History of Our Club
Chessington Bowmen was founded by Ted Bradford and Colin Stevens on May 24th 1983 at Chalky Lane in Chessington, just opposite the Zoo. It has moved grounds a few times since then. We have been at Kingston University, Moor Lane Junior School, and Chessington Cricket and Sports Club. In September 2012 we moved to Kingston Rugby Club on Hook Road, Chessington. KT9 1PL (see location)
In October 2016 we had just over 100 members, which is the biggest we have ever been. We have a very strong and successful junior team which has won many regional and national titles. This includes winning the team event (as Kingston) at the London Youth Games in 2009. This success has put Chessington Bowman on the map. Some of our adults have also been very successful setting UK national records and representing GB.
There are several features that make the club stand out. We have a strong identity as a family club, with many parents able to enjoy the sport of archery with their children. The social aspect is one of the things our members value the most about being a member of Chessington Bowmen, including eating fresh cooked bacon butties on Saturday mornings. The club is committed to helping juniors in particular to develop their technical skills, discipline and capability. This also applies to adults as well. Our members also highly value the mix of fun and serious events we organise throughout the year. We have several members who are disabled, including visual impaired, hearing impaired, autistic and in a wheel chair.
We use the fantastic facilities of Kingston Rugby Club. We have access to a large club house with tables and chairs(for meetings, social events and shelter from the rain), a modern kitchen, toilets, storage and best of all an excellent bar.
When and what we shoot
The club is a target archery club, we shoot recurve (Olympic style), compound, barebows and traditional longbows. We meet on Saturday's mornings from 9am to 1pm throughout the year. It is also possible to shoot during the summer from 3pm until dusk every day provided there are at least two adults present. There are always targets out on the field. From October through to Easter we shoot indoors at the Kings Centre in Coppard Gardens, Chessington on a Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5.30pm to 8.30pm. See the location link for more details and some maps.
The witches hat at the Halloween Fun shoot, October 2016