Session Coach (Level 1)

Archery GB’s Session Coach course prepares learners to deliver engaging sessions for beginners, including design and delivery of a beginner’s course, which is the most popular way for archery clubs to welcome new members.

About the course

This qualification is structured into the following module titles. Each module is completed separately, providing greater flexibility to complete the learning around work and home-life.

We recommend completing the modules in the order described, although we recognise this may not always be possible.

Starting Your Coaching Journey (online 2 x 2hrs)

Being a coach is in itself a learning journey, where we adapt and refine our skills by learning from our experiences. This module identifies simple yet must-have skills for coaches, including how to use reflection and feedback to take action towards improvement.

Empowering Archery – Part 1 (online 2 x 2hrs)

Empowering Archery™ focuses on how to optimise people’s experiences of archery and help them achieve their goals.

Introduction to Technique (online 2 x 2hrs)

Every archer knows that learning good shooting technique early on sets you up for a happy and healthy experience of archery. From a coach’s perspective, understanding the basics of shooting form and teaching these to your beginners from the first session is really important.

Creating Engaging Sessions (online 2 x 2hrs)

Coaching offers us a wonderful opportunity to offer new people to our sport something in life that is increasingly missing from day-to-day activities. This is a sense of achievement, development, and connection alongside the multitude of health benefits. But this doesn’t happen by accident, it takes a real coach to curate a session that has all the right ingredients for beginners to really enjoy and benefit from the session. This module invites coaches to explore how they can create sessions that meet their audience’s needs.

Using your Coaching Skills (practical 1 day)

This module helps coaches to apply what they have learnt on the course, with a focus on using drills and skills to improve the quality of practice for archers.

Supported Practice and Coach Presentation (practical 1 day)

Coaches are asked to practice their coaching (for example at their club), which can start as soon as they have completed a module of the course. It is important coaches pick a local mentor to provide support throughout this process; someone trustworthy and encouraging.

After getting enough practice, coaches return for the final day of the course, ready to provide a sample coaching session with peers on the course. We’re not expecting perfection, as this is all about learning. We’re looking for coaches to apply what they have learned from the other modules.

Attending a module/course

Terms and conditions

Full details about the course are provided within the ‘Guidance for Learners 2021’, which can be found in the document section below. This contains important information, including the terms and conditions, and needs to be read before applying to attend a course.

Entry onto a module/course

It is important than anyone attending a module/course has basic experience of taking part in archery (i.e. beyond a beginner level).

The course is open to members and non-members of Archery GB, aged at least 15 years old by the first day of the course. (When carrying out supported practice sessions away from the course, Learners who are under the age of 18 must be supervised by a responsible supervisor).

If you have a disability

We encourage people of all abilities to become a coach. If you have a disability or difficulty, we can make specific arrangements during the tuition and/or assessment to ensure you are not unfairly disadvantaged. Please read the reasonable adjustment policy provided below for full details, and to make an application for reasonable adjustment.

Cost of the course

As a guide, to complete all the modules in the course usually costs from £250 to £275. This does not cover your travel to and from the venue, or any accommodation or meals.

The fees from the course are used to pay for the venue and equipment, the Coach Developers, the learning materials and certificates, back-office support and the costs for the behind-the-scenes development of the course.

If you are a volunteer coach and are coaching to benefit your club, we highly recommend enquiring with your club or county about financial assistance.

Book onto a course

You can book to attend an online module at

Online modules require users to have a good internet connection and basic IT skills. Further information can be found in the ‘Online Webinars Technical Support Guide’ below.

Practical modules are organised on a local basis, and the venue is typically an archery club, sports centre or school.


All relevant documents are available to download below.

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Code of Conduct – Coaches, Judges and Officials
Learner Reasonable Adjustment Process 2020
Learner Assessment Appeals Process 2020
Online Webinars Technical Support Guide