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The beginners courses at CMO are designed to give participants a broad introduction to archery as a skill, a sport and a social activity. The weekend setting gives a focused but relaxed experience that we know you will enjoy.

A full set of equipment is provided for each participant whilst they are on the course.

The course will run across one weekend, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 till 17:00, including a break for lunch. Please bring a packed lunch with you - tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided.

Each course covers the following aspects suggested by Archery GB:-

  • Safety rules and regulations
  • Basic T-Draw technique for target archery
  • Recurve Freestyle using a sight
  • Recurve Barebow without a sight
  • Scoring
  • Target and range etiquette
  • Demonstration of other bow types
  • Target and range set-up
  • General advice on equipment and membership
  • Plenty of coaching, practice and fun

All participants receive their own copy of the “Archery for Beginners Guidebook”. At the end of the course successful participants are awarded the AGB certificate of basic safety and competency. This certificate will enable you to apply for membership of any AGB affiliated club in the UK but of course we would welcome you to join as a new member of CMO Bowmen.

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Senior (18 and over) £90

Junior (8-17 year olds) £60

Family (up to 4 participants one of whom must be a participating senior related to one of the participating juniors) £20 reduction per junior


Dates confirmed for this year are:-

23rd and 24th March 

15th and 16th June

10th and 11th August

                                                                                                                      28th and 29th September

                                                                                                                      2nd and 3rd November



To ensure adequate safety and maximum shooting time, each Beginner's Course is limited to 12 participants. When this limit is reached, the booking system will automatically close.

BOOK AND PAY ONLINE ONLY THROUGH THE WEBSITE EVENTS CALENDAR. Your place is not secured unless payment is made when making your booking. No cash or cheque transactions are conducted.


If you do have any queries that are not covered by the FAQs or the information above, contact the Training Administrator before completing your booking.

Contact the Training Administrator

Training FAQs

I've never shot before - what's the best course for me?


Either one of our Taster Sessions or a Beginners Course would be ideal.

You can even try a Taster Session and if you like it and want to continue learning, join one of the Beginners Courses and finish your training without waiting, as long as there are spaces left.

How do I book a place on a course?

  • Visit the CMO website and register for a user account
  • Go to the course date on the event calendar or use the up and coming courses links on the right hand side of the training pages
  • Select the session you want to book and follow the booking and payment instructions
  • Your booking will be automatically confirmed on receipt of payment
  • We do not make tentative bookings due to the high demand for places.

What if I have a visual or hearing impairment?


Archery is an inclusive sport and we will endeavour to accommodate archers with any disability.

This is why we ask you to state any known impairment when you book your place, so that we can make appropriate provision.

All of our coaches have been fully trained to help course members with a range of needs including visually and hearing impaired and we will to do all we can to accommodate you.

Do I have to join CMO Bowmen when I have completed my course?


The simple answer is no. When you have satisfactorily completed your 12 hours of tuition, you will be presented with an Archery GB certificate saying that you are now safe and competent to shoot using simple T-Draw technique.

You can take this certificate to any AGB affiliated club in the UK and apply for membership.

Of course we hope you will choose to join CMO Bowmen, but that choice is entirely yours!

Do I need my own equipment?


All the equipment that you will need for training is provided on the course.

As part of the Beginner's Course we give you advice about what equipment to buy and where to buy it, should you wish to continue with archery.

If you decide to join CMO Bowmen we offer a free New Members Programme, where as part of our membership services, you can use the same training equipment for the following four Saturdays whilst you sort out your own equipment.

There will also be other club members available to offer help and advice about buying and setting up your own equipment.

Training Calendar

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Upcoming Beginners Courses

02 Nov 2019
11:00AM - 05:00PM
NOV 2019 Beginners Course
Cumnor House Sports Ground
Attendees: 8

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