British Shooting eNewsletter - August 2017
As the shooting season begins to draw to a close, British Shooting has decided to dedicate the August edition of its eNewsletter to sharing some of the core purposes and goals of the organisation.
To do that, we have performed a short question and answer session with our Chief Executive, Hamish McInnes.
What is British Shooting and what does it do?
Well, there are many bodies in the shooting world so that is a very good question. British Shooting is the only target shooting governing body in Great Britain recognised by the ISSF, IPC Shooting, the British Olympic Association, the British Paralympic Association, UK Sport and Sport England. What this really means is that we actively work with these organisations to plan, and prepare athletes and coaches, for major Games and competitions. We also build relationships in the international community to promote and represent British interests with at least 8 representatives currently working within the major international federations. We also actively support clubs and others to broaden the reach of the sport.
To allay the misconception, we are neither a post box nor a conduit; we are a doing organisation, recognised by, and accountable to, government for public funding.
We have three main objectives;
to identify, develop and prepare world class shooters towards success at the Olympic and Paralympic Games
· to widen our engagement across the sport and beyond the sport
· to represent Great Britain internationally as part of the wider Olympic and Paralympic shooting community
However, we must remember that we do not operate in isolation and, indeed the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA), the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the National Small bore Rifle Association (NSRA) are all member bodies, whilst we also work alongside the shooting federations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
So what is the structure of British Shooting and how does it work?
British Shooting is led by a Board of up to 12 members drawn from inside and outside the sport. In keeping with good governance, we have an independent chairman, and a range of skilled and committed independent non-executives. Indeed we are looking for two more right now.
Again, in keeping with good governance, the Board is supported by an Audit Committee, a Nominations Committee and an Ethics Committee. It is also informed by key working groups in each of our key areas of responsibility – Olympic performance, Paralympic performance, Engagement and International Relations. These groups are made up of people with real expertise and make a hugely important contribution to our work. We have leading sports scientists and medics, coaches, volunteers, and experts from UK sport and other sports, working alongside our staff, for the betterment of the sport.
We have just 16 staff across each of our teams combining both full and part-time roles. We also contract coaches, and elite sports professionals to our two performance programmes – Olympic and Paralympic.
But how do you fund the organisation and how do you access the funding?
We are predominantly funded by UK Sport and Sport England, with resource from government (the Exchequer) and the National Lottery. Funding is currently allocated on a four-year cycle and is awarded on the basis of a complex matrix of criteria – including, but not exclusively, track record, current success, the quality of strategy and planning, confidence in the organisation to deliver, and, crucially, an assessment of an ability to achieve outcomes in an increasingly competitive sporting landscape. In the recent round of funding decisions, British Shooting was delighted to have received the level of support and investment that it did from UK Sport and Sport England. The investment is provided for very particular activity and outcomes which inevitably means that it cannot be shifted around. We are highly accountable to the funding bodies and are required to show good leadership, sound governance, and robust financial and ethical practice. We are always aiming to improve in every area of our work. If we stand still we will get overtaken and we are very aware that funding, both for the sport and its athletes, is an investment and not an entitlement.
British Shooting is also indebted to the support, services and products that we receive from our partners and sponsors. Air Arms, ELEY, Grange Hotels and VIVAZ clay targets are a crucial part of the British Shooting family. We actively encourage other potential partners, patrons or supporters to share our journey and share our success.
So what does this funding actually get spent on?
As I said before, lottery and government funding must be spent in pursuit of very specific outcomes. The majority of our investment comes from UK Sport and supports our two performance programmes with funding being used to provide access to training, competition, coaching, sports science and medicine, equipment, travel to events and camps, and the essential support to make the programme work smoothly and efficiently. We are often asked why this money cannot benefit more people and be spread more widely. Put simply, we are not able to do so, but equally we are committed to channelling our resources where they can make the biggest impact in terms of the outcomes required at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In recent years we have been able to start driving investment deeper into the system through the Great Britain Academy and the Talent Pathways which are now up and running across shotgun and rifle disciplines and supported by the emerging Project Pistol too.
We have also broadened our engagement with funding support from Sport England which has seen a greater emphasis on disability shooting including hub clubs, partnerships with other shooting bodies and the cadets, as well as the hugely exciting Target Sprint events. Target Sprint, supported by Air Arms, is an ISSF approved event which is taking our sport to wider and newer audiences and supported by lottery funding.
UK Sport also provides crucial funding to help assist our international influence and engagement. We have some of the world’s best judges and referees in this country, and we also have some 8 representatives on ISSF and ESC committees. We have benefited enormously from UK Sport’s International Leadership Programme which has already supported three members of British Shooting to be more influential on the international stage.
So what next?
In coming editions we will look in more detail at some of the work areas of British Shooting and answer some of your questions and areas of interest. In the meantime, we continue to work towards improvement at all levels – our engagement, or talent development, our performance and our governance. The bullet train for Tokyo has left the platform and we are on it.
Other key headlines for September
Moscow World Championships
The ISSF Moscow Shotgun World Championships took place at the end of August in Russia.
Trap shooter, Ed Ling won a silver medal and was just three shots off the gold medal spot. He shot fantastically against some very strong competition.
It was also a successful Championships for double trap with GB securing a total of two medals as well as a team silver, thanks to junior James Dedman's gold, Rachel Parish's bronze, and a team medal for the double trap women. Also of note was Matt French's fantastic fourth place finish in the same discipline.
British Shooting Grand Final
The British Shooting Shotgun Grand Final is the first of its kind in the UK and will see the best GB shotgun shooters competing against one another. The winner of the event claim the title of British Shooting Grand Final Champion.
The inaugural event will take place from 6th – 8th October at Fauxdegla Shooting Ground in Wrexham, Wales and will provide spectators with the chance to watch Olympians and world medalists shoot against each other. The athletes will be competing for the overall prize of British Shooting Grand Final Champion.
Entry for both spectators and athletes will be supplemented by British Shooting making it completely free to either take part or support the shooters and enjoy the live action.
Target Sprint Website
British Shooting is delighted to introduce the dedicated Target Sprint website for GB.
What’s more, visitors to the site will be able to follow Target Sprint GB’s social channels, shop for Target Sprint branded merchandise and see or enter upcoming events & educational opportunities. We welcome hearing from you about your events or activities, as well as interested groups who wish to explore the opportunity be a Target Sprint Hub.
With the huge success of the Target Sprint National Final just last weekend, British Shooting wanted to make it as easy as possible to access and share information about the exciting new discipline that has taken the UK by storm.
South East Talent Network
Back in February 2016, British Shooting invited initial expressions of interest from groups or organisations wishing to apply to become a British Shooting Talent Network Hub.
It was intended that a talent network could engage an informal group of individuals who collaborate to help enable the next generation of aspiring shooters, coaches and volunteers to be the best that they can be, in line with the British Shooting Talent Network principles ‘found here’.