Archery For All

Archery is a very inclusive sport which caters for juniors, adults, masters, the visually impaired and those with disabilities. Here we outline the opportunities for all.

Scottish Disability Sport made a video with us to show how accessible archery is for those with a disability.

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Soft Archery has been created for primary schools to introduce young children to archery in a fun and safe way.  Each kit comes with eight different activity cards for Soft Archery that enable archery sessions to be fun and active with activities and competitions that can be used in PE lessons, across the curriculum, in out of hours clubs and as part of the School Games.

To help deliver archery in primary schools we have the Soft Archery  Leader Awards for ages 14 to 19 and for teachers,coaches and volunteers; you can find out more about it on the Archery GB website: 

Arrows Young Leader Award

There are a number of school clubs within Scottish Archery and we are working to create more including linking up with existing clubs.

If you are interested in any of the above initiatives for your school or your club please contact the Scottish Archery club development officer - Email:

Junior & Youth Archery

Many clubs have a mix of adults and juniors who all shoot alongside each other during club sessions. 

Indoors junior archers shoot the same rounds as everyone else as the maximum distance shot is 25m.  Outdoors the juniors enjoy a ladder of rounds that start off at shorter distances, working up to longer distances as juniors move up age groups.

There are a number of awards and badges specifically for juniors as well as awards that run parallel to all the adults ones.

Junior members also have volunteering opportunities in judging and coaching.

Scottish Archery have a fully inclusive Pathway Squad that includes junior archers.

juniors enjoying a session of archery
Scottish student archery - student shooting

Scottish Student Sport

There are thriving student archery clubs in all the main universities in Scotland.  As well as being part of Scottish Archery with full access to all our events and pathways, student archery has its own league structure with a programme of inter-university competitions - within Scotland and the UK - and Championships at Scottish and UK level under the auspices of Scottish Student Sport (SSS) and British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS), respectively.  Archery is also part of the World University Championships and was a guest sport at the 2015 World University Summer Games. 

Scottish Student Sport works with sportscotland and Scottish Archery to develop and support student archery.  Archery is also part of British Universities and Colleges Sport which is the national governing body for higher education sport in the UK.

Scottish Student Sport British Universities and Colleges Sport

Disability & Paralympic Archery

Scottish Archery is working with Scottish Disability Sport (SDS) to encourage more disabled participation in archery within Scotland.  There are also opportunities to progress to a national level through Scottish Archery's Para Talent Programme that provides a pathway up to Archery GB and possible Paralympic levels.

If you have any special needs or impairments please let your club know so that they can have everything in place to accommodate you. 

Paralympic Archery is for archers with classifiable impairments under Paralympic rules and has its own performance pathway.  

British Paralympic Association

Visually Impaired (VI) Archery

Archers aim using their whole body with posture and alignment key to a good shot.  The bow sight is used for direction and elevation.  In archery for the visually impaired (VI), a tactile sight is used where a reference point, held on a stand, touches the back of the archer's bow hand.  VI archers are also allowed to have an assistant who makes sure the tactile sight is optimally adjusted, spots arrows for them and helps with scoring and safety.

VI archers shoot alongside everyone else.  Indoors they shoot the same rounds and outdoors they have their own suite of rounds that are all shot at 30m and, instead of different distances, different sizes of target face are used.

World Archery has developed some of these rounds for international archery and so visually impaired archers can aspire to many levels of archery, from simply being a recreational archer to being local, regional, national and international competitors.

BBS Archery  British Blind Sport

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MS Society

Archery can be a hugely beneficial activity for people with MS. The symptoms of MS can make it difficult to stay active but with archery you can take part standing up or sitting down. For people affected by MS, problems with balance are common. Research tells us that exercise can help people with MS to manage common MS symptoms, like fatigue, muscle spasms and balance. Archery can offer people with MS a great opportunity to engage with an activity that can benefit upper-limb coordination and strength, as well as hand-eye coordination and overall balance. Archery can also be great for skills development, motor control and concentration

Masters Archery

There is a Masters category under World Archery rules - for those who are at least 50 years old - where Masters can shoot a round down from the adult rounds at World Record Status events.

There are also a number of Masters' Games held regularly round the world - International Masters Games Association (IMGA) including the European Masters Games and the World Masters Games.  These are international multi-sport events held every four years with open registration.  They have several age groups starting from 40 years old and up.

Mike Alexander winning at the European Masters Games


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