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Where to start a kid in archery

  • 07-03-2021 5:26pm
    Registered Users Posts: 661 ✭✭✭

    My son will be 9 later this month.
    He is mad for archery making them all the time and asking if he can get a proper set.
    As someone that knows little about this where should I start?
    1) What to buy him?
    2) Good online resources?
    3) Any groups meet at this age when not level 5 restrictions.

    All help appreciated.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11 sebastian.plum

    In my opinion the best way is find archery club near your house and join on the beginners course. This way you will receive professional help with the basics at the start and you will be able to use the club archery equipment during the course.
    1) What to buy him?
    It's very difficult question. It depends on what kind of archery you want to do and how much money you want to spend on equipment.

    2) Good online resources?
    In Ireland we don't have to much choices, this shop looks nice, but I never bought there

    3) Any groups meet at this age when not level 5 restrictions.
    I don't know where you from, the age of the participants is determined by the clubs' boards, in my club the minimum age is 8 years.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,042 ✭✭✭Wabbit Ears

    1) What to buy him? Under normal circumstances Nothing until he does a beginners course. Unless you do archery yourself, id suggest not teaching him the wrong way.
    2) Good online resources? There isnt any respurces really to learn for a 9 year old. plenty of shops in Ireland, Shooting style, burren archery, to name a few. quicks and merlin in the uk. Decathlon also have quite inexpensive archery stuff
    3) Any groups meet at this age when not level 5 restrictions. depends on the club, but My girl started when she was 8.

    I should note that there is two basic types of archery in ireland. 'olympic' style recurve and compound ( though no compound at the olympics) which is archery Ireland and Field archery which is shooting outdoors and the governing body is IFAF. This is an over generalisaton on the types but gives you a start for google searches.

  • Registered Users Posts: 661 ✭✭✭work

    Thanks guys,
    I take on your points. We are in South Dublin so will look for local clubs for a beginner course. Wouldnt mind a look myself. THis would purely be for "fun" or sport not hunting.
    Thanks again

  • Registered Users Posts: 11 sebastian.plum

    Archery is such an interesting sport that it can be practiced in various ways. This is what my version of "horse" archery seems.
    Good luck and have lot of fun.

  • Registered Users Posts: 333 ✭✭RunDMC

    Off the top of my head,

    Dundrum Archers
    Liffey Archers
    Greenhills Archers
    Wicklow Archers

    They will be running Beginners Courses at some point in the future. The course will teach you the basics and give you a better idea about equipment, etc.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 253 ✭✭Jambonjunior

    Is there anywhere in the city centre? Has there been a replacement for Whitefriar archery?

  • Registered Users Posts: 333 ✭✭RunDMC

    No that I know of, and a few other clubs have lost or changed venue. Try Archery Ireland for more info.


  • Registered Users Posts: 473 ✭✭lollsangel

    If you google SIFA and IFAF, youll be able to check out which clubs are nearest to you.

    The child will have to have an adult or guardian with him at all times. Training course will take 6 weeks. They will not only train ye but will also get ye started with the best type of bow and arrows for yer style.