In light of the remarks from the First Minister yesterday we are pleased to confirm the phased return of Archery in Scotland in line with our attached guidance document. This remains a public health issue and as such Scottish Archery is committed to supporting the Scottish Government as it looks to continue to slow the spread of the virus. As a sport with significant health benefits we are delighted the sport of Archery can make a positive contribution to the protection of public health in Scotland.
The measures outlined by the First Minister includes the amendment of current daily exercise guidelines to include certain outdoor sport and activities. This is not a return to sport but an opportunity for people to use some outdoor non-contact sports as part of daily exercise activities but only within the guidelines.
Therefore, this is the beginning of a long process for sport to return in a style considered “normal” and we understand this looks quite different from the standard version of Archery and there are still a number of things we cannot do until later phases of this plan and government guidance.
As mentioned by the First Minister, other sports have also been given government approval to return in a phased approach. They can be seen here
The key points to consider are –
There are of course some archery facility-specific guidelines which must be observed and the undernoted document highlights these with particular regard to movement of bosses and targets.
This will be an ever-moving picture and if there is further clarity needed please do reach out. If members are able to resume Archery whilst respecting the guidance government and ourselves have published then of course we’d love to see and share your positive stories.
Do not leave your home to take part in sport or physical activity if Scottish Government advice means you should stay at home because you or someone you live with has or has had symptoms of COVID-19, or you are in the most vulnerable category and have been advised to shield from the coronavirus.
As the recognized National Governing Body for all forms of Archery in Scotland we are fully committed to continue working with the Scottish Government and sportscotland throughout this crisis and beyond.
Please do keep checking the Scottish Government website and www.scottisharchery.org.uk for further updates on resuming Archery activity and of course, look after yourself and your loved ones.