Club Information COVID-19
On this page you will find guidance for clubs and archers on the return to archery. The latest documents are available to download from the bottom of this page.
Return to Archery
- England – From 17 May, indoor archery can take place. Covid-secure requirements remain and the limits on numbers are only based on the availability of 100 sqft per person. Part 2 Clubs & Part 3 Facilities documents have been updated below.
- Wales – From 3 May, up to 50 people can meet for organised sport outdoor and up to 30 indoors. Download the Wales summary below.
- Scotland – Scottish Archery updated their guidance on 13 May, with the expectation that the majority of the country will move to Level 2 on 17 May.
- Northern Ireland – From 24 May outdoor sports permitted (max numbers 500); all indoor sport and leisure venues can open with group exercise/training permitted. More information available here.
Should you need any support or clarification then please read our FAQs (download below), or email email@example.com.
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.
Sport England has been updating and adding to the guidance that they first published last year.
As lockdown restrictions begin to ease, 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.
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 will 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 8 of their isolation. If they take an additional test on day 5 – which is negative – the isolation ends under the ‘test to release’ scheme. They must still take a test on day 8.
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 10 day 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.