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SANAA targets coaching skills

In a move designed to increase the coaching capacity at provincial and club level, the South African National Archery Association (SANAA) is in the process of distributing to all the provincial archery associations a complete kit for Level II coaches.

Consisting of 15 modules, the kit covers areas of the code of ethics, archery anatomy, warm up and physical conditioning; modules for all disciplines of the sport, archers with disabilities, fight against doping and a complete training plan module.

The kit is a combination of four-years work by internationally acclaimed archers from over 10 countries, all acknowledged as experts in their respective fields and compiled  by Pascal Colmaire, the International Archery Federation (FITA) development and education director.

Following on the development and mass participation programme recently┬á implemented and made available to the 61 clubs under it’s jurisdiction, the intermediate level manual covers many areas previously neglected and gives aspiring coaches complete and practical guidelines on compound and field archery.

According to Barbara Manning, SANAA Secretary, ÔÇ£As an amateur sport structured around volunteers, there has never been a structured and defined set of guidelines on tuning equipment and archers form.┬á Now the International Federation, has pooled the world experts in the field and produced a definitive guide in these areas which can only lead to improving performanceÔÇØ.

ÔÇ£For a sport to progress coaches have to work with the athletes and for this they need the appropriate toolsÔÇØ.┬á This manual provides those tools, allowing a greater spread of correct coaching methods and implementing the strategy of coaches training coachesÔÇØ, she added.

SANAA has adopted the FITA Coaches manual (Intermediate Level) as the standard against which all intermediate coaches will be evaluated.

Following hot on the heels of the SA team returning home from the Archery World Cup in China with the bronze team medal, and from Korea in the Archery World Championships with the women’s silver medal, SANAA has also set its sights on growing the sport at grass-roots level.

Manning says the provincial archery associations are being equipped with a complete development programme which takes the aspiring archer every step of the way from introducing the sport to tournament level using correct archery methodologies and practices.

Known as the Feathers and Arrows programme and developed by the International Federation (FITA), the programme allows the archer to work at his or her own pace, achieving milestones and being rewarded with colourful pins when certain levels of compliancy are achieved.

ÔÇ£Feathers and Arrows is essentially a road map for club level coaches to nurture, track and train archers in correct methods.┬á It has a number of triggers to identify talent and works at different levels to ensure that archers are continually stimulated and advanceÔÇØ.
ÔÇ£Consisting of a series of lessons and methods, which can take anything up to two years to complete, each kit consists of an individual archers record which monitors his or her progress, allowing immediate feedback and areas that need addressing, further attention or improvementÔÇØ.

ÔÇ£But more importantly, Feathers and Arrows gives the club a pre-made plan on how to proceed from scratch and to development and keep aspiring archersÔÇØ, she added.

Further information is available from the SANAA website at