07 Aug 2014 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 AUG (NAMPA) Seventy young archers will meet at the archery range of the Sports Klub Windhoek (SKW) on Saturday in hopes of making their dream of participating in the Archery All Stars competition come true.
The archers are from seven schools in various parts of the country.
The All Star competition will see archers from around the world, who form part of the National Archery Schools Programme (NASP), compete against each other within the framework of the local NASP.
A media statement availed to Nampa by the Archery Association of Namibia (AAN) on Thursday said the best 16 learners will compete in the All Stars event taking place from 08 to 13 October this year. It will be held in South Africa at a venue yet to be confirmed.
The statement said the first of the two local NASP shoots were held in Lüderitz in the //Karas Region in February and it was a huge success.
The archers participating in Saturdays event are from Windhoek Gymnasium, St Pauls College and St Georges Diocesan School in Windhoek; the Koës Learning Centre in Koës in the //Karas Region, Berg Op Akademie in Okahandja; the Walvis Bay Private School, and Brighstart Montessori in Lüderitz.
The NASP was started some 13 years ago in Kentucky in the United States of America (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.
After initially starting with 21 schools in Kentucky in March 2002, there are now over 5 500 schools in the USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Namibia participating actively. By 2010, over 5 million learners and 15 000 archery instructors formed part of the NASP.
The statement said in most of these countries, the programme is part of the school curriculum. It teaches learners life skills such as concentration, determination, tenacity, accuracy, respect, and consideration to name but a few.
Unfortunately in Namibia, physical training is not part of the school curriculum anymore and therefore, in participating schools, NASP is part of the extramural activities.