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Covid-19 club guidance

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While restrictions have been lifted across most of the UK, archery clubs and coaches can still find all of the latest guidance documents if they still wish to follow them. The Covid guidance documents are still available to download from the bottom of this page but are NOT mandatory - there are for reference and use by those that wish to implement additional procedures.

October 2021 – Update

As the indoor season starts the following points may be useful for clubs and archers.

  • Following consultation with members, Clubs may revert to normal (pre Covid) target spacing, target sharing, arrow collection etc. – indoors and outdoors – with no need for screens etc. to separate archers.
  • Clubs must consider ventilation for indoor venues – let fresh air in.
  • Wearing a face covering is recommended indoors, when you are not actively shooting (unless exempt).
  • Continue to remind people to clean their hands regularly.
  • Clubs are free implement procedures beyond the minimum requirement, as long as the members have been consulted.
  • Anyone with symptoms should not attend, get tested and self-isolate if required to do so.
  • Clubs should not insist on Covid vaccinations – see below for more information.

Can we insist club members or beginners are vaccinated? 

It’s not a statutory requirement to have had a Covid-19 vaccine or take a test to participate in sport and physical activity, and this is also not part of Archery GB’s Covid-19 guidance.

Sport England have created a document, specifically on the issues arising from vaccinations and whether providers can stipulate participants must have been vaccinated. You can access this here. In summary while a participant cannot legally be refused entry to a sport based on vaccination status it is acceptable for a club to ask if someone has been vaccinated and implement other safety measures to reduce risk such as mask wearing and ventilation.

Making vaccinations mandatory for participants would be a disproportionate response, particularly where the government has, and Archery GB has, given a general go ahead to participation, and also the nature of the sport of archery, where social distancing can effectively take place unlike other sports.

Club Support

Should you need any support or clarification then contact your Regional Development Officer or email membership@archerygb.org.

Facility Issues

Some clubs are unable to open because they are shooting on an education ground. Whilst we recognise the issues that schools are overcoming, we are aware some clubs have been able to return to shooting. We have created a letter template that clubs may wish to use to gain confidence that archery could return with minimal impact on the schools, its pupils and staff. Click here for more.

Additional Resources

Sport England has been updating and adding to the guidance that they first published last year.

In particular:

Mental Health

Some people may be excited about returning to work, sessions and facilities, however many will be returning to play with poorer mental health due to coronavirus (Mind, 2020).

Mind – a charity who won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect – have developed two handy guides: one to help individuals prepare for participation, and one to equip the sport and physical activity sector with tools and information to support the mental health of staff, volunteers and participants.

Funding

Competition

For further information on Archery GB’s return to competition (updated for 2021) please visit this page.

International travel and domestic competitions

All athletes / staff travelling internationally will be tested before they travel and on return. They will also follow Covid safe protocol including the wearing of masks, regular hand washing and social distancing.

On return to the UK they may be required to self-isolate for 10 days, aside from when competing / training or providing support for an elite sport event. Athletes and staff will take a PCR test on day 2 and 5 of their isolation. If they take an additional test on day 5 – which is negative – the isolation ends under the ‘test to release’ scheme.

If an elite athlete has returned from an international competition they will inform the tournament organisers if they are entering a domestic competition during their isolation period. It will be at the organisers’ discretion as to whether they accept the entry.

All tests are recorded and submitted through the government testing scheme.

If international athletes wish to train at their local club, they will speak to club officials to discuss their requirements and look to train at quieter times to minimise any risks to members.

Documents

Club Covid Risk Assessment Template (March 2021)
Part 6 – Supporting Disabled Archers v5.01
Guidance for Delivering Archery Instructor and Coaching Courses
Complying with the Restrictions – Letter from AGB