Session Coach (Level 1)

If you want to help people new to archery get the most out of their experience, then the Session Coach course will introduce you to essential coaching knowledge, attributes, and practice, to be successful.

About the course

The course is designed to help coaches learn how to deliver engaging sessions for beginners, including design and delivery of a beginner’s course, which is the most popular way for archery clubs to welcome new members.

The course is structured into the following module titles:

1. Starting Your Coaching Journey

Being a coach is in itself a learning journey, where we adapt and refine our skills by learning from our experiences. This module identifies simple yet must-have skills for coaches, including how to develop an empowering climate, and using reflection and feedback to take action towards improvement.

2. Creating Engaging Sessions

Coaching offers us a wonderful opportunity to offer new people to our sport something in life that is increasingly missing from day to day activities. This is a sense of achievement, development, and connection alongside the multitude of health benefits. But this doesn’t happen by accident, it takes a real coach to curate a session that has all the right ingredients for beginners to really enjoy and benefit from the session. This module invites coaches to explore how they can create sessions that meet their audience’s needs.

3. Introduction to Technique

Every archer knows that learning good shooting technique early on sets you up for a happy and healthy experience of archery. From a coach’s perspective, understanding the basics of shooting form and teaching these to your beginners from the first session is really important. This module helps coaches to learn the simple steps to shooting and how to introduce this to new archers, based on their individual needs. It includes a practical introduction on the use of drills and skills to improve the quality of practice.

4. Supported Practice & Presentation

As much as we love the theory of coaching, we can only test ourselves by giving it a go with a real audience. This module provides you with the time to practice what you’ve learned from all of the other modules. We’re not expecting perfection, and this is all about learning. By picking a local mentor, someone you trust and can learn with, you will have the support you need on the ground. After some practice, coaches return for the final day of the course, ready to provide a sample coaching session with your peers on the course.

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

Attending a Course

Terms and conditions

Full details about the course are provided within the ‘Guidance for Learners

Attending a Coaching Course’, which can be found in the document section below. This contains important information, including the terms and conditions, and needs to be read before applying to attend a course.

Entry onto the course

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

The course is open to members and non-members of Archery GB, aged at least 15 years old by the first day of the course. (When carrying out supported practice sessions away from the course, Learners who are under the age of 18 must be supervised by a responsible supervisor).

If you have a disability

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

Cost of the course

The individual course fee is set by the course organiser, as a guide, this is usually from £250 to £275. 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, the Coach Developers, the 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.

Find your nearest course

Session Coach courses taking place across the UK and open for bookings can be found using the Course Finder below.

Courses are set up on a local basis, and the venue is typically an archery club, sports centre or school.  If you hover over the map pin, you will see the name and e-mail contact address of the course organiser.  To book your place on a course simply download and complete the Learner Application Form below, and return it to the Course Organiser.  The Course Organiser is responsible for collecting the course fee, so we advise you to contact them via the e-mail address supplied for advice on the preferred method of payment.


All relevant documents are available to download below.




Code of Conduct – Coaches, Judges and Officials
Learner Reasonable Adjustment Process 2020
Learner Assessment Appeals Process 2020

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