19 Feb 17
Entries for the 50th All British and Open Field Championships will open on 1 March.
It is a very social sport and provides the opportunity to join a club, shoot in a social setting and participate, should you want, in friendly club and inter-club competitions (indoor in winter, outdoor in summer).
Inclusion is another facet where you will find seniors and juniors, young and old and able and disabled all shooting and competing together. Also, it is very family oriented and there are a large number of parents and their children within the membership (and some grandparents too). The picture shows juniors shooting at the National Indoor Championships which are held every year.
You may be seeking more of a sporting or technical challenge. Archery competitions range from county through national to world levels (in 2010 - Commonwealth Games and World Championships; in 2012 - the Olympics). Equipment can be very technical and top archers would use high speed cameras in their training. Intensity and focus and dedication and discipline are as important in archery as precision and accuracy in shooting.
Whatever your need, you will find a sport that provides a balance between fun and health no matter what your ability is.
You can read a truly inspiring story of how one person is grasping the archery opportunity below: