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Welcome to the website of Cambridge University's archery club

We are a friendly and enthusiastic club catering for all levels, from the complete beginner up to the highly experienced athlete. Anyone is welcome, whether they wish to shoot purely for fun or desire to compete in any of the many competitions we attend. Cambridge University Bowmen have an excellent record over the years in both the experienced and novice levels of competition on the university stage as well as at county, regional and national level.

If you are a beginner interested in starting a new sport you can find out more by clicking here. Alternatively, if you are an experienced archer who has shot before, either at university or any other club, you can find out more by clicking here.

We shoot in the regional BUTTS league, as well as at the national indoor and outdoor BUCS competitions and a number of other university events. We also shoot in an annual Varsity match against Oxford University Company of Archers. In addition to University shooting, many members take part in external competitions held throughout the county and sometimes even farther afield.

Feel free to browse our website to find out more about the club from the menu on the left, or by opening the menu at the top of the page on a mobile device. If you can't find the answers to any of your questions, feel free to contact a member of the committee whose addresses can be found here. Please note that if browsing on a mobile device there is more content is available on the desktop site.

Latest News

Annual Dinner 2017/2018
By Alex Guyon

On Saturday 3rd February we held the long-awaited black-tie CUB Annual Dinner at Trinity College. This was well-attended by a contingent of 26 archers including several alumni, one of whom, Professor Lindsay Greer is now our senior treasurer. The night began with all meeting at the Mitre pub on Bridge Street, before we made our way to the Old Kitchen at Trinity College. The table was amply decorated with a fine set of trophies, including the awe-inspiring Varsity Trophy, thankfully retrieved from the other place last year. Jack's legendary attention to detail included a seating plan which included customised place cards decorated with an arrow of matching fletching colours to the respective archer.

After the archers spent a suitable amount of time admiring the splendour of the table and its surroundings the meal commenced. This included Confit Guinea Fowl Terrine, or a Baked Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Tartlet accompanied by a marvellous Riddle Creek Reserve Chardonnay. For the main, Roasted Venison (Sam assured all it was an extremely valuable cut) or a Baked Globe Artichoke accompanied by a Hoopenburg 'Bush Vine' Pinotage. For desert, there was a delicious Apple, Blackberry and Cob Nut Crumble with extremely generous portions of vanilla custard that left all attendees very satisfied that they'd got their money's worth of food.

As coffee and truffles were served, Alex Guyon gave a Natsci's valiant attempt at poetry to continue the tradition of the Social Secretary's rhyming speech. This year's effort focused on the mishaps of various members of the club with Tak, Richard, Omar and Shivam all meriting a mention. This was followed by a rather more eloquent speech by the captain Jack who updated us all on the progress of club including many successes at competitions and an extremely healthy crop of beginners joining the club this year. After the traditional passing around of the menus and many kind messages (and a few less so!) in everyone's menu, Alex gave a short speech to thank Jack for his extremely hard work and dedication to the club over the course of the year. The party then proceeded to the JCR at Christ's College until the early hours of the morning, including many a game of pool and good use of the PS4.

I'd like to thank all of you who came and made it such a fun night, and to Jack and Ivana who helped with the organisation of the dinner itself.

Warwick BUTTS
By Andrew Browne

On the 20th of January, a team of 13 archers from CUB travelled to Warwick University to compete in the third leg of the BUTTS regional league. Individual medals were obtained by Zheng-Ao (gold) in novice gents recurve, Chris (silver) in compound and Liam (bronze) in barebow. Our experienced team finished in 8th place in the combined standings. While not as high as we wanted to achieve, the gap between fifth and eighth place was less than 70 points, so there's still every chance for our team to place higher in the final two legs of the competition, especially given that we are hosting the next one. In the overall standings, our experienced team maintains its position as seventh. Our novice team fared better, finishing third at Warwick and fourth in the combined results of leg 3, thus jumping to third place overall in the league! All the novices maintained or improved upon the scores they shot last term despite the long break, with some making huge improvements. It was a very enjoyable competition for all who attended, thanks for Warwick's archery club for running a successful competition and social afterwards. The next leg of BUTTS will be hosted by us on the 18th of February, giving us plenty of time to train and excel on home turf.

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