June 22, 2020

Aim high for National School Sport Week at Home

Children across the country are making the best of a sports week like no other as lockdown continues.

The Youth Sport Trust and Sky Sports have joined forces to deliver National School Sport Week at Home (20-26 June) so if you haven't already signed up, now's the time!

The next step? Why not have a look at our downloadable archery-related Sport Week activity card which incorporates principle archery skills and techniques to improve coordination, focus and patience - all while having a lot of fun, of course!

For the teachers out there, archery is part of the School Games, which is funded by Sport England National Lottery funding and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust. It is a government-led programme designed to deliver competitive school sport to all young people. This academic year, 145 archery school competitions have been delivered, involving 8,902 interschool participants and 1,290 interschool archery teams.

Delivery of archery within the School Games is far more popular within a primary school environment rather than secondary, which is due to Archery GB's fantastic Arrows programme, which has been specially created for primary schools to introduce young children to archery in a fun and safe way. It can be delivered by teachers and sports co-ordinators who have no formal archery experience or qualifications. It provides child-friendly equipment and resources, simple ideas for activities and competitions that can be used in PE lessons across the curriculum, in out-of-hours clubs and as part of School Games. There are eight different activity cards and a competitive festival format.

Graham Harris of Clickers Archery in Norwich sells the Arrows kits. He said: "Arrows archery is a great way to safely introduce young people to a sport that anyone can participate in. Arrows is available in three standard kit sizes; it takes minutes to set up and not only is it a really fun sport, it helps with numeracy too.”

By now, you're probably looking for another archery challenge so here's our downloadable Bucket Challenge activity, designed to help improve your aim!

Keep an eye on the Your School Games website for more information.

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