Sabden Fold Archers - Traditional Field Archers

Do something about it and get involved by contacting any of the club officials below

Chairman:    Gordon Crossley    Tel : 07752 570840
Secretary:    Jon Mayall  Tel : 07872 170541
Treasurer:    Peter McGiffen
Coach:  Jamie Heywood  
Child Protection Officer:    Aimi Heywood
Shoot Organiser:    Nigel Spencer   
Chief Course Layer:    Gordon Crossley
Quarter Master:    Les Mitchell 

For general info Email : 

To book onto a shoot contact Jon or Nigel at :

What does it cost ?
Your first training session is free and we will provide you with kit on the night to get you started. This gives you time to get a feel for what is right for you and explore different types of bow before purchasing your own.
Prices for weekly training sessions are as detailed below.

 Annual Club Membership
Adult £30
U16   £15
Family £55 (up to 2 Adults and 2 U16s)

Weekly subs
(payable on the night if you turn up to shoot)
Adult : with own kit £2 / without own kit £4
U16 : with own kit £1 / without own kit £2 
Adult : with own kit £4 /without own kit £6
U16 :with own kit £2 / without own kit £3

Important Note : Non-Members have no right of access to Sabden Fold woods other than on club training nights having paid the appropriate fee.

Archery Equipment
Field archery, is like any other sport, there are stockists that will tempt you to buy the latest must-have equipment, and there are those that will tell you to hunt for second hand bargains. When starting out in archery you should bear in mind that you will soon outgrow your first bow, so don't break the bank. Try a few styles of bow first. As a traditional field archery club most of our members shoot traditional bows, however, there are some that enjoy more modern pieces of kit.

The Longbow.
For many the Longbow, the weapon of Robin Hood and the archers of Agincourt, is the traditional symbol of archery. The longbow of the middle ages was made of a single stave of Yew with the sapwood on the outside of the tree forming the back and the heartwood the belly of the bow. This forms a natural "laminate". Its modern counterpart is made up of laminates of various types of wood glued to form a laminate. Being a traditional bow, there are no sights, arrow rests or other gadgets that attach to the bow. This is probably the most difficult bow type to master, but still popular with field archers. 

The American Flat Bow (AFB), is an advancement made on the English Longbow, pioneered by American archers such as Howard Hill, and is often called the American Longbow. It is made up of a laminate of fibreglass on both sides of a wooden core and has flat, rather than rounded limbs. Rather than shooting off the hand it has an area in the riser that is cut-away to shoot the arrow from the shelf making it more forgiving than the longbow. Flatbows tend to have a better cast, can shoot further than longbows and are very popular with field archers.

The Fieldbow or Recurve
Recurves or Fieldbows are usually a little shorter and also tend to be somewhat lighter in weight than the Olympic archery style, the target recurve. Unlike the target recurve fieldbows are not designed to be shot with sights, stabilisers and other attachments making them easier to use in woodland, a typical field archery environment. Construction is similar to the flatbow in that, there is a laminate of glass fibre with a wooden core. The fieldbow is very popular in field archery. 

Target Recurve
is the style of bow shot in Target Archery, as seen in the Olympics. These bows are often made from metal, use sights, weights, stabilisers and can be cumbersome in woods. These are not often seen in field archery.

Compound Bow. These bows are a modern development where wheels, or cams, are used to take the strain once you have pulled back to shoot. The arrow can be held in place with little effort whilst you look through various sights to get the best shot possible. These modern bows are increasingly popular with certain field archers.

The latest high tech material to be used for arrows is carbon fibre. This makes an arrow that is considerably lighter in weight than wood and aluminium giving a very flat trajectory which is beneficial when shooting at longer distances. Most purists use wooden arrows with traditional bows, but always seek advice that your arrow matches your bow whatever style you shoot.

A bracer is essential, as any archer that has had the string painfully hit the inside of the forearm will tell you. The choices are from a basic plastic bracer often used by target archers, up to a fancy tooled leather affair. Both will do the same job of protecting your forearm from the impact of the string and keep baggy sleeves from catching your bow string.
Another must have is finger protection, if you're holding 30, 40 or even 50 pounds of pressure on your fingertips you need to be wearing either an archery shooting glove or a finger tab. Most field archers favour 3 finger shooting gloves, whereas target archers prefer tabs.

You will also need a quiver to carry your arrows around in. Opinion is split here. Some archers like to look down into their side quivers to select arrows. Other archers like to have their arrows on a back quiver out of the way. Personal taste dictates here as in all things.

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