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Getting involved in Archery
Archery’s School Games programme provides competition formats for different settings:
Intra-School Primary: Challenge Cards (These cards use the Arrows – Get into Archery product)
- Unlock the Drawbridge: This team challenge requires players to shoot accurately at the free-standing target in order to get as many opportunities as possible to gain the highest score. The highest score will unlock the drawbridge!
- Archery – Henry V: This is a team distance challenge where players shoot far away, enabling them to do as many shuttle runs as they can.
- The Major Oak: In this individual competition, archers shoot down lanes of cones to score points for accuracy. The lanes get gradually narrower. The archer with the most points wins.
Intra-School Primary: Competition Cards
- Arrows Archery Festival: This card uses four ‘Arrows – Get into Archery products’ and provides activities to give young people a chance to compete using skills in archery.
Intra-School Secondary (Schools will need to use traditional equipment and a qualified coach/instructor)
- Target Archery – Short Metric 5: An individual archery competition shot indoors or outdoors. Archers shoot a total of six dozen arrows over two distances. The highest score wins. The competition will last approximately two – three hours depending on number of children taking part and amount of equipment available, but it can be made shorter.
- Target Archery – Team Challenge: An exciting team ‘round robin’ competition, followed by a tense head-to-head elimination to determine the winning team, just like the Olympic/Paralympic games. The competition will last approximately one hour depending on the number of teams/archers.
- Target Archery – Quick Shoots: A quick team or individual competition for indoors or outdoors, which involves shooting 18 arrows at 15m. The competition is designed to be as flexible as possible. It will take approximately one hour.
- Primary, KS2 (Years 3-6) Competition Card 1: The Arrows Archery festival uses four ‘Arrows – Get into Archery products’ and activities to give young people a chance to compete using skills in archery.
- Secondary, KS3 (Years 7-9) Competition Card 2: School V School Competition - Each competition is made up of two teams. Each team has nine archers, split into three groups of three (mixed or boys and girls).
Inclusive Specific Sport Format:
- Inclusive Archery Team Challenge - An exciting team competition that allows SEND and non-SEND archers to shoot together.
Arrows – Get into Archery Packs include additional activity cards – The Rapid Range, Basic Shooting Technique, Clout, Shooting Stars, Traffic Signals, Eliminator – Hit the Target and Parachute in.
Young Leader Award
The Arrows Young Leader Award prepares young people to become the driving force behind setting up and running their own Arrows Archery club. By the end of the course, young leaders will be able to understand how to set up and run an Arrows Archery primary school sports club or festival. This includes how to plan and deliver a safe Arrows Archery session using the Arrows equipment and resources, setting out a Rapid Range, explaining the safety rules, and delivering a fun warm-up, guide archers to shoot, and play games (under the supervision of a teacher).
If you're interested in progressing in archery
Find and contact your local club using our Club Finder: www.archerygb.org/clubs. Archery clubs provide Beginners’ Courses which give you all the information you need to join the club and shoot safely. Other places where you can enjoy archery are leisure centres, holiday camps, and Scouts and Guides.
Activities to do at home
Hit the Gold #StayInWorkOut Challenge Card Primary & Secondary: Mark a cross (gold) on a wall or piece of paper and draw 3 circles around it, they don’t have to be a perfect shape. You have 3 throws at each distance and have to score as many points as possible. The cross (gold) is worth 10 points, inner circle 7 points, middle circle 5 points and outer circle 3 points.
Bucket Challenge #StayInWorkOut Challenge Card Primary & Secondary: Set up 3 – 5 buckets or other objects in a line, with smaller objects closer to you and bigger objects further away and see how many balls you can throw into the buckets/objects
Arrows Archery Kits, including a Home Edition can be purchased from Clickers Archery LTD.
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