The FITA leadership wants to help its Member Federations position themselves better in their respective countries to gain momentum and local public awareness. Strong member federations will in turn make FITA stronger and help achieve the goals it has set for itself.
The Judges Commission for the European Paralympic Archery Championships to be held in Spala (Poland) on August 24 to September 2nd.
It is mandatory that an applicant for a leg of the European Grand Prix, also signs the EMAU Candidate Organizer Agreement, which can be requested to the EMAU secretariat.
The European Grand Prix is devised to offer to archers and coaches of the
federations within EMAU, a unique opportunity to prepare for world-, i.e. FITAcompetitions
whilst creating its own challenge in order to rank EMAU archers.
The European Members of Archery Association (EMAA) mission is the promotion and delivery of archery in Europe. This includes a particular focus of delivery of the sport in schools, and developing the sport with after-school clubs. The organisation aims to give every child the opportunity to make archery their activity of choice, and to empower all members to become leading competitors in the sport of archery.
The Association is committed to supporting people with disability to become para-archers. Para-archers shoot from a stool or wheelchair. Some use their feet or their teeth to draw their bow.
The EMAA is also responsible for setting the rules and regulations for archery events, organising tournaments and providing judges to work at such events.
The EMAA values archery as a sport for all, where heritage, fair-play and innovation combine in an intense and precise challenge. The Association’s staff deliver a full calendar of events that incorporate these values.
Practising and competing teaches student-archers respect, sportsmanship and teamwork. Respect for the sport’s rules, for each other and respect for the range of tournament organisers are all necessary as archers interact while perfecting their goals.
Archery appeals to many audiences. Players can compete in all seasons, moving indoors for the winter months and outside in spring, summer and fall. It can be played indoors or outdoors and is possible to play in many different styles. These styles include target archery, as seen at the Olympic and Paralympic Games; field archery which is enjoyed on an outdoors wooded course, and 3D archery for shooting foam animal targets.
The EMAA encourages target archery as an extracurricular activity in schools. Children learn a step-by-step method for drawing a bow and shooting an arrow. This has a range of benefits including improved health, confidence, problem-solving abilities and goal-setting. Archers build core, chest, back and shoulder muscles. These improve an archer’s balance and stability which in turn improves posture, hand-eye coordination, and the chances of hitting the target.
Even the youngest archers quickly learn that by slowing down and focusing on one step at a time, they are more successful at reaching the centre of the target. When a mistake is made, the solution is through analysis of the archer’s steps with a focus on improving one thing at a time. This problem-solving technique is one that is useful not just on the archery field, but in the classroom and in life.
The EMAA of was founded on 20 June, 1964 in London, England to promote archery in Europe through the development of European-wide events. The Association has been involved with the modernisation and development of the game for young people, with significant success in gender equity.
The first European Members of the Archery Association were Great Britain; Sweden; Poland; Czechoslovakia and Hungary. Today, representatives from all 27 European Union countries are represented in the European Members of the Archery Association.
The EMAA adopted the statutes and competition regulations that made up the first World Archery Constitution and Rulebook with a focus on supporting the younger generation to compete in the sport. The Association was also supportive of the request to the International Olympic Committee to reintroduce archery to the Olympic Games after its inclusion in the 1900, 1904, 1908 and 1920 games before it was removed. This goal was achieved when archery was included at Munich in 1972.
Archery has a strong history of gender equity that the EMAA is committed to reinforcing. In the 1904 Olympics at St Louis, Archery was one of the first sports to include a women’s event. By 1996 at Atlanta, Archery had an equal number of quota places available to both men and women.
The EMAA are also supportive of the first World Archery Plan that was launched in 2007 to lead into the London 2012 Olympic Games with the aim to make archery an important Olympic sport. The plan was declared a success as more young people are taking up Archery as a sport.
The EMAA currently supports more than 300 local clubs with a commitment to youth education and training opportunities to bring the sport mainstream.
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