Archery in Schools

Archery NZ would like to welcome you to the Youth Archery School Shoot Programme. 

The School Shoot Programme can be completed during a normal school sports training session, or if no archery facility is available at school, this may also be shot at your local club. The programme is part of the overall Youth Programme which provides the opportunity for all Youth throughout NZ to compete every month. The designated can be shot as often as desired before the cut off date, and each archer’s highest score is submitted to Archery NZ by the school archery coordinator or club.

Dates and results can be found here:

As well as individual scores, archers are also placed into teams per school. For example, the top 4 scoring recurve archers and the top 2 compound archers from each division for School A will be that school's "A" Team. Teams also compete against other schools! Years 7 and 8 compete in the "intermediate league" and all other years compete against each other in the "secondary schools league".

If your archers belong to a club, they do not need to pay a fee for the School Programme. However, if they only shoot through the school, the usual fee for the School Programme is $10 per archer. Please send through a list of the names of your archers competing, and we will invoice your school (or club) for the total amount. We can check if your archers belong to a club (and we will not invoice if they already do).

If your students are interested in other types of shoots, we also offer a Youth Postal Program once a month - usually shot at archery clubs - which we welcome your students to join into (details are on They will have to be Members of Archery NZ to participate in the score ladder, however, the rounds are available to be shot by anyone.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask as we are happy to get you shooting again.

Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your students compete!

Caro Geelen [email protected]
Youth Postal Shoot Coordinator

Round to be shot:
36 arrows, 10-zone scoring
Bow type Distance Face Size
Limited Recurve/Barebow/Longbow 15m 80cm
Competition Recurve 15m 60cm
Limited Compound 15m 60cm
Competition Compound 15m 40cm


How your school can get involved

If you are interested in setting up your school for archery, or helping your kids who already shoot to be recognised for their efforts, you can contact us for help, or join in with one of the many options that are out there.

There is an NCEA Assessment Guide which may prove useful for Physical Education (P.E.) teachers who are keen to run archery or help archers in their school gain qualifications. 

You can also join our School Shooting Programme (as outlined above) for secondary schools (years 9 - 13) and intermediates (years 7-8), as well as joining the secondary school tournament in some regions. There is a North Island and South Island Youth Championships, held annually in the first quarter of every year, and a National Championships as well. We are also hoping to run a National Inter-School Archery Championships should enough schools and archers become involved. Archery has been sanctioned by CollegeSport in the Auckland region.

We have a few suggestions below in how to start up archery at your school -and we do recommend contacting the local clubs as they may be able to help you with space and coaching opportunities.

Please note:
Not all clubs are able to offer assistance at this time, due to a shortage of coaches or equipment.  Interested students are welcome to join local clubs, and participate in this programme on behalf of their school.

Suggestions for Starting up Archery in Schools

1) Setting up a range on your school grounds

There are some benefits for schools to be mostly self-sufficient.  If you have sufficient space for setting up a range on your grounds, clubs can assist in advising what equipment is required (buttresses, targets, bows, arrows, accessories, etc.) and will be able to give advice for setting up the range in a safe and appropriate manner.

In this situation it is necessary for teachers in charge, and possibly a couple of the senior students, to complete a basic instructor course which is provided by the Archery NZ Coaching Commission.  This course will provide the ability to effectively set up and operate an archery range with an emphasis on safety and the ability to instruct students in the basics of archery.  The schools may wish to arrange for some club coaches to visit regularly to provide more advanced coaching instruction.  If coaches are not available during after-school training sessions, the students may be able to travel to the club for a weekend training session, such as a Saturday morning.
2) Coaching sessions at a club

If there is no suitable area for a range at the school grounds, training could be carried out at the club’s range, either using the club equipment, or bringing their own.  This could be carried out in week-day afternoons if coaches are available at a time that suits a school, else in the weekend.

3) Joining a club

Another option involves joining the students up to a local club, undertaking the club’s novice coaching course, and purchasing their own equipment (approx $300 or so for a novice Recurve setup).  This gives the students the flexibility of coming to the club whenever they want and joining in the club activities.
While not necessary, it is recommended that the teacher in charge and some senior students go through a basic instructor course to allow them to run their own training sessions and coaching.  Alternatively, the club may take on this activity.


The School Shooting Programme (as above) is run once per school term. The event is run at 15m, and can be completed during a normal school sports training session. This event can be shot as often as desired before the end date each term, and each archer’s highest score is submitted. Schools can also compete as teams in this event.

In addition to the programme, Archery NZ helps run the inter-school matchplay competitions.  A number of cities have already been running these events successfully for the past few years. Schools are encouraged to attend these events or run their own if they desire.

Could you please send all results by the ‘Results to be received by’ listed for each term.  This is to attempt a turn-around of full results before the end of that current term.  All paper work can then follow.  Thank you.