British Blind Sport announced earlier today a national program aimed at increasing participation in archery and sport shooting.
The program, being heavily sponsored by Agincourt 600, is being run in partnership with Archery GB and British Shooting. It will involve a number of come and try it events around the country that will be offered free of charge to anyone with a visual impairment.
These events will be followed up by free sessions at a number of archery and shooting clubs in the United Kingdom, with the goal of giving vision impaired sportspeople access to an inclusive environment to continue on in the sport if they find themselves interested in doing so. British Blind Sport is working with and providing training materials to clubs, coaches and volunteers to make sure vision impaired shooters and archers have an accessible and inclusive place to participate in sport.
Internationally, IBSA has been working on raising the profile of shooting. They created a new sport specific Facebook page for the sport late in 2015. IBSA Shooting Committee also has created a certification process for weapons, with the VIASS Pro being approved recently. As they work on developing more, it will mean more opportunities for British and other VI sport shooters to compete internationally.