Archery GB updates on COVID-19
In line with government guidelines regarding COVID-19, we are advising that all archery in the UK is postponed for the foreseeable future.
This is to reduce all non-essential contact with others and to play our part in beating coronavirus. Our priority is the health and safety of our members, participants, volunteers and staff. This decision has not been taken lightly and is based on government advice and not on the advice of our insurers.
This web page has been set up so that we can keep you updated with the latest information regarding this fast-moving situation. Understandably we have received a large number of questions regarding our position in relation to COVID-19, which we aim to answer on this page. We don’t have all the answers yet, but we are committed to sharing everything with you as soon as we can.
The main office is now closed
We have now moved to a position where all staff at Archery GB are working from home, something which many are accustomed to doing.
Lilleshall is now closed. Post has been redirected so it can be processed, but we urge people where possible to move from paper-based documents to digital versions which can be emailed.
We are advising our staff to make use of video conferencing or conference calls wherever possible for contact and meetings with each other and with our key volunteers. Office phone lines have all been redirected during office hours and normal business services will be maintained as best as possible under the circumstances of Coronavirus. All staff can access company email accounts and Archery GB systems securely from home.
Keep in touch
We will keep people updated through the website, ezines and social media.
If you have any questions please email them to email@example.com or call the team on 01952 677888 Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm.
Please treat our staff with the courtesy and respect they deserve, we will not tolerate abuse or bad language. Our team are working long hours to try and provide the latest and best advice while balancing the impact of coronavirus on their own lives, please be kind and respectful.
Look after your mental health
This is a stressful situation, which will undoubtedly have an impact on the mental well-being of some of our members, please click here for the most up to date guidance from the Mental Health Foundation for looking after your mental health during COVID-19.
Message from the NSPCC Childline:
With sport cancelled, sports clubs and schools closed and the Government encouraging us to socially isolate, we need to be aware that many children and young people may be isolated and become more vulnerable. Clubs are encouraged to use their links and methods of communicating with children and young people to promote the Childline.
Childline (UK) www.childline.org.uk Tel: 0800 11 11
0808 800 5000 (8am-10pm Mon-Fri/9am-6pm weekends or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
We would like to remind clubs and coaches that, although this is a very technology-heavy time, we advise on the following precautions if you’re using live webcams sessions to coach;
- Do not have 1:1s, groups only.
- Coaches and youths must wear suitable clothing, as should anyone else in the household.
- Any computers used should be in appropriate areas, for example, not in bedrooms; and where possible be against a neutral background.
- The live session should be recorded and backed up elsewhere so that if any issues were to arise, the video can be reviewed – but of course, checking consent from parents/guardians prior.
- Live sessions should be kept to a reasonable length of time, make sure that the athlete is not overdoing it.
- Language must be professional and appropriate, including any family members in the background.
- Coaches should risk assess the use of live coaching using webcams.
- Ensure that parents/guardians are comfortable with the sessions to be held via a webcam link.
Please do not shoot at home
We appreciate that our members, and a lot of our staff, want to get out and shoot, and some will think the logical answer is to shoot in your home or garden, but we are urging you not to.
Please remember that you are not insured to physically shoot at home because Archery GB insurance only insures members shooting at Archery GB registered ranges. If you attend a venue that allows you to shoot, you must check that you are covered by the venue’s insurance or maintain your own.
Once again, members are only insured to shoot at Archery GB registered ranges. We cannot manage the level of risk shooting at home, archery is a very safe sport because of the rules that we all adhere to. We cannot guarantee that home ranges will adhere to the rules of shooting and we don’t have the resources to carry out the relevant risk assessments.
Please download the FAQs below for more information.
The AGM scheduled to take place on the 18 April, in Birmingham will not be going ahead as planned, a further announcement on this will be communicated shortly.
Archery GB Big Weekend
The Archery GB Big Weekend will not go ahead in the current format. We hope that clubs can take a flexible approach to running have a go’s and beginners’ courses during the summer once/if government restrictions have been lifted. We know how important the running of these events is to clubs, we will create resources to help clubs promote their events as we currently do for the Big Weekend. Further information will be communicated over the coming weeks.
Frequently asked questions:
Archery GB has created a list of frequently asked questions, which can be downloaded below. We are still working on answers to some questions and we are still receiving new enquiries all the time, we will update our FAQ’s regularly.
Previous updates regarding COVID-19
Monday 6 April: Information for secretaries
Friday 3 April: Help your archery club survive lockdown
Tuesday 31 March: 195 million package available to help sport through coronavirus
Monday 30 March: New dates announced for Olympic and Paralympic Games
Friday 27 March: Frequently Asked Questions updated
Thursday 26 March: Frequently Asked Questions updated
Thursday 26 March: AGM postponed until July
Tuesday 24 March: Frequently Asked Questions updated
Tuesday 24 March: Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games postponed until 2021
Friday 20 March: What financial support is available?
Friday 20 March: Safeguarding during covid-19
Thursday 19 March: Frequently Asked Questions
Thursday 19 March: Update Regarding COVID-19
Tuesday 17 March: Archery Postponement
Monday 16 March: CEO Update on COVID-19
Friday 13 March: Government Advice on COVID-19
Wednesday 4 March: Government Issues COVID-19 Advice for sports