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Latest Guidance regarding Covid-19

Further to the Prime Minister’s announcement on Sunday 10th May allowing sports to now be undertaken, and discussion with the insurance broker, the Committee recommend the following:

  • Anyone that has been in contact with someone who has, or is suspected as having, Covid-19 must not attend the club/woods. We recommend that anyone that has vulnerable people living at home should not attend the club/woods.
  • Clubs to complete risk assessments to determine if it is possible to socially distance. If this is not possible then the club/woods should remain closed. Risk assessment should consider, but not be limited to, the amount of people in the woods and how to limit groups, the number of gates handled to access the property, if ropes have to be used for safe conduct on the course, and the state of targets and if arrows can be pulled safely with minimal hand use. Blank risk assessment forms and examples on how to complete can be found under the Club Pack on the NFAS website.
  • Clubs must ensure the landowners agree with members starting to use the woods.
  • Communal facilities at clubs/woods to remain unavailable, such as tea/coffee making facilities, toilets etc.
  • Only family groups living in the same household, OR two people observing social distancing, to shoot round together.
  • When social distancing, approach the target one at a time, pull own arrows, then stand 2 metres away to allow the other person to pull their arrows. Try not to touch the target with your hands. Be aware when searching for arrows.
  • Clubs should not invite guests.
  • Clubs should cancel all shoots (e.g. open shoots, club shoots, and ‘friendly’) until the Government guidelines advise that gatherings can take place.
  • No indoor club practices.
  • Comply with all Government guidelines, if this changes at short notice then Government guidelines take precedent. This also only covers England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have taken a much more prudent approach to activities and members in these locations should follow localised Government guidelines.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-outbreak-faqs-what-you-can-and-cant-do

NFAS Committee 12 May '20

Newsletter available

The May/Jun edition of the NFAS Newsletter is now available.

NFAS Webby 12 May '20

SW Challenge and future shoots

Dear members

As of today (2nd May) this year's South West Challenge has been cancelled due to the Conrona Virus pandemic. The next newsletter has already gone to print so it will not appear as cancelled when the issue comes out in the next few weeks. Please make anyone you know who might have been going to the challenge and does not visit our website know of this cancellation. I urge clubs with shoots booked in June to consider contacting me as soon as possible, after you have made a decision on whether it will be possible to safely hold your shoot. At this point in time of the pandemic that seems highly unlikely.

Stay well and stay safe, we must all follow government advice if we are going to bring this crisis to an end.

Lewis Chuck, Shoot Dates Coordinator 2 May '20

Club News


Spirit of Sherwood - August shoot cancelled

Spirit of Sherwood has taken the hard decision to cancel our August shoot. This is not a decision we have made easily as we know how much the visiting archers and our dedicated members enjoy the event.We however feel it is the correct and safe thing to do at this time.

Aswell as keeping the safety of "you" the visiting archers in mind we also have to think about our members especially the Admin team.

At present we are also under restricted access from the Forestry Commision, so any work that we would like to carry out on the course to keep the shoot to the same quality as you would normally expect cannot take place.

On behalf of the committee and members of Spirit of Sherwood I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support and hope you all stay safe in these strange times we are encountering.

Dan Melladay - Chairman, Spirit of Sherwood 13 May '20

Cancellation of Druids Solstice shoot

The Druids Solstice Shoot scheduled for 20/21st June  at Bremhill in Wiltshire is herewith cancelled. Sorry guys! I really hoped we might pull a rabbit out of the hat at the last minute, but it's not going to happen. If things improve we may be able to have a one day shoot later in the year, we live in hope.

Clifton Wray, Druids Club Sec 12 May '20

Foxhill Bowmen - 14th June - cancelled

Following recent advice from the NFAS and Government we have decided to cancel our Memorial Shoot due to take place on the 14th June 2020.

Our very best wishes and thanks to the Committee and members of the NFAS. Keep safe and well and we hope to see you in the not too distant future.

Helen, Richard and all at Foxhill Bowmen 12 May '20

Toad Hollow August Shoot Cancelled

Toad Hollow Archers have had to cancel the Toad Hollow two day August Bank holiday shoot.

We can't expect you to book your accommodation with crossed fingers nor club members to put in so much work in what would be at best such a short space of time for something that is only looking like having a small chance of happening.

Bringing together a couple of hundred unrelated archers from all over the country to Toad Hollow does not seem to be in any form a good idea and the risk far outweighs any advantage. On the basis there isn't a second wave of infections, we will be planning a one day shoot towards the end of the year and possibly another at the beginning of next spread out across the top sections, craters, woodland..

Everyone who has paid for the two day will have their payments refunded shortly.

Stay safe!

Jay Boulton 12 May '20

Aurora Summer shoot

Our late Summer weekend open shoot is scheduled to take place on 5th and 6th September 2020.

The on-going Covid-19 situation means we are currently unable to confirm if the shoot will indeed be going ahead as planned. We will make this decision once we have clarity on the official guidance, and most importantly, on our ability to ensure your health and well-being, our top priority.

The latest go, no-go date is Sunday 9th August and by then we will let you know of our decision via our website, the NFAS website and various Facebook pages. Thank you for your understanding and in the meantime, be sensible, be safe and stay healthy.

Martin Joy 7 May '20

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