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August 12, 2017

Before you join a club or buy any archery kit, most people attend a beginner’s course. SANAA discourages those trying the sport for the first time to buy their own equipment until they are confident and familiar with the requirements. All the equipment you need is provided on these courses so it is not necessary to purchase anything to get started. 

The club training sessions vary from club to club and are typically two-hour sessions once a week over five or six weeks. The sessions will be run by a qualified coach and include essential information on safety and technique. 

A formalised programme, called the Feathers and Arrows program, designed by the International Federation (FITA) is an excellent way to introduce yourself into the sport and to know what is expected.

If a beginner’s course is more than you want to do initially, then some clubs offer introductory events. To start the process, simply find a club in your area, and contact the secretary. SANAA has appointed accredited provincial coaches for this purpose.

Some archery retailers either offer their own beginners courses. Note that not all retailers are accredited by SANAA, and those who are will display their accreditation certificate.

Archery is a sport for all seasons and for all people, whatever your age, gender or physical ability. It is also a very versatile sport as it can be as simple or as involved as you want. Why not try it today with the one you love? List of clubs.

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