After very limited use in late 2020 and early 2021, the Western Kentucky Archery Complex hopes to resume its full boom when the NASP returns to the facility on December 11.
This first tournament will be hosted by South Hopkins Middle School, and it is expected to produce a good turnout.
In a “normal year,” more than 500 children participate in the National School Archery Program (NASP) in Hopkins County, but due to COVID-19 there has been a lack of of certified coaching staff and archery programs have had a tough time building teams and tournaments.
Normally, the NASP season would already be underway. In 2019, the first tournament of the season at the facility took place on November 16. But despite a slow start, things are slowly falling into place.
Kentucky NASP is a joint venture between the Kentucky Fisheries and Wildlife Departments and local schools. The program promotes education and participation in the sport of archery, with a minimum of 10 hours of classroom instruction given to all current fourth and fifth graders as part of their physical education classes . Students between fourth year and final year are eligible to participate, all using the same Mathews Genesis bow and arrows.
The Western Kentucky Archery Complex, located just off I-69, is a multi-purpose complex that offers a state-of-the-art 90-meter outdoor shooting range. The interior of the facility can accommodate up to 56 National Field Archery Association (NFAA) shooting lanes with bleachers for up to 400.
“The resort attracts archers of all ages, from everywhere,” Tricia Noel, executive director of the Hopkins County Tourism and Convention Commission. “This is the largest archery building in the state of Kentucky, returning regional events is great for tourism and for the city of Madisonville.”
Other NASP events
January 8, 2022: hosted by West Hopkins School
February 5, 2022: The Classic Hopkins County Central High School Storm
February 12, 2022: Madisonville North Hopkins High School Maroon Classic
February 14-19, 2022: NASP Regional
According to the Hopkins County Tourism and Convention Commission, the direct economic impact of the three-day United States Archery Elite Regional Development Camp event last weekend, reportedly grossed between $ 15,000 and $ 20,000 in Hopkins County. The Mid-South Collegiate tournament to be held in January 2022 continues to generate significant economic momentum for the community as well, with over 125 archers competing.
The complex also regularly hosts events for S3DA.