The Schools Pistol Championships has been growing and developing since it began in 2015. For the second year in succession there will be seven qualifying events held in October and November, covering a wide area across England, Scotland and Wales. Followed by the National Final held in January 2020.
British Shooting are reaching out to the shooting community for help
We welcome disability hub clubs, shooting clubs, county associations, regional squads, groups, coaches and all, to get behind their local event. We need your support and in turn we hope that the Cchampionships will help you welcome a new generation of athlete and their family/connections to your environment.
The 2019-2020 season sees the Championships improve its’ inclusivity to disabled participants
From the outset of the championships, athletes with any physical disability have been able to compete in the Schools Pistol Championships, with the exception on visual impairment and intellectual disability.
However, this season welcomes all disabled athletes to compete and if needed shoot with a support to their wrist only, not supporting the gun. In previous years this has been applicable to just the Junior age group, but now also applies to Intermediate and Senior athletes.
The age categories at all the seven qualifying events are open to all, with only a specific disability category taking place at the National Final.
As a result of the competitions being inclusive to all and the new acceptance of a wrist-rest being allowed for disabled athletes if required, it’s the Competition Jury’s decision to ensure all athletes competing for a medal in each Final have equal opportunity. Therefore, if an athlete’s adaptation is deemed to give them a performance advantage, they will only be allowed to qualify for the National Final and not the event day final as well.
As the disabled category grows at the Schools Pistol Championships, the National Final will offer a specific Disability Final and junior, intermediate and seniors age categories.
We need your help
Help us to inspire a nation and encourage more participants to these inclusive Championships to support our sport for the future.
South West Schools Pistol Champs
Tuesday 1st October 2019 @ Leweston School, Dorset
Scottish Schools Pistol Champs
Sunday 27th October 2019 @ Grangemouth Sports Complex, Grangemouth FK3 8JB
South East Schools Pistol Champs
Tuesday 29th October 2019 @ Woking High School, Surrey
Welsh Shooting Schools Pistol Champs
Thursday 31st October 2019 @ Bro Dinefwr School, Ffairfach, Carmarthenshire
East of England Schools Pistol Champs
Wednesday 13th November 2019 @ St Felix School, Southwold
North East Schools Pistol Champs
Tuesday 19th November 2019 @ Newcastle Fencing Centre
West Midland Schools Pistol Champs
Wednesday 27th November 2019 @ Ellesmere College, Shropshire
National Final - Wednesday 22nd January 2020 @ Stoke Mandeville Stadium, Buckinghamshire
Photo credit: Lee Webb.