durham is a very successful club that welcomes members old and new whatever their age or ability. Those who wish to pursue archery from a competitive angle would do well to consider joining this club as they have a number of representatives in the county team due mainly to the clubs supportive itinerary. The club concentrates on target archery and is affiliated to Archery GB.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets indoors at Framwellgate School in Durham on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm. Their outdoor shoots meet at Houghall Campus in Houghall Durham on Tuesdays and Fridays 6pm to 9pm and Saturday 11am to 4pm.

Types of Classes

Beginners

The beginner's courses offered at Durham Archers are open for everyone aged ten upwards and consists of four, two hour, one to one coached sessions that teach beginners how to shoot, cover details regarding bows, target archery, range safety and offers advice and tips regarding buying that all important equipment. Sessions are held on Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm, while children must be accompanied by an appropriate adult. Registering for a beginner's course is facilitated at the Durham City Archers website.

Members Shooting

All Durham City Archers members are welcome to attend any of the shoots available at the meeting times detailed above under the "When and Where" section.

Further Club Activities

The club enter county championships while also hosting their own club competitions. Details regarding membership fees may be found at the website.

Durham City Archers Image

Getting There

Framwellgate School is located on Pit Lane with postcode DH1 5BQ used for sat-nav purposes. Buses that pass the school include the Arriva 62 Brasside, Arriva 63 Arnison and Arriva 64 Arnison. Houghall Campus postcode for sat-nav purposes is DH1 3SG. The campus is located close to the City of Durham off the A177. Buses run every ten minutes from Durham Bus Station, while it is only a fifteen minute walk to the campus from Durham for those who are feeling energetic.

  • East Durham College
  • Houghall Campus
  • Durham
  • DH1 3SG

Indoors

  • Framwellgate School
  • Pit Lane
  • Durham
  • DH1 5BQ

Teesside University Archery Club

Teesside University Archery Club

Teesside University offers many sports club facilities so that students can take part in a range of sporting pursuits including archery. The archery club was established in 2012 and offers target and field archery to its members whether they wish to shoot for pleasure or competitively. All types of bow are catered for here, while the sessions are also run by qualified archery coaches.

When and Where Do the Club Meet?

The club meets on Tuesdays 7.30pm to 9.30pm and Saturdays 7pm to 9pm at the university.

Types of Classes

Introductory Sessions

Introductory sessions are run by qualified coaches in groups or on a one to one basis as required.

Extra Training Sessions

These are held on request please contact the organisers for further details.

Sessions

Shooting sessions are held Tuesdays and Saturdays as listed above

Teesside University Archery Club Image

Further Club Activities

The club competes in a number of areas that include

  • North East University Archery League
  • The North East University Archery League Championships
  • The BUCS Championships

Getting There

From the A1M take the A19 then the A66. Follow the sign for the town centre where further signs to the university may be seen.

  • Teesside University
  • Middlesbrough
  • Tees Valley
  • TS1 3BA