Doody's Educational Workshops specialises in offering Archery workshops in schools however we also provide archery workshops for scouts, guides, youth groups and corporate environments - ideal for teambuilding events.

Experience this Olympic sport, delivered in your school by qualified and experienced coaches.

All equipment is supplied. 

As archery is one of the few sports that can be undertaken by almost anyone and it is ideal for pupils with SEN Please ask how we can help your SEN pupils.


Benefits of Archery  


Archery can be done by both able and disabled people alike

It is a great activity to promote inclusion across the group of participants.


Archery can be a physically demanding sport
While it is a fun sport, archery can be physically demanding at times. 

Archery promotes focus and improves patience
Archers require not only some physical strength, but also mental fitness, and archers develop their focus, flexibility, and attention skills.


Archery improves self-confidence

Archery provides great satisfaction in combining both mental and physical attributes to good effect. Whatever the results at the target, every archer is able to draw satisfaction to a lesser or greater extent, from having won a personal mental battle.The ultimate goal of the recreational archer is enjoyment. 


Archery is a social sport and improves team work

People from many walks of life enjoy archery. Almost every age group can participate, and children as young as 6 or 7 have taken well to the sport, while it is not unheard of for people in their 80s to be shooting competitively. It also teaches the benefits of teamwork in some cases with some competitions involving groups of people.


Archery teaches the importance of safety
The sport can be extremely dangerous if people are reckless. Archery teaches everyone to be responsible for one another and also for the equipment they are using.



What age group do we take?

Although we are happy to take Key stage 1,we do so on the understanding that coaching is on a ratio of 1 coach to every 6 pupils. KS2 and KS3 however can be as high as 1:12.

What will you learn?
During these practical sessions, your pupils and teachers will learn the basics of shooting a standard "recurve" archery bow. They will also learn about range safety, modern archery and the Olympic Games, bow types and their development using traditional as well as space age technology. The emphasis will be on shooting technique, learning both theory and practice and having fun at the same time.

What space do we need?
We can provide sessions indoors as well as outdoors depending on available facilities, meaning that as long as minimum safety requirements can be met, sessions can be provided at any time of year regardless of weather conditions. More detailed information will be provided if you decide to proceed however in brief the following will give you a general outline of what space is required.

Can we shoot indoors?

Yes, we would need a hall at least 17m long. The position of doors and windows will have to be taken into consideration and we would erect temporary netting behind the targets to minimise the effects of any stray arrows.

Can we shoot outdoors?

Yes, we would ask for at least 70m of open ground in order to provide adequate safe shooting conditions. This distance may be reduced under special conditions where a bank or wall exists but this would need further discussion with yourselves. If shooting outside then a lightweight coat or jumper is required.

How far will the children shoot?
Whereas Olympic archers shoot at a distance of 70m, for these sessions a maximum of 10m is more than sufficient to provide a challenging and enjoyable experience. More advanced groups may be able to increase this distance given the right conditions and adequate range safety checks.

Do we have DBS checks?
Yes, it is a requirement of being a qualified coach with ArcheryGB all coaches MUST have an Enhanced DBS check and are members of our national governing body G.N.A.S. (ArcheryGB) they are also experienced at teaching many different groups and age ranges. We Specialise in SEN schools. We hold Public Liability Insurance for your peace of mind.

Group Sizes:

Group size is limited to a maximum of 12 per session with one instructor. However, we can supply 2 instructors to increase this and if adequate space is available and where a Teacher/TA can be present it is possible to increase this number to 28-30. This may however reduce the actual shooting time for each student within the session


What does a session cost?

Please contact the office for our latest specials.

The basic cost is for one Archery GB qualified coach to a minimum of Level 1 status plus travelling expenses at cost of fuel only. This daily cost includes the use of ALL the equipment required for the day. A second qualified instructor can be supplied at an additional cost per day. We can also arrange for an after school session for Teachers or Parents to Have-a-Go for a reasonable additional cost. These are normally run on the same day but after school.


How to book


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Workshop Options

  • An assembly. This can be a stand alone talk if required or part of the full day experience. We give a brief talk on the history of Archery and the types of bows and arrows used. If used on a shooting day we also use it to introduce the equipment and the format of the sessions to all staff and pupils. We also discuss safety and explain how to act when on or near the "range" 

  • A quick taster, lots of different groups (up to 6 ) during the day where the pupils get to shoot an Olympic style recurve or a short composite longbow style. These last about 45 minutes.

  • A full day with 1,2 or 3 groups. This session is where the pupils learn more about archery and get to actually handle a LONG BOW, a RECURVE BOW and a HIGH TECH COMPOUND BOW. We will discuss the way bows are made and the materials used along with the technology incorporated to their manufacture.

  • Regular sessions providing your archery support long term. Either as a lunchtime or after school club.

  • Short programs over a period of a few days to a few weeks.

  • Inset or staff days. You can use these sessions with staff on inset and for team building or reward days.


  • School cluster / inter-school competitions set over a few days, we select pupils who not only show promise but have been engaged and put lots of effort into their shooting - it is not always students who are traditionally good at sports that are picked.  Students are brought together in a sinle location and have a tournament.  Great is the kudos for the students who can say "I shoot for my school".

As you can see above we can adapt the sessions to offer the best archery experience possible.