The Air Cadet Squadron in Corby officially opened a brand new target shooting range at its headquarters on St Mark´s Road in Corby on Monday 10th January 2011. The new range will be used to support air rifle shooting training for 13 to 20 year old young people with two new air rifles recently purchased by the unit.
In summer 2010 the Corby branch of the Rotary Club sponsored the construction of a Corby based shooting range and the purchase of two new air rifles following a presentation and question and answer session delivered by the Squadron´s Commanding Officer Flight Lieutenant Rob McKellar. Following much hard work from the Squadron´s qualified target shooting training team, a high standard shooting range was designed, built and approved by Health and Safety inspectors and target shooting experts.
The range and the new rifles, which are manufactured to National Rifle Association competition standard, will be used to provide Corby Air Cadets with the opportunity to shoot every weekend and on Monday and Thursday evenings. Before the opening of the range Cadets were able to shoot just once per month at RAF Wittering, near Peterborough. The new equipment however will allow the Corby youngsters to hone and perfect their target shooting skills so as to compete at both national and international levels.
Squadron shooting champion and qualified marksman, Sergeant Ryan Sheerin (15) said, “It is brilliant that we can now shoot on our own Squadron. By getting more regular rifle training we will be able to take a Corby shooting team to the Nationals and maybe even win some championships.”
The Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Rob McKellar, said, “Target shooting has always been an important tool in Air Cadet training because it promotes discipline and respect as well as rendering hand-eye co-ordination. Through bringing a target shooting range to our premises in Corby we will be able to deliver better training to more Cadets, more often.”
The Air Cadet Organisation provides its members with thousands of pounds worth of flying, gliding and target shooting training every year absolutely free of charge. This is in addition to adventure training, the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh´s Award, seven major sports and BTEC Vocational Qualifications.