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Disability Archery

Take part

There are many opportunities for people who have a disability to get involved in archery. The best places to get started are at an archery have a go session or beginner's course held at archery clubs, schools and universities, multi-sport camps, the amputee and spinal games or through specific disability sport organisations.

Join a club a take part more regularly, improve and access local competitions. There are also opportunities to progress to a national level through Archery GB's regional academy structure.

Paralympic programme

Archery GB's Paralympic Podium Programme is dedicated to supporting mature, highly skilled elite and fulltime archers as they aim to win medals in international competitions.

Disability awareness

These factsheets have been created by sports coach UK and the National Disability Sport Organisations to raise awareness around specific impairment groups. Participants should always be treated as individuals and not defined by their impairment. This information provides a generic information and should be used as a reference point only. When coaching a disabled person speak to them about their abilities and aspirations.

EFDS' most recent report, Talk to Me, identifies 10 key principles to help drive participation of disabled people in sport. These principles, if followed, should help clubs and organisations improve their offer to disabled people and make it more appealing. The report goes through each principle in detail, providing evidence of what disabled people are looking for and recommendations of how to meet expectations. They can be grouped within top three headings, which are:

• Drive awareness
• Engage the audience
• Offer support and reassurance

Click here to view the report.
EFDS' Inclusion Club Hub is a great resource to help clubs include more disabled people in their activities. The toolkit provides clubs and coaches with practical ideas, methods and resources to ensure that everyone has a positive experience.
Visit to find out more.

Case studies

Find out more about some of the great work our clubs and organisations are doing here:

Deer Park Archers
NRG Disability Sports for All

If you have any examples of activity that you would like to share with us, please email

Awareness courses

sports coach UK How to Coach Disabled People in Sport Workshop

This two hour workshop is suitable for all coaches and aims to answer the commonly asked questions about disabled sports participants. It will show you how, with a few minor adjustments to the way you work, you can make your coaching more inclusive and effective. You will learn how to include disabled people in sport, select appropriate coaching activities, make your coaching more inclusive and effective.

For more information and to book your place click here.

sports coach UK Effective Communication: Coaching Deaf People in Sport

Developed in partnership with UK Deaf Sport and the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS), this is an interactive and practical workshop that will help develop a coach's skills, so they can fully include deaf people of all ages.

For more information and to book your place click here.

Pass it On: Disability Awareness

Although most coaches and volunteers have the skills to include disabled people in archery activities, they are often anxious that they lack the confidence or expertise. Pass it On will help you develop your skills and knowledge around coaching disabled people in archery and push your coaching abilities just that bit further.

What you will learn by attending:

• Increased knowledge of disability and how it affects archery
• How disability fits within World Archery and Archery GB Rules of Shooting
• How to create an inclusive environment that fully involves disabled people with a range of impairments
• Understand personal experiences of how a disability can affect archery
• How clubs can adapt archery equipment to suit disabled people with a range of impairments

Date: Saturday 3 October 2015
Venue: Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP21 9PP
Time: 9am to 4.30pm
Cost: £25
Closing date: 21 September 2015
How to book: Complete booking form here
Further information: Please contact Hannah Lucas by email at or by phone on 01952 602795

Places are limited so please book on early to avoid disappointment.

Associated Resources:

Archery GB's Disability Plan

With the benefit of funding from Sport England, Archery GB has for the first time the resources to initiate purposeful development in disability at a grassroots level and has developed a 3-year Disability Plan.

This Disability Plan is integrated and aligned to AGB's Development Team objectives as stated in our Sport England Whole Sport Plan and will also contribute towards AGB's wider commitment to achieve the intermediate standard of the Equality Standard for Sport, which will inevitably set out further actions that will impact on disability archery.

As a national governing body of sport, we will demonstrate a 'growth in participation' by disabled people.

Our ambition is to grow archery as a sport for disabled people from all impairment groups, whatever their involvement in the sport. The plan is broken down into three main aims: increasing participation, building capacity and increased profile and insight.

Click here to view a copy of the Disability Plan

Useful contacts

There are many national and local organisations that provide sporting opportunities including archery.

Archery Organisations
Archery GB Disability Committee
British Wheelchair Archery Association
British Blind Sport Archery
National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSOs)
British Amputee & Les Autres Sports (BALASA)
British Blind Sport
Cerebral Palsy Sport England and Wales (CP Sport)
Dwarf Sports Association UK (DSAUK)
Mencap Sport
Special Olympics Great Britain
UK Deaf Sport
National Disability Sport Organisations (NDSOs)
British Paralympic Association
UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability (UKSA)
Limb Power
Spinal Injury Network
Home Nation Disability Sport Organisations
English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS)
Disability Sports NI
Scottish Disability Sport
Disability Sport Wales

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