Archery is suitable for people with a wide range of disabilities and at UWAC we pride ourselves on running a friendly, inclusive club.
Our club coach, Nick, has experience of working with physically impaired archers, and we have a range of equipment to which adaptations can be made if necessary.
Our indoor venue (where we run all of our beginners’ courses and our training sessions in Terms 1 and 2) is Zone D in the Sports Hub, which is fully accessible with parking close by, level floors, and a lift to the basement level of the building where the hall is located.
Archery takes place in a very controlled environment, with limits on the number of people in attendance at any one time. There are strict safety procedures which are followed at all times. There is no physical contact, apart from during coaching, where a coach might feel it beneficial to give you some physical prompts (with your consent). At a typical beginners’ course session we can have up to 50 people in attendance, but at a normal club session there are far fewer than that.
There are very few physical requirements; it is possible to shoot from a wheelchair or a ‘perching’ stool, and there are also instances of Paralympic archers who shoot without the use of one or both arms. Our club bows are light and easy to draw. When collecting arrows as a disabled archer, it is possible for you to approach the target yourself, but it is also common practice to nominate an ‘agent’ who will collect your arrows for you if you prefer.
If you have any questions about accessibility, or specific questions about adaptations you might need, please do get in touch with us by email and we will be more than happy to answer them!