Black Arrow Field Archery Club (BAFAC) was founded in October 2005 by experienced and established archers. Our objective was to establish a small, friendly club that would introduce people to field archery.
For the first ten years we practiced the sport of Field Archery in a wood at Coxbenc, Derbyshire, but on the 25th March 2016 we transferred our activities to mature woodland situated near Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. This woodland, which is easily accessible from Junction 13 on the A42 and other local roads, is appropriately called ‘Black Arrow Wood. This is our home for many years to come.
We welcome visitors to Black Arrow Wood try their skills on our extensive, challenging course.
Whilst our wood at Coxbench, Derbyshire did present a serious challenge to people with mobility issues, we believe that our Black Arrow Wood in Leicestershire is likely to be more accommodating. If you have mobility issues but wish to try the sport of Field Archery, please use our Contact Us page to discuss individual needs, and perhaps plan a visit us and learn more about the club. We are a friendly, welcoming club and will try to accommodate your needs.
The club is affiliated to the National Field Archery Society (NFAS) and we support the Field and Roving Archery Society (FRAS). We also have our own insurance, many of our archers are members of the NFAS.
Our facilities will continue to improve, with a shelter, toilet, storage and a comprehensive range of coaching equipment. We welcome beginners, visits from experienced archers and those wishing to arrange a Corporate Day for 12 or less participants, a Taster Session or an Experience Session.
In 2011 the club staged its first open field shoot, which was very well received, and we have plans to have other open shoots in the near future.
Our membership fees are modest, our membership year starts in October and we offer day rates for visiting archers.
We are proud to say that our club continues to be regarded as very friendly and relaxed. Some of our members are happy to just come along to the club for a shoot and to socialise, however, an increasing number of our members also visit open shoots and Championships around the country and often return with personal best performances, medals and trophies. A number of our members have achieved National Championship Awards.
If you would like to know more about the club and potential membership, if you are interested in a Corporate Day, a Taster Session or an Experience Session, or simply wish to arrange a visit to have a look at our facilities, please use our Contact Us page and we will get back to you as soon as practicable.
This form of archery represents hunting with the bow (actual hunting with a bow and arrow is illegal in the UK). Targets are either life-size 3D animal models or printed images of animals. These are placed in woodland in a natural setting with shooting pegs set at unmarked distances.
The course designer uses the natural terrain and features to create realistic and challenging shots with minimal disturbance to the woodland environment. For example a rabbit might be placed just under a hedge or bush, a fox around the bottom of large trees and a deer might be spotted in a clearing through a gap in the trees.
Shooting takes place in groups of 3 to 5 archers with each group following a marked safe path around the course. Each archer takes their turn to shoot up to 3 arrows at each target, once a score is gained on a target you stop shooting move to a safe place and wait for the rest of your group to complete their shooting. The scores are then recorded and the group moves on to the next target. The possible score reduces with each arrow shot.
There are many different shooting classes, covering all sorts of equipment and shooting style preferences from primitive and traditional equipment to numerous modern derivatives. Shooting is invariably conducted in beautiful natural surroundings with good company and a laugh, resulting in a very pleasant day out and, sometimes, the added bonus of winning a medal.