An Altrincham club is making strides in helping disability groups overcome sporting hurdles.

Altrincham Target Centre recently hosted a shooting session for the Greater Manchester VI Bees, a self-organised group of blind or visually impaired people associated with Manchester Blind Football Club.

The equipment they used are specially adapted airguns with acoustic sights and the targets are reversed in colour, with black on the outer edges moving to white in the centre.

The special acoustic sights, made by Swarovski, convert the different shades of colour into an audible signal and when the highest pitch is heard, the athlete gently squeezes the trigger, sending a pellet racing towards the target 10 metres away.

The bullseye is only 11mm across and so the slightest movement of the rifle will mean that the athlete will get a score less than 10.

Ruth Walmsley ,leader of Greater Manchester VI Bees, thanked the target club for organising the acoustic day.
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“The group really enjoyed it,” she added. “It would be brilliant if we could create a regular self-sufficient Altrincham offering.”


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A group of us went to the Blind European championships opening ceremony and the first two matches in Hereford yesterday. It was really good fun and England won there match against Poland 7-0. The two teams who reach the final will go to Rio for the paralympics so we are holding our breath!!!!


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