Coronavirus information

Official advice from Archery GB in regards to Corona Virus.

The Government has published an action plan to contain the possible spread of the virus.

The latest DCMS guidance advises:

  • That there’s presently no rationale to close or cancel sporting events, but this may change as the situation evolves.
  • Anyone with flu-like symptoms should avoid the risk of spreading their infection, whatever that infection may be, by staying at home and recovering.
  • For those hosting sporting events, whatever their size, attendees and participants should stay up to date on the government’s latest advice on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus.
  • As the situation progresses we might advise the frail, elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions to stay away from gatherings as part of general advice aimed at minimising unnecessary contact with others.
  • For those travelling to sporting events overseas, the Foreign Office’s travel advice should be followed and travellers should note that apart from the countries and territories named in that advice, the government isn’t presently advising against travel to anywhere else.
  • For those who offer community and leisure services, such as running a local football team or running a gym, hand hygiene should be strongly promoted and encouraged and equipment and facilities should be thoroughly cleaned and wiped down as usual following use.

The government is planning to publish specific advice on this shortly. There’s presently no reason people should stop doing their daily sport and physical activities as they normally would. These should be our guiding principles.

As you are well aware, guidance may change in response to events, so please keep a close eye on

Things you can do now to minimise risk:

  • Excellent hand washing regularly through the day plus the use of hand-based gel / foam. Normal soap is incredibly effective in destroying the cell membrane of the virus and killing it immediately. In fact, it reduces risk by 54% if you do it regularly and do it well. Dry hands thoroughly afterwards with either disposable paper towels or a hand drier.
  • Regular cleaning of common surfaces (door handles, equipment) with normal soap-based detergents, and avoid touching too many public surfaces if you can.
  • Ensure you’re healthy and well. Eat well / sleep well – keep your immune system in top shape.
  • Risk avoidance – be mindful of public spaces e.g. supermarkets, restaurants, shopping malls etc. and avoid people who are coughing / sneezing.
  • Isolation of cases – anyone with respiratory symptoms (dry cough, fatigue, sore throat) and a temperature should self-isolate and contact NHS Direct on 111.

If you are unwell in the UK:

  1. DO NOT go to your health centre, Institute facility or hospital but call NHS direct or NHS 24 on 111 for further advice.

If you are unwell whilst abroad:

  1. Be aware that the status of where you are travelling to may change while you are there. This could impact on your travel back to the UK.
  2. Be aware of how to access medical care abroad. You may be asked to remain where you are and the local healthcare team will come to you to assess your symptoms.

Useful links to regularly updated advice:

World Health Organisation YouTube video:

Department of Health ( UK Government ) will be updated at 2pm daily via

World Health Organisation situation report ( updates )

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

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Aldi Sports fund

Aldi have very kindly donated £500 to Leith Community Archers!

Aldi Sports fund. Thank you!

Local archery club, Leith Community Archers (LCA), has received a £500 donation from the Aldi Scottish Sports Fund. To mark the donation announcement, the archery club, based at Leith Academy, were presented with a giant cheque from the local Aldi store manager, Bradley Stevenson.

Pic caption: L-R George Fyvie of LCA, Bradley Stevenson of Aldi and Dave Burnett of LCA.

Local archery club, Leith Community Archers (LCA), has received a £500 donation from the Aldi Scottish Sports Fund. To mark the donation announcement, the archery club, based at Leith Academy, were presented with a giant cheque from the local Aldi store manager, Bradley Stevenson.

Pic caption: L-R Amy Fyvie aged 13, Heather Nicolson, David Holm, Bradley Stevenson of Aldi, George Fyvie and Aaron Brand aged 7

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AGM 28.01.2020

Dear All


Please find below the minutes and details of office bearers for Leith community archers session beginning 28.01.2020

Leith Community Archers
Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 28 th January 2020
In Attendance:
Dave H, Jude, Louis, Luke, Dean, Heather, Maciek, Nikoleta, Stuart, Ryan, Keith, Kath, Dave B, Ross, Eleanor
1. Chairperson Report – Dave B
2. Treasurer Report – George
3. Election of committee members for 2020/21 season.
4. AOB

1. Chairperson Report Chair thanked everyone for their attendance and for their continued support with the running of the club, over the past year. This year LCA have successfully managed to:
– Attach the wall rings which support the net. This increases the shooting distance in the hall to 18m.
– Become members of Archery GB. This allows members to progress with the sport and enter competitions, if they wish to do so. This can be as a solo competitor or, as part of an LCA team. There is a small fee for adults but membership is free for children.
– Secure more grants for the club. Attendees thanked George for his continued success with fundraising applications.
The Chairperson encouraged members to continue to support the running of the club but particularly in relation to equipment set up and, take down of equipment. Members were asked to consider volunteering for additional training in equipment maintenance. Members should express their interest to Eleanor, Jude or Dave B who can provide tuition.

2. Treasurer Report Treasurer reports that the club has been progressing well in recent years. LCA is now registered for Gift Aid with HMRC. This adds an extra 20% on to any donations we receive. This additional money will cover the majority of the hall fees, going forward. Attendees were provided with club membership forms and gift aid forms (also available on website).
A general overview of the last financial year was provided. The club has, for the second year in a row, made a profit (this year £1363.44). The club currently has over 12k in the bank account but we are holding 4k of this on behalf of, The Socks on The Street Project.
The treasurer was asked to provide more information on the expenditure figure and broke it down as follows: Rental £1633, Insurance £270, Coach Training and Renewals £1300, website development £157, competition prizes £20.
A question was raised about rental costs and treasurer reports that Edinburgh Leisure have committed to maintain the current rental fees. However, this will always be subject to change.
There was a general discussion about membership fees (for LCA and Archery GB) and the constitution of the club. The chair and treasurer reiterated that the club wants to remain accessible for all, and so, arrangements can be made for those on lower incomes.
Treasurer confirmed that LCA could continue to operate for 3 more years if no additional income was secured.
A full set of the accounts can be viewed on the website, along with last year’s for comparison.

3. Election of Committee Members for 20/21 season.
The people listed were proposed and seconded in the following roles:

Chairperson (Trustee): Eleanor Happs
Vice Chair : Kath Fyvie
Treasurer (Trustee): George Fyvie
Secretary (Trustee) : Position not filled.
Bookings Officers : Dean Rougvie & Nikoleta Georgakopoulou
Social Media Officer : Ryan Harrison

Website officer : Keith Murray
Equipment Officer : Dave Holm & Maciek Samulski
Welfare Officer : Luke Griffiths

There was a brief discussion about splitting the role of fundraiser and treasurer again but no decision was made. Every member is encouraged to participate with fundraising for the club.

4. AOB a. Attendees were asked to consider volunteering for coaching training. Individuals should give their name to Eleanor if they would like a place on the course. This is a 2 day accredited course, run over the course of a weekend (likely spring time). Course fees will be paid for by LCA with the expectation that qualified coaches will volunteer to assist with club shooting sessions.
b. General discussion about membership and what the breakdown was in relation to the number of children and adults attending. Although, a record of attendance is kept, this has not been collated into statistical info. An estimate of children 40% and 60% was provided with general agreement that the number of children attending appears to have decreased. This was, in part, attributed to the long waiting list which was put into operation when the club reached its ‘safe shooting’ capacity (8 targets with 2 shooters/target).
c. It is hoped that the appointment of a dedicated bookings officer will address the ongoing issues with waiting lists/capacity etc. A few suggestions were put forward (additional evening shoot, separate child/adult shoots, online booking system) but the chairperson reminded people of the implications that this had on volunteer time/limiting accessibility etc. Members were encouraged to explore and move forward with alternative options to manage club membership numbers more effectively.

d. Suggestion that we would explore another outdoor shooting session in the summer for all members – With support, Dave B will organise this
e. It was recommended that coaches are trained in mental health awareness in order that they are more fully equipped to identify and manage a range of mental health conditions. St John’s Ambulance have a Training Centre at Dock Place in Leith. First Aid for Mental Health certificate. Welfare Officer to explore further.
f. Suggestion that the coaches get together for a refresher course so that consistency in practice is upheld. All registered coaches and regular assistants to arrange and attend.

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Archery AGM and forms

Our AGM is taking place on Tuesday 28th January 2020 in Leith Academy School Canteen at 6.30pm


Safeguarding Policy

We wish to appoint the roles of:


Vice Chairperson,



Vulnerable persons safety officer,

Social Media co-ordinator,

Bookings and rota co-ordinator,

Equipment Quartermaster,


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AGM date for your diary

Our AGM will be taking place on Tuesday 28 January at 6.30pm

At our AGM all committee members resign and if they wish to stand again then they must be proposed and seconded the same as anyone else.

If there is more than one person going for the same role then it is a majority vote.

The previous years chair will be deciding factor in a tie (secretary in case of the chair).

Any other member may stand for a committee role.

We will be meeting in the Canteen area of Leith Academy school.

Our normal archery session will be on Thursday as per normal.

Leith Community Archers membership form  Please find a downloadable membership form here.

Membership is done from Jan to December.  A full year is £12 from January, if you joined in June it would cost £6 and if you joined in December it would be £1.

The suggested donation on the evening is:

Suggested donations:

  • Family sessions: child £1
  • Family sessions: adult £3
  • Adult sessions: £5

All of our coaches and committee are volunteers and all money donated goes towards the running cost of the club such as rental, repairs, insurance and new equipment.


Anyone who wishes to undergo coach training, please let us know for when we arrange training for this year.

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Winter break

Howdy Archers!!!

Just a reminder that tonight is the last session of 2019.

We break for the winter tonight.

Here’s what we get up to:

Dave is obviously very busy over the Christmas season so he needs extra time to dig out his big red suit.

George gets wheeled away into suspended hibernation for a recharge.

Paul sits back and let’s his hair down for a well deserved rest.

Machiek goes wild with 3d photography and gets ready for a huge display at the AGM.

Heather spends time polishing all the gold medals she has won this year.

Eleanor comes up with some fantastic project involving reclaimed wood, sticky back plastic and empty milk cartons.

Andy relaxes his frenzied and energetic demeanor and mellows out.

Kath goes into overdrive planning out the AGM in perfect detail that Dave and george will forget 5 minutes before it starts.

David invests in more archery equipment until he has to use a van to transport his bow.

Jude fights the urge to gold plate a bow.

Becky goes on a two week wilderness survival hunt involving a bucket of soapy frogs, a parachute and a tin of alphabeti spaghetti.

Remember it is our AGM when we come back in January, where we will be voting in the positions of chair, secretary, treasurer and child safety officer.

There is room for more people to join the committee – social media coordinator, bookings coordinator, more coaches (let us know if you would like us to put you through your coaching exam), to name just some!

Merry Christmas all!


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Congratulations to Emma Fox who has completed her Duke of Edinburgh volunteering role as a safety coach with Leith Community Archers.

Thank you from all of us at Leith Community Archers Emma – a job very well done!

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Winter closing dates


Dear All


The final date of Archery this year will be the 28th November.

Our Annual General Meeting will be on the 9th January. in the hall at 6.30pm

At the AGM we will be asking people to renew their membership for the year ahead and to vote on a new committee to help run the club.

Roles for nomination will be:

Chairperson: Currently Dave Burnett

Secretary: Currently Paul McNulty and Maciek Samulski

Treasurer; Currently George Fyvie

Child Safety Officer: Currently Andy Lang

It has been proposed that we should also have the following roles:

Media spokesperson responsible for Social Media, Emails and external advertising.

Archery GB Champion responsible for Competitions, Tournaments, Training sessions and Membership with Archery GB.

Maintenance Officer responsible for ensuring all equipment is safe, useable, repaired and appropriate

Bookings Officer responsible for booking in slots for people and taster sessions.

According to our articles, only licensed coaches can hold the first three roles, but you do not need to be a coach to hold any of the other posts.

We are also looking to book in our next instructors training session with Archery GB for those who wish to become coaches themselves/

We will resume shooting on the 16th january.


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October Update

We have been informed that during the October holiday’s, there will be new main entrance security doors installed at Leith Academy.


If the works are being carried out when you arrive for your let, please use the janitors passageway to gain entrance to the building.


Kind Regards,

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A Message from Archery GB

I hope you are all enjoying the summer. Traditionally, reports are written for AGM’s, but
as some of you already know, I’m not a fan of following tradition blindly, so I’m writing
this ‘mid-term report’ now, partly to let you all know what’s happening, and partly to ask
for your help and advice.
Earlier this year I ran an indoor “Inter-Club Challenge” along similar lines to various other
postal leagues. I got a lot of good feedback from those who took part, but I would love to
know what could be done to improve it for next indoor season, and for those who didn’t
take part: why not? (Wrong format, bad timing, poor communication, etc.)
As I write this, the Pentangle has just completed. For those that don’t know about it, this
is an annual outdoor competition between the three Scottish Areas, and the two
northernmost English Areas, that rotates location, and this year is in Glasgow. We were
able to send full Recurve teams, both Ladies & Gents, plus partial Longbow and
Compound teams, and in the words of the Team Captain (Joan Smith) “the East Area did
very well at what turned out to be a Triangle rather than a Pentangle”. There are various
photos on Facebook, and a note of the results as we know them – congratulations to all,
if only for surviving the mud!
I know that there are loads of competitive archers out there, so would love to know how
we can improve participation next year. I have broad shoulders (metaphorically speaking)
so don’t worry about whether your feedback is positive or not! You can follow the
activities of the area on Facebook (and send direct messages if you want) and/or email
me directly on or anything for the committee as a
whole should be sent to:
Archers from the Area have also attended a number of high-profile events this summer. I
don’t have official results for everything, and don’t want to miss anyone out, so I will just
say well done to all of you.
For a little while now, the Area has had an official polo-neck shirt. These are good quality,
but fairly expensive, and have quite a long delivery time, which makes it difficult for the
committee to organise. Therefore for the Pentangle we are trialling a much cheaper Tshirt from a quicker alternative supplier – we would welcome any comments on this, and
particularly any suggestions for a future supplier, (particularly those that do a ‘Print on
demand’ service) from any clubs who have looked into custom clothing recently. If you
look on Facebook you should be able to find a post showing three of the Pentangle team
modelling these T-Shirts.
When I took on this job, I rather expected to be inundated with opinions about coaching,
but instead the silence has been deafening. Everyone in archery needs a little coaching
from time to time, though everyone has different needs. Maybe the silence is because
everyone is happy, but if not get in touch and let us know what you would like the Area
to provide – we have rather limited funds, but whatever level you are at, we are here to
We are also able to help if you wish to learn more about coaching, as a ‘Leader’, as a
Level One Coach, or above.
On a very similar note, we would like to get back to having a semi-permanent squad of
archers (both Junior and Adult) who are ready, able and willing to compete in events like
the Pentangle and the AGB County Team Champs. It would also be good if someone
would be willing to step forward and act as Manager, whether that is someone within
the squad, a non-shooting partner, or best of all a coach.
Two of the three biggest problems with running a squad in the past has been the cost of
hall-hire; and travel difficulties. To that end we would like to investigate the possibility of
running things a little differently, with more emphasis on making use of ‘normal’ club
sessions, and a ‘mobile’ coaching team, so again we would welcome as many comments
as you can write.
Coaching Pt.2
My entire committee attended a conference with SAA recently, in which coaching was
discussed, (amongst many other things,) and while nothing concrete has been agreed,
we would love to hear from any coaches who would be willing to visit clubs in their local
area (or beyond) to carry out ‘coaching for hire’.
Mike Brockington
President, East of Scotland Archery – “The Eastern Area”

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