9 Fun Facts About Archery

Archery is a really popular sport all over the world, and can be enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The 2012 Olympics helped to boost its coverage, and we’re always busy teaching people on trips to our School Residential Centre how to be top archers in the making!

A school girl at Outdoor Adventure’s school residential centre in Bude, Cornwall.

Along with the obvious choice in Robin Hood, there are many other famous characters renowned for their use of a bow and arrow (who we often like to pretend to be) including Katniss from The Hunger Games, Marvel Comics’ Hawkeye, Legolas from Lord of the Rings, and Green Arrow from the DC Comics.


So before you arrive for your school residential trips, take a look at these nine archery facts we bet you didn’t know!

  1. The bows used by the top professionals at the modern Olympic Games, called the recurve bow, might look like something out of Guardians of the Galaxy, but it’s actually built from on the same design that was first originated more than 3500 years ago.


  1. When you’re not being called Hawkeye, or Katniss, an archer can also be referred to as a toxophilite. The word derives from an amalgamation of two Greek words mean ‘lover of the bow’.


  1. England was once saved during the Battle of Crecy in 1346, thanks largely to our long-bowman, defending the country and themselves by killing as many as 2000 French knights and soldiers.


  1. Back in the Middle Ages, a skilled long-bowman would be able to release up to 12 arrows in just 60 seconds, meaning they were able to fire an arrow at their target every five to six seconds!


  1. In the Olympics, archery competitors are aiming to hit the ‘gold ring’. To do that they need to have the ability to hit a target that’s about the size of a beermat from nearly 230ft, which is the length of a Boeing 747 jet!


  1. Five-time US Olympic archery champion Khatuna Lorig trained Jennifer Lawrence for The Hunger Games films. She’s not the only Hollywood star to be adept with a bow. Thelma & Louise star Geena Davis just missed out on making the US Olympic archery team in 2000, placing 24th out of 300!


  1. Originally, when women were initially allowed to participate in the Olympic Games, which was at the 1904 St. Louis Games, Archery was the only sport that women could take part in.


  1. At present, the biggest gold medal haul for Olympic gold medals in Archery, with a grand total of 19, is South Korea.


  1. In the olden days in Britain, a variety of sports have been banned by monarchs because the sports were said to be a ‘distraction’ from archery practice. These sports included football, bowls and, golf.