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Archery Clubs West Sussex



Archery courses in West Sussex

Archery Clubs around East Sussex offering archery lessons and children for children with opportunities to compete in tournaments or just Have-a-Go or try the beginner sessions. Archery Clubs with a Junior Archery Club compete in Junior League Matches.

There are several branches of Archery, (Target, Wand, and Clout Archery), and several types of Bow, ranging from ‘primitive’ to high-tech, and Clubs encourage members, especially the Juniors, to try some variations. There are several different ‘Disciplines’ – that is, the kinds of target you shoot at, and the kind of landscape you do it in.

Target Archery: Archers shoot arrows from a marked shooting position at some form of printed ‘face’ mounted on a Butt or Boss which is designed to stop the arrows safely, set at a specified distance away. Shots are scored according to how near to the centre of the face the arrows hit. Generally archers shoot several dozen arrows at several set distances. For Junior Archers the distances are shorter, as little as 10 metres for youngest group, with distances increasing with age until at 19 years the archers are classed as Seniors.

Field Archery: Groups of archers walk around a course of between 12 and 24 targets, shoot one target and move on to the next.

Clout Archery: is a form of archery in which archers shoot arrows at a flag (known as “the Clout”) from a relatively long distance and score points depending on how close each arrow lands to the flag.

Wand Archery: Mediaeval Archers used to shoot at a piece of split willow about six inches wide and six feet tall, set at 100 paces. This form of archery is very challenging, and to get a ‘hit’ is very rewarding.

TYPES OF BOW USED AT CLUBS: English Longbow, The Recurve/Freestyle Bow, Barebow, Asiatic Bow and Traditional Bowstyle.

The Recurve / Freestyle Bow: Is the most widely used bow in Target Archery, and is the only type of bow set-up that is allowed in Olympic Archery.

The Compound Bow: Is used in the archery world primarily for hunting, gives its user finer accuracy, faster action and longer distances than other types of bows.

The English Longbow: Is a powerful medieval type of longbow (a tall bow for archery) about 1.8 m long used for hunting and as a weapon in medieval warfare. Longbows are totally basic and simple, take seconds to get ready to shoot, take up very little space (except for length) and are fun to shoot.



Type: open, target and clout archery
Bow styles: mostly recurve and longbow
Junior Club: Young Archers of Angmering
Children: 8 ys +
Location: Angmering School, Station Road, Angmering, West Sussex, BN16 4HH.

Type: open, target archery.
Bow styles: recurve, compound and longbow.
Junior Club: Bognor Regis Junior AC.
Location: Felpham Community College, Felpham Way, Bognor Regis, West Sussex, PO22 8EL (outdoor), Arena Leisure Centre Westloats Ln, Bognor Regis PO21 5JD (indoor).

Type: open, target archery.
Bow styles: recurve, compound and longbow.
Junior Club: Chichester Junior Bowmen.
Location: permanent range at Oaklands Park, behind Chichester Festival Theatre.Oaklands Park, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 6AP.

Type: open, target and field archery
Bow styles: recurve, compound and longbow
Junior Club: Crawley Crows AC
Location: Hazelwick School, Crawley (outdoor), Copthorne Prep School (indoor). Field archery on permanent course at Furnace Wood, Felbridge, West Sussex.

Type: Open, target
Bow styles: mostly recurve but also compound and longbow
Junior Club: Cuckfield Junior Archers
Location: Warden Park Academy, Cuckfield, West Sussex, RH17 5DP.

Type: open, target archery
Bow styles: all bow styles
Junior Club: Meridian Junior AC
Children: 9yrs+
Location: Meridian Field, Turners Hill Road near Worth, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4PE.

Type: Target archery
Bow styles: Recurve, barebow, compound, longbow
Junior Club: Shipley Bowmen Juniors (Age 8 to 18)
Location: Broadbridge Heath Leisure Centre, Wickhurst Ln, Broadbridge Heath, West Sussex, RH12 3YS (indoors up to 40m). Dial Post Village Hall (indoors), Knepp Castle (Outdoors, April to October).

Type: open, target archery
Bow styles: all bow styles
Junior Club: Six Villages Junior AC
Children: 8 yrs+
Location: Six Villages Sports Centre, Ormiston Six Villages Academy, Lime Avenue, Westergate, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 3UE.

Type: open, field and target archery
Bow styles: all bow styles
Junior club: Worthing Junior AC
Children: 10 yrs+
Location: Titnore Lane, Worthing, West Sussex.


Official website of the Governing Body for the sport of Archery in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Official website of the Sussex County Archery Association for current news and information about clubs and tournaments in Sussex.


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