NATIONAL Archery in Schools Programme shortly known as NASP, handed over sports equipment to Sunshine Special School in Uitenhage recently.Chris Oelofse from NASP said archery is a highly disciplined sport that develops the archers cognitive and muscular ability. “It is a sport of mass participation with an outstanding safety record,” Oelofse said.With the assistance of the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, NASP SA, which is growing in the Eastern Cape received funds which were used to acquire equipment in order to develop the sport in the province.The first school that benefitted from this growing programme was Bergsig Special School in Uitenhage. The second school to benefit from this project is Sunshine Special School. The Principal Candace Kivedo has identified two teachers who will be driving this programme at the school. Shereen Reciet and Aneekon Abrahams will be trained as Basic Archery Instructors (BAI’s). “The NASP programme will form part of the school’s development programme for children with special needs,” Oelofse said.Some of the children who have shown a keen interest in the archery programme at Sunshine Special School are Lisakhanya Williams, Nathan Mitchell, Georgia Landoe and Benjamin Jonck.NASP Eastern Cape had their provincial Championship earlier this month in Port Alfred. The finalists from the provincial Championship have been selected to participate in the Inter Provincial and National Championships next month which will be hosted in Witbank. NASP SA has a Development programme throughout the country where archers from previous disadvantaged groups are developed through local schools and clubs, Provincial level up to National level. The goal of NASP Eastern Cape is to enter a Development team for the Inter Provincial and National Championships in 2020.For more information regarding this programme or how to get involved with this programme, contact Chris Oelofse at 084 519 9945.