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.

Introduction to Archery

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.

history-emaaThe 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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