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Growth in membership must be accompanied by growth in the support structures that allow archers to participate and progress. Our facilities strategy will contribute to meeting our strategic objective of growing and sustaining participation.


Archery Range Registration and Assessment - New Procedure
A new national system for archery range registration and assessment will be introduced in April, 2017 and all clubs will be affected.

Until now, clubs have registered their facilities centrally with Archery GB and have utilised judges to assess their ground if they required any dispensation. However, the Judges Committee has announced that judges will no longer be able to carry out this service. Which has prompted a review of how archery ranges are registered and assessed around the country.
Archery GB need better facility data to:
• Help clubs and counties plan their activities
• Service our insurance provider better
• Assess the needs and demands for the sport
• Access external funding for facility work
• Help the public find the right club and shooting range for them
• Improve our internal processes and procedures
• Answer queries related to planning issues

So from the 1 April, 2017 every Archery GB club will be required to register their shooting ranges (outdoor and indoor) detailing;
• Location
• Shooting capacity
• Access arrangements
• Rules of Shooting compliance

In addition clubs will be asked to complete a short survey on their facilities to enable AGB to build a picture of the number of clubs that meet the minimum standard of the facility strategy.

This will be a relatively short process where clubs will self-certify in the first instance, it will be mandatory to register all shooting ranges and Archery GB will log and process all registrations centrally. Registration will be required every three years and clubs will only be able to do this online.

Any club with a query or which requires a dispensation will be able to request a site visit from Archery GB and an assessor will be arranged to inspect the ground. Any club that requires an assessor will be required to pay a flat rate fee, plus travel expenses to cover the cost of the visit. The process begins on 1 April but clubs will have six months to register their ranges. Any club that does not will be sent one reminder. Failure to register after that will mean that the ground is not registered with the insurer and shooting by Archery GB members will be compromised.

Further information will be published here.

Facilities Strategy
Our first ever Facility Strategy came to an end in 2014, so that has now been replaced with a new Facility Strategy 2015-18.

The new strategy is more comprehensive than the last as it now incorporates field archery and performance aspects of the sport. It has been created on the back of substantial research and consultation. As well as restating the minimum standards for archery facilities, the strategy also lays out the priorities for investment and attention over the coming three years.

Facility Guidance

Guidance for landowners and for setting up a field archery course, download the guide.

The Facility Technical Requirements & Specifications guide has been designed to encourage and assist those considering whether or not archery could be an activity they could offer or help to provide.

For archery clubs, download a copy of the Handy Guide to Setting up an Archery Range and Archery Range Health & Safety Policy/Risk Assessment. See also Appendix 3 of the Rules of Shooting.

Funding for Facilities
Archery GB is encouraging the opening up of new archery venues through the New Places for Target Faces programme. For more information click here.

Sport England's Inspired Facilities and Protecting Playing Fields programmes have now closed. Replacement programmes will be announced in 2016/early 2017.

Facility Funding for Home Nations is covered in the Handy Guide to Funding, which also has other funding opportunities for facilities, coaching and equipment.

Planning Guidance and Support
Archery GB's Venue Planning Advice has been put together to provide clubs with some food for thought when making a long term decision about a new or existing venue. The Development Team are also able to support clubs on these matters and can be contacted on 01952 602795.

Sport England has provided lots of information on the planning process for sports clubs, including in partnership with the Department of Communities and Local Government, publishing a new guide to planning applications aimed at sports clubs who want to improve their facilities. Visit their website for advice or support - Sport England - Facility & Planning.

Sport England has also developed a Community Sport Asset Transfer Toolkit to help community sports clubs across England tackle the complex world of asset transfer.

Other Links
Sport Scotland - Facilities - Design guidance, Planning, Quality management & Funding
Sport Wales - Club Solutions - http://www.clubsolutions.wales/facilities-and-equipment/
Sport NI - http://www.sportni.net/facilities/develop-a-sports-facility/

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