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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Wednesday 12th April 2012

We've had a most stimulating meeting today, working on our bid to Sport England for continued funding after March 2013.  What we are wrestling with is how to prove that the DSP is successful.  It all seems so simple at first glance; as we're working flat out giving information and advice via 'phone and keyboard, attending and organising events, etc., it must all be working.  But what we have to produce are statistics on the number of people and organisations we've helped, in order to prove that it's working.   

It's easy to count the direct contacts, but how many of the hits on our website represent people who got what they wanted from it?  How many of the people we talked to at the Shooting Show have gone home or to their clubs and acted on the advice we gave them? 

Surprisingly, none of the national target shooting organisations record disability within their membership, so there's currently no way of checking whether more people with disabilities are joining - and anyway many people join clubs but not national bodies. 

This is a very interesting conundrum, and the future of the DSP hangs on how well we solve it - by the end of April! 

One thing that would help enormously is people taking a couple of minutes to drop me some feedback on whether we've helped them. 

Later on today I had a preliminary browse through the report produced by Michael Whapples on his own project, looking at how to help clubs become more disabled friendly.  After grappling with the amorphous problem for the bid, it was refreshing to tackle something that was produced entirely from clear statistics and hard information.  Michael's finding are very useful, even if some of them are a bit unexpected.  It's also most encouraging that in the short time available for gathering the data there were 114 respondents.  I'd like to pass on the DSP's thanks to them, and also to the NSRA who distributed the survey to all their affiliated bodies via an e-newsletter.  Hopefully some of the findings can be published on this site in due course. 

Meanwhile, back to the question of how to measure success . . . . 

Hot News!

DSP Videos

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

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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.
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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.