What is visually impaired archery?

Archery is recognised as one of the most inclusive and accessible sports there is. You’ll love the sense of achievement you get when the arrow hits the target! Our archery section has its own website with detailed information about the sport. Click here to visit the BBS Archery Website or email the BBS Archery Section’s secretary at

There are all kinds of adaptations that can be made depending on your disability. Visually impaired archers use tactile sights to touch the back of their hand to aim, and can receive feedback from a spotter on where their arrow fell. Depending on the extent of an archer’s vision, some wear blindfolds when competing to level the playing field.

How do I get involved in visually impaired archery?

To participate in archery, you need to join an archery club and complete a beginners’ course. But don’t be scared off; it’s about teaching you the basic techniques and making sure you can shoot safely. Beginners’ courses run throughout the year and usually cost between £40 and £60.

There are a large number of archery clubs around the country that support visually impaired archers. To find a club in your area please use our Activity Finder or contact


Many visually impaired archers have some vision which means they can shoot using a bow sight or adapted bow sight. If you can't use a bow sight, you may require tactile sighting aids:

• Foot locators to ensure your feet stay in the same position for each shot.

• Tactile sight on a tripod to help you line up with the centre of the target

• A sighted assistant (known as a spotter) to help you shoot safely and to tell you where the arrows hit the target.

In most cases, you should be able to use club equipment to help you shoot consistently. For more information, visit:

Pathways and Competitions

As you improve you may want to start competing against other visually impaired archers. In addition to competitions run by local clubs, counties and other archery bodies, the BBS Archery Section holds its own Indoor Championships in April and Outdoor Championships in September each year. 

Click here to find out more about becoming a competitive archer:


You do not have to be a British Blind Sport member or have a valid sight classification to take part in club or non-UK Record status tournaments. Archers may self-declare their disability and use any variation from the Archery GB Rules of Shooting provided it is related to their needs and is safe.

However, if the archer wishes to compete in a competition for records or with specific VI categories then there may be restrictions on the equipment they can use depending on their sight classification. Often this will be tactile sights only for archers with sight classifications of B1, B2 or B3 and bow-sights for archers with sight classifications of B4 and B5. The requirements should be detailed on the entry form. Become a British Blind Sport member and receive a FREE sight classification:

Archery and Shooting Resource

This resource has been designed to educate the coaching and club network to ensure a greater knowledge of V I Archery and VI Shooting and help enhance opportunities for more V I people to take part in these exhilarating sports.

Download the PDF version of A Guide To Visually Impaired Target Sports
Download the plain text version of A Guide To Visually Impaired Target Sports

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