Playa del Carmen Archery Academy Now Open
Thanks to a national champion, the sport made famous by Robin Hood hits its mark!
Hosted by national champion Hilda Martell Mitchel, the Academia de Tiro con Arco (archery academy) in Playa del Carmen is now open. Located in the Unidad Deportiva Riviera Maya (Riviera Maya Sporting Complex), the hours are Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with Saturday hours also available. Martell Mitchel said that there has been a lot of time spent on this project. To spark interest, the academy is giving a free sample class, since it is not a commonly practiced sport.
There are 15 boys participating right now and range in age from nine to 18. Playa has the youngest players of this sport at a state level, although the participants are ranked at a competitive level. Martell Mitchel said she has been surprised that boys as young as five years old have come for lessons. This is a source of motivation for her, as she recognizes that it is really difficult to get children of that age interested in archery. Especially when they could easily play other sports such as soccer, baseball, swimming, and basketball, among others available locally.
The categories which are currently available are 10-13, 13-16, 16-18, and 19-23 years old, and all are working on training for the 2016 National Olympics. In working on the archery club, she went knocking on doors in the private education sector, including universities, but “Especially focusing on parents, as they are who we have direct contact with. It has been parents who take on the direct costs of the sport, which is not cheap. We have needed their support to have a place to practice, and we thank all the parents and the local authorities who gave us space inside the sporting facility.”
Located in the Riviera Maya Sporting Facility, Avenida Universidad and Paseo del Mayab.
The archery academy is open Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. To 7 p.m. and is located at the Riviera Maya Sporting Facility on the corner of Paseo del Mayab and
(potentially Saturdays also)