The Dream that Jack built...
Back in the late 1940's and '50's, Archers in South
Africa, and surrounding countries, found purchasing
their own equipment and accessories difficult and
most times, frustrating. Opening parcels received
from overseas often revealed items that definitely
did not resemble what was required!
At this point, in the mid-50's, a retired Major from
the Army's intelligence service, Jack Booysen, had
joined the Berea Park Archery Club in Pretoria. Jack
had a dream...to be of assistance in various ways
to those interested in the sport of Archery in our
country. He discussed his ideas with a number of Toxopholites
and having been given the green light by his good
lady, Jutta (she became a Springbok Lady Archer in
1958), he was on his way - importing, servicing and
advising on equipment and accessories.
Through his interest in the Sport, he not only became
an Instructor and then Coach - Nationally and Internationally,
but also served on the World Archery Association as
a FITA Judge and was a member of the FITA Rule Drafting
Committee. He also became President of the S.A. National
Archery Association. All these posts he held up to
his death on 29th April, 1976.
And Jack's Dream continues...
Jack's Archery Supplies still exists,
in a slightly changed format, and has upheld Jack's
main aim, being, the Development of the Sport of Archery
through various fields, amongst all members of our
nation and other African countries. Hence the establishment
of a new subsection...
The Archery Advancer (in the
person of Ria and her assistants), which offers various
archery equipment and advise on same, as well as support
by staging an Archery Section...
a back up for Team Building;
a fun base at an Adventure Camp;
a fun base at Youth, Guides, Scouts, Voortrekkers,
Church, Family reunion camps etc.
and of course...
in various areas
listed under training.
A. The Active Side is at the Derdepoort Boogbaan.
situate at Plot 124, Derdepoort in the N.E of Pretoria.
- 3.5 km east from the N1 on the old road to Cullinan
(Zambezi extension east) where we offer:
Standard Bow Archery Range;
additional long distance lanes (up to 90m) for FITA
space to stage various fun shoots from time to time
i.e.archery golf, flight shoots etc
The Range is...
by appointment and at a fee, to all archers, casual
or serious, non-members, club members, country members,
and those interested in having a shot or two to
"try it out";
to the Golden Arrow
Club which was founded on 5th February, 1971
by Maj. Jack Booysen. It went into recess when the
grounds it shared with the Berea Park Archery Club,
was lost to archery due to development of the new
road structure at the time, but has now re-opened.
If you are interested in joining this club please
contact Ria...details under contact
B. The Administrative and Accounting Side
done via Ria's office in the east of Pretoria..
Desk on all aspects of starting a club...., keeping
the correct records; training required: types of equipment
available and required by clubs, adventure camps,
schools, individuals etc.
Running of the Archery Schools National Postal
League. If you have not as yet been contacted in this
regard, please contact us
and come on line! It is open to:
a) all young archers, who need to discuss their
representation for and with their schools, and the
registration of same.
b) Schools accepting archery as a school sport will
be given advise on the setting up of a range and
the purchasing of the correct equipment at the best
prices and the alternative of assistance given until
such time as this can take place.
c) Training of teachers/parents to become official
instructors or archery assistants at the school
and the assistance that can be given until this
Jacks Archery supplies orders
for archery equipment can be made telephonically and
can, by arrangement, be collected from either Plot
124 or Ria's office, or delivery of same can be made
via post or as arranged.