Joining the Club

On completion of your course we hope that you will decide to join the Club in which case you will need to pay the club membership fee. Current membership fees are listed here.

The club operates a 3 month probationary period for all new members – whether experienced or not. You can read more about why we have this policy and what restrictions it involves here. After a successful 3-month probation period, adult members may purchase club keys and use the Club facilities 7 days a week.

Juniors can normally shoot:

  • Thursday evenings 5pm – 7pm (summer season)
  • Sunday mornings 11am – 1pm (all year around – weather permitting)
  • at any other time by arrangement with a coach

Juniors have to be supervised by an adult archer at all times for safety and insurance purposes.

On joining the Club you are strongly encouraged to join our members-only internet group where you can read lots of information about the club and its activities, download useful documents and tournament entry forms, and discuss archery with fellow members. It is the main focus of communication and information for club members.

Club membership includes affiliation fees and insurance to Archery GB (previously known as the Grand National Archery Association – or GNAS), Southern Counties Archery Society and the Middlesex County Archery Association. Membership of Archery GB entitles you to shoot anywhere in this country or abroad at recognised archery venues covered by Archery GB or World Archery (The International Archery body). You will also receive Archery UK, a quarterly magazine carrying lots of information, news and lists of competitions.

All members must read a copy of Archery GB’s “Rules of Shooting” before shooting at the club. Your insurance as an archer is conditional upon adherence to these rules. The document can be downloaded from the Archery GB website .

The Club operates the Archery GB handicap and Classification scheme through our Club Records Officer. High scores can lead to selection for Club teams, County teams and even National Squads and teams. You can read more about these schemes in the “Archery GB Admin Procedures document” which can be downloaded from the Archery GB website.

Please note that Aquarius is a Archery GB/WA target archery club for recurve and longbow only. However instruction in other forms of archery is available i.e. Field and Clout. We do not allow the use of crossbows or compound bows at the Club for safety reasons.

Equipment

Once you have completed your beginners course and joined the Club you will be encouraged to purchase your own equipment from a recommended dealer. Expect to pay at least £150.00 minimum for a basic kit of recurve bow, arrows, sight, pressure button, or a basic longbow. You will be given advice on what equipment you should buy and what will suit you best.

Improver Training

Training continues once you have joined the club – we offer “improver” training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (subject to coach availability). There is no additional charge for this. Continued coaching is available free of charge by arrangement with any of the Club coaches – other than Wednesdays, when it is always busy.

Competition shooting

The Club has an Aquarius team shirt in blue and yellow which you can purchase if you wish to wear it to tournaments along with other Club members. Otherwise bottle green or white clothing are the traditional archery colours for competition shooting. There are many competitions you can enter – for instance, the Club enters various postal and County league competitions. Clubs in the South East hold many open tournaments and our members travel to many of these.

Indoor Shooting

Between October and Easter the Club hires an indoor venue for indoor practice and competitions. Currently, we are shooting indoors at The Archer Academy, Stanley Road Campus, Eagans Close, N2 8GA. In 2016/17 the cost for the Monday evening 7pm to 10pm session was £6. Guests from other clubs are welcome, but must hold a valid Archery GB card to shoot.

For further details please contact us.