Vic Morris lives in south Wales and is paralysed from the neck down as the result of an accident. With the aid of an 'equaliser' device invented by his coach, John Kelman, Vic shoots pistol and rifle.
Michael Whapples from Leicestershire is blind and shoots air rifle. In 2011 he was the first British shooter ever to compete at the Open European Shooting Championships for the Vision Impaired, held at Nitra, Slovakia.Read More
Stewart Nangle, a Lancastrian, is pictured shooting .22 pistol. What the photograph does not show is that at the time one of his legs was fitted with a metal frame that was bolted into the bones.
These are the DSP’s flagship clubs, benchmarked to demonstrate that they are fully able to cater for shooters with a wide range of disabilities. Our ultimate target is to have one Focus Club in each county.
Focus Clubs act as the first point of referral for anyone in their area with a disability that prevents them shooting with conventional equipment and/or technique. That means those clubs need to be able to cope with wheelchair users and other mobility problems, and should have sufficient equipment and coaching expertise to enable them to help a pretty wide range of disabled people have an enjoyable introduction to the sport, and to nurture those who are ambitious to improve.
To fill this role we are looking for clubs that are able to accommodate wheelchair shooters and/or blind-VI shooters in more than one discipline, and have at least one experienced and qualified coach. These clubs should be willing to co-operate with other clubs in their region to develop opportunities for disabled shooters. In return, the DSP will help the Focus Clubs to develop themselves in any way that will benefit disabled shooting – and that generally means it will benefit all the rest of the members, too.
It is open to any target shooting facility, be it a members’ club, a shooting ground, school, or commercial sports centre, to apply for Focus Club status. The process is open and straightforward.
Successful clubs will receive a certificate, and may use the Focus Club logo on their stationery, website, publicity material, etc., to advertise their disabled-friendly credentials.
Below is a list of the Focus Clubs accredited since the launch of the scheme in September 2013. Click on a name to see some details of what that club has to offer. Full contact details for each one can be found in our Disabled-Friendly Clubs directory in the Clubs menu.
Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting.
Read about how we are hoping to expand the range of international competitions open to disabled shooters, and let us know if you can help.
For most shooters, being able to see well enough to aim accurately is the key to our sport. Our Vision Section has lots of information to help all shooters who have vision problems, great or small.
Need information on funding for any aspect of disabled target shooting? Check out the extensive Funding section on this site.
EFDS Inclusion Hub is a free on-line resource created by the English Federation of Disability Sport for clubs that wish to become more disabled-friendly and include more disabled people in their activities.
For those encountering people who have various types of disabilities, we offer a round-up of some on-line advice and videos that may help to put everyone at their ease.