COVID-19 – What am I allowed to currently do?
With new and current restrictions in place, we want to make it clear what is and isn't currently permitted around the UK.
As we head into another national lockdown Archery GB is working hard to support its members through the current restrictions.
While Archery GB is the governing body for the sport of archery in the UK, we recognise the role the governing bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have in issuing guidance in those nations.
We will continue to share their guidance here and support them if they wish to undertake lobbying on behalf of their members to support grassroots clubs.
To clarify the situation across the UK:
As everyone in England is asked to stay at home, both indoor and outdoor ranges must close until 15 February when the government will review the current lockdown. We are pleased to see that an exemption applies for disabled archers of all ages and volunteers who support them. We will be issuing guidance on supporting disabled archers soon.
In Scotland, most of the country is under Level 4 restrictions, which will be reviewed at the end of January. Scottish Archery guidelines are available here https://scottisharchery.org.uk/news/scottish-archery-levels-0-4-guidance, and SAA will soon update its members on recent changes announced by the First Minister.
The whole of Wales is currently under Level 4 restrictions, which will be reviewed every three weeks, forcing sport venues to close, and asking people to exercise locally.
A six-week lockdown is in force across Northern Ireland until 6 February, with indoor and outdoor sport not permitted, other than at elite level.
While we are of course disappointed that so many of our members across the UK will not be able to shoot we recognise this new strain requires harsher restrictions so the NHS can support those who are ill and role out the vaccine to the most vulnerable members of our communities.
We will continue to lobby for further financial support for grassroots sports across the UK alongside our colleagues in other sporting organisations #SaveOurSports – https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/news/covid-19/save-our-sports
The Chancellor has announced that businesses in retail, hospitality and leisure will receive new grants to help them keep afloat until spring. The grants will be worth up to £9,000 per property. Some archery clubs have been able to benefit from this initiative in the past. https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus/business-support
The UK’s Sports Councils have funds available to grassroots clubs, and a summary of available funding can be viewed here: https://www.archerygb.org/clubs-facilities-development/funding/funding-for-clubs/
We can confirm that volunteers can visit clubs to complete essential maintenance which may be required through the winter months.
While we can’t shoot we can still keep fit and learn so that we are ready for when we can get back to the range. Archery GB will be 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/
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.