Island Archers Club
Island Archers is a rapidly-expanding archery club, based near Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis.
Shooting recurve target archery year round, every Wednesday evening between 7:00pm and 9:00pm.
Archery is a sport for all ages and abilities, and we would like to hear from anyone who always wanted to give it a go, but never quite got round to it, or was too shy, or whatever. Don't worry, we're very friendly, and we never take it too seriously, although we do insist that safety procedures are strictly adhered to AT ALL TIMES by everyone.
We are in the process of reviving our Junior section, but since we have to have a robust child and vulnerable adults protection policy (a necessary evil in this day-and-age), we would ask all under 18s to be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, to be legally responsible for them for all the time that they are with us.
Although archery is a very sociable sport, it is also a truly individual sport, and no-one else is to blame if you don't hit the gold. It's a sport that promotes concentration, consistency, and discipline if you want to progress to the higher levels of the game. Some, however, aren't especially interested in refining their technique, or are indifferent to tournaments and competition, and are happy just to use archery as a way of 'tuning out' from the working week, and we're more than happy to have their company on the shooting line.
We especially welcome beginners, and tuition and equipment is provided free, although there is a modest 'target fee' of £5 per adult (£2 per Junior Under 18) per 2-hour evening session to cover venue hire and equipment maintenence costs. Beginners are welcome to shoot with us for up to a maximum of 6 sessions, but thereafter, to comply with our insurance obligations, we have to ask them to become a member of the UK archery national governing body, Archery GB (formerly GNAS), and the simplest way of doing that is to join the club. However, if people just want to come along and try out archery for a few sessions, and decide that it's not the sport for them, or don't especially want to join the club, we won't pressure them.
We welcome interest from the less able-bodied, as archery is one of the few sports where people with disabilities can compete on equal terms with the more able-bodied, and it is not uncommon to see disabled archers, whether they have physical, visual, or mental impairment, shooting alongside their able-bodied friends on the same shooting line. Come along, and you never know, you might find that it's a sport that has you hooked for life!
Visiting archers are also very welcome to join us, providing they can provide a current Archery GB / GNAS membership number, or other positive proof of insurance. There are numerous outdoor and indoor tournaments throughout the year (we run a dedicated 'competition night' on the last friday of every month); an important part of the sport for those of a more competitive nature. Nevertheless club and recreational archery is just as important for people who find they have little time for any serious commitment, though still enjoy 'shooting arrows' with friends, family or colleagues in the familiar surroundings of their club.
We meet every Wednesday evening between 7:00pm and 9:00pm all year round, normally at the Coll Centre in Back, just ten minutes drive from of Stornoway. People wishing to shoot with us are advised to consult the Club's calendar and home page to find out where and when we're planning to meet.
Any last-minute changes or cancellations are normally posted on the website, but you're welcome to contact us if you're unsure if the Club session is going ahead as scheduled, and want to come along.
If you need more information, please feel free to use the contact us form, we’ll get back to you as soon as we can, and hopefully you can come and join us for a few sessions!