There are many opportunities for disabled people to get involved in archery. The best places to get started are at an archery have a go session or beginner’s course.
Have a go sessions and beginner’s courses are held at a variety of locations such as archery clubs, schools and universities, multi-sport camps, the amputee and spinal games or through specific disability sport organisations. Join a club and take part more regularly, improve and access local competitions, or progress to a national level through Archery GB’s talent pathway structure.
Disabled people are half as likely to be active than non-disabled people. Our guide to including disabled archers aims to highlight good practice that is currently taking place within the sport and provide support to clubs in their provision for disabled people.
The guide to including disabled archers can be downloaded at the bottom of this page.
Specific impairment groups
The following factsheets have been created by UK Coaching and 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 generic information and should be used as a reference point only.
Supporting disabled people in your club
Activity Alliance’s Talk to Me report, 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
You can view the report here.
Activity Alliance’s 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 www.inclusion-club-hub.co.uk to find out more.
Take a look at Access for All: A guide to support your sports club to improve physical access for disabled people, to see how you can make your club more accessible.
The Inclusive Futures Volunteer Toolkit provides guidance to help clubs offer inclusive volunteering opportunities for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) or additional support needs. These guidelines are intended as a suggestion as to how things might be approached rather than providing definite answers. The guidelines can be adapted to make them suitable and explicit to your organisation or specific event.
The Inclusive Futures Volunteer Toolkit can be downloaded at the bottom of the page.
Coaching disabled people
When coaching a disabled person speak to them about their abilities and aspirations.
Organisations and further information
There are many national and local organisations that provide sporting opportunities including archery.