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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Club Leaders

Skills for Club Officials

This programme offers free training and support for those who are running sports clubs.  In the first phase of the programme training is available in financial planning, marketing, management of facilities, and governance (constitution and administration).  

Clubs seeking higher-value funding, whether grants or sponsorship, may well find that they have to demonstrate good housekeeping in these areas, so this package might be particularly helpful to them.  

Full details on the programme's website

Some of the major national sports bodies have set up programmes and schemes designed to help sports clubs to flourish.  Information and links for such programmes that may be useful to target shooting clubs and grounds are included in this section of our site.  

Please note that all of these programmes are administered by other organisations, not the DSP, so any enquiries about them should be directed to those organisations.  



Shooting clubs in Surrey may like to tap into the resources on offer from Active Surrey, which is the County Sport Partnership (CSP), via their website.  

'Grow Your Club' is a programme of workshops scheduled for February 2014 to help clubs develop and recruit more members.  There is also a an e-newsletter you can sign up for - http://www.activesurrey.com/clubforums

Activity Finder is their on-line database of clubs for potential shooters to search in, so worth registering for that.  

Read more: Help for Surrey Clubs

National Governing Bodies

The CPSA, NRA and NSRA all offer to members and affiliated clubs/grounds an advice service on all aspects of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults within the sport.  


Resource Pack: Safeguarding Adults

SR Alliance

The Sport and Recreation Alliance have launched a resource pack to help organisations working with adults classified as "vulnerable" - i.e. most of those who are disabled and many who have an age-related impairment.  More information, plus further advice on how to negotiate the sometimes tricky field of safeguarding generally, is on the S+RA website, where the resource pack can be downloaded. 

For clubs, shooting grounds and facilities that are looking to develop their disabled-friendliness, the Sport and Recreation Alliance is an excellent source of useful, down-to-earth information.


Child Protection in Sport Unit


The CPSU website is run by the NSPCC and provides a comprehensive package of information and guidance on setting up suitable policies and systems, as well as acting as a portal for anyone who wishes to report concerns.  


Disability Toolkit for Clubs

The English Federation for Disability Sport has launched an on-line resource to help sports clubs that wish to become more disabled-friendly.  

The Inclusion Club Hub is free to use and very straightforward.  After entering contact details there are five short sets of questions to answer, covering the main areas in which clubs might need to develop what they offer.  When the questions have been answered the system provides a "personalised toolkit" for your club, setting out helpful information and links on areas where development seems to be needed, and providing templates for documentation, etc.  Suggestions are also offered for future consideration on topics where the club is already working well.  The answers to the questions, together with all the toolkit information is automatically e-mailed in .pdf format, so that it is available for future reference.  

The DSP's View

This is a useful tool for clubs that are wondering where to begin the task of catering for people with disabilities.  It breaks the whole task down under sensible headings, which makes it easy for a club to identify the areas that it needs to consider and work on.  The advice and information given is practical and realistic, even for clubs of modest size and budget.  

Future Options

Clubs that are disabled friendly are invited to let us know, with a view to receiving certification as a DSP Club.  Those that are very accessible to a range of disabilities may wish to seek DSP Focus Club status.  If you are interested in these options, please contact DSP Co-ordinator Liz Woodall.  


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.