Introduction and club history

This sport dates back to approximately 10,000BC, when it was first used in Europe. This sport was originally used as a method of hunting, later becoming a method of warfare. The introduction of gunpowder, made this weapon ineffective and the sport fell into disuse. This method of warfare was revived in the 18th century in England.

In modern times, archery is more commonly used as a recreational activity in the UK. In the USA, it is also used for hunting.

Heriot-Watt Archery Club is one of the clubs that takes part in the Scottish Student Sport program (SSS). There are eight universities who take part in archery.

Over the last few years, the club has enjoyed some success in the sport. Awards have included the award for the best novice in SSS.

Our club charter

We aim to provide the following service for all our members:

  • To provide an opportunity for any member to practice with the assistance of a coach at each session.
  • To provide a range of competitive opportunities to allow members to compete either individually within or for the University.
  • To provide an opportunity for members to gain a worthwhile social experience through the club.

What does a typical season involve?

Training throughout the season is twice a week. Although for more experienced archers there is an additional session on Saturday morning to fine tune their skills.  This takes place in Oriam on the following days/ times and facilities:

  • Tuesday, 6.45-9.45pm, Sports Hall 2
  • Friday, 6.45-9.45pm, Sports Hall 2
  • Saturday, 8.30-11am, Sports Hall 2 (experienced only; initially enquire in regular sessions before coming along)

We have two coaches who attend regularly. A senior coach who comes on Tuesdays and a level one coach who comes on Fridays.

Competitions are held throughout the year. There are three league matches that the club participates in and the club hosts one of them. There are also the SSS Novice championships, for beginners only, along with the SSS indoor and outdoor competitions.

The SSS indoor and outdoor competitions are where all the clubs in Scotland compete against each other.

How do I join the club?

To become a member of the club, the individual must take out membership to Oriam at a minimum of bronze level. Silver is recommended, as it covers both semesters. Archery can then be joined for a small fee of £15 for the year payable at the Oriam Reception or online.

No experience is required, and there is no need to buy your own equipment, as the club can provide what is required.

For more information, come along to one of our training sessions, or email us at

Key information

Archery Club