The CPSA has announced that it now has adequate assurances from the government to begin the phased re-opening of clay shooting grounds across the country

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The CPSA has announced that CPSA clubs and grounds are now able to re-open, following the necessary assurances from government. Grounds will be able to re-open on a “pay and play” basis (with a gradual return to competitive shooting in time) as long as they adhere to strict Covid-19 safety protocol.

The following email was sent to all CPSA clubs, grounds, and trade members on 14 May 2020:

“Dear Clubs, Grounds, and Trade Members,

Regarding the CPSA’s position on the opening of clay shooting grounds following the easing of restrictions from the 13th May for outdoor sports activities:

Over the past 48 hours we have been working with the Government, Police and other bodies to get the confirmation we needed under the latest Government guidance that it is possible to start shooting recreationally again within England.

Therefore, as the National Governing Body for the Sport of Clay Target Shooting in England, we are now satisfied that we can start a phased return to clay shooting with initially pay & play/practice and a return to competitive registered shoots in time.

Shooting grounds can re-open when they are ready and our members are now able to participate and enjoy the sport of clay target shooting recreationally while all following strict CV19 safety protocols and guidance.

Importantly, we have now also had confirmation from our insurers that our members are fully insured after considering the new guidance to get out and enjoy their sport again.

We have already issued comprehensive guidance to grounds to assist with their planning to implement the strict social distancing and safety measures to protect their staff, the shooters and our sport.

Please Click Here to go to our Shoot Safe, Stay Safe online documents.

Yours sincerely,

Iain Parker


Great news for the clay shooting industry!