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  • michaelwhapples1Michael Whapples from Leicestershire is blind and shoots air rifle.  In 2011 he was the first British shooter ever to compete at the Open European Shooting Championships for the Vision Impaired, held at Nitra, Slovakia. 

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  • peterbreheny1Peter Breheny from Derbyshire shoots benchrest rifle.  He has Kennedy's Disease, a progressive wasting condition that has weakened his limbs. 
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  • vicmorris1Vic Morris lives in south Wales and is paralysed from the neck down as the result of an accident.  With the aid of an 'equaliser' device invented by his coach, John Kelman, Vic shoots pistol and rifle. 
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  • stewartnangle1Stewart Nangle, a Lancastrian, is pictured shooting .22 pistol.  What the photograph does not show is that at the time one of his legs was fitted with a metal frame that was bolted into the bones. 
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  • scoutwithprosthesis1This young Scout was born without a left hand.  When he took an interest in shooting, which is very popular in the Scout movement, Hampshire Scouts helped his local club to find a solution. 
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  • Di CoatesDeanna (Di) Coates lives in Hampshire, shoots air rifle from a wheelchair, and is one of our most successful disabled international athletes. 
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  • MattSkelhon1Matt Skelhon shot to fame when he grabbed gold at the Bejiing Paralympic Games and proved it was no fluke by claiming silver and bronze at London 2012.

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sport england

Sport England opened the fifth round of their Inspired Facilities funding in November 2013, and by the closing date in mid-December nine target shooting clubs and grounds had applied.  This is the middle band of their three funding options, and will entertain applications for between £10,000 and £50,000 for the construction, modification or modernisation of sports facilities.  Assurances have been given that there are expected to be at least two more rounds of this funding, but they are only offered once a year.  

Read more: Sport England Inspired Facilities

Torch Trophy Trust

Torch Trophy Trust Bursaries

The Torch Trophy Trust is a charity that recognises, supports and rewards the tireless work of volunteers in sport and recreation.  The trust's annual round of bursaries provides financial support to individuals or groups wishing to undertake training to help their club, organisation or community.  Application can be made by an individual volunteer (coach, official, etc.) or club wishing to improve knowledge or coaching skills.

The application period in 2013 was open in the Autumn.  

Full details on the Trust's website.

Academic

Receiving a request for information about university spors scholarships for target shooting prompted some on-line research.  The results may be of interest to others.  We have not had much time to spend on this, so the list below just gives some examples of what is available.  Anyone doing an on-line search for "university scholarships UK shooting", or looking for "sport scholarships" in Google Images will undoubtedly find more.  

Read more: Shooting Scholarships

Herefordshire Council

A comprehensive package of information on sources of funding and how to apply for it has been put together by Herefordshire Council.  The content is not restricted to Herefordshire, but will be helpful to those seeking funding all over the country, although naturally there is some emphasis on the Welsh Marches area.  The documentation is accessible via the council website.

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A new idea in funding for sports clubs’ projects

Extract from a BBC News Cambridgeshire article

The gym where Olympic medallist Louis Smith trained is set to expand to meet demand created by the 2012 games. The club has been trying to push through plans and raise funds for an expansion for eight years.

Read more: Grants + Council Loan

From 1st January 2013 this grant-giving body will only be accepting applications for capital projects, including in the field of amateur sports.  Bodies applying must be registered charities or CASCs.  Grants can be small (up to £5,000), medium (£5,000 to £25,000) or large (over £25,000).  Full details on their website.

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Do sign up for the excellent e-bulletins that this organisation sends out.  They have recently added a lot of new material to their website, including a jargon buster, list of "buzz words" to include in applications, and their top tips.  They have also joined Facebook

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Hot News!

DSP Videos

Videos on disabled target shooting now on Vimeo and YouTube. You are invited to contribute your videos.

Please Do Our Surveys!

survey Information about people and facilities is vital to our work (and funding). YOU can help by completing our People and Clubs/Grounds Surveys.

£250,000 for Clubs!

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Read about the huge increase in Sport England investment in grass-roots target shooting. 

International Development

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Read about how we are hoping to expand the range of international competitions open to disabled shooters, and let us know if you can help.  

Helpful Stuff

Vision for Shooters

For most shooters, being able to see well enough to aim accurately is the key to our sport. Our Vision Section has lots of information to help all shooters who have vision problems, great or small.

Funding Guidance & Information

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Need information on funding for any aspect of disabled target shooting?  Check out the extensive Funding section on this site. 

Advice for Clubs

EFDS Inclusion Hub is a free on-line resource created by the English Federation of Disability Sport for clubs that wish to become more disabled-friendly and include more disabled people in their activities.
More information

Disability Awareness

For those encountering people who have various types of disabilities, we offer a round-up of some on-line advice and videos that may help to put everyone at their ease.