Andy Partridge moves on and Robert Hall is appointed as Development DirectorAndy Partridge has left his position as Pathway manager at AGB and has taken up a new post with Boccia England. As a consequence of this Andy has decided to step down from the Archery NI board with immediate effect. Archery NI thanks him for his past contributions and wishes him well in his new job. Archery NI is pleased to announce that Robert Hall volunteered and has been co-opted onto the board as Development Director. Robert has a wealth of experience within archery and is also ANI’s tournament officer and Ianseo expert, so he will be a great asset to the organisation. ANI welcomes him to the board. For anyone who doesn’t know Robert you can find his Citation on the Governance page of this website. Archery NI Inclusion Committee – This committee started originally as the Disability Committee but its scope has recently been widened and re-established to include other aspects of inclusion, not solely disability. The abbreviated Terms of Reference has been circulated to clubs and the full version is available on request. If any members are interested to participate in the committee contact email@example.com . In his role as secretary of the Inclusion Committee, John Ranson, has also been co-opted to attend board meetings, in a consultative capacity.
Covid-19 latest - January 2021Archery NI is aware of the recent position regards lock down announced by the Northern Ireland Executive on 21st January 2021. It has been indicated by the Executive that the restrictions will remain in place until 5th March 2021. Archery NI is awaiting clarification on the impact on sport and will advise the position for archery activity as soon as possible. There is currently no organised club or competitive archery permitted.
Sport NI sustainability fund for clubsArchery NI is delighted to announce that Sport NI and the Department for Communities has launched a £25 million Sports Sustainability fund. The purpose of this Sports Sustainability Fund is to help address the economic consequences of the COVID 19 health pandemic effecting the sports sector. It will provide the financial interventions needed to stabilise and sustain sports core governing bodies of sport; enabling them to withstand the worst impacts of Covid19, specifically it will: • Minimise the financial stress on the sports sector due to lost income as a result of COVID-19 lockdown and ongoing restrictions so as to sustain the sector. • Enable Governing Bodies and clubs to plan and prepare to increase opportunities for participation in sport, recreation and community use following the end of COVID-19 restrictions. Sport NI will only accept applications from governing bodies, therefore all applications by archery clubs must be made via an application to Archery NI. The programme is designed to cover losses which can be evidenced through financial records such as (but not limited to): • Membership income • Event income • Sponsorship • Fundraising Further details of the fund and the documentation a club will be required to provide are available at the following link: http://www.sportni.net/funding/our-funding-programmes/sports-sustainability-fund/ The closing date for the final application to be submitted to Sport NI is 11th January 2020 therefore it is necessary for all applications to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5pm on 5th January. If you require any assistance, do not hesitate to contact us at the email address above.
Guidelines update 11th December 2020Following the announcement from the NI Executive yesterday with regards the easing of restrictions on sport, Archery NI has now received the detailed COVID REGULATIONS GUIDANCE for SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. We have considered the new regulations and implications for archery and are delighted to advise that full training and competitive shooting can return at all levels OUTDOOR. Indoor sport remains prohibited except for elite athletes and low level activity (where participants do not get out of breath) limited to 15 participants. This has been interpreted to include archery training as exercise where the participant does not get out of breath. There is a restriction of 15 participants under the guidance for INDOOR only. Inter-school competitive sport is not permitted. Sport has been considered exempt from the regulation relating to gatherings of no more than 15 due to the protocols which have been developed and the controlled nature of sporting activities. Outdoor sports events and gatherings are permitted subject to a risk assessment if more than 15 attending and measures in place to limit risk of virus transmission, with an upper limit of 500 on participants. An upper limit of 500 spectators is permitted regardless of venue capacity. The risk assessment in respect of a venue at which a sporting event occurs must include a consideration of risks relating to those outside the venue who are entering or leaving the venue. It is incumbent on clubs to ensure that its members act responsibly in the club environment and observe social distancing maintaining a distance of 1-2 meters at all times with the exception of short contact (i.e. for positioning) as part of instruction. A COVID officer – with no other allocated role throughout the session – should be present at all training sessions. It is essential that we reiterate the importance of adherence to the Archery GB return to sport protocols and in particular to those related to ‘out of club’ factors such as travel to training. Members should not car-share under any circumstances unless this is with members of their own household or social bubble. In addition, clubs must continue to provide appropriate protective products (such as hand sanitiser and disinfectant) to all participants in training, socially distance at all times, and continue to collect the relevant data from players for the track and trace process. We are aware that a number of facilities operators have closed facilities and there may be a challenge to a number of clubs in terms of returning to shooting. Archery NI is currently engaging with the relevant stakeholders to influence facility operators such as local authorities to reconsider decisions to close pitches. Clubs with their own facilities are encouraged to accommodate other archers who are unable to access facilities wherever possible. If this short term measure is possible it would be most helpful to the sport and much appreciated. Archery NI wishes to acknowledge that has been a difficult period for our members over the last number of weeks and recognises the frustrations of clubs and members throughout this situation. We wish to express our sincere thanks to everyone in the Archery community for their adherence to the restrictions and we hope this announcement marks the first steps in a full return to the sport we all love. SHOOT RESPONSIBLY AND STAY SAFE
Important announcement Archers, Unfortunately, and with great regret, I have to advise we have taken the decision to cancel the Ron Bell Memorial shoot due to take place on 4th & 5th April. This is not a decision that we have made in haste, or without proper consideration. We have been closely following the news and advice from Government and we believe this is the correct thing to do given the current situation. We sincerely hope that you all stay safe and well and hopefully we all meet in the woods again in the not to distant future to share the craic and shoot a few arrows. Lough Cuan Bowmen
Early Season 720 It is with profound regret that I am postponing this competition but will look to establish a date so archers goals, dreams and ambitions can be kept alive for 2020. The fluid nature of the Covid19 situation changes daily and our future freedom to enjoy our sport in the next couple of months is being challenged. Archers are rightly nervous and as our numbers would be less than 100, with spacing on the line opportunities for human contact cannot be ruled out. I am not the only T.O having to make such a decision and I won’t be the last. Keep smiling try to keep shooting and I will get the date rescheduled as quick as possible in this Corvid19 climate. Damien Lennon
As BRA have cancelled sporting events in their sports hall, the Stafford and Portmouth round is now cancelled, apologise to all who entered but they are at the discretion of the school.Click Here to see the full list