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Junior Club

  • Junior Club is open to youngsters (aged 8-17 years [see Note 1]) twice monthly on Sunday mornings [see Note 2] from 10.00am to 11.00am. Booking is not required.
  • The aim of Junior Club is to introduce youngsters to target shooting through the use of air rifles and air pistols and to develop their individual skills.
  • As well as learning target shooting, we run a fun shoot at the end of most sessions.
  • The club places great emphasis on the safe handling of air rifles and air pistols; and personal instruction to develop range discipline, concentration, and mental and physical ability.
  • Air rifles and air pistols are provided by the club for use on the range
  • The current Junior Club membership fee is £64 per annum (1 September 2017 - 31 August 2018). Non-members pay a range fee of £3.50 per visit.

Note 1: The minimum age stated for Junior Club membership is subject to a youngster's capacity to handle an air rifle safely and follow the rules for range safety.

Note 2: Junior Club is closed during main school holidays (open during half term).

Air Arms S200 Target Air Rifle


Scheduled Dates for Junior Club:

  • 7th January 2018
  • 21st January 2018
  • 4th February 2018
  • 18th February 2018
  • 4th March 2018
  • 18th March 2018 (CANCELLED)
  • 25th March (NEW DATE)
  • 8th April 2018
  • 22nd April 2018
  • 6th May 2018
  • 20th May 2018
  • 3rd June 2018
  • 17th June 2018
  • 1st July 2018
  • Break for school Summer holidays
  • Recommencing September 2018


 
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Notice to parents and guardians

The junior club is run as an extra activity of Ferndown Gun Club. It is managed and run by a few members of the club who give of their time willingly on Sunday mornings, on an entirely voluntary basis, to encourage youngsters' interest in target shooting.

Whilst we find the majority of parents and guardians supportive and helpful, we have had incidents where certain parents/guardians have been abusive towards the Range Officers on duty. This has been been during particularly busy periods. We have no fore-knowledge of how many will turn up on a particular date or during the session. Therefore, it can be particularly challenging sometimes to balance the length of range time that can be given to any particular youngster.

We will always strive to ensure that Junior Club remains a positive and encouraging experience for all youngsters who turn up; however, there will inevitably be occasions when we just do not have enough time and/or firing positions available to accommodate everybody satisfactorily.  Ferndown Gun Club is the tenant of the range and has to book and hire the facility by the hour from the Leisure Centre. Those who volunteer to run the Junior Club also have personal commitments to meet. Therefore, we are limited in the amount of time that we can devote to the Sunday morning sessions.

Range safety is, and must remain, the primary consideration of the Range Officers on duty and we ask that you will continue to support us in our efforts to continue making Junior Club the successful activity it is.

Thank you.

John Gillingham

Secretary, Ferndown Gun Club