Frequently asked questions
Can I join if I'm a complete beginner?
The club invites anyone to join, from the very beginner to the more experienced archer. Safety rules and basic shooting instructions will be provided by one of our club archers or coaches. This intro session will take approximately 30 minutes. There is no need to book or schedule with us*, just show up within club hours. Once you have completed the intro session, you may come and go as you like. Archers seeking to improve their archery skills can ask one of our instructors for advice.
*During O-Week and Week 1 of Semester 1, intro sessions are conducted in groups to reduce the work load on our instructors.
Where and when is the club open?
St John's Soccer Oval, University of Sydney.
Mondays, 12pm to 5pm
Fridays, 12pm to 5pm
We are open every week throughout the year including during university breaks. (Weather permitting.)
Why don't you open on weekends?
While the club welcomes and encourages members of the public to join, the club is above all, a university sports club. It is run by and for students who are unlikely to already be on the university campus for any other reason on a weekend.
In any case, even if the club members wanted a weekend day to operate, the field allocation time is given to us by SUSF.
Do I need my own archery equipment?
No equipment is required as the club has all the archery gear you can borrow. The club owns recurves, compounds, longbows, arrows, targets and all other necessary equipment.
If you wish to purchase your own gear, please talk to one of our coaches before doing so to avoid mismatched equipment. Our club has partnered with an archery pro-shop (The Archer's Workshop) who will provide the correct gear to club members.
Archers with personal equipment will need their gear checked by our coaches prior to shooting. The club does not store personal equipment.
How far can we shoot on the range?
Our range is capable of the Olympic standard distance of 70 metres. A 90 metre target is also available under the supervision of one of our coaches.
All new archers are required to under go distance qualifications to prove they can shoot safely.
Do you hold competitions/ tournaments/ events?
The club holds in-house tournaments for all levels of experience as well as arranging competitions with UNSW. We also hold fun & games events and novelty shoots throughout the year.
The Sydney Uni Archery Club is also a nationally registered archery club under Archery Australia. Therefore members are able to compete in local, state and national tournaments. All members will have access to the online national archery scoring database where you can see your scores, ranks and awards. New/beginner archers are encouraged to enter as they will have access to the club’s high-performance gear to compete with as well as coaching. We’ve had new first-year students win state medals and state records. High performing archers can apply for Elite Athlete Scholarship Program.
We also do suggest participating in scoring rounds where club rounds will be setup every session. Members who have access to Archer's Diary can score their arrows digitally and have them recorded for future reference. This will help track your progression and encourage improvement. Milestones are rewarded with awards/medals.
Is there a university team?
The club has 3 teams at different levels:
Casual Team - For entry level or beginner archers who are looking to improve on their shooting skills
Development Team - Seasoned archers who are already engaged in tournaments and training to further develop their skill level.
Scholarship / EAP Team - For scholarships archers or archers part of the Elite Athlete Program
More info on perks, benefits & expectations available here: https://www.suac.org.au/teams
Speak to our head coach for more details.
How much does membership cost?
Student - $10 (SUSF) + $45 (Club) = $55 per year
Community - $60 (SUSF) + $60 (Club) = $120 per year
*$15 Discount for renewing members
In comparison, a session at Sydney Olympic Park costs $31.50 PER HOUR!!!
For archers looking to join the archery team, you will be required to have membership with the national governing body: Archery Australia. For more info, speak to a committee member or coach at the archery range.
Are there classes or coaching?
The club does provide guidance and instructions for new members. It is provided in a more casual setting and at each archer's pace. This is the preferred method of learning archery.
Personal coaching is also available from the head coach upon enquiry.
If you are looking for structred weekly classes, some short programs (5-week course) are run through SUSF but are not affiliated with the club directly.
For full details: https://www.suac.org.au/classes-and-coaching
Can we 'have a go' before signing up or are there 'come and try' sessions?
Unfortunately we cannot let the general public "have a go" due to legal and insurance policies set by Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness, the body that governs all USYD sports clubs. This also means we are unable to offer "come and try" sessions. If you still have any questions or concerns about this you should contact SUSF directly.
Where do I sign up?
All memberships require signing up to SUSF and the Club:
SUSF & Club: https://join.susf.com.au
NOTE: On the membership selection page, don't select under 'Annual Membership Only' as it will not give you the archery component. Scroll down to 'Club Membership' section to select archery.
Are you affiliated with Archery Australia? How do we become registered?
Yes we are a Archery Australia registered club.
Speak to our committtee or coaches for more information on how to sign up
What is Archery Australia?
Archery Australia is the national governing body of archery in Australia (responsible for training archers for World Cups, World Championships and of course the Olympics). Becoming a member allows you access to all their resources and provides many perks/benefits such as:
Access to other clubs/ranges around the country (at their discretion though most are very inviting).
Available to register for any local, state or national tournament that is external to the club. (The club takes several teams to all major events.)
Provides you access to the national scoring database (Archer's Diary) where you score arrows digitally to track your progression. Archer's Diary provides a record of your scores, state & national rankings which can be compared with every other archer in the country.
Access to performance and classification awards/badges (provided by the club for free as well).
High performing archers have access to the national high performance program.
More details can be found on their website: http://www.archery.org.au/
I am an Archery Australia member of another club. Can I shoot at your club as a guest?
Archery Australia members from other clubs are allowed to shoot as a guest for no more than 4 times every 3 months. A range fee of $10 applies.
I have a child (under 18) interested in archery. What do you offer?
Children are also welcome to join the club, but we are only open Mondays and Fridays 12-5pm. They can shoot casually after school or you can book coaching sessions with one of our coaches. They must be at least the age of 8 and must be assessed and approved by one of our coaches (due to safety requirements of certain standard of discipline and hand-eye coordination skills).
Junior archers must be supervised on the range at all times by a parent/guardian. There is a waiver to allow children over the age of 10 to be left unsupervised at the range if one of our club officials or coaches deem they meet the safety critieria. They will still be under the supervision of club officials. For juniors wishing to enter archery competitively, please contact our head coach for more information.
Junior fees are:
$70 - Junior Member [SUSF $25 + Club $45]
Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness also run school holiday programs as well as after school programs. More details here: https://susf.com.au/school-holiday-program/
The club does cater for corporate sessions or team-building sessions. This is booked through SUSF.
Send enquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1300 068 922.