Archery Fit is an archery range that loves superheroes and super-archers, and identifies itself as the “best archery club in London.” Why? Two words: Hawkeye course. Yep, you can learn to shoot a bow just like the Avenger himself. But that’s not all they offer.
Archery Fit is located in west Greenwich, and is open daily for 10 to 12 hours. It was founded by family members Kate and Roman, two young entrepreneurs from Russia.
The facility has something for everyone. Kate, a professional archer, is the chief instructor. She won a gold medal at the 2003 Roman National Championships, and co-coached world champions Albina Loginova and Svetlana Cherkashneva.
The facility opened a year ago, and already has some pretty cool achievements. Kate and Roman held their own Archery Fit Championships, which is open to all skill levels and every type of bow. This year’s tournament hosted competitors from 10 countries.
Archery Fit provides coaching for all skill levels, including a one-time lesson for beginners who want to test the waters. If they decide they want to learn the sport, they can sign up for six lessons with a coach. Pros can also take one lesson or sign up for a three-hour self-directed session. Pros who don’t need coaching but practice regularly can buy a monthly membership for access during all hours of operation.
Those wishing to share the experience with friends can shoot as parties. The club also has themed shoots for experienced archers. Its Hawkeye course provides “advanced superhero bow training.” This course is open to pros, and can be done with a coach.
The Hawkeye course challenges archers in “keeping balance, changing positions and stances, hitting moving enemies, (and) blind shooting, (while) sustaining all sort of distractions.” And amidst those distractions, what appears to be a fog machine replicates Hawkeye shooting his arrows in precarious situations. If you’ve seen the “Avengers” films and “Captain America: Civil War” and thought to yourself, “Man that looks cool. I bet I could do that,” now is your chance.
The video below features a businessman who doubles as an expert archer in an advertisement for the course.
Archery Fit consistently features its archers on the range’s social-media pages, which celebrate patrons of all ages and all personality types. Their webpage reads: “If you are an introvert: You will be left alone with your bow, your thoughts and your target. If you are an extrovert: You will be among other extroverts and introverts (please show respect to the latter).” Whatever archery experience you seek, Archery Fit provides it.
Those seeking a social experience might find an unexpected kind of friend. The club is home to three live geckos: Katia, Marusia and Sveta. Their tank welcomes you at the reception desk.
After visiting the geckos, you might find yourself shooting arrows beside an Olympic archer.
More recently, Kate and Roman kick-started a monthly “drink night,” providing free beer to the of-age archers. The patrons, meanwhile, use the facility for various reasons. Some are there to hone their craft, while others use it to relieve stress. Archery Fit’s Twitter feed acknowledges an archer named Alasdair who shoots archery “as a stress-relief technique,” and reports that it works well.
Archery Fit’s website backs that up, writing: “If you are stressed: an archer is a rock which breaks roaring waves (in the) raging ocean of life. An archer cannot be moved. We know the essence of life. We are floating above life.”
Float on. Become one with your inner medieval archer or timeless superhero at this London archery facility.