One of British Shooting's top Disability Hub Clubs, Havant Rifle and Pistol Club, have scooped the award for Club of the Year at the sixth annual East Hampshire District Council Sports Awards ceremony at Old Thorns Manor Hotel last week.
More than 300 East Hampshire sportsmen, women and volunteers who support them were recognised at the prestigious evening in which the Havant RPC were honoured, beating both Bordon Warriors Roller Hockey Club and Petersfield Table Tennis Club to secure the accolade.
Based in Horndean, the Club is one of the best-kept secrets in the district, with one of the best facilities nationally. They are responsible for developing many Paralympians, Olympians and several British Championship winners. Paralympic shooter Lorraine Lambert, Paralympic shooter, GB Air Pistol Shooter Adrian Syms, and 50m shooter Jonathan Andrews all using Havant as their main Club.
British Shooting's Network Co-ordinator, Alison Webb, said: "This award is thoroughly deserved and I am thrilled for them. Their commitment to membership growth with a focus on young people and disabled shooters is exceptional.
"The club pro-actively monitor the make-up of their club membership and have recently taken radical steps to make this more representative of the local community. They also have a strong comitment to the development and provision of opportunities for disabled shooters."
The Club has been in existance since 1943 and in 2016 were able to reach a membership peak of 289, making it one of the largest and strongest shooting clubs in the country.
With air shooting ever-growing in target shooting, particularly for those new to the sport, a build of a 10 lane, 10 metre Air Range, as well as an enlarged and modernised clubroom, has recently been completed.
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