St Ives Archery Range open.

Dear Club Member,
This is a long and detailed message to all archers. Please read it in its entirety.
The outdoor range at St Ives will reopen from 2nd Dec 2020
Before you shoot you will need to book a session. Details on how to do this are below.
If you have any questions about the content of this email please email, and await a response BEFORE booking a session.
The safety of our members, their families and work colleagues, has always come before all other considerations.
Whilst the range will reopen members should consider carefully if it is appropriate for them to shoot.
By opening the range the Committee is in no way suggesting it is appropriate for members to shoot.
The club has to follow the guidance issued by the government, Archery GB and Sport England.
The club may have imposed controls that are greater than advised where it thinks these are in the best interest of the members.
AVA is a members club maintained and operated by members for the benefit and enjoyment of the members.
Members are reminded that they are responsible for their own safety and for the safety of other members.
Actions by a member that result in increased risk to other members will not be tolerated by the management committee.
This applies to usual archery safety principles AND in respect of the risk relating to COVID-19 including breaches of social distancing.
The management committee reserves the right to close the range without warning, or amend these rules, if they feel it appropriate.
The clubhouse will remain closed and out of bounds to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
The toilet will remain closed and out of bounds to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
Flags will remain out at all times to minimise the risk of spreading the virus.
Hand sanitiser will be available at the following locations; Track gate, Pond gate, Clubhouse veranda, Equipment table, Boss 2, Boss 4, Boss 6, Boss 8.
Whilst we will seek to ensure supplies are topped-up, members are asked to report where stocks are empty or low.
Members are asked to provide their own appropriate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when they come to shoot at St Ives; for example hand sanitiser, gloves, face mask, eye protection etc.
PPE is NOT mandatory at this time, other than the regular use of hand sanitiser.
Only four bosses will be in use, and these will be at fixed distances and must NOT be moved, so minimising the risk of spreading the virus.
A booking system for each shooting sessions at the range will be used to ensure “social distancing” can be maintained, so minimising the risk of spreading the virus.
Members will need to register on the new club website before they can book a session.
The outdoor range will be open between 7.00am and 9.00pm.
The outdoor range will be closed and out of bounds between 9.00pm and 7.00am.
Sessions will be 2 hours long. This time allocation includes setup, warm up, shooting, takedown, and warm down.
The booking you are making is for a start time.
Members should arrive at the range at their booked session time and NOT before, so minimising the risk of spreading the virus.
Members should leave the range before the end of their booked session, and NOT after, so minimising the risk of spreading the virus.
A maximum of 4 members should be at the range at any one time.
Families wanting to shoot should book a session for each member.
Members are only allowed to shoot on pre-booked sessions.
The range will be closed on a Tuesday morning for a couple of hours to allow for maintenance.
Thursday evening will be reserved for Juniors to shoot.
Only members of the club and a parent, or guardian, with a Junior will be allowed on the range.
Parents or guardians of Juniors should stay in their vehicles during the junior sessions, so minimising the risk of spreading the virus.
Juniors may shoot at other times of the day IF accompanied by a family member who is a member of the club.
Spectators will NOT be allowed, so minimising the risk of spreading the virus.
Members of the management committee may observe sessions to look for improvements / adaptions to the published rules.
Members who should be shielding under the government guidance should NOT shoot at this time.
Anyone wanting coaching support before shooting should contact for advice and should NOT book a session until advised to do so.
The club will provide members with their own target face and 4 target pins at their first visit.
These can be found in the black box on the veranda. The usual code is applicable.
Members should take their target face and target pins home at the end of their session and bring them back to use at any future sessions.
The booking system will act as the signing in register.
Members will shoot no more than SIX arrows per end.
One of the members present will be appointed as Field Captain and will be responsible for enforcing the rules relating to archery and “social distancing”.
Any member that thinks another member is not abiding by the rules / spirit of the rules should inform the Field Captain AND report the situation to
Members who are deemed by the committee to have transgressed the rules / spirit of the rules will be suspended and NOT be allowed to shoot until the committee thinks it is appropriate.
There is a first aid kit in the lid of the black box which contains the target faces.

If you have any queries please contact
Stay Alert – Control The Virus – Save Lives – Shoot Safely.
The AVA Management Committee.

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