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Archery Big Weekend 3-5 June 2016

The Archery Big Weekend sponsored by Foresters Friendly Society, is a national event taking place 3-5 June and is a chance to find your nearest participating club, pick up a bow and try archery alongside your family and friends.

The weekend now in its fifth successful year, will see archery clubs and centres across the country, open their doors to the public as they are given the opportunity to join thousands of budding bowmen and aspiring archers at the biggest archery weekend of the year.

Archery is an extremely inclusive sport and welcomes both young and old. Many clubs also provide accessible facilities for archers with disabilities. Visitors to the Archery Big Weekend not only have the chance to try out a new sport, they will also have the opportunity to get involved in their local community and even meet new friends.

All equipment will be provided, so all participants need to do is bring themselves and plenty of enthusiasm*. Club members are looking forward to sharing their passion for archery and will be able to lend a hand and share stories about how they started in archery. Families are welcome to come along and try a sport which they can all enjoy together.

*Some clubs may charge a nominal fee for participation

Archery GB is delighted to be working with Foresters Friendly Society on the Big Weekend.

Find your nearest local Archery Big Weekend event on the map below or contact

View Big Weekend 2016 in a full screen map

Want to host an open day?

Clubs are asked to read through the Guide on How to Run a fantastic Open Day, and the Archery GB Code of Conduct for have-a-go sessions, to ensure you know what is expected, including all details such as placing targets on the floor. It is really easy to sign up, simply complete the online application form here or download a form here.

Just before the weekend, we will be sending out goodie bags including items to give to the participants. Clubs who are members of Archery GB will also qualify to receive two free T-shirts if you sign up before 18 April 2016. Additional T-shirts can be purchased at a cost of £5 each to Archery GB Clubs and other organisations if ordered before the 18 April.

In April, the events registered and details for the public to get involved will be available on the Archery GB webpage. To ensure sure your event receives maximum exposure, we have also partnered up with the BBC's Things To Do campaign. The dates this year are perfect to capture the interest after the excitement of the European Championship in Nottingham, 23-29 May. After the weekend, the clubs that provide full feedback on how their event has gone will be entered into a prize draw to win vouchers from Clickers Archery.

Some of the feedback from clubs...

"Our club is quite hidden from view, however, people had come specifically to take part after seeing adverts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and events listing websites. We're really pleased!" Aire Valley Archers, Bradford

"It was great to see so many people come and have a go at archery. We had a great time sharing our passion for archery and hope that we might have inspired someone to get involved in archery in the future." Brixham Archers

"We had about 25 parents and young people turning up on the day and 8 off them returned on Monday to start a beginners course. As a new club this was a great response" Irvine Toxopholites, Ayshire

"Some of the most rewarding moments were seeing participants face light up when they were able to pop the balloon placed centre gold. We went through a lot of balloons as the coaches were very good at helping participants" Bitton Archers, Bristol

The Kitbag

To help make the promotion of your event even easier, these digital assets are free for you to share, edit and print:

Archery GB clubs would already be aware of the following in depth documents that would apply to Big Weekend events:

If you have any questions please contact

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