"Author of a text book on archery, he was also an amateur of the cockpit"

Roger Ascham (c 1515-1568) achieved renown as a scholar, particularly for his theories of education.  Between 1548 and 1550 he became Elizabeth's tutor in Greek and Latin, and served in the administrations of all three of Henry VIII's children upon their successions to the throne.  One of his pupils was William Grindal, Elizabeth's main tutor until his death in 1948.

A 17th century engraving of bear baiting. Artist unknown
Public DomainA 17th century engraving of bear baiting. Artist unknown - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

His text book on archery, the Toxophilus, emphasised the importance of archery within educational establishments and was influential in the inclusion of the sport in the statutes of St Albans, Harrow and other Elizabethan schools.

All forms of animal-baiting were popular with the Tudors, and indeed right up to the 19th century.  Henry VIII had a bear-pit created at Whitehall and the sport was a regular feature of Elizabeth's tours.  She was so much of a fan that she overruled parliament when an attempt was made to ban it on Sundays.