Deb (ECAA Secretary) took part in an online meeting today (30/04/2020) with other reps from SCAS and GWAA and some of the staff members from AGB.
The majority of the discussion was around reps asking questions which AGB will need to go away and answer at a later date, but there are a few points which I would like to share with you today.
- Funding from SportEngland for clubs to over losses
- Range Registration Renewal Extensions
- AGB Improve Your Game and Learning Curve for Archers
Firstly, for those of you who are not aware, there is funding available from Sport England which can be used to cover any losses which have been experienced because of the crisis. This could be from the loss of a beginners course, an open competition or any other event which your club would normally have used to supplement its income. The link for this funding application is below.
I have been told that this does not take account of savings which your club may have. Sport England will expect well run clubs to have some sort of contingency and will not use this as a reason to decline the grant. Please do apply for this if your club has experienced any losses during this period.
Secondly, if your range registration is due for renewal, you will find that you have had a four month period added to the end of your term. This means that hopefully you will be able to ensure continuity of registration. Additionally to this, you will be able to apply for the new registration up to two months prior to the expiry date. This should allow for lots of flexibility for clubs.
For archers, more than clubs, AGB would like to draw attention to two schemes which they are using a lot more over this period. One is the “Improve Your Game” campaign. This is a series of blogs, articles and videos which can by viewed by archers and coaches and offer support and guidance on maintaining your archery technique and fitness through this difficult time.
The other is Learning Curve, which is AGB’s learning platform. There are lots of useful threads and files on here, including several micro courses which can be followed online. You will need to enrol for this one, but it is very straight forward.
There was some discussion around fees for AGB, but as yet there have been n decisions made in this regard.
If you have any questions or comments on any of these points, please do let me know I can’t promise answers but I can pass on questions to the relevant people.
I will also be in touch shortly with some questions for you and our club around a plan to return to shooting as and when we are permitted to do so.
In the meantime, I hope every one is well and safe, and I very much look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on a field somewhere very soon.