Chorley Bowman help blind people be right on target

Chorley Bowmen, an Archery club based in Lancashire, is embarking on an exciting new project with national charity, British Blind Sport (BBS), which aims to engage and inspire blind and partially sighted people to take part in Archery.

Agincourt 600 is the national charity dedicated to commemorating the fascinating Battle of Agincourt, which took place 600 years ago. The charity supports international friendship and understanding, commemoration, knowledge, and shared heritage. The BBS and Chorley Bowmen project is a unique way of embracing these values and aims to increase participation in target sports.

BBS Strategic Relationship Manager, Lyndsey Hollands says:

“I am really excited to be working with a funding partner such as Agincourt 600 on a joint sports and cultural project. I am looking forward to working jointly with NGBs and local clubs to host fantastic events and opportunities across the country for people with sight loss to be inspired to take up archery and/or shooting.”

The project which is supported by Agincourt 600, will see Chorley Bowmen work in partnership with BBS, Galloway’s Society for the Blind and Archery GB to host a free Coach Development Day for coaches and supporters at clubs across the North West (NW) region and a free Archery Open Day for people who are blind and partially sighted to try Archery at a central location in the NW.

On Sunday 3rd April 2016 training will be provided by Terry Myles (Galloway’s Society for the Blind) and David Poyner (Chairman of BBS Archery group, a recognised expert in the field of coaching blind archers and himself a blind archer) at South Ribble Tennis Centre, Preston. On completion of the course, coaches and supporters who attend will understand the challenges faced by VI participants, the practical needs of VI participants and how to coach VI archers from beginner sessions to developing long-term skills.

Terry Myles from Galloway’s Society for the Blind says:

“Galloway’s Society for the Blind is delighted to be involved in this project.  There are 46,000 people living with sight loss across Lancashire and Sefton.  Galloway’s is committed to ensuring that people with visual impairment are given the same opportunities as the sighted world. The coach development day will result in many more local opportunities for blind and partially sighted people to take part in Archery and we are proud to be taking part.”

On Saturday 21st May 2016, Chorley Bowmen will host the Archery Open Day at Accrington Academy. The event will provide an opportunity for anyone with a visual impairment to try out and experience Archery and discuss opportunities available to them after the open day with coaches in their specific area of the county. Free transportation from Galloway’s Society for Blind is available! Previous experience is not necessary and events are open to anyone of any age, with any ability. Full information, equipment and support will be provided by trained coaches.

Following the Open Day, there will be a series of subsidised Archery sessions available for anyone is interested in taking up the sport regularly.

Chairman of Chorley Bowmen, Geoff Tittensor says:

“Chorley Bowmen are proud to be driving this project forward. 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.”

To attend the BBS Agincourt 600 Archery Open Day please see our Events page.

For further information please contact Lauren Impey – BBS Participation Delivery Officer at 07929356428 or Terry Myles – Galloway’s Society for the Blind on 01772 744148.