Archery

Of all the many accuracy-oriented sports, archery is definitely my favourite one. Competitors use bows to fire their arrows into a target. This tends to be a series of increasingly smaller concentric circles. The archer who can hit their arrow closest to the centre circle (the bullseye) is the winner.

This sport requires a great deal of practice to perfect. Over time, the body of an archer will adapt to holding a bow. The muscles used to shoot will grow. Their aim will improve as well. Shooting an arrow can take some getting used to. That is why the best archers will usually have practised for several years.

Historical Significance of Archery

Archery was not always a mere sport. For many centuries, the bow and arrow was the weapon of choice during battles. The archers of medieval times were highly valued for their ability to cut down enemy soldiers. The accuracy of an archer could make or break a fight. Even the famous Battle of Hastings was won thanks to a well-placed arrow.

It is undoubtedly impossible to know precisely how long human beings have been using bows. They were highly versatile weapons which were not just used to fight other humans. They were also utilised in hunting. Early man could kill animals from a distance, and then harvest the meat and pelts. People who owned a bow were far more likely to survive out in the wild.

Local Archery Clubs

In the UK, there are numerous clubs where people can learn how to hold and fire a bow accurately. Archery clubs are usually designed for adolescents. However, there are some for adults as well. These clubs are typically held at local recreation centres. Organisations such as the Scouts often utilise them to teach their members how to shoot bows.