Club Archery

Clubs provide a wide variety of options from informal shooting to taking part in leagues and competitions.  The majority of clubs shoot indoors over the winter months and outdoors during the summer.

We outline here the range of activities and coaching opportunities open to clubs to provide.  Many also organise social events outside the club.

Your club may also put on informal open competitions or, if it is larger and has the resources, may host record status events.  These events can bring in income for the club that helps with the running expenses.

All our clubs and their activities are run by volunteers so you will be encouraged to help out from time to time.  It’s a great social and rewarding experience and all part of being in a club.


archers enjoying shooting at at club
archers enjoying a club night

Club Sport & Leagues

There is always an opportunity for informal practice at club sessions.  Even if other members are being serious and scoring their arrows, you can just focus on shooting your arrows and enjoying the chat - sometimes it is good just to be sociable and enjoy the diversion that archery allows.

For those with more of a competitive streak - or even not - there are all sorts of opportunities to be part of a club league, a virtual "E/Postal" league or even to travel to neighbouring clubs to take part in friendly inter-club competitions without the need to attend open events.  These leagues are all based on a recognised format of shooting and scored on a club target day.

In the next section we explain a little about what a "club target day" is and talk about some examples of leagues taking place in Scotland - especially over the indoor season during the winter months.

Club Target Days

All the rounds in the rule book are available to clubs to shoot on designated club target days and there are quite a few to choose from to suit all ages and abilities so the schedule can have a lot of variety.

On target days, if you wish to get a score for the round you are expected to follow competition rules and shoot and score just as you would at an open competition including archers checking each other’s scores and having a target captain in charge of shooting.

The scores from the target days can be used to gain classifications and to compete within your club for the Handicap Improvement Medal as well as entering leagues.

Archery Leagues

Clubs can run a monthly, or even weekly, league.  Many are based on score handicap levels as this makes it fair for everyone and gives a great boost for new archers of all ages as the “better” archers have a harder job to improve their handicap!

The club will need a member to volunteer to keep track of everyone’s scores and handicap level.  The Archery GB rule book has look-up tables and there are several web-based tools that they can use.

They can be any number of arrows or a full round.  Many are run over the winter and so the indoor 60 arrow Portsmouth or 18m round are used in full or adapted to suit.

In the following FAQs are some examples of leagues running in Scotland and of course there is the Scottish Archery "Postal Shoot".

Lasswade Archers 24 Arrow League

The main purpose for running the handicap is to give learning archers and even experienced archers the opportunity to improve their scores and practice the rules of competitive archery, e.g. how to score, observing rules, the do’s and the don’ts.  Our newer and even longer established members are really enjoying taking part.

Here are the simple rules - we use a simplified handicap ladder and shoot 24 arrows in 4 arrows ends at a Portsmouth face - so clubs shouldn't be afraid to adapt and tweak formats and resources to suit their club.

This competition will be run during each month of the indoor season, with a prize for each month.

You can shoot 3 rounds (maximum) during the month using the score sheets provided.  You can only shoot 1 round per session starting with only 4 practice arrows, as you would find if you were shooting in any other competition.  The best score of the three being the one used for the competition.

Please do not shoot for half an hour or so then decide to shoot the competition as this would not be the proper way to compete in any other competition.  Any scores known to have been achieved this way will not be accepted.

All score sheets must be named, dated and signed.  Any undated or unsigned score sheets will not be accepted.

Please do not use score sheets unnecessarily as any extra score sheets will not be accepted.

1) 4 practice arrows only.

2) 24 arrows at a Portsmouth Target.

3) 6 ends, 4 arrows each end.

4) To get your handicap, shoot 3 rounds at different sessions then give your scores to whoever is running the competition.  Your handicap will be based on the average of the 3 scores.

5) Thereafter your handicap will be based on your highest score for each month.

Score higher:- the higher score will be used to calculate your handicap.

Score lower:- your handicap will remain at your previous highest score level throughout the competition.

The Ayrshire League

The Ayrshire League started way back in the winter of 1974-75 and has since grown with over 80 archers taking part.  Each monthly leg is hosted by one of the six participating clubs.  It’s a friendly shoot designed to promote archery in Ayrshire.

Teams are taken from the best four archers in each club, male or female, shooting the 60 arrow Portsmouth.  It also allows new archers to compete without any pressure.

Club & Workshop Coaching

Most clubs have ongoing coaching available for members after the beginners’ course from the club's coaches and experienced archers - you can opt for a few hints and tips or if you are a little more ambitious there are improver programs available and access to coaching workshops at Area level.

If your club does not have a coach and you are seeking coaching please contact the Director of Coaching - Email: - for an informal discussion.

Boost Archery coaching program for new archers

Your club may run the Boost Archery programme for new archers - they need an experienced archer or qualified coach to work through the program.

Coaching Workshops

An opportunity to meet a variety of coaches with different areas of knowledge and expertise covering all bow styles and to learn a bit more about various aspects of the sport.  On the registration form you can say what it is you need to know so you can be catered for and there will be a variety of short presentations you can opt to attend.

Progress & Improve

Lathallan School J3-4 demonstrating at the school presentation day

Next Steps

If you are taking part in club target days then you are already competing but you may be wondering what it's like to step outside your club and take part in an open event.  Read what Ken has to say about his first competition.

"Although I flirted with archery during my twenties, my bus pass was already well-used by the time I took my beginners’ course with Edinburgh City Bowmen in the Spring of 2015.  After nine months of fairly regular practice it was clearly time, as one of my coaches said, "to find out where I stood" in the competitive archery world. The Eastern Area Championships at Lasswade in January 2016 looked like a good place to start.

Arriving for an event like this for the first time was bound to be a bit strange, but everyone went out of their way to make novice competitors welcome, from the grey-haired judges to the young archers I found myself shooting alongside.  The first couple of ends were a bit nerve-wracking but once I settled into the routine I started to enjoy the shooting and the whole process, more formal and structured than club practice.  The competition taught me a bit more about my shot sequence and although my score was nothing to get at all excited about I came away having thoroughly enjoyed myself."

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