Target shooting is a fun, accessible and fast-growing sport. Popular with both boys and girls, and suitable for disabled and able-bodied children.

With regular practice, target shooting increases skill and coordination, confidence and self-discipline, teamwork and friendships.

Summer 2024 Kent classes are booking now at Ashford, Hildenborough, St Pauls Cray and Sevenoaks. Try it out with our two 2-hour Intro Sessions, taking place during the holidays.

What we do

  • Training in air rifle and air pistol for ages 8 to 18, running during school terms
  • No equipment fees and full use of the school’s high-quality air rifles/pistols
  • Participation in county-level and national competitions for ambitious competitors
  • Friendly and supportive environment for those who shoot just for fun
  • Skills training for the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards
  • DBS and NSRA accredited instructors providing expert individual tuition for every child

Aim Further

Your child can develop skills, concentration, patience and strength, especially if the more mainstream team-based sports aren’t their forte.

Hit the Mark

It’s a fun and fast-growing sport with skills recognised in the Scouting and Duke of Edinburgh Awards programmes.

Stay on Target

With expert training and practice, target shooting is a very safe sport. And your child’s safety is our number one priority.

“My son has always had a keen interest in learning to shoot but there was never a place for him to do this safely in a controlled environment. Target Shooting School has been perfect. He has improved in leaps and bounds, not just only in his shooting ability but also his overall confidence.”
“When Lucy heard about targeting shooting she wanted to try it out. She loved it! She has shown real commitment to the sport, and now represents the Target Shooting School first ever air rifle squad county junior team.”

“We’d tried to get Alex interested in different clubs but nothing kept his interest. Since the first target shooting taster session he’s not looked back. He finds it very hard to concentrate on anything usually but he seems to manage it while shooting. He’s proud of his shooting and is better behaved than anywhere else.”

Ten things we LOVE about Target Shooting!

1. Lots of fun!

We love our sport, and our students do too! Our young shooters enjoy the unique challenge of aiming for accuracy and honing their skills, as well as the opportunity to be part of a fun and competitive environment, tailored to a range of ages and abilities.

2. Sociable and welcoming

Target shooting is hugely sociable, bringing children and young people together. As young people progress in the sport, it’s not unusual to see them practising or competing against people of other ages, abilities and backgrounds too.

3. For everyone!

Shooting is a sport that can be enjoyed by disabled and able-bodied people. In our classes we have a number of children with SEN who enjoy and benefit from the sport.

4. Supports physical development

Our target shooters need stamina, upper body and core strength to safely handle a rifle and keep it steady while aiming. Even if they don’t start with these, they’ll quickly develop them.

5. Improves focus

You don’t just need physical strength to shoot, you need plenty of mental agility too. Our young shooters improve their focus, resilience and attention skills while practising shooting.

6. Increases patience

Young target shooters also learn how to be patient; able to plan their next shot with a cool head as well as managing their time effectively.

7. Provides purpose

Some children don’t enjoy mainstream team sports, but individual sports like target shooting can give these children the chance to enjoy an activity that plays to their strengths, while still nurturing collaboration skills.

8. Sets personal goals

Young target shooters are encouraged to set personal goals as they improve, which contributes to a real sense of achievement when they reach them.

9. Promotes teamwork

Target shooting is far from just an individual discipline – it has many elements of a team sport, teaching your child how to lead others, support them and rely on them.

10. Completely safe

Any sport can be dangerous if people are reckless. Our pupils learn to use rifles responsibly, focusing on theirs and others’ safety on and off the range.

Meet our coaches

Malcolm West, Target Shooting School Kent Principal

Mal, Target Shooting School Principal

Mal was introduced to rifle shooting at a young age by his dad, a member of the British Army Intelligence Corps who later became a teacher. Mal developed his skills by experimenting with different distances and different targets in their rural back garden.

Intrigued by the history of shooting both as a leisure activity and a military pursuit, he went on to gain a degree in War Studies at King’s College London, where he discovered precision target shooting at the university’s shooting club. He was rapidly promoted to Club Captain and began training new members.

After graduating, he took the role of Head of Shooting at a prestigious private school in Kent, where he spent 15 years as a coach transforming novice beginners into highly accomplished junior shooters.

Mal’s ultimate goal is to make shooting accessible to all, including those outside of a private school education, and so Target Shooting School Kent was formed.

Having been part of the Kent County Squad for the past 20 years, Mal continues to shoot competitively at County level, around his work with TSS.

Want more information?

To find out more about our two 2-hour Intro Sessions, please fill out this short form, including your preferred location, and we’ll get back to you with further details.