If you would like to give it a try please contact us. You do not need to buy any stuff right away, we can teach you with our training equipment until you decide if archery is for you. We can help you decide which equipment to buy if you decide to continue. If you have your own bow already we will gladly teach you how to use it.
All you need is a pair of boots or wellies and clothes you don't mind getting dirty as it can get a little muddy in the woods. Tight clothing is preferable as it will not impair the shooting.
After a few weeks you should purchase a few arrows (to match your personal draw-length) and possibly a quiver and shooting glove, within a couple of months you should invest in a bow and we'll be happy to give you advice on any type of bows.
After a couple of sessions you will be asked to commit to our training program, (covers 4 Sessions), follownig that, you would be asked to join the club which will include membership of SIFA. This will allow you to take part in any of the competitions put on by other clubs throughout the year, and be covered by insurance.
Children from around 7 are welcome but they must be accompanied by an adult, so parents can bring them along and have a go as well.
The club follows the guidelines for Children In Sport as laid down by The Sports Council and the Health Service Executive and has a qualified Child Protection Officer on it's committee.
Question: Do I need Olympic qualities?
Answer: You DO NOT need to be strong. A common misconception as training equipment is there to get you going not to strain or hurt you. We want you to enjoy archery and can cater for all shapes and sizes.
Question: I will not hit anything!
Answer: Of course you will, at least after a bit of practise and even the best miss sometimes! SIFA have a training schedule to get you shooting quickly (10-15 mins) and hitting the target. And don’t feel under any pressure to perform up to standards in a competitive environment, because that it ain’t. Most people are just friendly folks sharing an interest in an old skill.
Question: Will I like it?
Answer: Don’t get disheartened. Archery is easy to do but like all sports and pastimes it takes time to be good. Perseverance, practice and enjoyment will get you to championships in due time. Or you stay back with the other folks out here in the woods that just want to have a good time and don’t care one bit about competitions. It is entirely up to you, what route your career as an archer will take.
Question: Can I bring the kids?
Answer: It is usually the other way around. If you would like your child or children to take up the sport, you will need to transport them and be mainly responsible for them at practices and events. In other words, if you don't want to be bored silly, you take up archery yourself! In general children can take up archery from the age of 7 to 8 years.
Question: Is it difficult?
Answer: Listen, watch, and ask. If you’re not sure about something ask someone. All of us like to talk archery and most will be glad to pass on information, hints, tips and ideas. If we don’t know we usually know someone that does.
Question: Is it safe?
Answer: Yes it is. From your first meeting with your instructor safety is of the utmost importance. After a while it becomes second nature and archery accidents are extremely rare because of this.
Question: Is it expensive?
Answer: You could ask how long is a piece of string? It’s as expensive as you want to make it. Basic bows start at around €130 and the sky is the limit. Arrows start around € 7 each, slightly cheaper if you are prepared to build (= assemble) them yourself. Tabs and bracers are € 5-10 each (you’ll have to come along to find out what they are!)