If you want to find out more about helping visually impaired archers, help is at hand.
Chorley Bowmen and British Blind Sport have joined forces in a project to improve accessibility for visually impaired archers, which is backed by Archery GB, British Blind Sport and Galloway's Blind Society, as part of the Agincourt 600 celebrations.
The project will provide valuable CPD opportunities for coaches. It will give clubs an insight into what VI archers need to participate and the chance to meet and engage with potential members.
It will be broken down into three elements:
Coaches' and club development day, 3 April, South Ribble tennis centre, near Preston, 10am-4pm
It is free to attend the even open to coaches and club representatives. Terry Myles of the Galloway Society and BBS Archery group chairman David Poyner will provide training on understanding the practical needs of VI archers and the challenges they face and how to coach them from beginners' sessions to long-term skills.
Taster session for VI participants, 21 May, Accrington Academy, 10am-5pm
It is hoped that coaches and clubs that took part in the development day will provide support and expenses will be paid. The session will give VI archers the chance to get to know members of their local clubs. Participants are expected from across the north west.
Beginners' courses and ongoing membership
A key challenge facing VI archers is the ability to travel to venues. The aim of this programme is to equip local clubs with the knowledge to offer beginners' courses to VI archers, either bespoke or by integrating them into general courses. Chorley Bowmen will be able to supply clubs with some specialist equipment.