About Archery

Information about Archery

Historically, the bow and arrow has been used for hunting and combat and was appeared in the late Palaeolithic or early Mesolithic periods. The oldest signs of archery’s use in Europe date from around 10,000BC, while in Asia and the Middle East evidence suggests it originated even earlier. In modern times, it is mainly a competitive sport and recreational activity.

A person who participates in Archery (from the Latin arcus meaning ‘bow’ or ‘arch’) is typically called an archer.  Someone who is fond of or an expert at archery is called a toxophilite – ‘lover of the bow’, from Ancient Greek τόξον (tokson ‘bow’) and φίλος (philos ‘friend’).

It is a sport that requires skills of precision, control, focus, repetition and determination.  It is a recreation available to be practised by all, no matter age, gender or ability, and is a widespread pastime in both developed and developing countries.

Archery is often in the public eye, both as an important sport on the Olympic Programme, and thanks to popular culture, with films such as Brave, Hunger Games Mockingjay trilogy and The Avengers.


Archery is a very inclusive sport which caters for juniors, adults, masters, the visually impaired and those with disabilities. Scottish Archery outline the opportunities for all.