In order to ensure compliance with current social distancing guidance during the Covid-19 pandemic, Durham City Angling Club will adopt the following procedure whilst administering angling competitions. This procedure has been designed to comply with current guidance published by the Angling Trust and the clubs own risk assessment which can be found at the bottom of the page.

All participants must read and follow the guidance set out below;

Booking onto a match

  • All competitors must pre-book with the match organizer if intending to fish the match. This can be done via telephone, email or via the ‘Durham City Match Group’ Facebook page. All anglers should be screened for Covid-19 symptoms and will be instructed NOT to attend if they are displaying symptoms or have been instructed to isolate via the NHS Track and Trace app. The phone number and home postcode of each participant will be recorded.

Car parking

  • Please aim to arrive at the meet point on time and aim to leave the meet point at the same time. This is to minimize the number of people handling the gate/barrier thus reducing the risk of transmission. The match coordinator will manage gate/barrier entry. Please ensure that when parking on the Graham Sports Centre Durham University site that you leave an empty space either side of your vehicle. This is a condition of being allowed to use the car park.

The Meet

  • All participants should remain inside their vehicle upon arrival vehicle with the exception of the match organiser(s) who will ensure that full PPE is worn (gloves and facemask). 

The Draw

  • Given the informal nature of D.C.A.C.’s matches, it is not practical for the online administration of the draw or the pools and so the following procedures will be followed during the draw to reduce the risk of transmission;

    • The match organiser (whilst wearing full PPE) will collect any monies from each participant whilst they remain seated in their own respective vehicles. The money will be collected through the side window of the vehicle. Correct money only as no change will be given. 

    • After monies have been collected and attendees recorded, a rolling draw will take place. This will entail each participant taking turns to drive past a 'drawing station' which will be manned by the organiser. The organiser will draw a peg for each angler and show this to the participant who will then travel directly to their allocated peg.

    • No peg ticket will be handed to the participant. Instead, each anglers peg number will be recorded on the match organisers weighing in sheet. 

    • If more than one set of scales are required, a second scales person will be assigned by the match organiser rather than being determined by the draw. Match attendances will be limited to that what can be comfortably managed with two sets of scales.

    • PPE will be made available for all participants at the draw if they require it (Gloves and alcohol hand wash). 

The Weigh-In

  • At the end of the competition competitors will be expected to remain at their pegs until the weighing official arrives. Strictly no anglers are permitted to follow the scales.

  • The match organiser will set up a tripod, scales (zeroed) and sling at the nearest suitable point to each competitors peg.

  • The angler should remove their keepnet themselves and transfer the fish into the weigh sling without breaching social distancing guidance (weigh slings of a self-supporting design achieve this). The angler must then step away to allow the weighing official to come in and weigh the fish. The weighing official then calls the weight and the anglers must agree that they are happy with it. The angler then returns the fish to the water. The process is then repeated if several weighs are required. A distance of 2 metres between the scales person and angler will be maintained at all times.

  • Hand sanitiser and gloves will be made available for participants to use.

  • Once weighed in the angler will pack up and return directly to their vehicle.

Payouts/Collection of Winnings

  • Social distancing must be observed at all times.

  • Monies being paid out as prizes will be sanitised and placed in envelopes for distribution to the winners at the meet point.

  • Winners will be informed by text and the match organiser will hand out prizes to the winners who will remain seated in their vehicle.

  • Hand sanitizer and gloves will be made available for participants to use.

  • The match coordinator will post the results online within 24 hours for all competitors to view.