How many times have we heard exercise is good for the mind as well as the body. That’s all well but what if you want to exercise but you’re not into running, going the gym or don’t quite feel bendy enough for yoga.
Well, I’ve found a fab solution for all ages that is engaging, fun and helps build more than just muscle, ARCHERY!
A new club is up and running in Cheshire, Kyujutsu Archery runs from 12pm on Sunday’s at Brookvale Recreation Centre starting with taster sessions/beginners and leading through to experienced club members.
The club has been set up by Richie and Chris. Richie a veteran became involved with archery after being injured in Afghanistan and diagnosed with PTSD. Richie and his family initially received help and support from Combat Stress, and then Richie was offered an Archery instructors course by Help for Heroes. He now runs the non profit club which is open to all ages and abilities.
It’s definitely a family run club for families, Secretary Sarah is Richie’s wife and her brother Instructor Chris was already trained in Archery. Sarah told me the club specialises in being ‘inclusive’ additional needs or disabilities are not barriers and the club adapts to its members, members do not adapt to the club.
There are lots more sessions in the pipeline, outdoors over the summer, after school club, and sessions suitable for those on the Autism spectrum.
One of the youngest members, who informed me he is nearly nine, was preparing for a grading assessment whilst I was there.
I believe he passed and received a certificate later that afternoon.
Archery builds on skills including:
Gross motor skills
All of these skills including intense concentration have helped Richie rebuild his life and cope with PTSD. He now has a focus, a family business he loves and a club that is growing weekly. You can see Richie’s story here on Forces TV.