Playa del Car­men Archery Academy Now Open

Thanks to a na­tional cham­pion, the sport made fa­mous by Robin Hood hits its mark!

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Sports - BY JUAN SOSA

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

Avenida Uni­ver­si­dades.

(po­ten­tially Satur­days also)

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