Fort archers have been in existence for 30 years, we have aproximatley 50 members. we shoot recurve, compound, barebow and traditional bows. Our range offers up to 100yds outdoors and up to 25yds indoors. We meet every Sunday morning from 9am-12pm.
Anyone from the age of 8 and upwards can become a member, juniors must be accompanied by a parent. No age limit, you are never too old to shoot a bow.
We have two locations.
In the summer we shoot at our outdoor range in Scleddau and in the winter months, we shoot at our indoor range.
We are very fortunate in that we have one of the best indoor & winter training facilities around. (The main sports hall, in Fishguard leisure centre, just off West Street in the town).
(please check our current location).
See Google maps links below to each location.
We run beginner’s courses many times throughout the year. We also do "come and shoot" taster days. We introduce new comers to the sport and at the end of the induction course they can decide whether or not to become a full club member.
We have plenty of basic and beginners equipment in every discipline, which can be used by those new to the sport before they decide in which direction they want to go in and take the next step to purchasing equipment.
Dates of the next course will be shown on our notice board below when we set the date or on our Facebook page.
As our numbers have grown considerably over the last 12 months, we have a new time format for this season:
new/novice archers (shooting less than 12 months) and all junior archers the range times will be 10am-12pm.
Senior/experienced archers and those training for competition, the range will open at 9 through till 12. (This does include juniors who are shooting comps too). This will allow a fair chance for senior/experienced archers,staff and competing archers to shoot/train before having to coach or assist others. If you have any questions about the above send us a message.
On behalf of all our members and committee members, we would like to thank: be-active sport wales and the national lottery for the generous grant we have just received.
The Sport Wales #BeActiveWales fund will help get more people active in our community. Thanks to @LottoGoodCauses players for their support! #ThanksToYou
Find out more: www.sport.wales
Fort archers have received a share of National Lottery funding aimed at supporting grassroots sports clubs in Wales.
We have received the Be Active Wales Fund to help us expand our current equipment inventory to be able to accommodate more of the local community interested in the sport. They have also made it possible for us to train 3 new (level 1 coaches), so we can offer more frequent induction courses for new archers.
By distributing money from The National Lottery, the Be Active Wales Fund offers clubs grants to get more people participating, or to help keep people taking part at clubs and activities into the future.
This funding will make a massive difference for our club. We hope it will help to attract more people to reap the benefits of the sport so many of our existing members already enjoy.”
To find out more about the Be Active Wales Fund please visit www.sport.wales/beactivewalesfund
thank you! From all at Fort archers.
With competition in mind, we do try and encourage the participation by our members in the local and national events, but it is by no means a requirement of membership.
We have county champions and national record holders as club members, but we fully appreciate that there are those who just want to shoot purely for the pleasure of the sport. You can talk to our competitions officer to find out more about upcoming tournaments.
Remebrance day shoot
Sunday 12th November 2023
Newcastle Emlyn Leisure Centre, SA38 9LN
WA 25m (Welsh Record Status)
Portsmouth face at 25m's
Session A equipment inspection 9.30am
Session B inspection 1.00pm
£10.00 senior, £8 junior (£18/£14 Double)
Archery GB dress regulations (Rule 307) will apply.
Closing date for entry 6th Nov 2023 (Late entries subject to availability).
Entry forms available by request or at the club.
Open to all levels of archer.
We encourage members to represent the club by wearing our club clothing when attending the weekly shoot. This will be essential if you enter competitions, as archery has quite a strict dress code at official events. The following club clothing can be ordered from the club. Hoodies, zoodies, crew neck sweatshirt, short sleeve t-shirt, long sleeve t-shirt, short sleeve polo, long sleeve polo, tote bags & mugs. Orders usually take approximately a week to turn around.
Purchasing equipment is a big step and can be a costly investment, as with any sport.
We recommend you talk to us at the club before purchasing equipment. There are many things to consider and many details involved to getting the right set up. We also have second hand equipment for sale.
Sometimes the shooting line can be crowded and we only have enough space that we need to make the shot. This means being aware of the persons in front and behind you. Keep your bow upright when nocking an arrow, keep the bow pointed down range and try to not exclaim loudly if you make a poor shot or be loudly talking on the line. When you finish the end and move back away from the shooting line, try to wait until the archer behind you has finished the shot and is not at full draw when you walk away. This can be very off putting to the archer’s behind. Do not run on the range, when collecting arrows or rush forward to the target, offer to pull or pick up arrows for less abled persons where possible. If you need assistance with anything, please ask.
When you step up to the line to shoot, always check your feet position first, make sure you are properly aligned to the target and then don't move your feet again until you finish the end.
Having a good, solid and consistent anchor point is important to making a good shot. Most barebow archers will anchor at the corner of the mouth with the index finger, or higher up the face, when shooting 3 fingers under the nock. A full recurve shooter will anchor under the chin at a lower point due to shooting one finger over and two under the knock or split finger style.
Having a smooth release is crucial to making a good shot, using the correct muscles in the back to execute the shot and not depending on our arm strength is important. Also allowing the hand to relax and not forcefully letting go of the arrow will aid in a smooth and consistent release.
When holding the bow, be sure to have a relaxed bow arm and a relaxed grip on the bow itself. Gripping tightly will make you torque the bow left or right and make inconsistencies in your shot. Try to shoot with an open hand grip and relax your bow arm. Remember to breath normally, many new archers hold their breath during the shot process. The use of a finger sling or wrist strap will help you shoot with an open hand.
Following through on the shot is an important part of the shot process. After the arrow has left the bow, it’s important to maintain your position a few seconds after the shot, before dropping your arm or reaching for the next arrow. Try to watch the arrow hit the target before coming down from the shot.
All new archers soon discover that there are a number of additional personal pieces of equipment the more experienced archers use. These are things like finger tabs, quivers, finger slings or wrist straps, arrow pullers etc. There is also additional equipment to be fitted to the bow like sights and stabilizers (Which you can try out at the club when you are ready). A finger tab is probably the first thing new archers purchase, your fingers will tell you when you need one soon enough. We stock most of these items at the club and can advise on what you might need.
Gap shooting is when you are aiming off centre at a point on the target to hit the centre or “ten zone” this could be as little a few centimetres or as much as a few feet depending on the distance of the target and power of the bow. String walking is when you move your fingers down or up the string to alter the point of draw using increments on your finger tab and this allows you to always aim on centre. There are limits to this technique and is more common in barebow style and some field archery.
As with any sport, practice is the most important thing. The more arrows you shoot the more you will learn. You don’t need a full size range to get you arrow count up and practice technique. You can do a lot of form practice with only a few yards of space. If you are lucky enough to have a space to shoot at home 50 to 100 arrows a session will keep the body in good shooting shape. There are many practice drills you can do to perfect your form ask us for details on different drills.
Archery is a fun and enjoyable sport, remember to not get to stressed about hitting the centre of the target and allow the skill to build naturally, getting good groups is more important than hitting the centre but the most important part of it all, is that you enjoy your shooting and have fun.
There are many different target faces, styles, sizes and colours. If there is a specific one you would like to shoot at, and then ask us at the club and we will set it up. We try to give you the opportunity to shoot at all the kinds you will encounter at competitions.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit during a sunday shoot and see what it's all about. we open from 9 am every sunday until 12 noon.
SA65 9DT, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom