2 August 2023
If you're looking for a new activity to get your kids into, why not try archery? It's a timeless sport that people of all ages can enjoy, while improving their focus, discipline, and concentration. Not sure how to get started? Here are 5 easy steps to get your kids into archery.
Before letting your child loose with a bow and arrow, it's important to go over basic safety rules. Explain how to hold and use the bow and arrows properly, and stress the importance of never pointing them at another person or animal. If you're using a proper bow and arrows, rather than a kids' set with suckers, it's a good idea to kit them out with protective equipment like gloves. Once they understand the safety rules, they'll be able to enjoy their new hobby without putting themselves or others at risk. If your kids are young, or you want them to be able to practise without supervision, invest in a set with sucker tips rather than sharp ones.
Most archery clubs and classes won't accept children younger than 8, as they don't have the strength or focus to operate a bow with the required skill, so before this age you'd be best using a children's set in the garden. If going to a beginner's class is an option, they should provide all the equipment you need. You can then ask for advice about what equipment is best to buy for your child. A club also provides opportunities for your child to make new friends, meaning they'll be eager to keep attending. Dedicated children's sessions often include fun games for the kids to try and coaching to help them improve their aim.
You could buy a cheap, basic archery set for your child from a sporting goods shop or online, if you have space in your garden to use it safely. You'll need a bow, some arrows and a target. For beginners, a recurve bow is recommended, as they're easy to use and adjustable, making them ideal for kids. Once they've mastered the basics, you can upgrade to a more advanced set. Make sure to ask professional advice before investing in a more expensive bow.
When your child has got the hang of using a bow, it’s time to practise. Like anything else, archery takes time and patience to master. Encourage them to practise regularly, whether in the garden or at the local archery range. Attending a club may help to motivate kids and you can shoot together as a family. Once they meet other kids who are into archery, it’ll help keep them engaged.
It's important to set realistic goals when learning any new skill, which also applies to archery. Don't expect your child to be an expert after just a few weeks of practice. Instead, start by setting small goals, such as hitting the target 3 out of 5 times, and build up from there. The most important thing is to have fun and enjoy the process. Archery is supposed to be enjoyable, so don't put too much pressure on your child. If they're feeling stressed or frustrated, take a break and return later when feeling refreshed. With a little patience and practice, they'll be hitting bullseyes in no time.