As you are probably already aware, as part of a discussion on the insurance cover provided by the club, a wider discussion took place that suggested that members are required to be a member of an archery organisation which provides insurance cover. The organisation which was seen by the membership as most appropriate was NFAS.
A consultation period during which members could discuss this implications and possible alternatives has now come to an end, with no-one contacting the committee to voice concerns or questions over this change.
This consultation is now over, and as such it is now a requirement for all members to join NFAS.
What does this mean?
In real terms there will be no noticeable changes at the club, the woods and walk back areas will remain unchanged, and open for all to use (subject to you having already been approved to shoot in the woods). The Target range will be known as the “Practice Area”, and the layout of the bosses may change (the 6 new bosses set out at 10 metre intervals between 20 and 70 metres), plus perhaps a small number of 3D targets set out on this area. You are free to shoot at any target face you wish, there is no stipulation by NFAS or the club that the target face should be a “field” target.
What happens next?
The club has its own insurance until 1st June 2016, so until then things will be exactly as they are now. In the run up to this date a number of things will occur.
- The club rules and constitution will be reviewed and updated where necessary.
- The club will run a number of sessions (details to provided in the future) to ensure that you need the requirements for NFAS membership (we don’t foresee many problems with this), but a club official DOES need to sign your initial NFAS application.
- It is suggested that you familiarise yourself with the rules of NFAS (see link in the section below “About NFAS”)
NFAS is a national body representing and promoting field archery. You join them direct (rather than through the club), and renew each year. Costs are competitive (Junior £10, Adult £20, Family £40, Associate member £5)
When must this be done by?
The clubs’ insurance runs out 1st June 2016, members will only be used on and after this date providing they have a valid NFAS card, members not meeting this requirement will be asked to no longer attend until they can provide proof of membership (and therefore insurance). Clearly shooting without insurance is a serious breach of rules, and will be dealt with severely. Please do not “chance it”, I’m sure you take a dim view of people driving without insurance, this is just the same.
What are the benefits?
The main advantages are the insurance cover provided by NFAS is far more encompassing than that provided by the club, and for a nominal fee.
You would also (should you wish) be able to attend NFAS open shoots, again there is no pressure or expectation for members to do this, but you could exercise this privilege.