Although you may not have considered picking up archery as a hobby before, Pasadena Roving Archers makes it too easy not to for local residents. PRA has been offering free introductory archery classes in Lower Arroyo Seco Park for decades. Their first formal agreement with the city dates back to 1972. Just under 100 people are able to attend these 90-minute, Saturday morning classes.
“We have introductory classes for both children and adults. They are held at the same time and there is some cross over between the two so that families can stay together,” explains Gary Spiers. Just this December, Spiers was elected President of Pasadena Roving Archers for a 6th term. “After signing waivers, the attendees are divided up into small groups and each group goes with an instructor down range to one of the targets where they are taught the basics. At the end of the class all of the groups return to the main area where they compete against each other to pop balloon targets.”
While archery’s origins don’t seem very wholesome, parents shouldn’t shy away form bringing their kids. “We have a lot of parents who tell us that after taking up archery, their child is more focused and able to concentrate in other aspects of their life,” Spiers says. “Many people who do not enjoy participating in traditional sports find that archery suits them. It gets people outside, exercise is required moving from target to target, you do so in groups that are social, all a lot like golf! Archery also works well across age groups; our oldest active member is over 90.”
While the class begins at 8:30am, PRA recommends you arrive closer to 7:15am as hopeful archers begin lining up early, and the equipment is at a first come, first serve basis. “For some time now we typically have more people wanting to attend than we can accommodate,” Spiers warns, “and we are looking at introducing a pre-registration system.” But for now, it’s best to arrive ahead of the crowd.
Join Pasadena Roving Archers Saturday mornings for a free introductory archery class at Pasadena’s Lower Arroyo Seco Park (415 S Arroyo Blvd). Click here for more information.