Archery is open to all
- Everyone is equal.
- Archery can be done by both able-bodied and disabled people. Even severely disabled people and blind people using special tactile equipment can join this exciting sport.
- People of all ages, fitness levels, and ability/disability can compete with each other. A nine-year-old child can compete against an adult, or a disabled person can compete with an able-bodied person, etc.
Archery is an indoor and outdoor sport that can be practised all year round in any weather, with proper training and experience.
Archery is a social sport. People from all walks of life enjoy archery and almost every age group can participate. Children as young as 5 enjoy archery and some in their 80s are known to be shooting competitively.
Archery also teaches the benefits of teamwork, with some competitions involving groups of people.
Benefits of Archery
1. Archery improves self confidence
Archery provides great satisfaction in combining both mental and physical attributes to good effect. Whatever the results at the target, every archer is able to draw satisfaction to a lesser or greater extent, from having won a personal mental battle.
2. Archery improves focus
Focus is important to success as an archer. Developing focus can have a positive impact on your mental health and wellbeing. The more focused you are on your target, the easier it will be for you to clear your mind and aim precisely both in practice and in competitions. These skills will help you to deal with stress and worry when you're away from the archery range and will also help you to remain more focused on other tasks. The focus you learn from archery may even help you to overcome procrastination and distraction.
Balance is vital to success in archery as you have to be able to hold your body still while aiming and making a shot. Practising archery helps you to gain control over your balance as you focus on trying to hit the centre of your targets. The more you practise, the more your core muscles will become accustomed to balancing your body and keeping you steady as you aim and fire your arrow.
Hand-eye coordination is an essential skill for archery. Archery trains your hands to work together while performing different tasks, aiming and firing your arrow based on input from your eyes. The more you practise, the better your coordination will become. This increase in coordination will result in better aiming of your bow and will help you in other sports and activities that use the hands as well.
5. Upper body strength
Drawing a bow string places stress on the muscles of arms as well as the chest, shoulders and back. Similar to lifting weights, this stress is typically maintained for several seconds before the archer releases the string to fire an arrow. With repetition, the stress of drawing and firing a bow leads to muscle development in most of the major muscle groups of the upper body. The specific amount of development depends on both the draw strength of the bow and the amount of time that you spend practising and competing.
During a competition, archers can walk as much as five miles while performing common tasks at the archery range and moving from one position to another. Though much of this walking is in short intervals, the cumulative effect of walking throughout a competition can improve cardiovascular health, muscle tone and leg strength.