Welcome to the South African National Archery Association
  • Performance, Precision and Fun

  • An inclusive sport

  • Join us outdoors

  • .. or for all year round indoor archery

  • Its a sport for all


Who are we?

The South African National Archery Association (Sanaa) was formed in 1948 by a group of enthusiastic archers. Today, it is the national federation for all amateur archery in South Africa and is the national governing body of the sport. Sanaa offers its members the opportunity to participate in all disciplines and it recognises both the World Archery Federation and the International Field Archery Association disciplines. In so doing, members can decide which discipline they are more comfortable with and have the opportunity to compete in target, field, 3D and indoor archery. Read more about us.


The International Field Archery Association, also known as the IFAA is an international archery association that was founded 1970 when a group of field archers from the USA, Sweden, England, Scotland, Wales and Canada agreed on a set of basic rules by which Field Archery tournaments would be run. We now represent over 50 000 field archers in over 40 member countries from all continents. Field archery is designed to be fun and for the whole family with your fellow archers administer these rules out on the courses, rather than judges, marshals or other officials. Read more about the IFAA.

World Archery

The World Archery Federation (WA) is the world governing body for the sport of archery, recognised by and a core sport of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), the Universiades and many other organisations. The head office for WA is in Lausanne, Switzerland. World Archery currently consists of 150+ Member Nations, that are the governing bodies for archery in each country covering the continents of Africa, The Americas, Asia, Europe and Oceania. Sanaa is a member in good standing of the World Archery Federation and offers its members the opportunity to participate in all WA events.


Clubs in the provinces that are affiliated to the provincial archery body are recognised in terms of the rules and regulations of the federation. Clubs are the backbone of the federation and are the starting point for all who are interested in our sport. We have over 100 clubs in the nine provinces who invite novices to participate in the development program which is aimed at teaching archery the right way. So, whether you are interested in archery for fun, recreation or serious competition, your first port of call will be your local club. Read more about our clubs.

High Performance

Our high performance archers have competed in both World Archery and IFAA events and are holders of international records and gold, silver and bronze medals. Managed through our Gold Squad program, certain events, such as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and World Games require us to prepare the athletes and then hand them over to our National Olympic Committee as part of Team South Africa. Sanaa is the only authority permitted to recommend to the SA Colours Board the awarding of Protea Colours for its members. Read more about our high performance program.


Membership is open to all archers who are members in good standing of a club affiliated to a province. There are many benefits to joining the Federation, the greatest being that as a member you can contribute towards the growth and recognition of the sport. Membership is a requirement to participate in sanctioned tournaments, including the national championships. If you are a member of a recognised club, join today or read more about membership.


Sanaa is the only archery body that can recommend Protea Colours, the highest sports recognition that can be awarded to an athlete, to the SA Colours Board. Provincial Colours for our sport may only be awarded to athletes who are members of Sanaa and who have met the standard as set by the provincial archery structures. Provincial Colours may only be earned by members who have met the provincial qualifying criteria and who participate in our national championships. Separate National championships are held for indoor, field, target and 3D disciplines. Read more.....


Archery is a test of accuracy, strength and concentration. The sport is open to athletes with a physical disability (including spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, amputee) in three functional classes (Open, Standing, and Wheelchair). Para-archery is part of the main-stream of archery in South Africa with para-archers competing in our National Championships. We have dynamic and active para-archery activities all over the country. Read more. Read more.....

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