Launched in September 2012, Arrows has been created for primary schools to introduce young children to archery in a fun and safe way. It has been designed to be delivered by teachers and sports co-ordinators who have no formal archery experience or qualification.
This ‘mini’ version of archery provides teachers with child-friendly equipment and resources to get you started quickly and easily. Simple ideas for activities and competitions are provided that can be used in PE lessons, across the curriculum, in out-of-hours clubs and as part of the School Games. The equipment and resources provided make it possible for teachers to deliver archery in almost any setting in school.
We have produced eight different activity cards for Arrows. These make it possible to introduce archery concepts and skills through fun activities rather than technical instruction. The activities enable you to use archery as a way of encouraging learning in other areas; for example, maths through scoring, literacy through language, and citizenship though cooperation and self-discipline. They are designed to be flexible enough for teachers to adapt them depending on the ability and age of the group. These activities provide an alternative and complementary way of developing movement skills (such as coordination, balance, and strength), and personal, social and mental skills, as well as archery skills.
Sharp shooters taking part in Arrows will only need regular PE kit.
We hope that once young people have experienced fun and active archery games at school through Arrows, they will be enthused to have a go at the traditional sport of archery. A competitive festival format is included with Arrows and this is the suggested competition format for the Primary School Games.
There are different sized kits available, depending on the numbers of children your sessions will cater to. The costs listed are fully inclusive of VAT and delivery, and the kits include everything you need from the bows and arrows to targets, guides for teachers, and activity cards. Buy Arrows
|Six Bow Pack||10 Bow Pack|
|Six bows||10 bows|
|21 arrows||33 arrows|
|Three double-sided targets||Four double-sided targets|
|Six arm bracers||10 arm bracers|
|Guide for Teachers||Guide for Teachers|
|Reference card||Reference card|
|Eight activity cards||Eight activity cards|
|Festival card||Festival card|
‘Arrows is going down a storm in Halton! We’re using Arrows in schools that have signed up to the Halton London 2012 Legacy Programme. Archery (using Arrows) will feature as one of the sports pupils compete in on the day. Arrows is a brilliant concept that has added great value to the children’
School Games Organiser, Halton
‘We won the Shrewsbury School Games Arrows competition and came fourth in the County School Games which was great!’
Teacher, Mount Pleasant Primary School, Shrewsbury
‘The children love it and there is the additional draw to get people into the clubs as they can try the real thing’
Northamptonshire Sport, County Sport Partnership
‘Arrows is fantastic! The kit is brilliant, really good quality’
Club member, Romsey Archers
‘Our Arrows kits have been put to very good use over the Summer Holidays with some unexpected benefits! There are lots of 4-11 Summer Clubs and this year because we can involve the 4 to 7 year olds using Arrows bookings have rocketed! Taking the kit to fetes and family days has made the sessions a lot more inclusive and as a result we have had even more interest in the sport and parents wanting to do beginners courses! Use of this equipment is certainly laying down a long term foundation.’
Deer Park Archers