Happy (??) New Year - 2021

It would appear the New Year has started with a ‘bang’ - not the greatest parlance for our ‘silent’ sport.

We took the decision to shut the club including outdoor shooting early - 24th December! - convinced that the mutant strain of Covid being far more virulent posed too great a risk to all involved including ourselves and it would appear that has borne to have been the correct decision.

We have also reviewed both the Government guidance and what AGB has published (extract berlow), and find AGB’s guidance to be slightly at odds to the Governments - notably that disabled archers may continue in sport.

Having reviewed this and taking the precedence of ‘stay at home’, regrettably we are continuing with the range remaining closed, understanding that this will be a bitter blow to those who on first glance may still have been able to shoot.

With best wishes to all, whether members, associate members, guest shooters, and especially those whose beginners courses have been interrupted, we trust that all remain safe and well and look forward to being able to provide more positive news, even if just restricted archery, at some point in the near future.

Government Guidance:

“Sports and physical activity

Indoor gyms and sports facilities will remain closed. Outdoor sports courts, outdoor gyms, golf courses, outdoor swimming pools, archery/driving/shooting ranges and riding arenas must also close. Organised outdoor sport for disabled people is allowed to continue.”

Archery GB Guidance:

“As everyone in England is asked to stay at home, both indoor and outdoor ranges must close until 15 February when the government will review the current lockdown. We are pleased to see that an exemption applies for disabled archers of all ages and volunteers who support them. We will be issuing guidance on supporting disabled archers soon.”