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Leicester Ancient Order of Foresters Archery Club (LAOFAC or ‘Foresters’) was formed in 1970 and is affiliated to Archery GB.
We are a Target Archery club with a wide range of members, including 9 Coaches. We actively encourage juniors (age 8 upwards), students, and disabled members, shooting all types of bows including Recurve, Compound, Barebow and Long bow.
All Archers must be members of Archery GB for insurance purposes; this is included in your annual club membership fee.
Our outdoor venue, to which we have sole and year round access, is at the junction of Hospital Lane and Leicester Road, Countesthorpe. LE8 5QW. There is parking space at the field for cars, or alternatively the field is on the route of the number 85 bus, and there is a stop next to the field.
In winter we shoot at Brockington Community College, Blaby Road, Enderby, LE19 4AQ on Saturday mornings and Wednesday evenings – for members each indoor session is free as this is included in the annual membership fee. Visiting Archers and student members are always welcome, the cost is £5 per session.
Each year we stage a number of open outdoor tournaments. These include an early fun shoot in aid of charity, two record status shoots, and a competition aimed at less experienced archers late in the season. We also hold a two-way Western for longbow archers in June.
On the lighter side we hold fun days and have-a-go sessions where we do a variety of regular target and novelty shoots (Dawn to Dusk, Wand Shoot, Halloween, Boxing Day, Family Fun Days, etc). We also support local schools and community groups, by attending fetes or hosting have-a-go sessions at our field.
Meet The COACHES
Alan is one of our senior level 2 coaches and has been shooting for 38 years. He spent 20 years as a level 3 coach and in total has been coaching for 36. Hes been a member of LAOFAC for 16 years. He has shot recurve, long bow and barebow for which he has won many competitions and set national records. Alan specialises in psychological techniques and runs courses for members to help them progress. He also organises tournaments and fun days for club members and outsiders.
Fred has been shooting for over 50 years and has been a level 1 coach for the past 9. Hes been a member of LAOFAC for over 20 years and although he has shot all types of bows, hes now specialises in compound. He represented Great Britain in the 2008 Bejing Paralympic Games as well as many national championships before he retired from professional archery in 2011.
Hannah is a level 1 coach and has been shooting since 2012. She specialises in compound and working with people with mobility issues. She's been shooting with LAOFAC since 2016 and has represented the club and county at many competitions.
Vic has been a level 1 coach since 2014 but has been with the club and shooting for about 10 years. He is a longbowman through and through.