Believe it or not, archery in schools can benefit students behaviour, self-awareness, focus and overall health. The benefits of learning archery in schools are endless. I wanted to learn through the internet why we should teach archery in schools, and what archery programs are offered in Canadian schools.
In the CLASSROOM…
I read an interesting news article which highlighted how archery skills help students in the classroom. Below are real life benefits that are seen by other teachers in the classroom due to archery.
Schools have the possibility of using archery programs (or any sport program) as a means of improving student’s grades.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you think putting a specific grade limit into joining a sport helps increase students academics, teaches them to give up, or something else?
For Children’s HEALTH…
An article I discovered written by Jack Gerard discusses the health benefits of archery. Some include:
- upper body strength, walking exercise
- balance, coordination and mental focus
My favourite article discusses all of the reasons to teach archery to children. Here are some the article presents:
- one of the safest sports
- can be done year round (indoors and outdoors)
- archery is for everyone (it is adaptable for people with disabilities)
- develops better behaviour in students
- teaches goal setting ( by increasing distances or shooting at smaller targets)
- builds confidence and self-awareness
The final one that really stood out to me was teaching students self-discipline.
National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)
This program was developed to serve educational and conservation purposes. It is supported by many Wildlife Conservation agencies, as they believe too many young people are being disconnected from the outdoors. Their goal is to inspire children to spend more time in the wild and outdoors. This program is offered for students in 4th to 12th grade.
Archery is a growing sport in many schools. What are your thoughts on introducing archery into schools? Have you seen any benefits based off of your personal experiences?