In line with the Government’s roadmap for opening up after lockdown, Bowbrook Archers are hoping to open all outdoor facilities on 29th March. We are planning that it will be possible to make bookings from 22nd March.
However, these dates are dependent on appropriate progress being made in containing the COVID-19 virus, so Archery GB will not be issuing any guidance until 22nd March.
Bowbrook Archers cannot finalise any plans until after the Archery GB guidance has been issued. At this stage we do not know when indoor archery will be able to re-start. Sorry we cannot be any more definite at this stage.
During the Covid-19 crisis, all indoor lanes should be booked using the same booking system as the outdoor bookings. Please don’t book an indoor and an outdoor lane for the same time slot to cover yourself should the weather turn bad! But if the weather goes bad during your outdoor session and there is an indoor lane available you may use it although it will help the club if you book it before you start shooting there – for the reasons already described above.
Note that while all the indoor sessions start at the same time as the outdoor sessions, they only last for 90minute, not 2 hours. This then allows a 30minute window for all archers who have finished their session to vacate the building before the next batch arrives.
With 9 shooting lanes in 2 separate ranges this means there is a capacity of 54 sessions per day. Each shooting lane is approx. 5m wide. Only one archer may shoot in each lane (or more than one if you live in the same house). There are 2 bosses in each lane so you can choose your preferred distance – these distances are different for each lane and are displayed when you book. We intend to keep both ranges operating with the “nogo” area in between. Take a face and a pack of target pins from the verandah on your first visit, use them then take them away with you. Use them again next time you come to shoot. Only take another face when the first one is sensibly tattered.
Field and Clout archery will continue on our field. Clout will only happen during prearranged sessions when the rest of the range is closed. Field archery similarly although if the field is quiet and the far range empty you can use the 3D field range. Prearranged
sessions for field and clout will be mainly on Wednesday evenings, starting at 630 and you don’t need to book ahead.
Stay at home if you have any COVID-19 like symptoms or you have been in contact with someone who has.
Wash your hands with sanitiser before picking up target pins or targets and do not handle anyone else's kit. If you have to open the lock on the front gate, you are recommended to sanitise your hands after touching the gate and lock. If you have to use the toilet facilities (emergency use only), please wipe down surfaces after use and wash your hands whilst singing happy birthday!
Keep to social distancing rules at all times. There are now only 9 shooting lanes across the two ranges with two bosses per lane, and only one archer may shoot in a lane at a time. You are able to book a shooting lane using our online booking system.