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has a history of over 30 years of continuous membership.

 

Where?

Club Room is situated above 4 Garth Lane, Grimsby,North East Lincolnshire, England (Click the links for maps)

When?

Club night is every Friday 7pm to 9pm, but Club facilities are available 24/7 to members

Membership

has a small complement of Ladies, Gents and Junior members in Longbow, Recurve and Compound, shooting both Target and Field

annual membership is 48 for adults, with concessions for juniors. This includes use of all of the club facilities, entry into several club tournaments and insurance. GNAS membership, whilst recomended, is an optional extra.

Equipment?

runs regular training courses for beginners, and supplies all of the equipment required, so all you need is you.

What Now?

Interested? Either come along and have a look, or contact the club secretary for more information at the address below

The club secretarty is:
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History

History

Some authorities date the origin of archery as early as the Aurignacian period, about 25,000 years before the modern era. The earliest people known to have used the bow and arrow were the ancient Egyptians, who adopted the weapon at least 5,000 years ago. In the time of the earliest pharaohs, the Egyptians practised archery in hunting, as well as in warfare against the ancient Persians, who were then equipped only with spears and slingshots. Soon afterwards, however, the bow and arrow was used extensively in the ancient world. The Assyrians and Babylonians depended on the weapon, and the Old Testament refers several times to archery as a characteristic skill of the ancient Hebrews. In China, archery dates back to the Shang dynasty (1766-1027 BC). A war chariot of that time carried a three-man team: driver, lancer, and archer. During the ensuing Chou dynasty (1027-256 BC), nobles at court attended archery tournaments that were accompanied by music and interspersed with elegant salutations.

The Romans owed much of their military superiority to armies of skilled archers. At the beginning of the medieval period the Romans were in turn defeated by the more highly skilled archers of the Goths, Huns, and Vandals. During the Middle Ages the most notable European archers were the English, whose longbows proved decisive at the battles of Crécy (1346) and Agincourt (1415). Medieval ballads celebrate their feats in hunting, fighting, and sport. Outside Europe, in the same period, peoples of the Middle East excelled in archery. Archery also played a role in the folklore of the Middle Ages. According to legend, 14th-century Swiss marksman William Tell was ordered by an Austrian governor to shoot an apple off his own son's head with a bow and arrow. In addition, the story of Robin Hood, the heroic outlaw, originated in the late 14th or early 15th century. Robin Hood, glorified for stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, wielded a bow and arrow. He was famous for his accurate marksmanship, including the ability to split one arrow with another.

Accounts of European travellers during the Renaissance indicate that the bow and arrow was the most important weapon used in East Asia, the Americas, Central Africa, and the Arctic regions. However, the introduction of gunpowder gradually made the bow and arrow obsolete, especially in western Europe. In the defeat of the Spanish Armada by the English in 1588, for example, 10,000 English troops were experimentally equipped with firearms, while the Spanish relied on archers; the success of the English forces played a major role in convincing military theorists that archery had become a relatively inefficient method of waging war. Nevertheless, peoples of East Asia employed archers in warfare as recently as the 19th century, and the use of the bow and arrow in hunting and intertribal fighting continues in central Africa and South America to the present day.