Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

October 31, 2013

Taking aim

Youngsters try their hand at bow & arrow

The Andover Townsman

---- — Robin Hood, beware. Some local youngsters are sharpening their arrows and taking target practice this fall.

The four-week program is being offered by the Andover Department of Community Services and led by Lucy Morris and the New England School of Archery staff.

Participants ages 7 to 17 are divided into beginner and intermediate groups and learn the basic techniques of the sport, including proper shooting form and safety rules. They also enjoy archery games as they practice target shooting.

According to the U.S.A. Archery, the sport is becoming one of the most popular in the country. The New England School of Archery, based in Concord, N.H., aims to teach Olympic-style target archery to all ages and abilities as well as individuals with disabilities. Morris, who is the executive director, has taught all over New England, working with both children and adults and conducting instructor trainings.

A new group of possible Olympic hopefuls raised their bows this week as a new session of Andover DCS’ archery program began at West Elementary School.