FAO all Firearms Licensing Managers and Firearms Licensing Portfolio Holders for guidance concerning the opening of shooting ranges.
"As such my guidance to forces is clear; any facilities associated with outdoor sports and physical activities, including shooting ranges, can now reopen, if those responsible for them feel ready to do so and if they can do so safely, and in line with related public health guidance."
Active Together Programme
Sport England has committed another £1 million to combating the impact of Coronavirus by match funding money raised by sports clubs and community activity groups through the fundraising platform Crowdfunder. Through the ‘Active Together’ partnership with Crowdfunder Sport England are matching crowd funds of up to £10,000 raised by clubs and organisations hit by the Coronavirus crisis.
If you haven’t done so already please use the following links to check your eligibility for Business Rates Relief and Retail Hospitality and Leisure Grants. Now is the time to make sure you are taking advantage of all available help to support re-opening over the weeks and months to come.
Business rates relief
Retail hospitality and leisure grants
We’re delighted to inform you that through UK Coaching, you can access the online course ‘Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity’ – usually £18 – for free!
As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, UK Coaching, their awarding body 1st4sport and course partners – Mind and Sport England – have released it to the wider coaching community.
Sport England have now published new guidance following the PM’s announcement on Sunday.
This is under the umbrella heading of Return to Play and relates to amended public health guidelines in relation to sporting and recreational activities
As confirmed in the Prime Minister’s announcement on 10th May and further guidance published today, there will be changes to public health guidelines which mean that people can go outside more than once a day for exercise if they are following social distancing guidelines.
The Welsh Sports Association continues to be open for business, and is providing regular information, support and advice to its members via the WSA website. If you have missed any of these updates, please access them here.
Please follow this link to the latest update from the Welsh Sports Association (WSA), where our affiliated Clubs in Wales can find information about potential help and financial assistance available.
We are pleased to confirm an additional £15 million has been added to help Clubs and Organisations seeking financial assistance to offset the consequences of Covid-19.
This is very welcome news but would all interested parties please note applications will close at 23.59 this coming Thursday, 14 May
Whilst the nation has been under lockdown due to COVID-19, the NSRA has continued to operate, albeit in a slightly reduced capacity, with some staff furloughed and others working from home. Throughout this difficult period, it has been very encouraging to see members and clubs continue to affiliate to the Association and the NSRA would like to take this opportunity to thank them for their support. In addition, coaches and instructors are still able to renew their qualifications, but please be aware there might be some delay in receiving your new license until such time as staff are able to return to the office.
While Coronavirus continues to shape our daily lives the NSRA Board are now meeting fortnightly to ensure planning is in place to move quickly when decisions are eventually taken to ease lockdown restrictions.
The Board has recently been strengthened by the co-opting of Professor Matt Guille and Robert Dowling and will next meet via WebEx Conference Call this Friday, 1 May. Although working on a purely voluntary basis Board Members are lobbying the BSSC, Home Office and Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden about the impact Covid-19 has had on NSRA Clubs and Members and the implications for FAC renewals and fees.
The majority of NSRA employees have been furloughed including CEO, Iain Root. Chairman John Lloyd commented, “We are particularly grateful for the support of all our employees and Members at this difficult time and as a Non-Executive Board we are doing all we can to ensure Members and Affiliated Clubs emerge from Lockdown in the best possible shape to continue their passion for Shooting.”
A further update following the Board Meeting on 1 May will be published next week, including clarification about extending the validity of NSRA vouchers into 2021.