Sport England Logo Blue RGBSport 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.

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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

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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.

Date: 18th March 2020    Time: 16:40

I would like to confirm we have regrettably had to cancel the 2020 Junior International in line with Government advice and guidance. This decision reflects our determination to play our part in minimising the risk of infection from the spread of Coronavirus. In addition to domestic circumstances we have also taken into account the global situation and not least of all restrictions on International travel.

Date: 17th March 2020    Time: 19.00

Understandably a number of clubs have contacted the Association to seek opinion in what they should do in terms of opening. The impact of Coronavirus on sport in the United Kingdom has been considerable at all levels from elite sport to community based activity. As a National Governing Body we have been monitoring the situation, Government advice and the Prime Minister’s briefings and have made a decision about what we should do in relation to NSRA facilities.

Statement from NSS organisers:

Following the Government announcement that all ‘mass gatherings’ would not be supported by the emergency services, and that the general public should only make essential trips out, we have had no alternative than to postpone the date of the show in May.


Several months ago we launched the first stage of a Membership Consultation Process. This was intended to share ideas with you about how we should respond to the challenge of becoming a National Governing Body that is fully fit for purpose and capable of leading you and our Sport in meeting the demands of the 2020’s and beyond. Our success in doing so will enable us to do so much more as an Association. Originally launched as the Membership Transformation Project it was a genuine attempt to start an ongoing conversation. This eventually would lead to an implementation phase but only with the support, understanding and goodwill of the majority of the NSRA Membership.

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 28th 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

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.

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