Believe it or not, the combination of using bows and arrows dates back to 10,000 BC! Of course back then, it wasn’t a sport - it was a hunting tool for our ancestors to help them catch those tasty/pesky woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed tigers. It started as a sport in the 1840s and has progressed since then into a world-wide sport, being included in competitions such as the Summer Paralympic Games.
Did you know?
Splitting an arrow down the middle by shooting another one in the middle of it is called a "Robin Hood." Legend has it he was quite good with a bow and arrow, but we’re pretty sure he wasn’t a fox!
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3 reasons to get into Archery
Archery builds confidence.
There’s no feeling of accomplishment for kids quite like their arrow hitting the target centre, or even executing a great shot. It helps build self-esteem and helps children learn the values of patience and safety, whilst improving their focus and even their maths skills!
Archery is a sport for everyone.
Kids of all physical abilities can enjoy archery. Even if they’re really clumsy, they could become a great archer! Disabilities don’t count against anyone in archery either - in fact, there are a lot of talented archers who would fall under this category.
Archery is an indoor and outdoor sport.
Ever had to call something off with the kids because of the weather conditions This is not a problem for archery as most clubs have access to indoor facilities, so they can enjoy all year round.
I have been practicing archery for a long time; a bow and arrow helps me to unwind.
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