St Mary’s Rifle And Archery Club Keen To Find New Members

shooting club visitors 2012The organisers of the rifle range and archery facility on St Mary’s say they’re keen to encourage more visitors and locals to go along and test their target shooting skills.

The St Mary’s Sporting Club has been running for 42 years and Vice-Chairman Steve Whomersley says their facilities on The Garrison could potentially be available seven days a week if there was enough resident or tourist-led demand.

Steve says it could be the perfect activity for visitors, particularly if the weather is bad.

Scilly’s youngsters have shown a strong interest in shooting and the junior section has grown to a 15-member strong group.

But Steve says they’re keen to hear from potential older recruits who are interested in target shooting and archery.

Some sporting activities in Scilly can suffer from a lack of competition and challenge because the participants play against the same locals each week.

But Steve says one of the advantages of rifle shooting is that you don’t need to be stood next to other competitors.

In fact islanders can take on their counterparts from across Cornwall and Devon in the shooting league that’s run across the region, because the targets are sent through to the mainland for scoring.

Steve says archery has become more popular recently, too.

He said the archery facility developed when the new, purpose-built clubhouse, next to the Garrison campsite, was opened about a decade ago. They have indoor and outdoor archery capability which means the club can operate throughout the year.

And there’s no fixed age restriction on who can compete with a bow and arrow, which means it’s become particularly popular with children from the Five Islands School.

If you’d like to try a session you can call Steve on 422 463, who says he’d be happy to invite you along for a go.