Gold award for shooting club

Bridlington Rifle & Pistol Club Awarded the ERCAS Gold Award
Bridlington Rifle & Pistol Club Awarded the ERCAS Gold Award

BRIDLINGTON Rifle and Pistol Club have become the latest organisation to receive the ERCAS Gold Award.

ERCAS is run by East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) on behalf of the council and enables clubs to set and meet standards which will lead to better quality sports provision for young people.

It aims to recognise clubs that offer an acceptable quality of service and to improve the quality and safety of the club’s infrastructure

Club coach Sam Berridge said: “We had to look at safeguarding children training, equity in coaching, coaching disabled performers, first aid and complete a CRB check.

“The club had to have access for disabled people which we are fully equipped for.

“We had to have a sports development plan set out for the club as well as insurance, coaching qualifications, codes of conduct for ourselves, members and any parents.

“We had to have a club volunteer policy, and a child protection officer which is a role I have taken on.

“What we also had to have is links with schools or youth groups and we regularly have youth groups down, such as the pentathlon club, young farmers and looking into the scouts.

“We have also looked at introducing shooting into schools’ PE syllabuses and also arranging shooting as an extra curricular activity.

“We are currently waiting to hear back from various schools in the area.

“We had to have a website which is www.bridlingtonrifleandpistolclub.co.uk, twitter which is @bridlingtonrpc and also Facebook which we use frequently for communication.

“Fiona Turner for ERVAS helped us through this process and we could not have done it without her help.”

The club is situated on Gypsey Road and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 7pm to 10pm and Saturday 2pm to 5pm. Wednesday nights are saved for group bookings.

Anyone interested in joining or just coming for a visit to try it out should contact Sam Berridge on 07590 464360 or email bridlingtonrifleandpistolclub@gmail.com and we have affordable membership prices.