Across Canada, thousands of students are annually introduced to the sport and activity of archery through programs that take place at their schools. One of the most popular programs is called the National Archery in Schools Program or NASP. It is designed to give schools the necessary equipment and training they require in order to run a successful in-class curriculum archery program for grades 4-12. Since its inception in 2002, NASP® has put a bow and arrow in the hand of over 18 million students.
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®) is a physical education curriculum and afterschool based archery program that teaches students from grades 4 to 12 archery safety, technique, concentration, self-improvement and proper use of equipment. Through NASP®, schools can be certified to turn their gymnasiums into international-style archery ranges so students can learn and further develop in the sport of archery.
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Originally developed in the United States, NASP® began as a program only for schools, but now spans 5 countries and 3 continents and is offered to schools, camps, community groups, and other organizations. Archery Manitoba is proud to be an official partner for NASP® in Manitoba. In partnership with NASP Manitoba, we provide support to teacher training, NASP schools, instructors, trainers, volunteers, and tournaments.
The program covers archery safety, technique, concentration skills, self-improvement and proper use of equipment. The objectives of the NASP® are to improve self-confidence, motivation, concentration, focus, academic performance, and increase attendance in school. The program promotes inclusive participation as a team or individual; girls, boys, and all ability levels are encouraged to join.
SAFETY is the guiding principle in NASP. All instructor training and student participation centers around the 11 steps of archery success. Despite the vast number of archers involved, there has never been an archery related accident and constant emphasis and training works to ensure that statistic never changes.
Schools who have received the proper training and have purchased a kit may be eligible for a NASP School Grant Rebate.
Need more information? Have you purchased a kit and require Instructor Training or want to access your School Grant Rebate Application? Contact Manitoba NASP Lead Honesto Navarro or by phone at:
Archery Manitoba and NASP Manitoba have partnered in 2022 with two key objectives to help promote the program and the sport of Archery:
- NASP Championships – Partner schools are welcome and encouraged to enroll their students with an interest in NASP activity beyond the Phys Ed curriculum to participate in our annual provincial NASP Championships hosted every spring. For more details on the 2023 NASP Championships, follow this link (Insert Link) “
- Archery Manitoba Pilot School Program – Every year, Archery Manitoba will select an applicant school to provide a loaned equipment set and “Basic Archery Instructor” Training to school leaders. The objective of this program is to encourage schools to try the program before investing in equipment and training. For more information or apply for the Pilot Program, visit (insert link).
What sets NASP® apart from other archery programs:
- In the Schools
By teaching archery as part of school curriculum (e.g. Physical Education, Math, Physics, Social Studies, Arts, and more) we are able to reach more students who would never thought to try archery.
- Universal Fit
All NASP® archers, 3 million every year worldwide, use the same equipment (e.g. the same bow, the same arrow, the same target, etc.) and are instructed with the same 11 steps to archery success from NASP® certified Basic Archery Instructors.
Archery is a sport for all students; it provides athletic and mental development opportunity regardless of athletic ability, gender, academic ability, or physical ability.
- Beyond NASP
NASP is the ideal introduction stage to provincial and national sport pathways that include Manitoba Winter Games, North American Indigenous Games, Canada Winter Games, North American Collegiate Programs and the Olympic & Paralympic Games.
- In the Schools