Please find below some templates that may be helpful at your club / venue:

COVID-19 Safety Plan

Return to Sport Declaration Form

COVID-19 Risk Assessment Form

COVID-19 Track and Trace Form 


Please note: these are sample templates only and will need to be adjusted to suit your club / venue.


IFAA COVID-19 Advice for IFAA Events:

Pandemic Management for IFAA Events

NIFAA – COVID-19 - Guidelines for Returning to Archery

  • These Guidelines should be followed whenever the NI Executive permits sport to resume and for as long as the COVID restrictions remain in place.
  • Our COVID guidelines are in addition to all other safety rules and regulations.
  • All HSCNI / NI Executive regulations continue to apply and supersede all other COVID guidelines suggested by NIFAA / IFAA.
  • Anyone found to be acting contrary to the rules or being neglectful of the HSCNI / NI Executive advice and regulations, the NIFAA / IFAA safety rules and/or COVID guidelines will be asked to leave the venue immediately. Any fees paid will not be refunded.


Travelling to Venues or Events

  • Do not travel to a venue or event if you feel unwell, or if you have been in contact with anyone showing symptoms of Covid in the last 14 days.
  • Only members of the same household should be travelling in the same car.
  • Maintain social distancing and wear a face mask if travelling by public transport.
  • Adhere to the maximum distance you may travel as set out by the NI Executive.


Club Practice Sessions

  • Only the recommended number of persons may attend at any one time. An online booking system is recommended and staggering of arrival and departure times if interest exceeds the recommended number of attendees. Clubs may be required to permit only members depending on how many are permitted in the regulations.
  • There can be no congregating in groups during practice sessions.
  • All attendees will be required to complete a "Return to Sport Declaration Form” for their club and report to the club Track and Trace Officer upon arrival and departure at all club sessions. This includes parents of junior/cub members who drop their children off or any other persons who may visit the club.
  • Clubs will be required to complete a Covid risk assessment for their venue and should work with the venue management and comply with their requirements. Indoor venues will have much stricter rules than outdoor venues.
  • Do not attend your club if you feel unwell, or if you have been in contact with anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Only members of the same household should travel together in the same car. Maintain social distancing and wear a face mask if travelling by public transport.
  • Archers should bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser and face mask with them to use as and when required.
  • Hand sanitiser should be available at your club to use upon arrival and departure.
  • Strict sanitation of club equipment/facilities must be followed by all attendees.
  • During check-in and when you are setting up your own equipment, please be aware of the government guidance on social distancing at all times.
  • Sanitation of your own equipment is your responsibility.
  • Only handle your own equipment. If for any reason it is necessary to touch another archer’s equipment you should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before and after doing so.
  • When setting up the bosses/targets at your club/venue please ensure they are separated by a suitable distance to ensure the government guidance on social distancing is followed.
  • Due to other safety reasons, face masks may not be worn while shooting.
  • Only two archers shoot at a boss/target at any one time, a left-hand archer and a right-hand archer may shoot back-to-back at the same boss all following government guidance on social distancing.
  • Archers should be grouped with others within their own family/covid bubble whenever possible.
  • All arrows should display the owner's name for identification purposes.
  • Archers must pull their own arrows, one person at a time following government guidance on social distancing.
  • If you need to brace the boss/target to remove arrows, you should not use your hands, instead place your arm/elbow/knee against the boss/target for stability.
  • When collecting arrows, if you find an arrow that is not your own call the person it belongs to over to collect it, do not pull, or pick up anyone else’s arrows.
  • All club equipment and surfaces must be disinfected before and after use. Cleaning products should be provided by your club.
  • Archers should bring their own drinks and snacks with them to their club.
  • At the end of each session, all surfaces must be disinfected before leaving. All attendees should be responsible for sanitation at their club.


Competitions - Outdoors
(Due to COVID-19 outdoor competitions may be dependent on venue availability).


  •  Shoot Organisers should prepare a registration sheet with time slots so as in the event that start times need to be staggered to allow social distancing to be maintained.
  • Archers should form their own shooting groups consisting of 3-4 people before entry.
  • If a full group can’t be formed by the archers when booking the shoot organisers will combine entries for them.
  • The group should assign a Target Captain who will enter all group members into the competition via the shoot organiser.
  • The Target Captain will provide details of each person shooting in their group (Name, Association, Membership no., Bow style, Club name or Independent) and book a start time.
  • Alternatively, an online entry form may be available.


On the day of the shoot

  • Archers should arrive no more than 15 minutes before their set time.
  • Go to base camp to pay entry fees and collect their scorecards.
  • Have their equipment set up and ready to go.
  • Bring everything they need with them (hand sanitiser, face mask, equipment, snacks, drinks, lunch).
  • Go to their start target at their set time.
  • Snack on the range or have a staggered lunch break if this has been arranged by the shoot organisers.
  • Return to base camp to drop off their scorecards and leave the venue as soon as possible.
  • Only the scorers are required to sign the scorecards at this time.


Following the shoot

  • Prize-giving outdoors is at the discretion of the event organisers providing all government guidelines are followed.
  • The organisers should submit the results for publication and/or the NIFAA records. ​


Please note: The NIFAA Insurance does not cover anyone who contracts COVID 19. This is the same for the IFAA and all other policies as it cannot be determined where the virus was contracted.


​Competitions - Indoors
(Due to COVID-19 indoor competitions may be dependent on venue availability).

 Shoot Organisers

  • Only the recommended number of persons may attend at any one time.
  • An online booking system is recommended to ensure entries do not exceed the recommended number of attendees. No late entries should be accepted.
  • Contact details should be recorded on entry for Track and Trace purposes.
  • Archers should be grouped with others within their own family/covid bubble whenever possible.
  • Shoot Organisers may be required to complete a Covid risk assessment for their venue and should work with the venue management and comply with their requirements. Indoor venues will have more requirements than outdoor venues.
  • All attendees will be required to confirm that they do not feel unwell and have not been in contact with anyone showing symptoms of Covid-19 or tested positive within the 14 days prior to entry and again at registration.


 Archers

  • Archers should bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser and face mask with them to use as and when required e.g., Arrival and departure.
  • Face masks will be required upon arrival and departure and when moving about the building e.g., bathroom breaks.
  • At registration and when you are setting up your own equipment, please be aware of the government guidance on social distancing and do not congregate in groups inside or outside the building.
  • Due to other safety reasons, face masks may not be worn while shooting.
  • Only two archers shoot at a boss/target at any one time, but a left-hand archer and a right-hand archer may shoot back-to-back at the same boss if recommended by the shoot organisers.
  • All arrows should display the owner's name for identification purposes.
  • Archers must pull their own arrows and be aware of the government guidance on social distancing when collecting their arrows.
  • If you need to brace the boss/target to remove arrows, you should not use your hands, instead place your arm/elbow/shoulder against the boss/target for stability.
  • When collecting arrows, if you find an arrow that is not your own call the person it belongs to over to collect it, do not pull, or pick up anyone else’s arrows.
  • Only the scorers are required to sign scorecards at this time.


 Following the shoot

  • Prize-giving – Sporting celebrations, should be avoided as per government guidelines.
  • We recommend that shoot organisers do not run any other activities such as a raffle or provide any food or beverages indoors.
  • The shoot organisers will submit the results for publication and/or the NIFAA records.



​​Further information can be found at:

NI Direct Government Services: https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19

Public Health Agency-HSCNI:https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/