British Shooting eNewsletter

Update from Hamish McInnes: "Reflecting on 2017 provides me with an opportunity to tell you about some of the work that Sport England fund British Shooting to do around the theme of ‘Engagement’.“Since funding was confirmed earlier this year, we have been working hard on a number of fronts, looking to add value to the work that our member bodies do to provide safe, inclusive and welcoming opportunities for people to enjoy our sport, as well as delivering several of our own initiatives. Primarily aimed at normalising the sport of Target Shooting, taking it to new audiences and new environments through both Target Sprint and the British Shooting Schools Pistol Championships as well as the expansion of the Disability Hub Clubs Network. Of course, we have also been responding to individual enquiries from those interested in getting involved in the shooting or seeking opportunities for themselves or their club."For those following the emergence of Target Sprint as a recognised ISSF shooting discipline, British Shooting really has been leading the way both domestically and on the international scene. Over 500 people competed in our events last year, culminating in the National Final at Yate Outdoor Sports Centre our first Regional Target Sprint Centre. The winner of the junior boys category was only introduced to the sport via the Game Fair just a few months prior, showing how Target Sprint can engage people with our sport and how quickly with a bit of coaching progress can be made."On the theme of progress we also sent our first teams overseas to a World Cup in Suhl where we were delighted with performances, including numerous first places. A GB squad for Target Sprint has been established, Talent ID days are in the calendar and we continue to build relationships both within and outside our sport to support the growth of this gateway discipline."In the more established discipline of Pistol Shooting, we have also made real strides with the British Schools Pistol Championships. This has grown to five regional qualifiers, with the National Final on 17th January 2018 at Stoke Mandeville. The ethos of the event has been very much to take competitions to the young people, utilising sports centres and school facilities. The most recent at Ellesmere College had a very healthy 139 entries. Which is great to see. All of this activity of course underpinning and combining with Project Pistol and work to develop the Talent Pathway within Pistol Shooting."The amalgamation of the Paralympic World Class Programme into British Shooting earlier in the year has meant we continue to prioritise growth and support of the Disability Hub Club Network, which currently comprises of 26 clubs. This network will be vital going forwards, both enabling the sport to reach into the community and to provide progressive opportunities in the sport for disabled people especially around the Paralympic disciplines."For those not engaging with us via specific programmes, we do also seek to provide support to clubs via our e-toolkit and on a more bespoke basis through funding advice, signposting and creating communities of good practice. Over the past 12 months, we have supported clubs with a range of funding applications to the tune of over 100,000 which further demonstrates the value we can have."Performance Team Update: We are delighted to announce the teams selected to represent British Shooting at the upcoming World Cups in 2018. For more information on the teams selected, click here. We are also excited to announce a new and exciting competition series for shotgun shooters in 2018. Building on a successful Grand Final event last month at Fauxdegla Shooting Ground, the 2018 season will see the introduction the British Shooting Shotgun Series – an all new series of three competition event rounds that lead into a bigger and better Grand Final event for 2018. The British Shooting Shotgun Series will be open to all shooters in the UK to enter and will also be the principal domestic event considered by the GBR selection panel for GBR teams competing in major events. For more information, click here.Engagement Team Update:The Engagement team has been busy since our last newsletter working with partners to deliver the five regional qualifiers for the British Shooting Schools Pistol Championships. The final takes place on the 17th January 2018 at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. Qualifiers have all been notified, but if you are interested in getting involved with this competition in 2018 or simply coming along and spectating please get in touch via Sprint continues to develop, next year will see us continuing to deliver events across the country, culminating at the end of the summer in a national final. We are delighted that in 2018 we will have a very able team of Target Sprint regional event co-ordinators assisting with proceedings.The GB Squad for Target Sprint is continuing to work hard under the watchful eye of Martyn Beard, John Saint and athletics coach Mark Lodge and we look forward to updating you on their progress as well as future opportunities from a talent identification and development perspective. We are looking to develop training hubs and centres for Target Sprint across the country, so please contact Gorgs Geikie, if you are interested in getting involved in this. Please remember to visit British Shootings sister site It is also home to the British Shooting Shop great for last minute Christmas shopping. On a similar running and shooting theme, British Shooting is delighted to be partnering with ABF The Armys National Charity to deliver Rifle Run. A 10k run with three shooting stations on route. The event takes place on 18th March 2018 at E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground in Buckinghamshire. Further information via, we are still keen to hear from clubs and grounds interested in helping to develop opportunities for disabled people in our sport. We are working hard with our colleagues on the Paralympic Programme to create some exciting opportunities on the talent identification front.  Paralympic Update: The British Shooting Awards 2017 celebrated the successes of shooters and supporters of our sport from throughout the year. Ryan Cockbill was one of the key successes on the night winning Paralympic Shooter of the Year and Performance of the Year and Di Coates MBE winning the Outstanding Contribution to Shooting Award.Heading into 2018, the key competition dates have been announced, including the UAE 2018 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup in Al Ain on 19-28 March. The Cheongju 2018 World Shooting Para Sport Championships in Korea in on 1-12 May, and the Chteauroux 2018 World Shooting Para Sport World Cup, in France in September. 
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