All of us on the staff and board team here at Scottish Archery would like to extend our deepest gratitude to everyone associated with the front line effort to suppress the virus. With infection numbers dropping it gives us all some hope of being able to see friends and loved ones in a more social context sometime in the (hopefully) not too distant future.
It has been great to see archery play its part in contributing towards maintenance of public health although I understand we don’t have anything close to what the sport looked like before March 2020. Sadly, “normal operations” are still some time away.
With the First Minister due to speak next week around how the country will move to Phase 2 of the Scottish Government Route Map out of lockdown, we are working ever-closer with Scottish Government and sportscotland to produce our Phase 2 guidance for archery in Scotland.
Whilst we have enjoyed the dialogue we have had with Archery GB, each of the Home Nations will implement their guidance at different stages. Here in Scotland, our phase 2 guidance will be published as soon as practical after Thursday June 18th – the likely date of the next speech by the First Minister whereby measures are changed.
The Phase 2 plan from Scottish Government still stipulates all activity will be outdoors, no indoor sports facilities will be opened and physical distancing is paramount. We await clarity from the Scottish Government on which measures will be relaxed as part of the phase 2 plan.
Should infection numbers continue to drop and the country slowly “restarts” I am hopeful we can publish guidance which will be impactful for clubs and improve the shooting environment for all members.
Our volunteer board have been working extremely hard as have the staff team and whilst we appreciate members may be eager to shoot in as “normal” a setting as possible I urge everyone to follow the guidance published on May 29th as it stands.
I look forward to sharing the next update with you all soon
Moira Taylor on behalf of the board of directors
Director of Coaching