Update On Current Guidelines

Following on from the First Minister’s announcement earlier in the week all partners across the sporting system are committed to the safe return of sport. However, recent figures serve as a timely reminder that the virus has not gone away and we understand the very difficult decisions taken by Government as it continues to deal with what is a public health emergency.


While the introduction of further restrictions is disappointing, now more than ever, it is vital that we all do what we can to help suppress the spread of the virus and to protect the NHS.


For archery this requires the following temporary restrictions if you currently live in NHS Ayrshire & Arran (North, South and East Ayrshire), NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde (Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, and Inverclyde), NHS Lanarkshire (North and South Lanarkshire), NHS Forth Valley (Clackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk) and NHS Lothian (Edinburgh, East, West and Mid-Lothian):


  1. No Indoor archery for anyone aged 18 and over, those aged 17 and under can continue to follow the current phase 3 guidance.
  2. For outdoor archery anyone aged 18 and over must observe 2m distancing at all times including when on the shooting line. (for example one person shooting at a time if sharing a target). Those aged 17 and under can continue to follow the current phase 3 guidance
  3. Outdoor coaching can continue as per phase 3 guidance but 2m distancing must be observed at all times.
  4. Indoor coaching can continue for those aged 17 and under following the phase 3 guidance but the coach must maintain 2m distancing at all times.
  5. If you live in one of the areas listed above then you should not travel to another health board area to take part in archery.


For all other areas of the country the latest phase 3 guidance should continue to be followed but members should not travel to one of the listed health board areas to take part in archery.


It is the responsibility of the relevant facility operator / COVID officer to ensure that full risk assessments, processes and mitigating actions are in place before any sport or leisure activity takes place and to check if the activity is in an area which is subject to additional Scottish Government localised measures and restrictions.


We believe that archery can be delivered safely and we will be working with partners including the Scottish Government and sportscotland to show that this is the case. While we know this is a frustrating time, continued patience and understanding will be required as we look to make further progress when the time is right, in line with the latest public health guidance.


As always the staff team is on hand to provide any assistance that may be required.


Vincent Bryson  - CEO vincent.bryson@scottisharchery.org.uk

Alan Martin – Pathways Manager alan.martin@scottisharchery.org.uk

Jacqui Dunlop – Administrator admin@scottisharchery.org.uk

Bill Hogg – Club Development Officer bill.hogg@scottisharchery.org.uk


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