About Eastbourne Archers
Archery has been associated with Eastbourne over various periods since the early 1900's with the setting up of the first Eastbourne Archers club in 1910. This was later followed by a resurrected club in 1948 and the present incarnation has been running since 1957 and has used shooting venues near Kings Drive, The Saffrons and is now currently based at Langney Sports Club.
The Club is affiliated to the National Governing Body for Archery in the UK, Archery GB (also known as the Grand National Archery Society or GNAS). This organisation governs and manages key issues such as Rules of Shooting, public liability insurance and membership arrangements. Archery is a sport that is available to all, whatever your age, ability, or disability and it is one of the safest sports a person can participate in. A key requirement for anyone interested in joining an archery club is that they can only do so once they have successfully completed a 12 hour Archery GB approved course. If you would like to put your name down on a waiting list for our next course please use the contact form on our homepage.
We run both in-house and ‘open’ competitions/record status events throughout the year and can offer indoor shooting during the winter months at Hampden Park Sports Centre. To encourage greater awareness of our sport, we also run Open Days and Have-a-Go events for people who are interested in knowing more about archery before deciding whether to put themselves forward for a beginners course.
Once you become a member of the club you will be able to shoot at our dedicated archery field at the rear of Langney Sports Club on specified days and are free to use whichever type of bowstyle you prefer. On the beginners course you will have been given the opportunity to experience the four main types of bow available which are longbow, recurve, barebow or compound.
At Eastbourne Archers we shoot at straw or foam targets (also known as ‘bosses’) at varying ranges as defined in Archery GB rounds for both Imperial and Metric distances. Twice a year we shoot at much longer distances (up to 180 yards/165 metres) in a form called Clout archery which replicates the type or shooting that would have been common in medieval warfare.
An annual club membership fee is required by all members, which includes affiliated membership to Archery GB, Sussex County Archery Association (SCAA) and Southern Counties Archery Society (SCAS). This fee also includes membership to Langney Sports Club, which gives access to their own social event programme, use of a large bar and full restaurant services. Details of our current annual membership fees can be found in the pdf document below:-
Annual Membership Fees 2020-2021 (pdf 127kb)
If you would like to know more about joining our club, either as a new archer, or an established archer looking for a 'new home' then please fill in the contact form on our homepage.
Our Committee Members
President Rene Le Bouedec
Chairman Post vacant
Secretary David Gates
Treasurer John Ellwood
Records Officer Marilyn Dewar
Membership Secretary Andrew Britsch
Events and Match Secretary John Goult
Publicity and Web Officer Nick Royall
Equipment Officer Paul Bridge
Junior Representative Lyra Ellwood
Supernumary Member Ric d'Abbraccio