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Cash boost for rifle club

PUBLISHED: 15:00 14 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

HALF the cost of a new shooting range which includes facilities for the blind will be paid for by the National Lottery, it was revealed today .

Felixstowe Rifle Club has been given a £10,842 award for its project to build an indoor range at its premises in Walton High Street.

HALF the cost of a new shooting range which includes facilities for the blind will be paid for by the National Lottery, it was revealed today .

Felixstowe Rifle Club has been given a £10,842 award for its project to build an indoor range at its premises in Walton High Street.

The £20,542 project will incorporate sound sensors and electronic sight targets so visually impaired people will be able to participate in the sport.

Club chairman John Humphries is thrilled with the lottery grant and said the scheme would be of enormous benefit to people with sight problems.

"It is an activity which calls for great concentration and visual perception, attributes possessed by those who cannot see too clearly," he said.

"I already know of several people like this who will probably be joining us when the new facilities are available."

The provision of improved access and parking to the club will also enable people in wheelchairs to get involved.

The international-standard range for air pistol and rifle shooting will be housed in a 13m x 11m prefabricated steel building near to club's existing clubhouse.

Mr Humphries said club members currently use a hall for air gun shooting but the new range will mean all activities can take place on the site.

Felixstowe Town Council backed the club's development whilst Suffolk Coastal council gave a grant of £2,000. The remainder of the money has come from the club's own resources and in recent years many special fund-raising events have been held.


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