Black & Gold Archers are a target archery club in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. We are a friendly, social club keen to support anyone who wants to learn and develop Archery skills. We have a large number of recurve archers and growing numbers of compound and longbow archers.
The club was founded at GCHQ in 1948 as a Civil Service Gun and Archery Club. It took its name from the colour of the centre of both targets: black from the rifle target and gold from the archery target. The gun club later folded and the archery club became known as The Black & Gold Archery Club.
It has been a long time since we’ve been a GCHQ-only club shooting on GCHQ grounds, but we are proud to celebrate our origins through association with the Cotswold Area Civil Service Sports Association, where we shoot in the Summer. We also support the Civil Service Archery Association, hosting the annual South West Regional Tournament on the CACSSA field. We also run our own Spring/Summer Tournaments on the field during the month of May and July each year.
We shoot three times a week during Spring/Summer on a Monday/Thursday evening from 6.30pm and Friday afternoons from 2-4pm.
During the Autumn/Winter we shoot three times a week indoors at Deans Close School Gym Hall on Monday, Wednesday and Friday Evenings.
We run three beginners courses a year: two indoors starting in October and February and one outdoors starting in May.
What should I expect to learn?
- You will be taught basic techniques on how to safely shoot a recurve bow.
- You will learn about different bow types and styles (compound, longbow, horsebow).
- You will learn how to score in a tournament and will take part in a mini tournament at the end of the course.
- At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of completion as proof that you have completed the Beginners Course. You can then use this certificate to join any archery club
The course lasts for 6 weeks on Friday evenings. Arrive at 6:30pm to set up your equipment and start shooting at 7:00pm. Each session will last approximately 1 1/2 hours. The course costs £55, gift vouchers are available on request. For the next available date please visit our website.
Minimum Age Requirements
The minimum age requirement for juniors which we recommend is 9 years of age. It is important when juniors take part in the course that they are patient and are willing to listen to instructions from our coaches especially around the use of the bow and safety towards others.
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