Data protection changes and GDPR in archery

Okay, so this is not the normal sort of thing to find on an archery blog, but I don’t think it can have escaped many peoples notice that the Data Protection laws in the UK are changing. Chances are you’ve had emails from different websites you’ve subscribed to asking for you to agree to new terms and conditions. In other words the dreaded GDPR, with a fast approaching deadline of the 25th of May 2018.
Official bit “The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. “
in short it covers everything from signing up to being a follower to a blog, coaching sessions and records,
photographs at an event, even shoot results. It also has an effect on websites like this one, which is why there is a new Page covering the Privacy Notice statement where I have tried to address the concerns and legal aspects.
I have to say I have found it a bit of a pain and huge headache to work through and must thank my better half Sharon for keeping me sane and also for finding this site from the Sports and Recreational Alliance (https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/)
It has a very helpful sub page on GDPR for clubs, which many archery clubs might find useful too.  The site has a series of template documents that clubs and individuals can easily download and edit. (https://www.sportandrecreation.org.uk/pages/gdpr-clubs)
I’m not expert, even after reading all this, but have found this site really helpful, as has Sharon when working through club details for Briar Rose Field Archers.
I’m also updating my coaching notes and application form to comply with the new rules. Those coached by me in the past should already have received an email (if not please get in touch asap).
I hope this helps and thanks for reading.
Remember to wax your string

Remember to maintain your string

Remember to wax your string

Remember to wax your string

Just a quick post about strings and keeping them in a god condition. With the outdoor season now in full swing I have been shooting in a new string over the last few days and thought it worth reminding people that waxing your string is pretty important, but often forgotten.

Before you start make sure the string it clean of any mud or grime. Also make sure it is dry, lets face it, we live in the UK and it maybe the start of Summer but it can still rain.
Applying the wax helps to bind the individual strands of the string together and protects the string from wear,tear and fraying.

Apply the wax liberally

Apply the wax liberally

Some people use a piece of leather to rub the wax in to the string (Sharon does, but that is because she has sensitive skin and sometimes finds her skin can crack on her fingers, especially when gardening).

I tend to just use my thumb of forefinger, running them up and down the string. The friction causes the wax to soften and seep into the string.

I use my fingers to rub / melt the wax

I use my fingers to rub / melt the wax

If you have string silencers (string spiders, puff balls etc.) make sure you wax up to them as the strands can often separate there.
I try to remember to wax my string every other time I shoot the bow. I know some will use beeswax, but I’m just using the Easton string wax here, which I carry in my quiver.

N.B. another tip is to carry a spare string in your quiver that is shot in and ready to use, just in case you need it on a shoot.

While waxing the string you can also check the condition of the severing and ensure that is not wearing either at the nocking point or the limb tip loops.

Hope this helps and as always thanks for reading.