Due to COVID-19, we are not running any beginner courses this semester and therefore any prospective members will not be able to shoot until at least semester 2. We know that this is not ideal, and we are doing everything we can to get beginners shooting as soon as is safe to do so. We have got a free beginner’s membership on the SU website which you can sign up to, this will get you access to the online socials we will be running every week. They will be a mixture of relaxed socials where we can all get to know each other and play games and skill-based socials covering topics including archery techniques, ways to practice at home, the history of archery, different bow styles, and bow maintenance and care. These will be run by the committee and the coaches of the club. In addition to socials, we also have a discord server where you can chill and play games with other archers, regular games on Minecraft, Among Us, Jackbox Games and the Forest will be held as well as anything else you want to play.
The membership on the SU archery page will also give you first choice when we have a beginner shoot later in the year, this will be useful as we normally get oversubscribed for our beginner’s courses.
Beginners' membership will be available from Tuesday 22nd September and will be available all year.
Thanks for your understanding and patience and we hope to see you all shooting soon.
Started in 1986, the University of Plymouth Archery Club is a student run target archery club welcoming people of all experience levels, from total beginner to experienced. We shoot Friday 18:30-21:30 and Sunday 10:00-13:00. We also have good links with other local clubs. We train at Lipson Cooperative academy during the indoor season which is a 20-30 minute walk from the university. During the outdoor season we have good links with local clubs who have offered us to train alongside them. We have had several very successful years, doing well across disciplines at BUCS and on the local circuit, with members on the county team.
Please note: below information is when we have less of a pandemic going on! Please refer to the above for this year's info.
We hold weekly socials and put emphasis on having both drinking and non-drinking socials! Examples include a trip to 'clip n climb', ten-pin bowling, movie nights, fireworks night, ice skating, and we have even been known to head to the theatre in the past! Socials are member driven - we listen to our members and put on the socials they want to have! Any ideas for a social just let Tom know and we'll try and fit it in!
Socials are held every week, usually on a wednesday and alternating between drinking and non-drinking socials. Some of our biggest socials are listed below:
- Christmas Meal: This year was held at Wildwood and was our biggest turnout for many years - thanks to everyone for coming and making it such a great time!
- Archery Assault: This has been very popular with members in previous years so we'd like to increase the number of times we do it. Our next session will be on Sunday 23rd February 2020, more details to come nearer the time. We are hoping to hold another session later in the year subject to demand.
- Summer Awards: Our annual end-of-year meal with awards ranging from best archer to best archery couple! We are currently looking at holding an event for this in the Beckley Point Sky Lounge near the end of April, although this and ticket prices are TBC.
For those interested in competing either seriously or socially, we compete in the BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) nationals every year. We participate in friendly competitions with the universities in South Wales and the South West (as part of the SWWU League). There are also local competitions with other archery clubs in the area to get involved with. We also hold an annual charity competition(s) where members from a variety of clubs come to shoot with us and help raise money for charity.
BUCS and SWUU competitions are almost always accompanied by a social of some sort or trip to the local spoons and they are amazing weekends away.
BUCS events and others that are limited by space will be selected on an attendance and performance basis, this allows those archers who have been putting in the hours to practice to go to competitions.
This is an ongoing league during the indoor season and involves submitting your best monthly scores to the club captain which are then entered into a national e-league. We have so far been very successful with this league so let's keep it up! This is open to compound, recurve, barebow and longbow categories in Men’s, Women’s and experienced and novice categories respectively.
Results are available here.
This is a great event to get you into competitions, not to competitive and not too far to travel. Usually we hold a competition here in Plymouth around October/November time. There is usually another held in Exeter around the same time and more hosted by other universities in the South West and Wales after the new year.
BUCS Southern Qualifiers:
Usually takes place middle to end of February. This year will be held in Bristol on 22nd February 2020.
BUCS Indoor Finals:
Usually about 1 month after the qualifiers. Likely to be hosted at Warwick.
Around June, previously hosted at Lilleshall. TBC
We have attended the British University Team Championships for the last two years and it was an amazing event, unlike any other archery competition we had been to. With the hashtag #BringTheNoise, what can you expect? The format is any 3 non-compound archers, in a seeding round, followed by a Beiter Hit-Miss round in head to head eliminations. See BUTC results here. Held around the end of March. TBC
The past few years have been very successful. Some of our members have achieved the university Half Colours award, as well as the club itself earning most improved sports club 2017/18. Our club has also achieved Bronze Icons for three consecutive years! We also achieved club of the year in 2019/2020 thanks to our fab and dedicated members.
- Primary email (goes to all committee members): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Eloise Hepburn, Chair email@example.com
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/University-of-Plymouth-Archery-Club-172807596188912/