It’s fun. I mean… Dodgeball and Baseball are fun and all, but Archery is something you can do for fun and/or professionally. When was the last time you saw Olympic Dodgeball? Okay, then..When was the last time you saw Olympic Archery? Depends when you saw the Olympics last.
I’m not going to do that “Reason Blah” thing, I’m just going to…
...Alright! You might ask “But… What if kids shoot each-other?” Well, just get the people who regularly do Archery to do it, no new kids. Or, if you like, get a local Archery coach to teach a few kids. Each time, re-tell the rules, get everyone to help set up, and go from there. I know that Stage 1-3 will do it, but ( And I’m going off the Wednesday-night regulars here so don’t kill me please ) most are in Stage 2. Give them the chance to leave and rejoin when they like, or else they will be discouraged from taking a break or coming back from it. You’ll need a head-count, at least 2-3 of each type of bow, tabs/gloves, armguards, targets, and, well, you know. Also, teaching kids how to string/unstring Recurve Bows is necessary.
Going off of the Wednesday-night regular thing, there’s going to be at least one leftie. So teach them cross-dominant shooting or invest in left-handed bows. Depends on how money-wise you want to be. ( Or just have them use right-handed bows, there’s no real difference in the 2 ) Also, to keep the kids interested, have monthly/ termly competitions. Don’t mention the achievements in assembly, because that would be the same as telling a school about how many tennis balls someone hit. Plus, not many people would, and I’m sorry to say this, care. Not many people would care. However, if there’s a regional competition coming up, then obviously mention it.
Now, onto the benefits or Archery!
It helps their balance, because of the need to keep your body still in order for a good shoot. It also improves their strength, which is useful for carrying around laptops, tables that need to be moved and a lot of chairs. And I mean A LOT of chairs. Plus, it strengthens their hands, chest, arms and shoulders. And, if that’s not good enough, it helps coordination, confidence, and relaxation. As well as more hand and finger flexibility, which sounds, and looks, like it’s useful, but I’m not a teacher, so I don’t know the exact-bullseye benefits to flexibility. But shooting isn’t all of the exercise. There’s walking to the target and back, and shooting the bow for half an hour burns 140 calories. And I’m not even getting started!
It helps kids focus. Over time, students learn to block out all other distractions in the vicinity to focus on shooting, which will help in the classroom. And you won’t believe the patience benefits. It takes patience for a good shot, and it takes patience for the right time to make a lame joke.
Sidenote: It can help solve self-confidence issues, as well as socialising students with others because you never know who you’ll be on a target with next.