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Indoor sports facilities reopen in England

April 12th 2021
Sophie Meering

Outdoor archery ranges in England reopened from Monday 29 March as part of the government's roadmap out of lockdown, and on 12 April indoor sports facilities across England have also reopened.

What is the guidance for outdoor archery in England?

• Outdoor archery for adults and children is permitted in larger numbers, provided it is formally organised and follows the Archery GB Covid-19 secure guidance.
• Organised sport and supervised children’s sport can take place outdoors in any number, but people should maintain the rules on social contact before and after sporting activity.
• Participants should adhere to social distancing when not actively participating (e.g., during breaks in shooting, or when packing away to leave). Social interaction before and after archery should only take place outdoors, and in separate and distinct groups consisting of up to 6 people or two households.

Arran Coggan, acting Director of Participation, said: “Please bear with your club as they get to grips with the information on reopening. Some clubs may experience issues reopening and we will work with clubs to help them through the process of welcoming members back.”

What is the guidance for archery in Wales?

In Wales, the new rules mean outdoor sports facilities can reopen with restrictions on numbers.

A maximum of six people from two households can meet (excluding children under 11 from either household). Field archery may have up to 6 people per target as long as the other Covid regulations are still followed. Archers must not mix at the beginning or end of their session. From 26 April: If public health conditions permit, the following relaxation can go ahead: organised outdoor activities will be permitted for up to 30 people.

What is the guidance for archery in Scotland?

In Scotland, outdoor non-contact sport resumed from Friday 12 March.

Scottish Archery has updated their guidance – the main changes are around Level 3 and the travel restrictions so please make you have read it and incorporate any relevant points into your club’s risk assessment and protocols.

What is the guidance for archery in Northern Ireland?

In Northern Ireland, up to 15 people (including coaches) can take part in structured outdoor sports training.

Guidance for the Isle of Man and Channel Islands

On the Isle of Man: from 12 April 2021 outdoor leisure venues and outdoor facilities including playgrounds, skate parks, courts and equipment will be allowed to reopen. The maximum gathering number continues to be 10 people, with social distancing (to those people outside your household) and the wearing of face coverings is strongly advised. We ask anyone using these facilities to do so responsibly and to take all precautions before and after doing so. Please check the IOM government guidance page for details.

In the Channel Islands, the latest restrictions around sport can be found on the following pages:

Support for those who can’t return to archery yet

For those members who are unable to shoot, you can still keep fit and learn so that you are ready for getting back to the range. Archery GB has been running a webinar series of lockdown learning with something for everyone – https://www.archerygb.org/clubs-facilities-development/clubs/club-resources/club-training-programme/

We will also run Mobility Monday and Workout Wednesday sessions on our Facebook page and YouTube channel so you can keep up your bow training and fitness from your home or garden.

Once again taking care of your mind as well as your body has never been more important. Last year Sport and Performance Psychologist Sarah Huntley provided us with her three top tips for you to maintain your mental health, focus your training and ultimately benefit from this time spent at home – https://www.archerygb.org/mental-health-positive-thinking-under-lockdown/

Don’t forget that coaches, judges and ontarget clubs have access to Learning Curve – our online community that has a growing collection of videos, articles, micro-learning courses, and resources on a variety of topics that matter to you. The platform also gives you the opportunity to have friendly and constructive discussions with AGB staff and each other.

Thank you for all your support from everyone at Archery GB.

Please refer to our dedicated Covid-19 page for the most up to date guidance for archers, coaches and clubs.

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