Want to compete against other universities? Interesting in joining a sport along side other Cambridge colleges? Want to use an upgraded and nicer bow to take your shooting to competitive level? The novice squad might be just right for you. We travel around to various archery competitions across the UK, feud with those Oxford rascals, and train together to create the best Cambridge mixed squad we can. You are only considered a ‘novice’ for your first year of shooting, so the novice squad presents an ideal opportunity to compete in fun and friendly events as a total beginner, but with the coaching, training, and support to take home medals and prizes.
The novice squad is for beginners who want to progress in archery beyond just learning to shoot and joining the club recreationally. We offer additional coaching beyond that provided by the beginners' course geared at shooting competitively.
Being on the novice squad requires a time commitment of at least two evenings a week, as well as occasional weekends for competitions. Coaching of the novice squad takes place on Tuesday evenings from 5-7pm near the boat houses, and you can practise at the Friday evening club session at the sports centre. There is also the option to shoot on Wednesday evenings as well once you can shoot safely and independently.
It is expected that you will attend every Tuesday session for coaching, and Friday evening for practise. You are also expected to be available to shoot for the club at competitions as a novice (dates below).
The novice squad also requires a slightly greater investment. In addition to the beginners' course fee of £60, you will need to pay the range fee of £27.50 in order to use our second indoor venue, and you can hire a bow from the club for £10 per term. Those that do not keep up with attendance at training sessions or competitions will be removed from the squad back to the beginners' course, and a member from the waiting list will be promoted.
Being part of the novice squad connects you directly to the great Cambridge sporting tradition. You get to wear stash and represent the University. You will make friends with archers across Cambridge colleges, compete against but also befriend archers at universities across England, take home medals, attend award dinners, grudge match with Oxford, and visit some of the best pubs around as a mighty cohort. You’ll also come away with the confidence that should the Normans invade again, you’ll be able to repel their advance from 90m away (come Easter term and our move to outdoors). All and all being on the novice squad is truly a quintessential Cambridge experience.
If you are interested please contact the Novice Officer who will making the selection and running the course here. There will be a chance to ask any questions, find out more, and register your interest after the have-a-go sessions.
As mentioned above, the main focus of the novice squad is shooting for the novice team in competitions. These are held at weekends during term time. It is expected that you will attend the majority, if not all, of these. The competitions for the 2016-17 year are as follows:
Warming up - It is important to warm up correctly to prevent injury.
More training information once novice squad starts.