I am a great believer in catching young imaginations as early as possible. As a Scout leader I see children trying archery for the first time, usually in their early teens. The Arrows equipment would provide the opportunity to inspire their imaginations so much earlier.
If I had the Arrows archery set, I would take it around the Beavers and Cubs in our local district (Romsey, Hampshire) with, inevitably, an excited and enthusiastic response. I could then write a photo article for Scouting magazine to inform other leaders across the country about this exciting opportunity for an early entry into a sport which encourages fitness, teamwork and co-ordination.
The equipment also looks eminently suitable for use by children with disabilities. Helping these children to live a full and active life is an important part of Scouting. The prospect excites me almost as much as it will definitely excite the Cubs and Beavers!
I'm a 19-year-old student who has the amazing part time job of being an archery instructor. I also help out at my local primary school where, leading up to the Olympics, I went and gave a talk to each class about archery as a whole and how they can get involved. The response from the kids was great and almost all of them would love to get into archery!
Before I go off to uni in a year's time, I would love to start up a club with the school where I can get kids more involved. However the school does not have a lot of spare money and me being a student have next to none. The kit would enable me to run a weekly club with some of the older children (KS2) on my day off from studying, and hopefully get more of them in to the sport and to take their interest further.
I already have the support of most of the staff at the school and the kids love the idea, I just lack the money or equipment to make the club a reality but this kit could help me change that!
I would want to use Arrows to take the sport of archery to local youth groups and specifically to centres which cater for youngsters with learning difficulties and those with physical handicaps.
Grangefield Youth and Community Centre is keen for us to provide archery for all-ability groups, Daisychain is an autistic centre in Stockton on Tees providing support for the needs of the child AND their siblings so, in addition to providing for the needs of schools, we could offer a really all-inclusive service.
I sense the Arrows resource heralds an opportunity to introduce and enable many young people and their whole family who might otherwise miss out on this fun filled archery experience. Also, our have-a-go sessions will be enhanced by being able to offer the whole family, all ages, all ability, access to archery which was previously quite difficult to achieve through an inability to use the usual available club equipment.
I really believe Arrows, properly used, can generate an excitement and much fun around archery for the entire family. We look forward to owning and making the resource work in and through our club.