Shooting Through Covid-19 [UPDATED]

These rules have been updated in accordance with Archery GB’s latest guidance. Changes the the original document issued 15th May 2020 are marked with [UPDATED] at the start of the paragraph. Additions to the original document are marked with [NEW].

Further to Archery GB’s guidance issued on Wednesday 13th May I am pleased to announce that our range at Colquite will be open again from Monday 18th May with the rules and procedures detailed below in place. These should be read in conjunction with the Archery GB Guidance for Archers document which forms the basis of the decisions made by the committee, as well as the revised range layout diagram, which shows how the range must be kept and these FAQs from Archery GB regarding their guidance. 

You will not be permitted to shoot at the range unless you agree to these rules and guidance.

This is Phase 1 of our return to archery and will be updated as government and Archery GB guidelines are issued.

Risk Assessment

A risk assessment has been created (thanks to Sean for his work on this) and approved by the committee to include the risk associated with the Covid-19 virus. This is filed with Elaine and available if anyone would like to see it.


  • Archers MUST NOT come to the range/club if they show symptoms of any illness but in particular of Covid-19. These are highlighted on NHS Direct and include: 
    • A new persistent and dry cough
    • A temperature
  • [UPDATED] If you are symptomatic, living in a household with a possible COVID-19 infection or if you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, the guidance is that you should remain at home.  If you are classified as extremely vulnerable on health grounds, although you can meet people outdoors and, from 4 July, indoors, you should be especially careful and be diligent about social distancing and hand hygiene. For those shielding, you can now consider taking safe exercise outdoors and meeting up with one person outside your household, always maintaining social distancing and robust hand and respiratory hygiene.
  • Archers must notify the club should they develop symptoms after attending the archery range.
  • Before and during the session, archers should make regular use of hand sanitiser to avoid potential cross-contamination. (please supply your own hand sanitiser or use a thermos of hot water and soap to wash your hands) 
  • After the session, archers should sanitise their hands, clean their equipment and anything else used at the session.
  • Archers must practice social distancing at all times and maintain a distance apart of at least 2 metres. People from different households should not travel in the  same car.

Targets and Range Layout

  • [NEW] Targets may be used by two archers from different households, shooting in two single details (as long as 2m social distancing is maintained), one archer or one group of archers of any size if from the same household. Only pull your own arrows and touch the target face as little as possible with your hands (lean your shoulder or arm against the boss when pulling your arrows). See Booking System (below) for details on booking.
  • Target faces and target pins will be laid out in the club-house. We would ask each archer/household to take one target face and four pins to keep, and re-use. Once the target is unable to be used, please dispose of it at home and take another. The target faces are not cheap and this will obviously increase the amount we use for the year so please be sensible. . 
  • Please use gloves when moving/handling targets and sanitise immediately after removing gloves.
  • The targets have been positioned at various distances with the idea of shooting the most common 4-6 dozen rounds. Wherever possible, shooting should be synchronised with other archers and rather than moving the targets to change distance, move the shooting line forward to the 10 yard line.
  • Targets may be moved using the trolley or by hand if both people are from the same household or bubble. Please put targets back to their original positions at the end of your session taking all precautions and sanitising any equipment used.
  • The indoor facilities (stone shed, clubhouse and containers) are not to be used unless absolutely necessary. Access is allowed only for collection/return of stored items. Target faces, pins, metal detector and the money pot will be left in the clubhouse, which will remain unlocked. 
  • Essential field maintenance (mowing, strimming, etc) will be completed by Richard Jones and Rob Williams for the time being to avoid cross-contamination via machinery.

Booking System

A booking system has been implemented on the club website ( This MUST be used to book your range time. Please do not arrive at the range without booking your slot – someone else might book it while you are on the way! 

If you have trouble using the booking system, or you need to amend or cancel a booking, please call Rob Williams on 07756 098 957.

  • Bookings are made in slots of 2 hours and 15 minutes from 9am with the last slot finishing at 20:15
  • Slots will be available to book from 7 days in advance down to the time the slot ends.
  • Please do not arrive more than 15 minutes before your booking. 
  • Come as prepared as you can to make setting up as quick as possible.
  • Use the last 15 minutes of your slot to pack up, bring in your target face and sanitise where necessary.
  • This leaves approx. 2 hours for shooting.
  • The first 2 slots on a Monday are blocked for field maintenance. These may need to be moved depending on the weather.

There are 5 time slots per day x 5 lanes x 7 days per week = 173 available slots. This is more than enough for all members to shoot at least as much as they were before the lockdown. For the time being, members may book back to back slots but please only do so if you intend to shoot for the full period. Do not spend time at the range if you are not shooting. This may be reviewed if it becomes a problem.

[NEW] If you intend to shoot with another person on your target, please arrange this between yourselves prior to the session. Only one person needs to book the target.

Target Fees

Target fees still apply and are the same as prior to the lockdown. Those that have pre-paid target fees do not need to pay any more. Members can still pay the fee of £35 to the account below, which will cover all outdoor target fees up to 31st December 2021. 

Payment of target fees is preferred by BACS where possible using your name and date as reference to the details below. If BACS is not possible, cash is acceptable as a last resort.

Account Name: Bowmen of Wadebridge
Sort Code: 20-74-20
Account No: 80561452

Beginners Equipment

Any club equipment MUST be sanitised with antibacterial wipes before and after use.


Only members who are actively shooting or participating in club ativity may attend the range. Please do not attend the range if you do not have a booking to shoot. As per the Archery GB safeguarding rules, juniors may be supervised by one responsible adult, even if that person is a non-archer.

I appreciate that this is a lot of information, but the risk assessment has raised several areas that are still higher risk than we would like and these measures need to be taken to mitigate as much of this risk as possible. Please remember that your health and that of your families is the most important thing at this time. I hope to see you all at some point in the not too distant future, but completely understand those of you who take the choice to continue isolation for a while longer.

Stay safe and shoot strong!