Benefits of Sports Covers for Archery

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Archery is one of the oldest sports in the world and the UK, in particular, has a proud tradition when it comes to the bow and arrow. The folkloric Robin Hood was a mean archer, while Kings Edward III and Edward IV once banned the upcoming sport of football so their subjects could practise their arrow craft. This tactic obviously worked, as archers played an integral part in Henry V’s legendary against-the-odds victory at the Battle of Agincourt. In the modern – more peaceful – day, the likes of Simon Terry and Alison Williamson have won Olympics medals in the sport.

Your archery club is a breeding ground for future international competitors, but could you be doing more to protect your archery space? In 2015/16, just 63,700 people participated in archery in the UK, down from 75,000 in the 2012/13 post-London Olympics year. Archery has also had its funding cut for Tokyo 2020 by UK Sport, meaning the sport is in need of a boost. Poor weather, particularly during the winter months, may discourage both existing archers and potential new recruits from practising – but you can’t do anything about the elements, right?

Wrong. Adding an archery cover or canopy to your club could generate additional income; just think of the extra participation a covered space would encourage during the 100 to 200 days of rain we experience every year. With a sports cover, your budding bowman could be hitting targets to their hearts’ content, without having to worry about protecting their bow or slipping on wet surfaces. A covered outdoor space for archery also protects against the wind, meaning no more potentially dangerous, or more likely embarrassing, failures to even register a hit on the white.

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