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Try Something New in 2019

Try Something New for 2019 by Odette Battarel

Try something new in 2019

Yesterday I tried archery for the first time ever!.

I play a lot of blind tennis but my new year’s resolution for 2019 is to be brave and try out new things. I looked in Metro blind sport newsletter to see what activities were on offer and spotted archery. I knew a few friends who have been doing it for years and had always been intrigued as to how it works for blind or partially sighted archers.

When I arrived, I was warmly welcomed by Jen and Fred who run the sessions for Metro at the Southfields community school on Sundays. The sports hall was all set up with targets, bows and arrows all ready to shoot.

The Coach was very enthusiastic and very helpful, I started learning where to stand, how to hold the bow and how to load an arrow. I had to feel my way around the bow and the string a few times before mastering the first skills, then the coach guided me to take the right position to pull the string and shoot.



I was very excited when I heard the noise of the arrow planting itself on the target! This was the very first time I had shot an arrow from a real bow!.

Although I could not see the target it was still very interesting to find out about all the techniques. And then I heard a bang and it was a fellow archer who had just hit bull’s eye and popped a balloon that the coach had pinned to the target! Everyone clapped and we all tried to pop a balloon!

When all the arrows were spent we walked up to the targets to see how well we did and to pick up all the arrows that went astray.

It was strangely calming to stand and think all the instructions, aim and shoot a bit like some kind of meditation. This is a sport, one can do just for fun or it can become really competitive, Fred was telling me how some of the Sunday archers had started with them and then moved on to enter competitions and bring back gold medals for the club.

I would definitely recommend others to try something new and have a go!

by Odette Battarel

Up Coming Archery sessions


British Blind Sport launch Guide to Vision Impaired Archery and Shooting

A Guide To Vision Impaired Target Sports Archery and Shooting from British Blind Sports

A Guide To Vision Impaired Target Sports, Archery and Shooting from British Blind Sports

National Disability Sports Organisation, British Blind Sport has launched a brand new guide to enable coaches, leaders and club personnel to learn more about sight loss and eye conditions and have a greater understanding of the needs of people with visual impairment who want to take part in the sports of archery or shooting.

The charity, that provides sporting opportunities for visually impaired (VI) people throughout the UK, have already launched educational resources into VI football, swimming, athletics, judo and general VI sport and are proud to add the Target Sports guide to the library.

Funded and supported by Agincourt 600, the VI Target Sport guide has been designed to educate the coaching and club network to ensure a greater knowledge of VI archery and VI shooting and help enhance opportunities for more VI people to take part in these exhilarating sports.

Alaina MacGregor, CEO of British Blind Sport, said, “We know that ensuring participation in sport is a positive experience for a VI person is often due to a skilled and confident coach or teacher. The guide is a fantastic and insightful tool for those coaches and teachers who want to help others achieve their sporting goals and who are committed to making a visible difference through sport.”

Dr. Sinclair Rogers Chair of Agincourt 600 said, “The Agincourt 600 charity was set up to celebrate the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, one of the most famous battles in English history. The key part that longbows and archery played in the battle led the committee to pledge support the advancement of archery, fencing and shooting for the disabled. We could think of no better scheme to support disabled people than this project. This resource will hopefully continue the good work that BBS has already done in these sports and allow the sports deliverers to continue providing sporting opportunities in an informed and productive way.”

1,200 copies have been produced and are ready for distribution to those coaches and sports deliverers who want to learn more about visual impairment and how to deliver VI target sports. The guide is accessible either as a hard copy glossy document or via the British Blind Sport website

Archery and Shooting Resource

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This resource focuses on the target sports of Archery and Shooting and is a joint product between British Blind Sport and Agincourt 600 with contributions from Archery GB and British Shooting. Kindly funded by Agincourt 600, this resource has been designed to educate the coaching and club network to ensure a greater knowledge of VI Archery and VI Shooting and help enhance the opportunities for more VI people to take part in there exhilarating sports.

If you want to obtain a copy, please contact info@britishblindsport.org.uk or call 01926 42 42 47.