Gipping Valley Archers - training programme for 2024 consist of:-

Four Taster Sessions (March, May, July & September)

Four Beginner's Courses (April, June, August and October)

They are once again this year proving very popular with some events already fully booked. If your planning to attend one of these this year you might want to think about booking soon.


To book and further infomation please follow the links below. 

Taster Sessions  SORRY NOW FULLY BOOKED FOR THIS YEAR -  3 hours, adults £15 and under 18’s £10.

Beginners Courses - 3 or 4 consecutive weekly session of 3 or 4 hours, adults £60 under 18’s £40.




Gipping Valley Archers is an independent club that hires facilities from Stowmarket Golf Centre. All GVA Club member are volunteers and are unpaid.  All money raised from training is paid into club funds so that we can promote archery in the local community, pay the costs of range hire, maintain our equipment, and replace consumables.

All club coaches are Licenced by Archery GB,  are Safeguarding Trained and DBS checked.


Recent Testimonials

May 2024

"Can I just say thanks for a great day of coaching at your club. The facilities at Gipping Valley are awesome and Trevor and Jackie were brilliant. Thanks again .. what a great club!! Session Coach ( from Kent and very jealous )"


"This is such good value for money whether you’re just looking for an experience or to look into doing this as a hobby. The team are really friendly and very helpful, they were very patient and helpful with our 12 year old. The booking process was easy and great communication."


"I recently visited an archery morning session with the club and would like to say how much I enjoyed it. Both Trevor and Chris were amazing and very helpful, ably assisted by Jacqui.

The equipment was all set up for the 6 of us who were attending as part of team building exercise. Their instructions were clear and well-paced for us beginners. I would also like to add that they were very accommodating for myself especially as I have a disability affecting my left hand and wrist. With their assistance I was still able to take an active part and was the first one of my team to hit a balloon on the target!  Safety was always considered during the fun but active session.  I fully recommend the club to you and hope to return one day."


October 2023

"The beginners course was fantastic. Delivered at a perfect pace with good humour and lots of support. I enjoyed it enormously. In particular I appreciated the Gipping Valley Archers training team volunteering so much of their own time to allow others to obtain an insight into archery. Before the course archery seemed a daunting sport to take up. By the end I could see that it is an accessible sport that has something to offer everyone, regardless of age and experience. Every trainer's passion for the sport shone through and was infectious. Superb value for money."


September 2023

 "What an amazing afternoon! Coaches were awesome with the children and all 4 managed at least one gold. Coaches realised when the bows weren't quite right for the children and swapped them for different ones which made their experience so much better. Couldn't recommend GVA enough!!"


August 2023

 "I found the taster session a perfect introduction for anybody interested in taking up archery ". "Very good experience, and good value for money"


July 2023

"If you are looking for a taster experience in archery, then Gipping Valley Archers is the place to try. All equipment provided, great friendly team with clear instructions and the opportunity to ask questions. All health and safety procedures strictly followed. Can also cater for people with back issues or needing to do sat down archery. Well worth the money. Fantastic experience. Highly recommended".


I went on a recent taster and was happy about the instructor to person ratios in the group. The instructors were very friendly and knowledgeable and engaged both me and my son giving us handy and encouraging tips to improve".


June 2023 - Team Building Event

“I must say a very big thank you to the Gipping Valley Archery who kindly welcomed our team into their range for some archery practice. Most of us hadn’t had any prior experience with archery, however, were all shooting with confidence by the end of the session. The group was dedicated to safety and extremely patient with all of the different abilities within our team. I am very grateful to them for making everyone feel included and welcomed and to have found such a fantastic new activity in archery.”


“The enthusiasm, knowledge and patience of the instructors was exemplary, and they made the day a really fun experience without overburdening us. They made the day really interesting by providing a series of different activities rather than just shooting the same fixed targets. Would strongly recommend to anyone looking to try something different and getting out of their comfort zone.”


April 2023

"Great (Beginners) course. Very friendly and helpful.  I have joined (the club)."

October 2022

"Great fun, very sociable, friendly, well organised, excellently supervised and coached. An extended opportunity to shoot lots of arrows and decide if this is a sport/hobby you would like to take up."

"Excellent value for money. My daughter enjoyed it so much was excited to go each week and learn a new skill. Will definitely be continuing it. Also an excellent team very helpful, happy each time. Thankyou so much."

"Look no further than Gipping Valley Archers for a taster session in archery. I couldn't believe the value for money; 3 hours of archery with 30 min break in-between; friendly trainers with great banter; chilled atmosphere and no pressure. 10/10, would recommend."

"The archery instructor's are very polite and helpful and the course is very logically set out in a manner to which does not apply a stringent time limit to learn each week. If any member of the course looks as though they are struggling the instructor's devote their attention subtly and in my view very effectively minimising any disruption amongst the group. This is a very relaxed and very well organised course. Well done and many thanks to every one involved."

 "Excellent course, good value for money presented in a very relaxed and friendly way and variety added by a very interesting talk about the background to archery in general. Thoroughly recommended whether you hanker after taking up archery or just interested to get an appreciation of the sport."

"Definitely would book this course if you are interested in archery. The people are really friendly and helpful! It was a great course and a lot of fun for all ages."

"Good value for money. Everyone really helpful and they give good advice to help improve or where you are struggling with it. Totally recommend it."

August 2022
“This experience was excellent value for money. Experienced coaches. Safety was paramount. Easy parking. Good facilities at the venue. Pre-event questions meant that when we arrived everything was in place and no time was wasted. An amazing amount of time to shoot as many arrows as possible a you could. Every minute was filled. An overall excellent taster session."

June 2022
"A very well run, professional and friendly day for everyone involved. Excellent value for money and would recommend to anyone interested or curious about archery or even just looking for a fun activity day for the family."

May 2022

"A lovely opportunity to meet and share a decent taster experience with a small group of people, made possible by very friendly and knowledgeable coaches".

"We had so much fun and did learn quite a lot, very funny and friendly coaches!".

"It was a lovely first time experience with a very friendly atmosphere". 

"As a first time experience I could not fault it".

"A thoroughly enjoyable day, well run, fun and safe for all ages and abilities. Will gladly be returning when they have availability and would happily recommend to anyone keen to try out archery. Thank you

April 2022

“Great club I have done a four week beginners course with them. The instructors are very professional and helpful but also approachable”