Add a new string to your bow
IF you’ve ever admired the skills of the archers in the Olympics, now’s your chance to have a go yourself.
West View Project - which runs activities for young people aged 5-19 - is now offering archery sessions with equipment suitable for primary school children through to adults.
It has already scored a bullseye at the town's Clavering Primary School, where the delighted youngsters are enjoying the challenge of this more unusual sport.
Led by fully trained tutors, the sessions are tailored to suit all abilities. Primary school children will learn using bespoke 'Arrows' equipment designed by Archery GB, the sport's national governing body.
Andrew Johnson, archery coach at the West View Project, said: "Although it might look a bit tricky, archery is in fact a very versatile, fun sport which can be made more demanding as people progress.
"As well as the pleasure of learning something a bit different in a safe, controlled setting, it also helps develop and improve your co-ordination, balance, body strength and mental skills.
"We are anticipating a lot of interest from schools, as archery also helps development and learning in other areas such as using maths in scoring, plus of course team-working and mental co-ordination."
Helen O'Brien, Headteacher of Clavering Primary School, added: "We have had a very rewarding relationship with the West View Project for a number of years and it has run a number of different courses for us as part of our outdoor learning programme.
"At sessions like these you see a different side to the children from the one you see in a classroom setting.
"The children really enjoy the competitive spirit of the archery and it's particularly stimulating for pupils who do not always thrive in team sports. We're also looking into the possibility of the West View Project running after-school archery sessions for us as well."