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.

New year resolutions? Don’t keep them for new year..

Sunrise on a new year

Sunrise on a new year

I know this is the time of year that many people start thinking about the future months and make various new year resolutions from, losing weight and eating healthily to quitting smoking etc. In archery terms its more likely to be related to I will practise more, I’ll try and increase my average or personal best etc.

Personally I’m not a big one for new year resolutions.

Why? Well I guess I think if these changes are so important why wait until the new year?

Though I can understand that many people use the start of the new year as the reason for a change which is fair enough. But what I would say is don’t let an early failure or set back stop you. We are all full of good intentions after Christmas, wanting to achieve stuff etc but as time goes on our good intentions don’t always materialise into ongoing good actions.

This can be down to a lack of motivation, working life impact on spare time or health issues.

Take me for an example. Since Christmas I had planned to get to the gym and do more archery practise, this has failed thanks to having a chesty cough / cold for over 2 weeks. That doesn’t mean I’m not going to make the change, just that its delayed.

Guess what I am saying is, if you don’t get to the gym or have a relapse into unhealthy eating, don’t let it stop you from having another go. It doesn’t have to be New year resolution to make a change. You can make a change two weeks in or two months. Remember few things that are worthwhile work first time. Think back to when you were a child, chances are you fell over a few times before you managed to learn to walk.

One last thing I’d say…

Lots of people make new year resolutions that focus on themselves. Why not think about a resolution to help others or your club?

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Volunteer to help out at your club

All archery clubs need the support of their members, not just in turning up to shoot the course but in maintenance of the facility, clearing paths, repairing targets etc. Why not make one of your resolutions to be give up a afternoon a month to help maintain your clubs grounds or help out at a have a go session.

Anyway Happy New year all and good luck with all your endeavors this year and the future.

Thanks for reading.