INVERNESS FIELD ARCHERY CLUB (IFAC)
New members and Beginners
It should be noted that the rules of the club are that any visitor, be they experienced, a learner or beginner, must be assessed for competence and advised of the rules and regulations regarding use of the Field Course. This has to be carried out by a Coach or member of the Executive Committee.
“Experienced Archers wishing to visit or join IFAC”
Visiting experienced ‘field’ archers from an IFAA affiliated National Governing Body (NGB) holding a valid classification score card (with classification entries), will normally only require a course familiarisation visit escorted by one of our coaching team or an experienced archer from the executive committee.
Experienced ‘target’ archers from Archery GB are always welcome to join. If you are not sure about participating in field archery, why not contact us to arrange a trial visit to the field archery course? Bring your archery kit and give it a go. Visitors will receive an induction briefing and assessment by a member of our coaching team. As well as a familiarisation of the club’s field archery course, the induction will provide basic instruction with regard to the IFAA Rules of shooting and safety on the field course.
The club has a team of IFAA/SFAA qualified archery coaches. All of our coaches are members of the SFAA, have undergone Disclosure Scotland checks, and are PVG registered (Protection of Vulnerable Groups).
For general enquiries to the club, please email: Invernessfieldarcheryclub@gmail.com or use the message box on the ‘Contact Us’ tab.
Each year the club’s coaches run a number of “Beginners” and “Improvers” courses. The initial training is conducted indoors during the winter period followed by induction to the field archery course. As well as adults, the club generally accepts beginners from the age of 12 years. Note that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied to each session by a parent, guardian or other responsible adult.
The initial “Beginners” course is one evening session a week for 5 weeks. Participants learn the basic techniques of shooting safely, scoring and are coached to shoot arrows into a target at 20 yards. The cost of the course is fully inclusive of hall fees, use of club equipment and the provision of a personal arm guard and finger tab. At the end of the 5 week basic course, each participant must decide if they wish to continue with the sport and join the archery club. If they do, there then follows another 5 weeks “Improvers” course that includes an introduction to the field archery course.
After completing the courses, coaches will be available to help further your archery development.
Anyone wishing to enrol for courses or for more information, please email our coaching team at: email@example.com and provide a contact telephone number.
Courses run on Thursday evenings at Merkinch Community Centre from 7:00pm until 9:30pm.
As of 2022, facilities have been put in place for archers to shoot indoors. Those wishing to continue with archery but not wishing to use the Field course can continue indoors at Culloden Academy. This will require membership to High Life Highland. https://www.highlifehighland.com/join-high-life-highland