Harvester Archers is closed and our beginners courses suspended for the foreseeable future in line with government guidelines regarding COVID-19,
This is to reduce all non-essential contact with others and to play our part in beating coronavirus. Our priority is the health and safety of our members. This decision has not been taken lightly and is based on government advice and we look forward to resuming shooting as early as possible.
If you have an enquiry about membership or beginners courses please contact us through the ‘contact’ page of this website.
Harvester Archers of Doncaster are sad to announce the passing of Chris
Raistrick on 9th September 2021.
Chris's first experience of archery was on one of his many holidays with his beloved wife Brenda. Chris enjoyed the experience so much that he persuaded his good friend Chris Swales to do a beginners course together and then they joined Harvester Archers in 2012. He completed his level 1 coaching course in 2014 and progressed to level 2 in 2016.
Chris was a huge presence in the club: he was our equipment officer and carried out this role assiduously. Chris's technical knowledge was second to none. He would cease his own practice at the drop of a hat to help a fellow archer out with any equipment problems and he set a high standard in recurve set-up. Chris was incredibly generous with his time and expertise and his own achievements within Yorkshire Archery were not inconsiderable: he competed regularly in the county and Harvester Archers were regular winners of the team cups in Yorkshire. Chris's score was always a contributing factor to that success. Chris achieved his Master Bowman First Class award. His preferred discipline was Olympic Recurve but latterly, he shot barebow to challenge himself further. He intended to compete with barebow but sadly, lockdown prevented him achieving this.
Chris was a very talented coach and this role highlighted his passion for the sport and how seriously he undertook his role as a coach. Chris was never happier than explaining bow set up, running beginners courses, helping at HAGs and one to one archer development.
Having highlighted Chris's expertise and professionalism, he may well be best remembered for his sense of humour and his ability to plan ingenious fun shoots. Club members will never forget trying to shoot wearing googly-eye glasses, a Halloween shoot in the dark and the infamous 'Western Western' (don't ask, it's too complicated). Chris always made sure that fun shoots and internal competitions would include everyone in the club and would often not shoot himself so he could oversee the fun.
Chris was talented, kind, generous and unassuming. He was a wonderful club member and we will miss him.
Harvester Archers is a target archery club with a long established history
Our aims are to practice and promote Archery and to encourage anyone interested to take up this fascinating sport. Membership will be open to all irrespective of age or ability. We will assist every member to shoot to the best of their ability and help them achieve through recognised classifications and competitions.
The Club is run in accordance to the guidance issued by Archery GB and yet whilst we have rules and a management committee we pride ourselves on being a friendly open Club.
Club nights are Monday, Wednesday and Sunday.
We shoot indoors from Oct – March between 18:00 – 21:00 Monday and Wednesday and on Sunday 13:00 – 16:00 at the Rossington Community Sports Village, Bond Street, Rossington, Doncaster, DN11 0BZ
And outdoors at the same times from April - September at the same venue.
The Club holds Beginners Courses and 'Have a Go's' throughout the year.
"Having never held a bow let alone shot an arrow, I attended the begineers course with some trepidation. However, I was made to feel very welcome by all.
The training provided was very clear and concise and given in a very friendly atmosphere. By the end of the course, with the instructions from coaches I am able to handle a bow and shoot with confidence. Needless to say I have since joined the Harvester Archers and enjoy attending the meets, they are very sociable, and thanks to the advice from various members of the club I have purchased and set up my own equipment.