02 Feb A Focus on Archery
Today we are going to delve a bit deeper into the world of Archery at Robinwood. A session we feel really benefits children and it gives them real scope for development.
The Group Leader will set the scene and establish some group rules for the safety of everyone involved. A quick visual demonstration later and it’s the children’s turn. Starting off with the basics, children learn how to hold a bow correctly and shoot a few arrows at the targets guided by their Group Leader who is there to make sure they have a good understanding of what to do.
After their initial ‘guided’ arrows the children will be split into two teams, each team will take in turns to step up and try their hand at hitting the target. This is a really useful time for the Group Leader to provide some extra coaching tips to help develop the children’s archery skills. This is where the development comes in, often a little top tip from their Group Leader is all the children need to perfect their aim. Our staff see lots of different children taking part in archery so they have a good understanding of the little things that change where the arrow hits the target.
Following on from these coaching tips we will usually play some Archery games. Have you ever made a pizza using arrows? Or played archery battleships? I can assure you there’s lots more to Archery than just hitting the target. We find the children really benefit from using the skills they have learnt in a game. And of course, our games include the whole group, including the teachers!
Our Access and Adaption team have also provided some really great provision for children with disabilities. We have a bow stand that’s designed to hold the bow at the right height. The string can then be pulled back and the arrow shot with only one hand; or two hands if the participant has limited arm strength. It is also totally adjustable which gives us scope for more children to use it as required. The bow stand is useful for a huge variety of participants, from children in wheelchairs, to those with limited mobility or strength. We even use it with participants who have a broken wrist and need the extra help.
After a session of coaching and shooting lots of arrows the children leave with a greater understanding of archery, a new set of skills and having had lots of fun along the way. Archery is a fantastic activity for children to get stuck into and we often see really great progress and development from start to finish.