7 good reasons to take up archery

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Archery GB Big Weekend 2015The Archery Big Weekend takes place in June, offering a chance to try this inclusive and long-established sport. It’s the perfect opportunity to give it a try, and here are some more reasons why you should… 

1. It strengthens your core muscles

Good balance is a crucial part of archery because you have to be able to hold your body still while you’re aiming and taking your shot. The more you practice archery, the more those all-important core muscles (those around your trunk and pelvis) will become used to balancing your body and keeping you steady while you focus on hitting the target.

2. You can get the whole family involved

Equipment is available for people of all ages and abilities, so it’s a great family or group activity. The recent release of the final Hunger Games film (see below) means you may even be able to persuade your teenagers to join in too!

3. Katniss is back on the big screen this year

Katniss Everdeen, the heroine of the popular Hunger Games films, has probably done more than anyone else, fictional or otherwise, to make archery fashionable. Jennifer Lawrence was coached by five-time Olympic archer Khatuna Lorig for her role as Katniss and was on the big screen again in Mockingjay – Part 2, the fourth and final installment of the series which hit cinemas in November 2015, giving archery another glamorous boost.

4. It could improve your mental focus

Aside from the many physical benefits, Archery helps to develop mental focus – if you can clear your mind of everything else to concentrate on the task in hand, you’ll do better. It’s a useful skill for dealing with stress and anxiety, and it can aid children’s concentration, too.

5. Archery is in our blood

Bows have played a pivotal role in human history – the earliest stone arrowheads date from before 25,000 BC. The prowess of English archers throughout history has been well documented, and in the Middle Ages a skilled longbow man could release between 10-12 arrows per minute – that’s an arrow every five to six seconds. How many could you achieve?

6. You can try it yourself from 3rd to 5th June

The Archery Big Weekend is an event that happens every year, when archery clubs host open days to introduce people to the sport. There are lots of fun events happening from 3rd to 5th June where everybody is welcome – thousands of people have taken part in previous years and it’s the perfect opportunity to try your hand.

7. We’d love to see you there!

As you can tell from our logo, we’re big fans of archery here at Foresters. We sponsor Archery GB and support its Big Weekend so we might see you there!