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Range Assessment & Range assessors

All Archery GB clubs, counties and regions need to ensure the ranges they wish to use are first registered with Archery GB online.  Records of old ranges need to be kept, but any ranges no longer used can be marked as lapsed - please contact Archery GB to complete this.

All Archery GB clubs, counties and regions need to ensure the ranges they wish to use are first registered with Archery GB online.  Records of old ranges need to be kept, but any ranges no longer used can be marked as lapsed – please contact Archery GB to complete this.

The online registration system has also been designed to establish the future facility needs of archery across the country. The audit will capture detailed facility data and will inform our facility strategy.

The range registration process captures all the facilities used across the country. This will provide us with information on location, shooting capacity, access arrangements and Rules of Shooting compliance.

With this information Archery GB will have better facility data and also be able to support clubs with facility issues. It will also allow Archery GB to:

  • 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
  • Help clubs respond to planning applications with a potential impact on a range
  • Answer queries related to planning issues

Clubs are asked the first question about whether the range complies with the Rules of Shooting.  After this, they are asked to complete a short survey on their facilities, to enable Archery GB to build a picture of the number of clubs that meet the minimum standard of the facility strategy.

Registering a Range

Please read the Archery Range Registration process.

To register a range you must have admin access to your club/county/region, through your members’ portal. Each club can have three people from the committee registered with admin access, so if you have this level of access and wish to add someone else, please contact the Membership Team to update club details (on membership@archerygb.org).  When registering a range, please choose whether or not you wish the range to show on the Archery GB Clubfinder, shown here. To show accurately on the Clubfinder, a recognised address and postcode must be selected chosen from the drop-down menu provided online.  You can also enter contact details for the club.

Click here to register a range.

If you experience difficulties logging on to your members’ portal please email membership@archerygb.org

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Archery GB doing this?

To ensure we all hold up to date information and certificates of registration, and to ensure that the sport continues to operate as safely as possible, and we make no apologies over this approach.  We are not trying to stop clubs shooting.  We also understand that things change, and changes sometimes mean ranges no longer comply with the Rules of Shooting, so it is important ranges are re-registered every three years.  Changes occur to the clubs’ locations and secretaries, and we need to ensure the information we hold is correct. This will help us as we dedicate more time and resources to supporting clubs with facility issues.

What help can I call upon?

Firstly, read the information on the facilities webpage. The up to date information will be published on the page above. Plus, there are other documents which may be useful, such as the Facilities Strategy and Technical Specifications, and a Handy Guide to Laying out a Range. If you have any additional queries, please contact us by emailing range@archerygb.org

I need to register my range.  What do I have to do, and when do I need to do it?

Any one of the committee members with admin access for their club/county/region, can register the ranges they plan to use (except for Have-A-Go sites where no range registration is required). They complete the self-assessment about whether the range complies with the Rules of Shooting, and choose ‘complies’ ‘complies with dispensation’ if you held an official dispensation in the past, or ‘does not comply’ if it is a new range you feel does not comply.

If we deem our range is not conforming to the Rules of Shooting what happens then? Do we need to stop shooting?

Yes. Choose the option ‘does not comply’ and complete the details online.  Then contact Archery GB to pay the fee of £50 (plus VAT), and arrange for an Archery Range Assessor to visit your range to conduct an assessment., and arrange for an Archery Range Assessor to visit your range to conduct an assessment. They will try to help you continue to shoot safely. The assessor may allow you to continue shooting with a dispensation (e.g. the overshoot is reduced because of a wall or bank).  Alternatively the Assessor may confirm you do not need a dispensation. so you can register that it complies- contact Archery GB for this change.

What reminders will I get to complete the range registration?

All ranges need to be registered, or re-registered every three years, and the date for renewal of your range will show in the records online.  Archery GB will notify clubs they need to re-register if their range registration is about to lapse.  Please help us by ensuring the club secretaries’ details are correct by visiting the online portal or contacting membership@archerygb.org

Do I have to register every venue?

Yes, the club must register all the ranges they use – this includes indoor, outdoor, field, clout, flight and all other disciplines of archery. This will help us have a better understanding of how many ranges are in the UK and help us plan our approach to facilities better.

The only exception is Have-a-Go event sites, when you must follow the Code of Practice for Archery Events and conduct a risk assessment.  All Have-a-Go events, beginners’ courses, demonstrations, Boost courses and Taster Sessions also need to be registered in advance, online in the club records: ‘Have a Go and Course Registrations’ section.

What should I do about the tournament venue we use once a year?

Every range, except Have-a-Go sites, must be registered with Archery GB.  Event or Tournament Organisers will have to confirm that the tournament venue has been registered. This includes County and Regional tournaments.

Clubs or event organisers who are unable to confirm that their range meets the Rules of Shooting must apply for a range assessment.

Next steps

On assessing the range, the Assessor will try to support the club to ensure that shooting can continue to take place safely. The Assessor will either grant a dispensation, state a dispensation is not required so shooting can take place (contact Archery GB to change the range registration), or could deem that shooting cannot take place at that range.

All assessment documentation will be emailed to Archery GB, the Club/venue and a record will be kept by the Assessor. If a dispensation has been granted Archery GB will then change the club’s record and issue the certificate.

Appeals Process

A club or event organiser can request a re-assessment if they are not happy with the original assessment outcome.

To do this they must contact the Membership Team who will arrange a different Assessor to attend the range in question (membership@archerygb.org)

The costs of this re-assessment must be met by the club or event organiser in-line with the range assessment process.

If after a reassessment the original assessment is overturned, Archery GB will reimburse the reassessment fee on request. Should the original decision be upheld then the decision is final.

Support

Any club or event organiser that finds their range unfit for shooting can contact Archery GB for support on 01952 951703 or email range@archerygb.org

Any members who shoot at ranges not registered will not be covered by Archery GB insurance.

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