About Our Club & Membership

We are a long standing members only club who actively encourages people new to the sport to come and get involved

How Does Firearms Membership Work?

WRPC is a members only club run under Home Office rules, but what does this mean to you? 

First, you join as a probationary member.

To progress to full membership you have to complete a probation period.  During this time you will be taught gun safety, technique, shooting skills and will have ample opportunity to try lots of different firearms out.  We’ll also ensure that you’re safe.

By law the minimum period before you can pass probation is three months from your first visit and you must have a minimum of 12 separate visits logged.

You must also finish your 12 visits within 6 months of starting them.

On passing probation you pay the appropriate fee and become a full member – congratulations! Don’t worry, you don’t have to appear in front of the committee or do an interview.  On becoming a full member you may then apply for your own Firearms Certificate, if you wish to do so. (Most do)

Membership fees are renewed every year at the end of April.

Here’s the typical course of events

  • Book your first session online.  A non-refundable payment of £50 is required at the time of booking. This includes your ammunition for your first 4 visits.
  • Attend the club on your booked WEDNESDAY evening at 7pm with your proof of ID and proof of address.  Complete your safety briefing and enjoy your first shoot!
  • Attend on three more Wednesday evenings , no need to book, and your ammunition is included (30x .22LR per visit).  Make sure your attendance form is signed by the RCO each visit.
  • On your fourth successful visit an additional non-refundable payment of £100 is required to cover your next 8 visits..
  • A probationary membership card will be issued to you. With the card you may now attend on other less busy weekday evenings if you prefer.
  • Keep attending until at least 3 months have passed AND you’ve completed 12 visits.
  • On your 12th visit you will pay the pro-rata membership fee.
  • When your full membership is approved you will be issued with a Full Member ID card and may apply for your Firearms Certificate  (which the club members will assist you with).
  • You continue to shoot when other members are present or on weekday evenings when RCO’s are present. You won’t have your own firearms until you receive your Firearms Certificate, then you can buy your own kit. The police will take between three and nine months typically to issue a certificate.
  • After 6 months have elapsed from becoming a full member, you can have a key issued.
  • Once you have a key you can use the facilities between 10am and 10pm without supervision.

Full members and probationers with more than four visits are issued with a picture ID range card that must be shown AT ALL TIMES 

How Does Air Membership Work?

Air only membership is much simpler.

Book a New Members (Air only) Evening online via the calendar system, same as everyone else has to do.

Attend your first session so you can partake in the safety briefing. (Don’t forget to bring your ID and proof of address) This is necessary as you can shoot air on the main firearms range alongside firearms users, so you also need to know the basic rules.

You will shoot under supervision for one session only so we can check that you’re safe. You may shoot your own air rifle, please do bring one if if you have one.

Assuming you are safe, you will be accepted as an air member and will be required to pay the pro-rata membership fee to the end of the membership year – thank you and welcome to the club.

After a period of 6 months regular attendance you may be issued with a key so you can use the ranges at any time. We don’t give you a key right away because we don’t know you from Adam – no offence.

 

Membership fees are set at the Club AGM in March and membership is renewed every year at the beginning of April.

Here’s the typical course of events

 

  • Book your first session online.  A non-refundable payment of £15 is required at the time of booking.
  • Attend the club on your booked WEDNESDAY evening at 7pm with your proof of ID and proof of address.  Enjoy your first shoot!
  • Assuming you were safe and enjoyed the xperience, pay the pro-rata membership fee on the night and you’ll be issued with your ID card
  • You can then use the facilities at any time there are other members present, plus weekday evenings when RCO’s are present
  • After six months have elapsed you can have a key issued
  • Once you have a key you may use the facilities on your own at any time between 10am and 10pm

When I first went to the club, I was worried there might be a cliquey atmosphere. I could not have been more wrong.  The guys running the club were amongst the most open I had ever met.  I (and other first timers there) was made to feel very welcome, and was shown everything necessary to be safe while handling firearms at my entry level. 

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College Grove Sports Club, Eastmoor Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 3RR

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