Youth Eye Sport for Archery All Stars in SA

Within the framework of the local NASP (National Archery in the Schools Program), a total of 70 kids from seven different Namibian schools will meet at the archery range of SKW on Saturday and hope to make their dream of participating at the Archery All Stars come true.
The best 16 will go to the All Stars event from 8th to 13th August. The final venue is yet to be confirmed.
The participating archers will make their way from all over the country, including: Windhoek Gymnasium, St Paul’s College, St Georges, Koes Leersentrum, Berg Op, Walvis Bay, Luumlderitz. The first of the two local NASP shoots were held in Luumlderitz in February and it was a huge success.
The All Star competition will see archers, who form part of the NASP programme, from around the world compete against each other.
The NASP was started some 13 years ago in Kentucky, USA in an effort to get school children involved in outdoor activities as a balance to the increasing time spent behind computers and video games.
The concept was enthusiastically accepted and has grown tremendously. After initially starting with 21 schools in Kentucky, in March 2002, there are now more than 5 500 schools in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Namibia participating actively. By 2010, over 5 000 000 pupils and 15 000 archery instructors were part of the NASP.
In most of these countries, the programme is part of the school curriculum.
Instructors are convinced that this programme gets pupils more involved in school activities and actually leads to better academic results.
It teaches learners life skills such as concentration, determination, tenacity, accuracy, respect, and consideration to name but a few.
It is very aantageous that this programme can be followed by pupils from different backgrounds, different economic classes, and different physical capabilities. Learners with certain disabilities can take part without any special adaptations.
Unfortunately in Namibia physical training is not part of the school’s curriculum anymore and therefore, in participating schools, NASP forms part of the extra-mural activities.

Source : The Namibian