The NSRA has issued updated guidance for clubs reopening after lockdown, in 4 documents than can be downloaded using the links here, or reproduced below.


Following the Government announcement of the step-by-step plan to ease restrictions in England (applies to England only), the NSRA is putting together in-sport guidance to assist clubs and individuals. At this early stage, it appears that:

Current Situation

For the moment, lockdown regulations remain in place and no target shooting in clubs can take place.

Yesterday the Government confirmed positive cases of the new Covid variant in postcode areas close to the Lord Roberts Centre. Covid nurse injection LR

The last year has been incredibly tough for community clubs. Lockdowns, restrictions and social-distancing has seen many of you temporarily close or reduce your capacity to deliver the activity you love.

We are working with the Sport and Recreation Alliance to understand the current picture of grassroots physical activity and how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected your club.

Following the recent Government announcement of the National Lockdown in England, it is against the law to meet socially with family or friends unless they are part of your household or support bubble. You can only leave your home to exercise, and not for the purpose of recreation or leisure. Any outdoor exercise should be done locally wherever possible. Furthermore, the new rules for sport and physical activity say specifically that:

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Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 4 January concerning the immediate enforcement of a national lockdown we would like to advise you of the following:

  • The NSRA offices, Lord Roberts Centre, Bisley Sports Wholesale and NSRA Aldersley are now closed until further notice
  • The NSRA Shop is also closed although online orders can still be placed and these will be processed on a weekly basis
  • If you have a Membership enquiry please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For all other enquiries please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • All emails will be monitored and replies provided when possible. Your patience will be greatly appreciated as only a small team will be operating to provide this service
  • Please keep checking the website and social media for further updates
  • Finally we thank for your continued support and please keep safe and well. We all look forward to better days ahead and supporting you when shooting resumes

In response to the recent guidance from H. M. Government, we have reorganised the way that the centre works and can now resume shooting activity whilst maintaining a Covid Secure environment.

Shooting will restart at NSRA Aldersley from January 2021 for individuals only. The Centre will still not be able to run club, squad or group activities to remain in  compliance with Tier restrictions.

From the 4th January 2021 we will be able to take individual bookings by calling 01902 743562 in the first instance. (Please don’t call before this time as there will not be staff available to answer your call).

We are working on an online booking system to make it easier for individuals to book lanes and time slots on the ranges in the future.

Following the announcements this week concerning what restrictions will apply from 3rd December onwards under the new 3 Tier system we have our updated our guidance accordingly. The following links and information now replace previous posts. This applies to England with regional advice available from the relevant devolved agencies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We will of course publish details of any further updates or clarifications that are forthcoming over the next few weeks.

UPDATE: Following questions about individual shooting in the latest NSRA Tier Guidance, it appears that this has been misinterpreted by some as meaning only one person may use the range at one time. This is not the case. “Individual Shooting Only” means one shooter per firing point per time slot allocated by the club’s booking system. There must be no spotters, assistants or spectators on that firing point at the same time unless it is someone from the same support bubble. It means there must be no group activity, which for the majority of disciplines, is the manner in which we already shoot.

British Shooting - In light of Boris’ announcement and the national lockdown in England from tomorrow, we’re extending Round 1 deadline again to enable all athletes across the UK as much time as possible to be able to enter this seasons Schools Pistol Champs.

Round 1 deadline is now Sunday 10th January.

Sport England have confirmed an additional £16.5 million has been allocated to provide additional help to the Sport and Physical Activity Sector who have been impacted by the Coranavirus Pandemic. The fund is split into three categories as part of the Return to Play initiative so please Click Here for more information about the assistance that may be available to your Club or Shooting Organisation.

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Our guidance for reopening clubs has been updated, click here to download:

New files added to the COVID-19 download folder, click below to go to the folder:


Since we started to reopen in June we have received literally hundreds of phone calls and emails from Members and Clubs. These have been about a whole range of topics with the majority concerning Clubs reopening, the resumption of shooting and many other Covid-19 related matters. We are very conscious that in a number of cases we are unable to give you the answers you want to hear and of course these are the same answers ideally we would like to be giving you. Along with everybody else these have some of the most difficult times we have ever known. 

In spite of your understandable frustration and disappointment at what seems to be lack of progress or information at times we have been genuinely touched by the number of good wishes and expressions of thanks we have received from all over the country. To hear or read a Member or Club Secretary saying “well done”, “thank you” ,“keep going” is a source of great encouragement to the staff and your appreciation for our efforts is the best boost to our morale we could hope for so THANK YOU.

Having moved on from Lockdown in Spring, gradual reopening through Summer and with the uncertainty of Autumn and Winter ahead we can assure you we will redouble our efforts to provide the best service we can knowing it does make a difference to so many of you. Together let’s hope we can look forward to a much brighter 2021!

Thank you again for your continued support for the Association.

Dee and the NSRA Staff

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EDIT: We are having temporary issues with the Aldersley email. If you have already emailed please resend to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The ranges are open and operational to NSRA Members and current/previous centre users but not to new users. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a booking (please do not call) In your email please state your name, date, time slot and discipline you would like. Booking will be confirmed by return email. (Please do not come  unless you have received confirmation email.) You must bring your own equipment.

Here’s what’s happening at Aldersley under COVID guidelines:

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