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University Archery Clubs

Over 40 UK university archery clubs are affiliated to Archery GB. University archery provides a great opportunity for students to get involved in a non-traditional sport recreationally or competitively.

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A new focus for 2013-17

The development of new university clubs and the support of existing university clubs is a focus for Archery within the Development Plan 2013-17.

University archery development has been successful, with 46 affiliated clubs (as of April 2013) and great attendance by archers at competitions. The work over the next few years aims to provide further support and resource to this section of the archery community.

Briefly, the Higher Education programme will include;

  • The formation of 10 new university clubs
  • The continuation of the new HE archery development group
  • An incentive funding scheme for existing university clubs to apply for if they can demonstrate how they can increase the number of regular archers (information will be circulated later in the year)

Throughout the programme Archery GB will work alongside clubs, universities, BUCS, Sport England and County Sport Partnerships. This area of the website will develop over time so in the meantime, make sure you have logged on to the members portal to sign up to receive the regular e-zine from Archery GB.

University Archery Handy Guide

University case studies

There is some great activity going on in university clubs and we want to find out where and how it's happening! Please complete the case study template to tell us what you do well and we can share ideas and good practice with all university archers.

FE and HE funding scheme

A couple of times over the next few years we will open up a small incentive funding scheme for all English affiliated college and university clubs (the funding is restricted to English clubs as it is from Sport England).

Keep up to date with other funding opportunities through the funding guide. This is updated every three months and we would be happy to support applications.

Set up a club

If you find yourself as a fresher at university but there is no university archery club, why don't you look at establishing one yourself!

Contact your Student Union to see what their processes are for setting up a new club and also contact Kate Moss to see if there is any support available. (Archery GB is currently delivering a project to set up a limited number of new university clubs).

Once you have facilities confirmed, consider contacting a local club to see if they can offer any support. Some university clubs have developed really successful relationships with community clubs, even sharing shooting venues when space is limited.

Use our club finder tool to find clubs close to you.

There is a whole host of information on our club pages about setting up a club.

Archery GB affiliation is open to College and University clubs - please click here for more information about how to register a club with us.

Existing clubs will be sent the Annual Returns paperwork during the Summer. In case it has been mislaid please contact our Membership Officer for advice and support.

Club development and support

To compete with all the other university archery clubs, you want to ensure your club in the best it can be!

University archery clubs can take advantage of the support of a club development programme - ontarget - and a series of handy guides on subjects such as Funding, Range Layout, Coaching and more. Further information can be found by using the menus on the left.

All Archery GB affiliated clubs are invited to join ontarget, our club development programme. To join for free just complete a simple online application form. Your club can benefit from ontarget in many ways. Find out more about ontarget.

There are many opportunities for university archery clubs to tap into locally. Local archery clubs may provide additional shooting times, or could be useful contacts to create club-community links for the benefit of both university and community archery. Use our Club Finder to find your local club.

The County and Regional Associations also provide coach education and competitions. Clubs will normally affiliate to their County and Region to take advantage of these services. For more information contact your County Secretary - visit the Links page for website addresses of all County and Regional Associations.

Download our editable poster to advertise your university sessions here.


Competition is a huge aspect of university archery and the reason many archers get involved and join a club.

The British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) runs a range of archery competitions - for more information see

Information on the five regional leagues and other national competitions are available on the United Kingdom Student Archery Association website.

University archers may take part in local, County, Regional and National tournaments organised by Archery GB affiliated clubs and organisations. For information on upcoming competitions visit the Tournaments Diary.

Further information

For further information please contact:

Kate Moss (Development Manager - Young People)
Tel. 07587 133 894

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