World Archery launches new development programme for national federations

Olivier Haidn presents at the World Coaching Conference.

World Archery has launched the knowledge sharing programme, a brand-new approach to offering development funding and opportunity to its member associations through pairing existing expertise with regional areas of need.

The initiative covers areas such as sports performance, event and results management, and media and broadcast, as well as coach and judge educuation.

National federations, or groups of national federations, can apply for projects lasting from a single day to four months. Some projects are remote, some in-person – but in all cases, World Archery will provide a suitable specialist to mentor the national federation, grow local expertise and evaluate the impact of the programme.

Further details on the available projects are available in the knowledge sharing programme prospectus. Applications for the 2023 programme are being accepted until midnight CET on 28 February 2023.

World Archery’s new knowledge sharing programme is a result of a new strategic approach, launched at the end of 2020, that saw the international federation’s dedicated development department evolve into a new member services branch and the responsibility for assisting in the growth of member associations spread across the entire organisation.

Development support is now not only available to new federations but to all of World Archery’s member associations that can identify an area of potential improvement.

World Archery secretary general Tom Dielen said:

“Our new approach to development reaches beyond the traditional coaching base to pair experts from a wide range of fields with athletes and officials worldwide. Making archery available to everyone will require growth at all levels, and this new approach reflects World Archery’s commitment to investing in its national member associations.”

“Together we will achieve our vision of a world in which everyone has the opportunity to practise, engage with and enjoy the important Olympic sport of archery.”