Archery in schools – Archery is a fun and educational activity for young people. Archery teaches discipline, respect and self-control – something that carries over to students’ attitudes, work habits and other school activities. There are several ways to introduce young people to archery; offer soft archery in primary schools, get involved in School Games, start your own archery club or activity partner, qualify to exempt from archery traditional or find support from local clubs and coaches.
Archery is a fun, educational and non-traditional activity for young people.
Archery is a sport for everyone. It helps build muscle endurance and flexibility and develop hand-eye coordination and strength. Archery teaches discipline, respect and self-control – something that carries over to students’ attitudes, work habits and other school activities.
Archery can also give students a strong sense of personal accomplishment. Young people of all levels can participate. Coaches and teachers involved in school archery have found that students who do not normally participate in and enjoy sports-related or extra-curricular activities seem to like and are good at the sport – this is a great option for young people who don’t see themselves as themselves. particularly athletic, as well as those who just want to try something new.There are several ways to introduce young people to archery; gift archery arrows in primary schools, participate in School Games, start your own archery club or activity partner, qualify to gift traditional archery or find the support from local clubs and coaches.
Soft Archery (Arrow Arrows)
Arrows Archery was created for primary schools to introduce young children to archery in a fun and safe way. It has been designed to be delivered by teachers and sports coordinators who have no formal archery experience or qualifications.
This “mini” version of archery provides teachers with kid-friendly equipment and resources to get you started quickly and easily. Simple ideas for activities and competitions are provided which can be used in physical education lessons, throughout the curriculum, in clubs outside of school hours and as part of school games. The equipment and resources provided allow teachers to practice archery in almost any school setting.
Arrows are also the recommended format for the School games at primary level, so take a look at the competition formats you can access.
Consider starting an Arrows club after school, or how about hosting a competition with another local school?
Take a look at our Arrows Guide to Archery and Arrows Sharp Shooter videos for more information and inspiration!
Many archery clubs offer introductory sessions or introductory courses for schools. To find out if a club near you can inspire kids, use our club finder.
You can also consider delivering the kids archery yourself! The Instructor price is suitable for non-archers who want to practice archery in a school environment, and our session coaching courses (Level 1) are suitable for those who have experience and want to help archers to progress further.
Create an Affiliated School Archery Club
To form a school club affiliated with Archery GB covered by Archery GB insurance, the club must be formed in accordance with the Rules of Shooting.
For more information, contact Member Services.
Link your archery club to your local schools
A school is an obvious place to promote your club, get more young people to try archery and often a good place to hire a gym or playground. A link between an educational institution and a community sports club, to work together to meet the needs of young people by providing new and varied opportunities, is therefore a valuable arrangement for both parties.
One of the key elements of a ‘school club link’ is to provide attractive opportunities for young people to transition from playing sport at school and into higher education – a time when many young people drop out of sport – to regular and lifelong participation in sport in their their own time within their community.
Linking clubs gives young people the opportunity to continue to participate in sport and physical activity throughout their lives. This allows them to make the most of their experiences in both settings, to try new sports, to feel comfortable in a club setting and therefore makes them more likely to continue participating once they left school or college.
How to connect with schools
Find out in advance about the right person to contact. Contacting the school/college with a specific person’s name often increases your chances of passing. This can be found by checking the school/college website to find out who the physical education officer or athletic coordinator is. Keep this person’s name and contact information for future reference.
Demonstrate awareness. Safety is one of a school’s top priorities, so be sure to outline how you will keep students safe in your club.
Offer introductory sessions. Schools/colleges are often interested in free services provided by professional organizations with high quality coaches, so if possible be open to offering free introductory/discovery sessions