Archery hits target with pupils

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Archery has taken off at St Kevin’s College this year as pupils take up the bow. Archery coach Ryan Gower said the sport was launched by the college last term and had attracted up to 70 sign ups and about 35 regular weekly participants.
Mr Gower said the sport had wide appeal to pupils of all ages and gender.
He said due to funding and an international scheme, the school was able to invest in equipment such as bows, arrows and targets. This made the sport obtainable for all pupils, no matter the economic background, unlike other sports that left a burden on parents to pick up the financial slack, he said.
The equipment could be altered in a way that boys and girls could compete against each other on an even playing field. “A year 9 girl can compete against a year 13 boy.”He also said archery was a sport that offered pupils an alternative competitive sport and a pathway to national level competitions.
Ami Wallis (16), of Waimate, said the appeal of archery was the points that were gained towards the Duke of Edinburgh programme.
Ami read books as a child that had an archer as a character. She said the sport did not live up to what she imagined, but she still had a personal bow. “My friends just tease me.”William Sinha (16), of Weston, said he enjoyed the sport because he had a natural ability for it. “Literally, because I’m good at it. “I like it’s not a team sport.”