Free Archery opportunity for people with vision impairment

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Monday, 11 April 2016
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A Lancashire Archery club and charities from across England have teamed up to engage and inspire people with vision impairment to take part in target sports.

British Blind Sport (BBS) and Chorley Bowmen, an Archery club in Lancashire, have embarked on the project as a unique way of increasing participation of people with vision impairment in sport.
BBS is a charity that enables people with vision impairment to have the same sport and recreational opportunities as sighted people. The charity believes that these activities can enhance the lives of people with vision impairment by improving their health and increasing their social interaction.

On Saturday 21 May 2016, Chorley Bowmen will host an Archery Open Day at Accrington Academy in Lancashire. The event will provide an opportunity for people with vision impairment to try Archery and discuss opportunities available to them with coaches in their area. Further dates will be announced for Birmingham and West Midlands, and Oxford.

Previous experience is not necessary and events are open to anyone of any age, with any ability (children under 16 need permission from a parent or guardian). Full information, equipment and support will be provided by trained coaches. Free transport is also available from some locations, please see below for details.
Chairman of Chorley Bowmen, Geoff Tittensor, said: “Archery is a very inclusive and friendly sport. Many of our members have some form of disability and we are pleased to be helping support representatives from the blind and partially sighted community to participate.”
At the beginning of April, Galloway's Society for the Blind and BBS hosted a Coach Development Day for coaches and supporters from across England at South Ribble Tennis Centre in Preston. They discussed the challenges faced by participants with vision impairment, their practical needs and how to develop their skills long-term. More Development Days will be announced for other clubs across the North West region.

Open Day details

Saturday 21 May, 11-4pm
Accrington Academy
Queens Rd W, Accrington BB5 4FF
More dates and locations to be announced
If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Impey, BBS Participation Delivery Officer at [email protected] or on 07929356428

How to register

To sign up for the Archery Open Day in Accrington on Saturday 21 May, please download and complete the registration form below:
Please email the completed form to Lauren Impey at [email protected]
The deadline is Friday 13th May

Free transportation available

There is free transportation available from:
  • Lancashire: Email  Lauren Impey at [email protected] to reserve a seat
  • Liverpool: Email Joanne Bresnahan at [email protected] to reserve a seat
  • Manchester: Email Lauren Impey at [email protected] to reserve a seat (please note that a minimum of 10 participants must reserve a seat by Friday 22 April in order for a minibus to be booked)
Seats will not be officially reserved until the registration form above has been received by British Blind Sport

Further information

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