About archery

Archery has evolved from a crucial skill to be used in war into an organised sport and a true test of precision and accuracy. 

There are a number of different types of archery. Target archery and field archery are the most popular but there are other disciplines such as flight shooting and clout shooting.

At Rickmansworth Archery Club, we focus on target archery for recurve, compound, longbows as well as other traditional bows.

A round in archery is defined as the number of arrows to be shot at a specific distance. The round also specifies the size and type of target face to be used.

Competitions in target archery are held indoors and outdoors. There are a huge range of options and rounds for competitions, giving everyone an opportunity to get involved.

Classifications are a great way to track your own progress. Achieving the top classification of Grand Master Bowman puts you in the top 1% of archers in Great Britain.

World Archery is the world governing body of archery and it regulates and standardises the rules, policies and techniques of archery. Here in the UK, our national governing body is Archery GB. Our website gives you a few of the principles and rules of shooting rather than going into it in any great detail. If you are interested in the full rules and regulations surrounding archery, see Archery GB’s Rules of Shooting.