Open to all
Archery can be done by able bodied and disabled people. People with the most severe disabilities and even the blind, using special tactile equipment are able to join in.
A physically demanding sport
While it is a fun sport, archery is also physically demanding and those wishing to progress may want to think about improving upper body strength for greater control.
Archers require not only some physical strength, but also mental fitness, and archers develop their focus, flexibility, and attention skills.
Archery is relatively inexpensive
Archery can be a cheap sport if you just want to play for fun. However, if you want to compete, then the price can increase, and requires a lot of your time as well as dedication. Many archery outlets allow you to borrow equipment when having lessons from them.
The ultimate goal of the recreational archer is enjoyment. The archer should remember to focus on improving themselves rather than worrying about what everyone else is doing, and with that in mind, archery becomes a lot more fun.
Archery is particularly useful for youngsters as it teaches them the benefits of patience. Significant levels of practice are required to reach a decent standard and that level is not reached without patience and dedication.
Both an indoor and outdoor sport
Archery can be practiced both indoors and outdoors with many clubs having access to indoor facilities over the winter season so the weather need not be a barrier to participation.
A very social sport
People from many walks of life enjoy archery. Almost every age group can participate, and children as young as 6 or 7 have taken well to the sport, while it is not unheard of for people in their 80s to be shooting competitively. It also teaches the benefits of teamwork with some competitions involving groups of people.
Archery provides great satisfaction in combining both mental and physical attributes to good effect. Whatever the results at the target, every archer is able to draw satisfaction to a lesser or greater extent, from having won a personal mental battle.
Teaches the importance of safety
The sport can be extremely dangerous if people are reckless. Archery teaches everyone to be responsible for one another and also for the equipment they are using. Archery is clearly no place for reckless behaviour.