Archery is for everyone - as residents of the St Monica Trust's Sanford Station retirement community in Somerset are finding out.
They took part in a have-a-go and were so impressed that they asked for - and got - weekly sessions, which are being run by the chairman of Gordano Valley Archers, Paul Mains
He said: said: "For most of the people that came along, it was the first time they've ever tried archery and they all showed a remarkable willingness to have a go.
"We had one lady who was 90. She hit the target three times in a row and told me that she's definitely coming back next week. It just goes to show that age is no barrier to learning and doing new things."
Paul was invited to Sandford Station by Colin Hopwood. He is 87, has been living in the community for four years and is now the oldest member of the Gordano Valley Archers.
He said: "Our retirement community manager, Will Ryan and the trust have been very supportive in making sure this happens and Paul is a very patient bloke. We knew we were going to get a few residents along, but I didn't think we'd have so many people all queuing up 15 minutes before the start
"I first had the idea after reading an article about the archery have-a-go at the 2012 Paralympics and wondered whether it was possible to organise something at Sanford Station.
"People think that most activities for older people involve sitting down, but I'm not like that. Being a construction engineer, I'm used to doing things. I thought we could do something that gets people up off their backsides, so I called Archery GB who put me in touch with Gordano Valley Archers and that's how I met Paul.
"Archery is great upper body exercise, it's good for your eyes and helps with your breathing. Some of us had not moved our arms like that in years and you could really feel the difference afterwards."
Paul said: "Over the next few weeks, we'll be giving residents the opportunity to develop at their own speed and set their own goals for what they want to achieve.
"In terms of health, archery is a sport that keeps muscles flexible, improves posture and is non-aerobic, so it's ideal for older people wishing to stay active and alert. It also brings out that little bit of a competitive edge which we all have and there's already been talk of creating an archery league with a St Monica Trust trophy."