Find an Archery GB coaching course near you. Coaches are at the heart of archery in the UK. If you’re ready to take the next step and become a recognised, qualified archery coach, read on to find out more about the courses and qualifications available and use our course finder to locate your nearest course.
Find an archery coaching course near you
Coaches are at the heart of archery in the UK. If you’re ready to take the next step and become a recognised, qualified archery coach, read on to find out more about the courses and qualifications available and use our course finder to locate your nearest course.
Recognised to Coach
The Recognised to Coach qualification gives confidence to those around you and helps ensure the sport is safe for everyone. It’s free and it makes you stand out from unofficial coaches.
Meet these standards to secure your licence:
- Recognised Archery Coaching Qualification
- Acceptable DBS/PVG disclosure
- Up to date child protection and awareness training
- Proven commitment to keep your learning up to date
- Renewal of your licence every 3 years
Session Coach (Level 1)
The Session Coach course is a starting point for archers who want to deliver motivating training sessions for beginners. Using the resources provided on the course you will be able to deliver a pre designed course for a group of beginners. This course trains individuals to be able to lead archery sessions independently using resources from the course and working with groups of up to 12 people.
The course consists of:
- Starting Your Coaching Journey (online)
- Empowering Archery - Part 1 (online)
- Introduction to Technique (online)
- Creating Engaging Sessions (online)
- Using Your Coaching Skills (practical)
- Supported Practice and Coach Presentation (practical)
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Development Coach (Level 2)
The Development Coach course is aimed at coaches who want to design club training programmes and start developing the technical, physical and psychological information a coach needs to work with beginners and improvers in recurve and compound.
The course consists of:
- Role of the Development Coach (online)
- Develop the Archer in Front of You (online)
- Empowering Archery – Part 1 & Part 2* (online)
- Archery Technique – Drills and Skills (practical)
- Coaching Technique – Practice (practical)
- Recurve Equipment Selection, Set Up and Tuning^ (practical)
- Compound Equipment Selection, Set Up and Tuning^ (practical)
- Supported Practice & Coaching Journey Presentation (practical)
* If these have been completed previously you do not have to repeat them.
^Coaches choose to complete either the recurve or compound equipment module or both.
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Archery coaches Code of Conduct
As an archery coach, you may face a situation where it is not obvious what the right thing to do is. The Archery GB Code of Conduct is a guide to keep people safe, protect archery’s reputation, and help everyone involved in archery to live our values.
We want to make sure people’s differences are welcomed and everyone is treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Everything we do in archery has an effect on other people’s experience of our sport. We all have a responsibility to act ethically and with integrity and as a coach you have a special responsibility to act as a role model. The code applies to anyone carrying out a role as a coach, instructor, judge or official (whether formerly qualified or not) and when carrying out their role outside of the Archery GB environment as well as within it.
As a coach, I agree to:
- Champion the rights of every person to participate in archery and to not discriminate based on gender, disability, race, colour, sexual identity, age, religious beliefs or marital status
- Challenge any form of discrimination
- Be discreet in conversations about others and respect their personal information and confidentiality
- Provide feedback to others in a way that shows respect and care
- Place the safety, well-being and enjoyment of archers first
- Encourage archers to take responsibility for their own development and actions
- Only use physical contact that is appropriate and necessary, and with express consent from the archer
- Allow archers to be involved in the decision-making process
- Use social media and messaging appropriately and responsibly
- Make sure parents and carers of young archers understand what they can expect from me and make sure activities are suitable for the archer’s capability and level of maturity (development stage for children and young people)
- Not work with another coach’s archer without first discussing this with both the coach and the archer
- Not get involved in inappropriate personal relationships (coaches, judges and officials are in a position of power and trust and may be found guilty of abusing this position in line with the Sexual Offences Act)
- Not take part in any form of abuse (physical, sexual, emotional), neglect or bullying; and operate within the rules of shooting, Archery GB policies, and the spirit of the sport. use positive language; be a role model and set a positive example to all those involved in archery
- Have a clean, tidy, and presentable appearance; be prepared and punctual; display dignity and professionalism towards everyone involved in archery
- Use positive language; be a role model and set a positive example to all those involved in archery
- Have a clean, tidy, and presentable appearance; be prepared and punctual
- Display dignity and professionalism towards everyone involved in archery
- Not smoke, drink alcohol or use recreational drugs while coaching, judging or officiating
- Follow the reporting guidelines of the club, organisation or governing body – taking no action is unacceptable
- Complete training and qualification opportunities to give me the skills I need and provide this assurance to others
- Work in an open and honest way
- Promote good practice in others and challenge poor practice
- Create a safe environment for me and the people around me
- Recognise when it is appropriate to refer an archer to another coach or specialist; use self-analysis and reflection to improve my performance
- Encourage and take part in opportunities to learn with other coaches, judges, officials and archers
- Not misrepresent my level of training or qualifications or take on any roles for which I’m not trained or qualified to do
- Have a working knowledge of the facilities where I work (for example, emergency procedures and risk assessment)
Safeguarding training for archery coaches
Whilst as a sport we have made tremendous strides forward in recent years to meet the standards for safeguarding in sport, there is still more to do. This area is constantly moving and it’s vital that volunteers and staff are equipped with the right tools to confidently support children, young people and vulnerable adults. With the right training, coaches can become aware of changes to legislation, recommended practice, what signs to look for and how to respond in different scenarios.
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How much does it cost to become an archery coach?
The costs of archery coaching courses vary nationally but generally they start from £250 for coaching courses. Depending on where your course is located you may have to factor in travel costs as well.
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If you’d like to begin your journey into becoming an archery coach, or you’d like to step up your development and take the next level coaching course, you can find out more and book a course here.
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