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  • michaelwhapples1Michael 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. 

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  • scoutwithprosthesis1This young Scout was born without a left hand.  When he took an interest in shooting, which is very popular in the Scout movement, Hampshire Scouts helped his local club to find a solution. 
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  • MattSkelhon1Matt Skelhon shot to fame when he grabbed gold at the Bejiing Paralympic Games and proved it was no fluke by claiming silver and bronze at London 2012.

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  • stewartnangle1Stewart 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. 
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  • vicmorris1Vic 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. 
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  • Di CoatesDeanna (Di) Coates lives in Hampshire, shoots air rifle from a wheelchair, and is one of our most successful disabled international athletes. 
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  • peterbreheny1Peter Breheny from Derbyshire shoots benchrest rifle.  He has Kennedy's Disease, a progressive wasting condition that has weakened his limbs. 
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Focus Clubs

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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.

Please apply

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.

  1. Download the Focus Clubs Guidance from the Rules, Regulations, Policies and Guidance section of our Downloads.
  2. See if your club is going to be able to meet a fair proportion of the criteria summarised in the guidance.
  3. If so, contact our Focus Club Administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to register your wish to apply.
  4. Assemble as much of the required documentation as possible and arrange to submit it to Dave for scrutiny.
  5. Arrange with Dave a mutually convenient date for him to visit the club and carry out the assessment.
  6. Await the result.

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.  

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Videos on disabled target shooting now on Vimeo and YouTube. You are invited to contribute your videos.

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£250,000 for Clubs!

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Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting. 

International Development

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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.  

Helpful Stuff

Vision for Shooters

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.

Funding Guidance & Information

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Need information on funding for any aspect of disabled target shooting?  Check out the extensive Funding section on this site. 

Advice for Clubs

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.
More information

Disability Awareness

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.