About us

We are the Bowmen of Backworth, a very long-established, friendly archery club based at Backworth Miners' Welfare in North Tyneside.

Who can join?

Our membership is open to all and includes all ages and abilities, including archers with disabilities.  


We will support and encourage any and all archers, whatever their ability, be they ardently competitive or recreational shooters.


We welcome all Archers who are affiliated to any recognised national archery association and we also offer our coaching facilities to them.

National and local accreditation

We are affiliated to

Throughout the year we run a number of our nationally-recognised Beginners’ courses in which a new archer will be taken through the basics of SAFE archery and from the delight of hitting the target with all three arrows... to moaning that they are not all in the gold!

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Facilities and equipment

We are fortunate to have a permanent base at Backworth Miners' Welfare and exclusive use of the field there all year round.

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We advise that a “new archer” does not rush out and buy their own equipment - we understand the urge as we have all been there!


If you decide to join us (and we hope you do!), we have a very reasonably priced bow hire scheme to help you to progress before purchasing your own equipment.


The club also normally has a number of “pre-loved” bows available for sale, which can be tailored to your requirements.


Our coaches will measure you and advise the type, size and power of the equipment that is best for you.

We also use a number of facilities for indoor archery.

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The club provides all equipment necessary for

"Have a Go" and Beginners' sessions.