Add another string to your bow during Archery GB’s Big Weekend

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Thousands of budding bowmen and aspiring archers of all ages will have the opportunity to get in touch with their inner Robin Hood in May when archery clubs across the country open their doors for free to potential archers. Here's how you can get involved - and six reasons why you should!Archery GB Big Weekend

The event was a great success last year - we think it's the perfect opportunity to try archery out and discover for yourself why it suits all shapes, sizes and ages. The clubs will provide the equipment; all you'll need to bring is any friends or family who would like to shoot a few arrows - the more the merrier! It's free and it's a great family day out - what more could you ask for?

As sponsors of Archery GB, we're really excited about this event and especially about helping to give as many people as possible the chance to try out this fun sport for themselves. It's a great partnership for us given our brand and its historic links to the master archers Robin Hood and Little John!

Here are just a few reasons why we recommend you give archery a try:

1. It's good for your body and your mind…

Archery is great for working core muscles. It builds strength, increases flexibility and improves balance - but that's not all. It also sharpens mental concentration and teaches patience. Why? Because it's impossible to shoot well if your mind isn't focused on the task in hand.

2. …But not too physically taxing

Letting a few arrows fly is certainly good for you (see above), but it's not as physically intensive as some sports. This makes it a perfect activity for anyone who is less physically able or who likes to compete, but doesn't want to risk injury or, dare we say it, break into a sweat!  

3. It's a bit out of the ordinary

The range of hobbies and activities available to us increases all the time, but how many people are proficient with a bow and arrow? Learning something new is good for you in all sorts of ways - and it will certainly give you something to talk about.

4. All the family can do it together

Archery equipment is available for all shapes, sizes and abilities, and it's a great sport for kids to learn as, aside from providing physical benefits, it improves their concentration, safety awareness and sportsmanship. A reference to Robin Hood or the Hunger Games is probably more likely to pique their interest though…

5. It's part of our culture 

King Edward III made it compulsory for every boy over 14 to master the longbow. The 'V' sign originally came from archers taunting their enemies. Archery is part and parcel of our cultural heritage.

6. A fun pastime or competitive sport? You decide…

If you like competing you can enter contests, otherwise you can focus on improving your score. The choice is yours. Either way, it's great fun!

Where to find out more

To find your local club and for more information go to Foresters Friendly Society sponsors the event so we'll keep you posted too!