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Archery

ULU Archery Society

At the University of London Archery Club, we practice archery both indoors and outdoors. We aim to accommodate everyone, whether you are looking to compete or just have fun, anyone is welcome to join our friendly and inclusive family. Senior members are always eager to help and advise new members.

What We Do

  • In a typical session, the range will be set up and a number of practice distances with a choice of target faces will be set up. Equipment is provided in Student Central's Upper Hall during sessions, and is available for rent to those looking to compete. Senior members of the club work in small groups with the newer members to improve their technique and offer guidance when required. Archery GB recognised rounds can be shot on the Sunday for archers wishing to try their hand at competitions, but we also run fun shoots. Styles include recurve, barebow and longbow archery.

The opportunity to participate in competitions on behalf of the University of London is available throughout the year.

Rules (all rules MUST be obeyed):

  • The shooting line is indicated by a clearly marked line on the floor. No one will cross this line during shooting
  • Sound signals will be used to indicate when arrows can be shot or collected. One sound signal means shooting is in progress, no one will cross the shooting line. Three sound signals means arrows may be collected, no one is to shoot.
  • If shooting must be halted for safety reasons, that person must call "FAST". On hearing this call, all archers must immediately stop shooting, returning all unshot arrows to the quiver. If necessary, "FAST" should be repeated by other archers to ensure everyone has heard and stopped shooting.
  • An archer may only draw his bow, with an arrow, standing at the shooting line, pointing at the target. Shooting a bow without an arrow will damage the bow.
  • Listen to your coaches and do not experiment. They may tell you to 'come down' which means do not shoot as your coach wants to give you some advice.
  • You should wear comfortable but close-fitting clothing. It is better to wear several thin layers than one bulky one as bowstrings tend to catch on jackets with baggy sleeves.
  • Please do not wear high heels or any facial piercings.
  • You MUST tell us if you have any injuries or disabilities which will affect your shooting.

Additional information, including competition etiquette, club records, and a guide for buying equipment can be found here: http://www.ularchers.wix.com/ulac

When and Where We Meet

Indoor Season: September - March

Day

Time

Address

Who can attend

Monday

18.30-21.00

Caxton House Community Centre

Seniors

Tuesday

No Shooting

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-

Wednesday

19.00-22.00

Royal Free Recreational Club

Seniors

Thursday

18.00-22.00

Student Central Upper Hall

Beginners

Friday

18.30-21.00

Caxton House Community Centre

Seniors

Saturday

16.00-20.00 or 18:00-22:00 (confirmed via email or Facebook)

Student Central Upper Hall

Beginners

Saturday

12.30-15.00

Royal Free Recreational Club

Seniors

Sunday

13:00-15:30 and 16.00-18.00

Caxton House Community Centre

Members with their own/rented equipment

Outdoor Season: March - end of the year

Please note, the times indicated are the shooting times. For off-site sessions, please arrive with enough time to set up your equipment and help set up the range if necessary.

Student Central - Student Central, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HY.

Caxton House - Caxton House Community Centre, 129 St John's Way, London N19 3RQ.

Royal Free - Royal Free Recreation Club, Fleet Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 2QG.

During the outdoor season, members have the option to join Hampstead Bowmen as an associate.

Opportunities

Archers will have the opportunity to compete in the South East Student Archery League (SEAL) throughout the indoor season (September to March). We also send archers to the British University Team Championships (BUTC), to British University College Sports (BUCS) Indoors in March, and BUCS Outdoors in June. There is also the opportunity to enter in non-university, record and non-record status shoots throughout the year, such as the Middlesex Championships and charity fun shoots.

Achievements

In the past few years the University of London Archery Club has achieved an ever increasing number of outstanding successes

This indoor season, we have not only retained out title as South East Archery League Senior Champions, a prestigious achievement, but also performed exceptionally well at BUCS indoors, both individually and as a team.

University of London archers consistently topped the SEAL league tables throughout the whole of the indoor season, culminating in an overwhelming victory over the other 11 members of the league. The first annual London Varsity Cup was held this year as part of the SEAL tournament, in which we were victorious. We look forward to defending out title in the coming years!

At BUCS indoors, hosted in early February 2016, all our members performed outstandingly, resulting in strong individual results across the board. Our senior gents team placed well, placing 9th, a single point behind 8th place, with the senior ladies team narrowly missing out on the bronze medal, tied with Edinburgh on points, but missing out by a single gold. 

We also compete annually with Imperial College London in archery tag, a unique and exhilarating experience, which we hope to continue year on year.

The indoor season was commemorated beautifully at the annual Purples Ball, where Dominic Collis was awarded an extremely well deserved Full Purple for his consistent fantastic results at regional and national level, and Jessica Wilby and Bertina Chan were awarded Half Purples for their strong performance leading to the senior BUCS team 4th place. 

We were also bestowed with the Clive Archer Team Achievement for 2016, a wonderful way to commemorate the consistant commitment, perserverance, and outstaning performance of every member of the club.

What Does It Cost?

£45 for the whole year for full students, £55 for associates, and £25 for single semester American students. First session is free!

Testimonials

"Since joining this small club in October, I have found a dedicated and close nit group of friends, who are always looking to improve their shooting but also have fun. It has been a great pleasure to help coach this very talented team to their novice BUCS medals earlier in the year."

- Margaux Mesle - Senior Member

"I have attended the Archery Club for the entire 1 and 2 terms of the academic year, my experience of the group has been overwhelmingly positive in terms of acceptance of beginners and experienced alike, with plentiful opportunities for practice and access to competitions. The social aspect has been very good as well in terms of casual meet ups and formal arrangements."

- Dominic Alcock - Novice Member

 

Joining a Student Central club and society is the same for all clubs and societies:

  1. Contact your society
  2. Get a Student Central Card
  3. Sign in to the Student Central website (you will receive an activation email after getting your card)
  4. Purchase your membership online

 

 

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