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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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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.  

To begin with it might be worth contacting BUCS (British University and College Sports) to see if they can offer any advice.  Target shooting is one of the sports carried out under BUCS.  

British Universities

Some universities offer financial support for students' sports activity after they have actually started their academic courses, rather than scholarships that can be applied for in advance of taking up a place at a university.  

Portsmouth University is the only one we have found that explicitly offers a sports scholarship open to shooters (among others).  

Brunel University (London) offers a range of sports scholarships and bursaries.  Target shooting is not on their list of 'Priority Sports' for funding, but any sport will be considered.  

Aberystwyth University do sports bursaries, and it looks as if shooting might be eligible. 

Anglia Ruskin University says it will support people who are likely to do well enough to gain points for them in BUCS competitions.

Newcastle University gave a scholarship to a shooter in 2008.

Other Options

The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme has supported a number of target shooters, including disabled shooters.

Sky Sports Scholarships have been awarded to talented and elite disabled athletes.  

For those who might consider studying abroad, there is no shortage of shooting scholarships in the USA, and in Ireland the Cork Institute of Technology has a programme of sports scholarships and bursaries

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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£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.