National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP)
In 2014, OFAH launched its ambitious National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), which is expected to become our largest youth program in our 86-year history.
Partnering with the international, Kentucky-based NASP program, the OFAH trained its first wave of Ontario elementary and secondary teachers who brought the curriculum-based archery program back to their schools for the 2014/2015 school year.
NASP began in Kentucky in 2001 as a means of attracting a new generation to outdoors activities such as hunting and fishing. The program was an immediate success and has since spread worldwide, operating in 10 different countries with more than 15 million participants.
Instructor training was developed so teachers in every participating school could be certified to present NASP lessons that are safe for students, instructors, bystanders and the facility.
Instructors learn how to determine a student’s dominant eye and teach archer form, shot execution and follow-through. Teachers are provided extensive advice on how to provide positive coaching.
Archery is an accessible sport that allows youth of all ages and athletic ability to participate. It has proven to grow self-esteem and encourage school attendance. Nearly one-third of all NASP participants surveyed expressed an interest in trying other outdoor activities such as hunting and fishing.
The OFAH/NASP program is expected to grow its number of participating schools in 2015 and beyond. Visit www.ofah.org/nasp.