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Disability Sports Dorset

Please note: These sessions at Rossmore Leisure Centre are currently suspended due to a lack of sufficient participants.

We would welcome enquiries from other organisations/groups catering for people with physical impairements which would be interested in holding air rifle and air pistol target shooting sessions on a regular basis. We use transportable target systems which can be deployed in any suitable hall where access can be restricted during shooting for safety purposes.

Ferndown Gun Club has been running monthly disability target shooting sessions on behalf of Disability Sports Dorset on the first Wednesday each month from 19.00 hrs to 20.30 hrs.

These sessions are held at:
    Rossmore Leisure Centre (Everyone Active)
    Herbert Avenue
    BH12 4HR

Cost per person per session - £4 to be paid at the Sports Hall on entry.

You need to be 18 or over, have a disability, whether permanent or temporary, from a broken hand to a spinal cord injury, fibromyalgia to amputee.

Ferndown Gun Club provides all the equipment necessary including target air rifles and pistols; so for safety reasons, please do not bring your own as you will not be able to use them.

Please arrive no later than 19.15 hrs to go through the safety briefing. After that time, the doors will be closed for security and no one can be admitted.

The next dates scheduled are:
  • To be advised

Members from Hurn Rifle and Pistol Gun Club are partnering Ferndown Gun Club in the running of these activities.

Wheelchair Target Sprint

Target Sprint is an internationally recognised air rifle discipline run under International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rules which combines running with target shooting to develop shooting skills and physical fitness. Consisting of three 400m running stages and two 10-metre air rifle shooting stages, competitors must sprint as well as shoot 5 drop-down targets at each stage.

Ferndown Gun Club is developing and trialling a wheelchair version of Target Sprint which combines wheelchair racing (in place of running) and air rifle shooting stages.

This requires an interpretation of the existing rules to:

  •  establish the optimum distances for wheelchair racing when combined with target shooting for different age groups;
  •  accomodate target shooting from a seated position;
  •  define permissible shooting equipment and aids.

It is hoped that from the results of these trials, it will be possible to produce a set of guidelines for Wheelchair Target Sprint which will lead to the establshment of County and National competitions to run alongside the existing UK Target Sprint series which have proved to be so successful during the past two years.

The ISSF Target Sprint Rules are available here.

The British Shooting Target Sprint website can be viewed here.