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
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.
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.
Everyone knows that clubs are the backbone of any sport, and target shooting is no exception. That’s why, when we were exploring how best to cater for disabled and less-able shooters, we realised that clubs and shooting grounds would be the keystone to the infrastructure we need to create.
Obviously there are a great many clubs, covering the full range of target shooting disciplines, that already have members with some degree of disability or impairment. In fact pretty well every club and ground in the country is bound to have at least one less-able or disabled member. That speaks volumes for the inclusivity of our sport, and for the willingness of shooting clubs to extend a warm welcome to people who are less than 100% able.
The majority of clubs simply don’t have the facilities and/or resources to open their doors to the full range of disabilities, and there is no realistic possibility of them developing to the point where they can – at least in the short term. But nearly every club can accommodate some types of disability, and we’d like to think that they are willing to do what they can. Being disabled-accessible doesn't have to mean that a club can cope with wheelchairs; over 90% of people with disabilities don't use wheelchairs!
Since our aim is to generate great interest in the sport among disabled people, it’s clear that we must try to ensure that the clubs we signpost those people to can cater for them properly. That will ensure that that each disabled person’s first experience of shooting is a positive one. It means:
We are keen to encourage and nurture the development of a network of reasonably disabled-friendly clubs across the country. Our hope is that most types of disability can be catered for within a reasonable travelling distance.
Our Clubs Scheme operates at two levels.
These go through a benchmarking assessment to ensure that they score well in all key areas. Once approved, they will act as the initial referral and reception point for people with disabilities in their area, helping them to decide which discipline(s) they wish to take up, and if necessary helping them to settle into another club close to where they live.
Clubs that, for whatever reason, are not ready, willing or able to become Focus Clubs, but which are ready, willing and able to make the effort to cater for some members who are disabled or less-able, can be certificated as DSP Clubs.
For more detailed information on these two categories, please look in the appropriate section of this Clubs menu.
To help develop this vital nationwide network of disabled-friendly clubs, we're looking for clubs and shooting grounds that are willing to become DSP Clubs or Focus Clubs. There are, of course, benefits for such clubs. Shooters with disabilities pay their subscriptions like every other member. If the club is planning to improve its existing facilities, develop new ones, or acquire new equipment, for which it will need to seek funding, applications are more likely to be successful if the “helps disabled participation” box is ticked, and a copy of an accreditation certificate produced.
DSP Clubs: please contact DSP Co-ordinator Liz Woodall