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Club Members receive Folders and Clinibands

Current club members of Ely Archers are to receive their own A4 club folders and zip bags as well as a cliniband in order to practice their archery drills and skills at home.

Ely Archers applied to the Archery GB Club Recovery Fund grant scheme in 2020 which was providing funds for archery clubs to support their re-opening and current members as well as attract new members via beginners classes. Ely Archers came up with a plan to cover both of these aspects within the remit of the grant scheme.

Ely Archers asked for some of the grant money to go towards supplying their current members with club A4 folders containing lots of archery and club information as well as details on the official Archery GB warm up routines. Together with this 40m of Cliniband was purchased, so that each member could have their own cliniband at home for stretching and for practicing their archery drills.

Archery GB covered 75% of the costs of the items, with the club needing to supply the other 25%. But in the end the club did not need to as the Cambridgeshire Archery Association (CAA) came to the rescue and offered to support the club and provide the extra 25% required.

“It’s great to know that if we ever end up back in lockdown or our shooting is restricted in some way our archers can still use the clinibands at home. Plus they now have a club folder in which to keep all their club information. This would not have been possible without the help of Archery GB and the CAA” commented Daniel Coe, Chair of Ely Archers.

Ely Archers Folders and Clinibands

Welcome Back to Archery

We are pleased to let you know that following the guidance from ArcheryGB and the government, we are able to start shooting outside from 29th March. We are thankful to The King’s School who have confirmed we have permission and access to use the Amherst field.

The first available weekend for us is the Easter weekend, and as this is also the scheduled date for the Ely Boat Race, the first shooting session planned is instead going to be Saturday 3rd April from 09:30am.

A summary of the guidance from AGB can be found here:

Each archery session is planned to be run with the same format as last year; by asking members to book slots through the website. Members will receive a separate email when booking becomes available. We’ll continue to review the guidance as the restrictions are lifted, and make any changes as they are needed.

Please feel free to reach out to any of the committee members if you have any concerns or questions. We will be happy to help.

We look forward to being able to see you all back out on the archery field at some point very soon!

Problems with wind!

Hi everyone,  after some questions by club members I thought I would share our thinking when cancelling shooting outdoors due to wind conditions.

Our rule of thumb is that once we can see that a forecast of wind speed greater than 17mph with gusts above 25mph then the setting up and taking down of the target stands is too risky for the setup teams.

We have had a situation where a stand blew onto one of the club members, luckily only causing slight bruising.

More recently an incoming gust caused the trolley containing 1 stand to tip over damaging a metal detector almost beyond repair. (See attached photo)

We know that everyone wants to shoot as much as possible but there will be times when we have to take decisions to cancel based on safety issues, doing this in a timely manner so that you don’t turn up at the field only to be told the bad news.

Thanks for your understanding



Archery Update



It has now been confirmed by Archery GB that the latest rules of 6 indoors for ‘team sport’ does not include our COVID safe archery sessions. So we are able to carry on with our indoor plans.


Friday nights (or rather Tuesday nights)


There has been a change of plan regarding our indoor Friday nights, as this session has now moved to a Tuesday night at Ely College (7pm or 8pm start). First session Tuesday 6th October.


The reason behind the move is that Ely College use specialist fog machines for sanitising between uses of the sports hall. Between our proposed booking on a Friday night and another booking on Saturday morning they have no-one to carry out the procedure.


So instead, we were offered Monday or Tuesday evening only.  Tuesday was the logical choice, after we have just shot on Sunday.


We hope to add on another indoor session from November, either a return to King’s on a Sunday or somewhere else, but what day or where that may be is unknown.


Sunday mornings (Frostbite)


The Frostbite handicap shoot will be staged from this Sunday. Book as normal for a 9.30 or 10.30 start. Mel will be emailing you more details very soon.









Indoor Archery Guidelines



Our first couple of indoor sessions will really be a test of our new procedures and also learning how to shoot indoors in a different way to normal. So please bear with us while we settle in, as some things may change.


There are lots of new rules going indoors such as each archer (not household) having their own booking, each archer wearing a face covering when not shooting (unless exempt or under 12 years old), having two shooting details and collecting arrows safely distanced.  There are many more in this document below.


Please read the important guidelines and details on how we intend to run the indoor sessions:


This document together with an indoor risk assessment can also be found on our rules and policies webpage:


Please remember to keep bringing your target pins to all sessions!


Booking is now open for Tuesday evening: