We can’t get ‘eNerf’ of foam-fir­ing gun fun!


THE search is on for the UK’s ul­ti­mate Nerf cham­pion – and all eyes are on Mac­cles­field.

Silk­town is host­ing Bri­tain’s first of­fi­cial Nerf Cham­pi­onships on Satur­day, Septem­ber 2.

It will see South Park trans­formed into a gi­ant play­ground, with com­peti­tors tak­ing on a in­flat­able ob­sta­cle course and shoot­ing foam pel­lets at tar­gets along the way.

Those who hit the most tar­gets and com­plete the course in the fastest time will be in­vited back for the grand fi­nale, with events for both juniors – aged eight and above – and adults.

Among those putting their shoot­ing skills to the test are Matthew Rigby and his sons Fin­lee, 10, and Ro­han, nine, who are self-con­fessed Nerf-fa­nat­ics.

Matthew, who lives in Mac­cles­field, said: “Our house is dom­i­nated by Nerf wars.

“My sons ab­so­lutely love it. They in­vite their friends over for Nerf wars and go out into the lo­cal parks to have epic bat­tles.

“I also have a keen in­ter­est in ob­sta­cle course rac­ing so the Nerf cham­pi­onships is join­ing two of my favourite things to­gether.”

Fin­lee added: “We ab­so­lutely love Nerf and we can’t wait to take part in the cham­pi­onships.

“We find darts ev­ery­where, in the kitchen, in the wash­ing ma­chine, un­der the tables and so­fas, on the drive and even in our beds!

“We are so ex­cited about the chal­lenge tak­ing place in Mac­cles­field.”

There are still some places left for the com­pe­ti­tion, which is be­ing or­gan­ised by Mac­cles­field town coun­cil.

But for those who need a lit­tle more shoot­ing prac­tise, there are plenty of other things to have a go at dur­ing the day, with a range of free in­flat­able fun and fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, plus stalls sell­ing re­fresh­ments.

The tar­gets for the course have been cre­ated by Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity Artspace, and all the pro­ceeds from the day will go to the East Cheshire Hospice.

The event will be held on the last week­end of the sum­mer hol­i­day, from 11am un­til 2pm.

To en­ter the com­pe­ti­tion, email com­mu­nity@ mac­cles­field-tc.gov.uk or call 01625 374142.

Nerf en­thu­si­asts Fin­lee Rigby, Matthew Rigby and Ro­han Rigby

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