R.P.R.A. Notice to all members.

There are rumours circulating that training has been approved with effect from 7th May and that racing will commence 23rd May.

A document was circulated to racing organisations (Federation etc) yesterday. This document requested that they consider contingency race programmes effective from the 23rd May.

This document was based on many assumptions and is no way confirmation that training will be allowed on 7th May and that racing will start on 23rd May.

The reason this information has been requested now is that this will allow us to carry out all the administrative and logistical tasks associated with booking race sites and complying with the law if racing can commence on 23rd May.

Although we are hopeful that this will be the case it will very much depend on the Governments plan of how and what restrictions will be lifted. Please be assured that a team consisting of myself, the President and Vice Presidents are working hard behind the scenes to ensure racing starts as soon as possible but in a way that is safe and reasonable to do so. Ian Evans RPRA CEO

R.P.R.A. Contingency race programmes.

ROYAL PIGEON RACING ASSOCIATION

COVID-19 RACING CONTINGENCY – RACE PROGRAMMES

The following document is applicable to those organisations that organise racing and will hopefully assist in ensuring a smooth transition towards facilitating racing if and when restrictions are lifted.

Under the rules of the association race programmes are required by 1st March 2020 – rule 129. This provides RPRA staff with sufficient time to collate race programmes, book sites and also meet the General license requirements for gatherings (the law).

Taking into consideration these requirements and the uncertainties relating to when racing will commence, organisations are encouraged to develop race programme contingencies.

Race programmes should initially be formed on the assumption that current Government restrictions will be relaxed by 7th May which will allow members to commence training their pigeons. This will hopefully mean that a realistic start to racing would be 23rd May – or later if the organisation considers necessary. This will also provide sufficient lead in time to allow the RPRA to meet the requirements stated above.  

Organisations should form two race programmes. One based on Continental racing being permitted and one based on no continental racing.  

While the current restrictions are in place organisations will not be able to meet to discuss and develop race programmes. Therefore organisations should adopt a different approach; online meeting tools such as ‘Zoom’, email or telephone.

As stated this is based on a major assumption regarding how and when restrictions will be lifted and it maybe that this assumption turns out to be rather optimistic. This document/guidance will therefore be amended and circulated periodically to reflect the current position.

We need to be in a position to react quickly and ensure racing starts as soon as possible.

Therefore, we will require all contingency/amended race programmes at least 21 days before the first race.

The attached document should be completed and returned via post to The Reddings. However given the current delays to some Royal Mail services it is advisable to send the documents via email to racingsupport@rpra.org for inland race programmes and continentalracing@rpra.org for continental race programmes.

Drivers and Convoyers

In addition it is assumed that the restrictions relating to over 70s and people with underlying health conditions will remain in place beyond the start date of racing. Therefore organisations will have to put in place contingency plans.

Under no circumstances should individuals that fall within the ‘at risk’ category and who are restricted by Government be allowed to take part in the transportation of pigeons to the liberation site.  

Consideration should also be given to the possibility that Government restrictions may also mean that more than one person from different households cannot travel in the same vehicle.

A further document outlining protocols at marking stations etc. and based on the predicted relaxation to restriction measures, is currently being reviewed and will be published asap.

RPRA Development Project

Dear Secretary We have recently set up a new program as part of the Development Project that myself is currently undertaking here at the RPRA. We have had a great start by launching our new and improved Junior Membership packages which allows an U16 to become a full member of the RPRA for just £7 and receive lots of incentives including quarterly magazines, free rings, badges and many other items to encourage them to continue in the sport as well as a second membership option where any U16 year old can receive the magazines posters badges etc to encourage them to take up the sport and keep racing pigeons, people can sign up their children for free on or website. This has seen numbers rise from 76 U16s involved in the sport to now over 200 in just under 2 years with new applications coming in all of the time, which has been great. However it is now time to allow that to grow and for use to move on to focusing on growing our adult membership! In January I was pleased to launch our new program called “Flying Back 2 Pigeons”. This has been designed to give clubs the support and resources to grow the sport and membership in communities all around the UK. We have looked at similar projects other sports have done around the UK and produced a scheme that suits our sport. So what are we offering? •Club resources both available online and also hard copies to be given to potential new members. •Advertising material to advertise your club in you local area. As well as support in getting your club in your local press and also results published locally if not done so already. •Ideas and incentives of how to attract new members and getting more people involved in our clubs. •Booklet on ideas how you can promote your club in your area. •Posters to put up outside your club house / venues so people know who and where you are. •An online find a club search feature so that people in your area can find where you are, and a great feature that people can get directions to your club HQ (www.rpra.org/flying-back) •Information to hand out to people who show an interest. •Activities you can run at when your club meets for marking and also clock opening. •Advertisements for your Flying Back 2 Pigeon sessions. We are also looking to opening a Swap Shop so people can send us equipment that we can redistribute to new starters to the sport. All of the above will be available to clubs who have registered for the Flying Back 2 Pigeon program. All of items are working in various locations across the UK in our clubs at the moment and this scheme will pull all of these ideas together to have a national targeted approach to the recruitment of new participants within our sport. I feel that if we can get as many clubs on-board with looking at growing the sport and have a national strategy to back this up and support this work then we will have a much better footing to grow the numbers that at the moment are dropping. How can your club get involved and register? Its very simple, just click on this link: www.rpra.org/flying-back-clubs You will be directed to our online club page where you can find out more information. On that page there is a simple online form that takes less than 5 minutes to complete. If you fill in that form and click submit you are registered and I will send you a confirmation email so you can check as see your club added to the online interactive map that is available to the general public on our other web link found at www.rpra.org/flying-back It’s that simple! When the season is underway we will then send you all of the resources and information you need and will contact every club to support in getting your club ready to start to advertise your sessions and also how you can get your club out their and visible in your community. We currently have a number of clubs registered however we need more. This is free to all registered clubs and we are putting this project as our number 1 priority in the development project so you will be supported all the way. If you have any further questions please call me on 07922 827932 and I will be more than happy to answer any quires you have. Thank you for your support. Regards Richard Chambers RPRA Development Office

Vaccine

INFORMATION TO ALL MEMBERS AND PIGEON FANCIERS
IT HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO OUR ATTENTION THAT THE APPROVED VACCINE FOR PIGEONS IS NOT ALWAYS BEING USED
I HAVE REPORTS OF SOME INFECTIONS
PLEASE USE ONLY THE VACCINES APPROVED BY THE RPRA  WHICH I BELIEVE TO BE COLUMBOVAC AND NOBILIS WE HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS WITH PIGEONS AT THE MOMENT DO NOT ADD TO IT KEEP YOUR PIGEONS HEALTHY
REGARDS Fred Russell  Sec Nipa

RPRA Virtual Race

Hi Everyone,

Just to let you know that the Virtual Race is starting to take shape. Please check out the NIPA site at http://www.wm28vps.co.uk/RaceResults Once clubs upload the result the Open result can be compiled. The Open result compiles of two clubs so far. A great start and shows the system working. I would like to get every club uploaded with a virtual race.

  1. Login to your account. Synchronise your database. This sets all member details and distances.
  2. Race setup and press the green arrow and the three virtual races will be downloaded.
  3. Watch the tutorial of producing a race using the manual option http://pigeon.org.uk/race-programme-setup/race
  4. Upload your result and check it at http://www.wm28vps.co.uk/RaceResults

Wait for Ian Evans to select a random velocity and see if you win a prize. Each club will receive a prize and the Open winner will receive a prize.

Stay safe

Peter Humphries

Training Restrictions

As you will appreciate the decision taken to prohibit ALL training was taken in line with Government restrictions relating to non-essential travel and was therefore in reality a decision of Government. However, it seems that some members are continuing to train their pigeons while carrying out essential journeys, such as travelling to work.

To provide clarity in relation to training, we wish to confirm that ALL training is prohibited – even if carried out via an essential journey.

Members should consider that training – whether as part of an essential journey or not – will result in pigeons straying and/or becoming injured. This may lead to pigeons falling into the care of non-fanciers who are unable to care for the bird. This WILL result in a journey that is totally unavoidable, whether it is the owner collecting the bird, or the non-fancier delivering the bird to a vet or a nearby fancier, thereby increasing the risk of spreading the virus and placing lives at risk.

Anyone training during this period will be dealt with under RPRA rules relating to dishonourable conduct.

Training

THE FOLLOWING INSTRUCTION MUST BE ADHERED TO IMMEDIATELY
TRAINING YOUR PIGEONS IS NOT PERMITTED AND ANY ONE DOING SO MUST STOP IMMEDIATELY
IF YOU ARE STOPPED AND QUESTIONED BY THE AUTHORITIES YOU ARE IN SERIOUS TROUBLE WITH THE LAW AND THE RPRA/NIPA
YOU WILL ALL BE NOTIFIED OF ANY CHANGE .
PIGEONS ARE BEING TRAINED AS I AND OTHERS  SEE THEM  GOING DOWN THE LINE
DO NOT GET OUR SPORT A BAD NAME AND POSSIBLY SEE IT SPLASHED ALL OVER THE MEDIA THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR TRAINING PIGEONS AT THIS MOST DIFFICULT TIME
THERE ARE NO FURTHER UPDATES REGARDING A POSSIBLE DATE FOR RACING TO COMMENCE, PERSONALLY I BELIEVE WE WILL BE STILL LOCKED DOWN INTO JUNE AND POSSIBLY FURTHER.
PLEASE  REMEMBER THERE ARE PEOPLE LOOSING THEIR LIFE WITH THIS VIRUS
FRED RUSSELL

Corona Virus Fund

TO ALL PIGEON FANCIERS – URGENT APPEAL

Firstly, we hope you are keeping well with the current situation of Coronavirus.

It is an uncertain time for most of us and we want to do what we can to ensure Pigeon Racing stays strong. Pigeon Fanciers are always very generous to charities and others to help raise funds, now its time to look after ourselves.

We have set up a Benevolent fund to help pigeon fanciers across Northern Ireland to continue to feed and keep their pigeons during these difficult times.

WHAT WE ASK:

Please Donate – This can only work with Donations!

We are asking for donations so we can provide corn to those in financial difficulty due to Coronavirus.

TO DONATE:

Please Paypal what you can to: pigeonbenevolentfund@gmail.com via the Friends and Family Option. This account will be audited independently by R McKelvey – Newry. If Paypal is not an option for you, please contact us and we will make other arrangements.

WHAT WE DO:

If you are in financial difficulty during the Coronavirus situation, you can ask for help.

You can call, email or text the following information so corn can be delivered to you (of course with no direct contact).

Name:
Address:
Postcode:
Contact Number:
Numbers of Pigeons:

Send request to Brian Keegan: Tel/Text: 07802 982 986. Email: pigeonbenevolentfund@gmail.com

Please note both donations and requests will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and your details will not be shared with others.

Corn will be purchased from Henry McLaughlin – Blue Devil Lofts Corn Supplier, this will be collected and delivered to those in need.

We hope many will be able to donate so we can help others to keep this great sport going during this crisis.

Its our opportunity to look after each other, stay safe and keep Pigeon Racing going.

PLEASE SHARE

Brian Keegan