Hertford Company of Archers (HCA) is an established and thriving archery club based just outside Hertford, at The Butts, Meadow Lane, Hertford Heath (beside Haileybury College). We are affiliated to Archery GB, the national governing body for archery and abide by their rules and recommendations.
We run archery parties for adults, children or both at our field.
Archery is a very inclusive sport, if you have any special requirements, let us know on the application form.
We charge £20 per head up to a maximum of 12 people for 2 hours. A 25% non-refundable deposit is payable when you book and the balance is due at least 4 weeks prior to your party. We accept payment by BACS or cheque. Cheques should be made payable to ‘Hertford Company of Archers’. We do not accept payment on the day.
A total of 2 hours, with a safety briefing, issuing kit, warm up and shooting. We can include a competition at the end with proper scoring, or a fun shoot, with balloons and novelty targets.
If you cancel more than two days in advance, we will refund your payment, except for the 25% deposit.
If you cancel less than two days in advance, we will not refund any of your payment.
If we have to cancel for safety reasons, we will refund all of your payment in full.
Bad weather arrangements: We shoot in all weathers except thunderstorms!
Age and Supervision
All our coaches are DBS checked and a copy of our policy can be made available on request. Children under 14 must be supervised with a recommended 1 adult to 3 children ratio. The host parents must provide this number of adults to supervise the children in order for HCA coaches/members to focus on the archery.
Adult groups wishing to hold a party will have one HCA Coach/experienced archer per 4 adults.
We will ask you for 3 dates/times with your preferred date/time. Subject to these not clashing with club days/events we will do our best to accommodate you. We will need at least 6 weeks’ notice of your event so that we can minute it at a Committee Meeting (for insurance purposes).
We have a BBQ which you can hire for a fee of £10. You must bring your own charcoal and food which you cook yourselves. HCA will not be responsible for any catering arrangements.
Safety is our prime concern. Strict safety rules must be observed.
Archery is a safe sport. It’s safe because we have very strict safety rules. The first 10 minutes of your archery party is a safety briefing to inform you about these rules.
A clear signal will be given by a Field Captain to indicate it is safe to shoot. A second signal will be given to indicate that it is safe to collect arrows.
All archers must obey the Field Captain. Failure to do so could endanger someone else and will mean you are asked to leave the shooting line.
You will be fully briefed on the use of your equipment, fire exits, availability of first aid etc.
Please wear shoes or boots (trainers are OK). No open-toed footwear.
Avoid wearing baggy sleeves and tops – they can catch on bowstrings.
For the same reason, if you have long hair, bring something to tie it back with. If you have a piercing that might catch a bowstring, you’ll need cover it up or remove it for the session.
We will provide you with all equipment, including lightweight beginner bows.
Shooting will be on a one to one basis with a coach or experienced archer.
Targets will typically be 10 yards from the shooting line.
You can download a poster and some more information from here.
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Hi Tony, Tracey.
I just wanted to say a huge thanks to you and the team for hosting my birthday party last month. We all had an absolutely terrific time and everyone agreed it was really well managed by you guys, so a big thank you.
Wishing you and the club the best of successes for the future.