Green Dragon Bowmen

A friendly club of archers of all ages and abilities
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How do I get into archery?
Your best bet is to go along to your nearest archery club - most towns have one, and (in our case - even some villages). Speak to them and see when their next beginners course is scheduled. You will have to complete this course before you can buy your bow and start to shoot.

Is archery expensive?

It can be hazardous to your wealth! Honestly though it can be a relatively cheap sport, a beginner would probably expect to spend around £250-£350 to get started, but like so many sports, the sky is the limit if you are one of those who just has to have the latest piece of kit!

You will need to join a club and pay your Archery GB fees - the cost of this varies, but be prepared for around £85 per year (ADULT) (for the club and Archery GB fee). There may be a nominal charge to cover the cost of hiring a suitable venue for indoor shooting during the winter. For GDB this is £5 per session for adults and £3 for juniors (£10 for family of 4, 2 adults and 2 children).

Is archery dangerous?
No, everything is done to ensure that safety is the first thing on everyone's mind. Safety procedures will be drummed into you from the moment you even see a bow for the first time. Obviously you need to realise, as with most sports - it can be dangerous, but only if you don't obey the rules.

My child is interested in archery - can they learn too?
Every archery club has juniors, they're the lifeblood of the club. If they are old enough to use a bow (say 8) then they can join, and they'll have a lot of fun. Green Dragon has a very lively junior membership. There are fun shoots at the club competitions they can enter, and lots of medals to be won. It's one of those sports that they will probably still be enjoying when they're parents. So yes, definitely.

Should I go and buy a bow before I do the beginners course?
Definitely not! The beginners course will teach you a lot about equipment - but one thing you will soon learn about archery clubs, is that everyone is helpful. At the Green Dragon we have coaches who will be more than happy to discuss with you what you'll need. Once you are sure that archery is for you - then our friends over at Perris Archery or Aim4Sport will kit you out with what you need. They are extremely helpful, and won't sell you a bow if it's not right for you, listen to them!



Please be reminded that you MUST carry your Green Dragon membership card and display it on your quiver and display your car badge at all times when you visit the shooting field. Knebworth Estates staff will now check these regularly. Also remember that access for archery members is limited to the huts, the shooting field, and the toilets. We do not have open access to the park itself.

Green Dragon Bowmen is a member of ontarget, Archery GB’s Club Development Programme. Clubs joining ontarget are making a public pledge to be open and friendly, to advance archery and to proactively work with Archery GB and in return clubs will be recognised, rewarded and given support, guidance and advice to develop and improve.



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