A shooting club has got a new target in its crosshairs – a bigger and better Huddersfield base.

With a host of champions on its books, including a Commonwealth medallist, plans are afoot to give Huddersfield Rifle Club a larger range.

The 114-year-old club is located on Farnley Estates’ land at Brockholes but it does not have a range long enough for international contests.

Yet with the club featuring some of the world’s best shots, its leaders have appealed to the landowners for help.

Richard Hirst, president of Huddersfield Rifle Club, said: “Our members have won national and international championships, and two John Warburton and Jim Paton, have won the coveted Queen’s Prize, the ultimate accolade in target rifle shooting.

Dr John Warburton celebrates a rifle award
Dr John Warburton celebrates a rifle award
 

“Jim, who leads the Canadian Rifle Team, also took two silver medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games.

“It would be good news for the club, for Huddersfield and for Yorkshire if we could attract high profile competitions to the area.”

Farnley Estates Director, Paul Sykes, said the need for investment had come to light through the Farnley Forum, a twice-yearly meeting for clubs and partners who use and border Estate land.

“We’ve a large area of land and if we can help people get more out of the Estate for health, leisure, education or enterprise, we’ll do what we can to help,” he said.

As well as making land available to the Rifle Club the Estate is looking to help the club source funds for its construction.

“We’ve put them in touch with other companies, who want facilities for archery and corporate ‘learn to shoot’ days,” said Paul.

“This could help them to open up new revenue streams that will go towards financing the Club’s expansion.”

You can find out more about the Farnley Forum by visiting www.farnleyestates.co.uk/about-us .