The National Smallbore Rifle Association have been planning for the potential escalation of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), and closely monitoring updates from the statutory authorities and Chief Medical Officers.


We are determined that it will be Open Normal Hours at Lord Roberts Centre, but instigating procedures to mitigate the risk of exposure to the virus for shooters, visitors and our staff.

Handwashing and Hygiene:

We are all advised to maintain a good hand washing hygiene routine. Wash your hands often with soap and water, or an alcohol sanitizer if hand washing facilities are unavailable.

Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue then throw the tissue into the bin. Remember the saying “Catch It, Bin It, Kill It.”

Surfaces Sanitising:

Viruses can be transferred to and by peoples’ hands; therefore regular hand hygiene and cleaning of frequently touched surfaces will help to reduce the risk of infection.

We are increasing the cleaning regime for such surfaces, including reception areas, ablutions, hire rifles, shooting mats and ear defenders (when provided)


NSRA staff are advised not to wear facemasks as protection against the virus. Facemasks are recommended to be worn by symptomatic individuals to reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to other people.

What to do if you or a visitor begin to feel unwell:

If non-urgent the person should be moved to an isolated area and then use the NHS 111 phone service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.

If you think you have been exposed to the virus or you are displaying any of the symptoms please do not visit the Lord Roberts Centre.

Check if you / they need urgent medical help – in which case call 999.

Further details can be found at or 

Iain Root CEO

Meeting of the Shooting Council: 28 March 2020

Notice of Cancellation:

Having considered the developing situation with regard to Coronavirus we have decided it is important to take a sensible approach and cancel the Shooting Council Meeting planned for Saturday 28 March 2020.

As you are aware things are changing on a daily basis. Having monitored all of the information made available by the Government and key agencies such as Public Health England and the World Health Organisation, the Association feels that it needs to respond to the increase in the numbers of confirmed cases and the belief that the virus will now spread more significantly. The position of the Association also follows the change of phase in the Coronavirus Strategy where the emphasis is on delaying the spread of Coronavirus rather than trying to contain it. Limiting travel is a key part of the “Delay Phase”.

Hopefully as the situation becomes clearer over the next few weeks, we will look at potential dates for the meeting to be rearranged but in the context that we have a meeting already arranged for July and it would be somewhat counterproductive to have two meetings in close proximity to each other.

Iain Root

Chief Executive Officer


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