Who we are
In 2007 a group of like-minded individuals came together after an introduction session to Field Archery by renowned bowyer Pip Bickerstaffe in 2006 and decided that we wanted to take it further to develop the sport on the Isle of Wight. The Wight Company of Field Archers are dedicated to the safe practice of the sport that is Field Archery and we are governed by the rules set down by the National Field Archery Society (NFAS).
Origins of our name
Our name was chosen as wordplay from the title of a famous historical novel by Arthur Conan-Doyle – ‘The White Company’. Parts of the story take part on the Isle of Wight and in other areas in the South. It is set in the period surrounding The Hundred Years War and follows a band of Yeomanry adventuring in France and is an outstanding story that is full of historically accurate details.
What is Field Archery and how do I get involved?
Field archery could be more accurately described as Forest Archery. Amongst the trees and woodland terrain, 3D foam animals are strategically placed at unmarked distances, replicating in some way, our ancestral heritage of hunting for food. The Wight Company is a traditional club, using only wooden arrows and traditional bows, eg longbow, American Flatbow and Hunting tackle. We usually meet once a month on a Sunday in a private woodland on the Island. We pride ourselves on being a friendly club and the aim is to have a good day out shooting in the woods with like-minded individuals. Our club is presently an approximately equal mix of male and female archers.
You will need to be able to negotiate uneven ground and inclines to participate. Experienced target archers wanting to try something different or complete beginners are all welcome to join us for a walk round on one of our shoots to find out more about the sport. Tuition is available for beginners; all equipment is provided and lessons are arranged at mutually convenient times. We usually ask beginners to complete four tuition sessions at £10 each before being assessed as competent to join a shooting group. To arrange a visit and find out more about membership, contact us via phone or email, details at the foot of the page.
Annual Open Shoot
NFAS Trophy Shoot weekend
2022 dates to be announced soon.
Registration from 9am, 10am start
Archers using compounds and sighted recurves (with aluminium or wooden arrows) are invited to our annual shoot. Traditional archers are of course still very welcome. Aluminium or wooden arrows only, sorry no carbon arrows or crossbows.
The shoot will consist of two days challenging field shooting in a beautiful well contoured woodland location near Ancient Brading with views of the Downs and the English Channel.