30th August 2021 Update on the Protocols for the Continuation of Indoor & Outdoor Shooting during the Covid-19 Pandemic following Goverment Guidance
issued 19th July 2021


Following a meeting of the club committee it has been decided to make a further update to the rules for indoor shooting in line with recent Government Guidance issued on 19th July 2021. The rules for outdoor shooting are unaffected however, for clarity this document lays out the procedures to be followed by Bromyard Club members who wish to shoot indoors or outdoors at the Bromyard Bowmen Archery Club, Bromyard Sports Foundation Ground.

These procedures should be read in conjunction with AGB’s latest Notes regarding “Club information COVID-19”. These notes can be found and downloaded from their website here.


  • There will be the opportunity for club members to shoot on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 18:30 hrs and on Sunday afternoons from 14:00 hrs.
  • Members no longer need to pre-book a slot and can turn up for shooting indoors at any time during opening hours.
  • Bosses 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 will be available to shoot at 20 yards or 18 metres.
  • Maximum of 5 archers shooting, (one per boss) at any one time.
  • If more than 5 archers arrive the session will move to “multiple detail”, with a maximum of 20 archers in the hall at any one time.
  • If more than 20 people arrive to shoot they must wait outside the hall until a space becomes available.
  • When shooting “multiple details”, arrow collection will be performed in “detail rotation” to maintain social distancing. Scoring will also be done from a “safe” distance.
  • Face coverings are optional whilst in the clubhouse and upon entering and exiting.
  • When shooting “double detail”, arrow collection will be performed in “double detail” to maintain social distancing. Scoring will also be done from a “safe” distance.
  • Face coverings are optional whilst in the clubhouse and upon entering and exiting.
  • Hands should be sanitised when entering the clubhouse (sanitiser will be available).
  • Tables will be available for setup and take down of equipment.
  • Members will no longer have to pre-book outdoor sessions, but the starting and stopping times for the session will also apply to outdoors.
  • The normal rules of shooting, safety and range layout will apply, so members need to be aware that solo shooting is not allowed when turning up to shoot.
  • A family group can face a boss and target however the spacing between bosses should be doubled to accommodate the larger group.
  • Members can choose the distance they wish to shoot.
  • Members must sanitise hands before and after handling any equipment that is not their own.
  • Members are responsible for setting up, taking down and putting away all equipment.
  • Face coverings are optional when in the stores, during setting up and putting away. Hands should be sanitised before handling bosses, stands or any other equipment (sanitiser will be available).
  • Members should respect everyone’s space and maintain a “safe” distance at all times.
  • A nominated field captain will be present at all times unless there are no booked slots for that session. If members choose to shoot outdoor sessions, they will be responsible to ensure the guidelines are followed.

1. Shooting procedures.

a. Archers are encouraged to bring their equipment set up or partially set up to the range in a safe manner.

b. Please bring with you any hand sanitisers, face coverings, gloves, wipes etc. for your own personal use.

c. Target faces will be provided by the club and can now be used by those sharing a boss.

d. Outside the ranges MUST be setup according to Archery GB’s rules of shooting. Archers are responsible for setting up the target and stand at the distance they require from that shooting line.

e. There will be a Range Captain present to manage the range at all times i.e. they will not be available for coaching or target setup/take down, equipment setup/repair duties, although they may shoot.

2. Collecting arrows and stowing equipment

a. If shooting “multiple detail” indoors, arrow collection must also be done by each “detail” at a time. Any scoring needs to be performed at a safe distance.

b. Indoors, the central/shared club bow stand can now be used.

c. Equipment can be stored on a table at the side of the hall. Please be considerate of the limited space available when setting up, storing and taking down.

3. Facilities.

a. Rugby Clubhouse Toilet Facilities are available if required. However, the person using the toilet MUST comply with the Rugby Clubhouse procedures, as indicated.

b. Eating and Drinking on the Archery Range can be done at the archer’s discretion. However, ALL empty bottles, cans and packaging MUST be taken home.

c. There will be hand sanitising gels on entry, on each table and in the storeroom.

d. Archers are required to clean their hands before and after they have touched any item that does not belong to them.

e. There will be an arrow jack available in case of errant arrows. Please ask the Range Captain and they will remove an arrow.

f. A metal detector will be available if archers are shooting outdoors. The archers shooting outdoors will be responsible for using, sanitising and returning it.

g. There will not be any waste collection point on-site so please take all your rubbish home with you.

4. Visitors and coaches.

a. Visitors and spectators can be allowed when shooting outdoors.

b. For junior members we would ask that only one parent/carer attend with them. Juniors may not be conscious always of the complexities of good sanitising and social distancing and parents/carers are asked to be especially vigilant.

c. It is not intended that coaching will be available during these sessions but if there is a particular need then please approach the committee.

5. Archers with disabilities.

a. If you need assistance to gain access to the clubhouse, or to shoot or to collect your arrows please contact the club chairman or secretary in advance to discuss the best method to achieve this.

6. Health, personal data and ‘track and trace’.

a. Do not attend a session if you feel unwell or exhibit any symptom of COVID-19.

b. If, after attending a session, you show signs of infection or have tested positive or been asked to self-isolate please let a committee member know immediately.

c. By using the indoor or outdoor ranges you give consent to Bromyard Bowmen sharing your contact details, e.g. mobile phone number, landline number or email address with any government department or their agent who may reasonably require these details in order to undertake contact tracing in the event of any member present at the same time as you and who subsequently shows symptoms of, or is tested positive for, COVID-19. Additionally, if the club is contacted directly by a member who believes they are at risk of transmitting the virus we will contact the other members present and advise them of the situation. We will do this anonymously and not specify who has tested positive or is self-isolating.

d. ALL members shooting outdoors (and any guests/spectators) MUST sign the book in the clubhouse so the club has a record of who was present. There is a coronavirus NHS QR code at the entrance and on the notice board in the clubhouse.

7. Control of shooting.

The return to shooting requires that all members act in accordance with these procedures. As a sport we are all aware of the safety of our fellow archers but in these times we need to be even more vigilant. In the very unlikely event that there is any dispute about the application of these procedures the field captain will have the final say. In the event that this is not satisfactory please bring it to the attention of the committee who will review the matter and if appropriate enact any changes.