British Blind Sport launches new archery and shooting project to increase participation in target sports

British Blind Sport (BBS) has launched a new project aimed at increasing participation in target sports, specifically archery and shooting, in 2016.

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Acoustic Shooting with Cheadle Rifle. Photo: ©British Blind Sport/Facebook

The project, funded by Agincourt 600, will see British Blind Sport in partnership with Archery GB and British Shooting, deliver a series of taster events for blind and partially sighted people across the country in early 2016. Hosted by local clubs, the taster events will provide an opportunity for visually impaired (VI) people to try both sports for free.  The events are for anyone who would like give Archery and/or Shooting a try and will be open to anyone with a vision disability of any age and ability – previous experience is not necessary.

Agincourt 600 is the national charity dedicated to commemorating the fascinating Battle of Agincourt, which took place 600 years ago. The charity supports international friendship and understanding, commemoration, knowledge, and shared heritage. The BBS project is a unique way of increasing participation in target sports whilst embracing and upholding these values.

The taster events will be followed by a series of free club sessions to provide further opportunities for anyone interested in taking up either sport more seriously.  These sessions will enable participants to develop their skills and technique as well as become fully involved in local club environments and activities.

In addition to the planned activities programme, BBS will work with Archery GB and British Shooting to create an educational resource for both disciplines.  The resource will provide information for clubs, coaches and volunteers about the adaptions required for a VI person to take part in these sports, as well as provide useful hints, tips and guidance to ensure coaching and club environments are accessible and inclusive.  The resource will also include an historical piece on the Battle of Agincourt.

“We are delighted to be working with Agincourt 600 on this joint sport and cultural project.  To be able to commemorate the Battle of Agincourt in such a unique way will be so rewarding for our members, the wider visually impaired community and for clubs and coaches of target sports across the UK.  We are looking forward to working with Archery GB and British Shooting as well as local clubs to host a series of fantastic events for people living with sight loss to be inspired to take up archery and/or shooting.” said Alaina MacGregor, BBS Chief Executive.

British Blind Sport provides competition pathways in both Archery and Shooting and it is hoped that the Agincourt 600 blind Archery and Shooting project will not only educate participants in the fascinating battle that took place 600 years ago, but provide opportunities for VI people to try something new, take part in sport regularly and potentially take part competitively.

For more information about the project, where the sessions will be taking place and to find out how to get involved please contact British Blind Sport on 01926 424247 or info@britishblindsport.org.uk or visit www.britishblindsport.org.uk

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