Long before Katniss Everdeen, there have been heroic archers peppered throughout history who have sparked the imagination of many a child! From William Tell (he of son with apple on head fame!) to Robin Hood, Susan Pevensie from the Chronicles of Narnia, Legolas and the Green Arrow… the list goes on.
It is great to see kick-ass archers who are heroines as well, not just heroes. This is a sport which is open and enjoyable for both boys and girls. Not only is archery now cool, thanks mainly to popular culture and the likes of The Hunger Games, but it is also a great way for children to keep fit.
Just about anyone can play archery, it is truly a sport for the masses. Not only is archery thought to improve mental toughness and self-confidence, it is also a social sport that teaches teamwork and sportsmanship – those incredibly useful life skills which will seamlessly transfer into your child’s adulthood too.
Source: A Straight Arrow
Importantly, archery also helps physical development. It improves not only upper body strength, but also core strength. Did you know that during an average competition a male archer will pull 7.3 tons to a female archer’s 5.3 tons. To put this in perspective during a weight lifting competition the strongest will be lifting 1.5 tons.
Not only is archery relatively inexpensive, it is thankfully not just a fair-weather sport – there is no excuse… it can be played all year round. Of those 15 reasons to teach your kids archery… seeing your child keeping fit, being social, focused and having fun – surely that is what it is all about! Look online to search for an archery club near you.
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