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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Clubs for Disabled Shooters

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!

The Scheme

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:

  1. identifying clubs who are ready, willing and able to welcome as members people with different types and levels of disability; and
  2. ensuring that the facilities, staff, equipment and systems are up to delivering a really good experience of the sport.

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.

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Focus Clubs
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.

DSP Clubs
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.

Please apply

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.

Focus Clubs: please contact the scheme administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

DSP Clubs: please contact DSP Co-ordinator Liz Woodall

Hot News!

DSP Videos

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

Please Do Our Surveys!

survey Information about people and facilities is vital to our work (and funding). YOU can help by completing our People and Clubs/Grounds Surveys.

£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.