Archery at Clyde Arrows Archery Club

When Nicola, a friend from work invited me along to receive some archery coaching at the Clyde Arrows Archery Club in Milngavie (pronounced ‘Mill-Guy’) I jumped at the chance to learn a new sport. The club meet at the privately-owned Milngavie and Bearden Sports Club on Auchinhowie Road in Milngavie.

Travelling to Milngavie by train is easy as the train travels directly there with out changeover stops. The sports club is a short walk from the station and took about 7 minutes.

Simon the Archery Coach

As I was walking down the drive to the club house I saw Nicola, who introduced me to the other archers who were there. Nicola’s husband, Simon, was going to be coaching me and he went through the commands to be obeyed when on the course. A siren sounds once to tell the archers they can fire their arrows and three blasts tells them they can walk to the targets to retrieve their arrows.  

The torrential rain of the previous 24 hours had stopped and had been replaced with bright sunny weather, so the session was held outdoors. 

Equipment for Archery

After being given my bow, arrows, a bag for holding the arrows (called a quiver) and some leather protective gear, I was ready to start learning the basics of archery.

Simon was a very good teacher and went through the basics and also taught me the safety advice. Archery is a sport which can cause injury so safety on the course is very important. 

Recurve bows on stands

The bow I was using is called a recurve bow because of the curves at both ends. The bow sits in a stand when not in use to prevent damage to it. 

Collecting the arrows

I had four arrows to shoot before waiting for the siren to sound to give the all clear to collect them again. 

Archery course


The boy above is a Scottish junior champion

I had a great time learning how to use a bow and look forward to my next lesson.

Further Information:
Clyde Arrows Archery Club

5 thoughts on “Archery at Clyde Arrows Archery Club

  1. tootlepedal October 4, 2014 / 8:43 pm

    My mother was a very keen archer and we shot a lot in the garden when we were children but our bows were very different to yours.

    • janeslog October 5, 2014 / 9:01 am

      Did you have the bow and arrows with the rubber suction cups on them and you fired them at your target?

      • tootlepedal October 5, 2014 / 10:36 pm

        No we had the real thing that she had used when she was younger.

  2. jmgoyder October 5, 2014 / 10:42 am

    I love your adventuresomeness, Jane!!

    • janeslog October 5, 2014 / 2:01 pm

      I like to try something new. The sports centre is in Milngavie which is a well-to-do town just north of Glasgow.

      I have suffered from severe toothache for three weeks and didn’t think I would be able to make it. The teeth in the painful area were not decayed and I keep them in good condition. My dentist could not see a problem.

      I eventually went to a dentist near my office last Thursday when the pain got unbearable who said the back tooth was cracked in three places and had to be removed as it was mobile. The area is still painful but I can cope.

      My new dentist says it was caused by pressure from my top teeth so she is going to check the rest of my teeth next week. Hopefully, I don’t need any more out!

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