Development Coach (Level 2)

If you want to help archers take their archery to the next level, then the Development Coach course will give you the skills you need to be successful.

About the course

You will learn how to develop new archers through designing and delivering learning to help people continue their archery journey beyond their initial beginner’s experience. Lack of support following a beginner’s course is one of the biggest reasons people leave a new sport. With your help you can encourage people to grow their skills and stay part of the archery community.

The course is structured into the following module titles:

1. Role of the Development Coach (1 x 1 hr online)

A short module introducing the award and taking you through what you need to do to complete it.

2. Develop the Archer in Front of You (2 x 2 hrs online)

Designing a progressive series of sessions that addresses the needs of your archers, is essential for your archers to experience noticeable progress over a period of time. This module will help you understand how to prepare a coaching programme taking into consideration key design factors, including the needs of the person in front of you, goal setting, training principles, mental skills, equipment, anatomy, and nutrition.

3. Empowering Archery Part 1 (2 x 2 hrs online) – to be completed if not done previously

One of the biggest responsibilities that a coach has is setting the motivational climate for a coaching session. This module, designed by the University of Birmingham and tailored specifically to archery, explores the evidence around motivation and applies it to real-life archery scenarios, enabling coaches to learn how they can create good relationships and an optimal climate for their archers to enjoy and succeed in archery.

4. Empowering Archery Part 2 (2 x 2 hrs online) – part 1 must be completed first

Empowering Archery focuses on how to optimise people’s experiences of archery and help them achieve their goals.

Please note parts 1-4 may be offered in person. Check the course finder to see the course format. 

5. Archery Technique – Drills and Skills (1 day in-person)

This module builds on the knowledge acquired in the Introduction to Technique. It includes more details on shooting technique and a further evolution of the drills and skills used to support the development of good shooting technique. You’ll learn the importance of using a progression of resistance, intensity, and feedback in your coaching. You’ll also learn how to use photos and video to analyse archery technique.

6. Coaching Technique – Practice (1 day in-person)

This day will give you an opportunity to practice you coaching skills on real life archers under the supervision of your coach developer.

7. Recurve Equipment Selection, Set Up and Tuning (in-person 1 day)

Covers the selection of a first competition standard recurve bow, how to set it up, how to tune that bow to the archer, and includes some practical opportunity to try some tuning.

8. Compound Equipment Selection, Set Up and Tuning (in-person 1 day)

Covers the selection of a first competition standard compound bow, how to set it up, how to tune that bow to the archer, and includes some practical opportunity to try some tuning.

Coaches choose to complete either the recurve or compound equipment module to achieve the Development Coach
qualification. Participants can choose to take both (at extra cost).

9. Coaching Journey Presentation (1 day in-person)

This module provides you with the time to try out and practice what you’ve learned from the other modules. It is our goal to give you confidence in your ability to develop an archer’s shooting technique. On this final day, you will present your coaching journey working with an archer to improve their shooting technique. You will then have an opportunity to lead a discussion with your peers and to get feedback about your journey and what you’ve learned.

Supported Practice (throughout the course)

We recommend you find a local Level 2 mentor. You will complete 12 hours of work which may include the coaching you are doing with your individual archer.

The course includes a series of assessments, designed within a supportive programme of learning that helps you achieve successful outcomes.

Attending a Course

Course entry requirements 

It is important that anyone attending the course has basic experience of taking part in archery (i.e. beyond a beginner level).

The course is open to members of Archery GB, aged at least 17 years old by the first day of the course. When carrying out supported practice sessions, learners who are under the age of 18 must be supervised by a responsible adult.

Support for disabled course participants

We encourage people of all abilities to become a coach. If you have a disability, we can make specific arrangements during the tuition and/or assessment to ensure you are not unfairly disadvantaged. Please read the reasonable adjustment policy for full details, and to make an application for reasonable adjustment.

How much does an Archery GB Development Coach (Level 2) course cost?

The individual course fee is set by the course organiser, as a guide, course fees usually range from £400 to £480. This does not cover your travel to and from the venue, or any accommodation or meals.

The fees from the course are used to pay for the venue and equipment, Coach Developers, learning materials and certificates, back-office support and the costs for the behind the scenes development of the course.

If you are a volunteer coach and are coaching to benefit your club, we highly recommend enquiring with your club or county about financial assistance.

Book onto a course

You can book to attend an online module here.

Terms and conditions

Full details about the course are provided in the Guidance for Learners. This contains important information, including the terms and conditions, and needs to be read before applying to attend a course.


All relevant documents are available to download below.


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Code of Conduct – Coaches, Judges and Officials
Archery GB Online Webinars Technical Support Guide
Learner Reasonable Adjustment Process 2020
Learner Assessment Appeals Process 2020