Teachers: Now is the time to schedule a NASP training session for the upcoming school year!

Are you looking for a physical education activity that all students can excel at regardless of strength, speed, and physical ability? How about a sport that is safe, easy to manage, and currently soaring in popularity? The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a two week target archery curriculum that is aligned with 4th-12th grade National Physical Education Standards, run in a school gymnasium or outdoor field during physical education classes, and appeals to students of all abilities and backgrounds. NASP schools have the opportunity to compete against each other in state, national, and international tournaments. NASP has taught over 10 million students and is currently bigger than Little League baseball!

Nearly everyone can succeed at archery. Kids love archery, and archery helps kids excel. Statistics show that school archery programs:

  • Improve school attendance
  • Increase self-esteem
  • Increase physical activity
  • Relate to subject matter
  • Appeal to all students
  • Get kids out-of-doors
  • Can become an after-school activity

If your school is interested in implementing NASP, the first step is to schedule a training date through NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. Any teachers that will be instructing archery need to go through the Basic Archery Instructor certification training. NJ Fish and Wildlife provides the training free of charge, along with the training materials. The training is a full day (about 7 hours) and can be scheduled at your convenience and held in your school gym. Teachers generally take a professional development day or schedule a substitute in order to attend.

Once teachers are trained, they are ready to run the archery program in physical education classes or after school programs. If your school wants to purchase equipment, it is purchased directly through NASP at a discounted rate. A typical school kit costs about $3000. We also have loaner equipment that can be used free of charge, allowing NASP to be implemented at no cost to schools.

Last year, NASP doubled in size in New Jersey and we now have over 115 schools participating throughout the state.  We are continuing to rapidly expand NASP in New Jersey and our fall training calendar is quickly filling up! Contact us today to schedule a NASP training session for the upcoming school year and join the growing number of schools implementing this wildly popular program!

For more detailed information, visit our website at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/nasp.htm or contact Melissa Woerner at Melissa.Woerner@dep.state.nj.us .

Logo courtesy New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

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