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Archery programs are not typically incorporated into the physical education curriculum or offered as an extracurricular option in schools. This is because archery is considered to be more of a specialized sport that requires its own equipment and may be logistically difficult to implement in schools. However, high-quality equipment, such as foam archery targets, is available at affordable prices, and the set-up of this equipment is worth the small time investment. Archery is a unique sport that develops a different set of skills and muscles compared to other sports. Here is a list of three reasons why schools would benefit from teaching archery to their students.
Students learn skills for the classroom and life
Learning and practicing archery requires cooperation with other students and teachers. If students don’t follow the rules they don’t get to practice shooting as many times as they would like. Archery teaches students the value of sportsmanship and respect, as well as the importance of safety. It can be played as both an individual and team sport, which allows children with different learning styles to excel. The skills required to do well in archery can also be applied to other classes, such as math.
Students develop focus and self-discipline
Students will learn that in order for them to successfully hit the middle of their foam archery targets, they need to focus on each step of the process to determine where adjustments need to be made. Improvement in archery requires patience and the ability to analyze mistakes to determine next steps. The desire to improve also develops goal-setting practices.
Archery is available year-round, both indoors and outdoors
This sport is accessible to people of all ages and physical abilities. As anyone can participate in this sport, including children with disabilities, archery fosters a sense of inclusion that many other sports do not. In addition to this, archery is not restricted to any particular setting or season. It can be played in both indoor and outdoor settings.
The National Archery in the Schools Program in the US recognizes the benefits of teaching archery in schools and aims to improve educational performance among students in grades 4-12 through archery programs. Archery can be an exciting option for students who are interested in trying something different, and it can benefit students even if it is only offered as an extracurricular activity.
At kristoFoam Industries Inc., we provide schools with only the highest-quality foam archery targets—they’re durable, weather-proof, have great stopping power and allow for easy arrow removal. Our low-impact targets are ideal for school archery programs and our high-impact targets are perfect for club practice and competitions. Contact us today if your school is ready to get its students in the archery game!