Archery in Schools


Archery is growing quickly as a sport in New Zealand, buoyed by NZ archers’ success on the world stage.  There are a number of junior archers around the country who are competing internationally and performing with distinction on the world stage. 

Archery NZ would like to welcome you to the Youth Archery Postal Shoot Programme, with the schools round event as part of this. 

The Schools Round event can be completed during a normal school sports training session, or if no archery facility available at school, this may also be shot at your local club on days advised by that club. This event is being shot as part of the overall Youth Postal Programme which is providing the opportunity for all Youth throughout NZ to compete every month, with some months being a CLUB Postal & others being a SCHOOL Postal. It can be shot as often as desired before the cut off date as outlined below, and each archer’s highest score is submitted to Archery NZ by the school archery coordinator or club.

For Term Four, the Schools Postal round may be shot from 6th September up until 31st October, and final results must be in to Archery NZ by 6th of November to [email protected].  No late scores will be accepted. Final results will be published by the 10th following scores received.

As well as individual scores, archers are also placed into teams per school. For example, the top 4 scoring archers from each division for School A will be that school's "A" Team. Teams also compete against other schools!

Archers competing in the Schools Round must be Year 7 and above. Years 7 and 8 compete in the "intermediate league" and all other years compete against each other in the "secondary schools league". Results are all published on the Archery NZ website as well as being emailed back to you!

The information on the round to be shot is below, and the score sheet to use and the results sheet in order to send your results back to the administrator at [email protected] is to the right on Downloads.

Regarding payment, the usual fee for the School shoot is $10 per archer, however, we acknowledge that this year had its own set of difficulties! We are reducing the fee to $5 per archer which will cover them for the remainder of 2020.  Please send through a list of the names of your archers competing for 2020, and we will invoice your school for the total amount.  

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 will be on They will have to be Youth Postal 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 myself or Tracy Cox (our Youth Coordinator - CCd into this email) as we are happy to get you shooting again.

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

School Round Bow type Distance Face Size
36 arrows Limited Recurve/Barebow 15m 80cm
10 zone scoring Competition Recurve 15m 60cm
  Competition Compound 15m 40cm

Archery in Schools 2020 Shooting Calendar 

Term Postal Round
Results to be received by Archery NZ by:
3 1 August 6 September
4 1 September 6 November


How your school can get involved

A postal tournament structure has been approved by Archery NZ for secondary schools (years 9-13) and intermediates (years 7-8), as well as a face-to-face secondary school tournament each term in some regions.  Within a few years, it is hoped that a National Inter-School Archery Championships can be run.  Archery has now been sanctioned by CollegeSport in the Auckland region.

Schools that are looking to start up archery will be put in contact with a local club in their area, and there are a number of options which can be discussed with the club.

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.


A postal shoot 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 postal shoots, Archery NZ is looking to coordinate secondary school tournaments each term.  A number of cities have already been running these events successfully for the past few years.  Initially, it is hoped to run tournaments in Auckland, Gisborne, Manawatu, Wellington and Christchurch.  Schools in nearby cities are encouraged to attend these events too.  If there is more than one school in a separate area, however, a tournament can be set up there.

Archery NZ will appoint tournament coordinators for districts, and they will help to facilitate the tournaments which will, in general, be run by clubs throughout the regions.

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.