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National agencies for Sport in Britain (UK Sport) and in Scotland (SportScotland) recognise the Scottish Target Shooting Federation (STSF) as the governing body for Target Shooting Sports in Scotland.  Within STSF, smallbore rifle shooting is represented by the SSRA.

As such, SSRA has to meet the management requirements of these bodies, as well as seeking and supporting the direct needs of our affiliated clubs and members.

All this has to run alongside (but not in competition to) the existing structure offered by NSRA and British Shooting (BS, formerly GBTSF). 

The development group has several jobs:

External Marketing & Promotion.

Develop strategy to promote our sport positively in the public domain.

Recruitment into the sport.

In 2006, SSRA sent copies of a trifold flyer to all local sports councils and all member clubs, to help them recruit new members, and to promote the sport.

Additional copies are available on request.

On two occasions in 2007, SSRA provided air rifle shooting at school open sports days in the borders.

Internal Marketing.

Maintain contact and relevance with smallbore clubs and Associations in Scotland.

Ensure all members needs are represented and assist in development across Regions and Minor disciplines.

In 2006, SSRA sent out a poster to all known smallbore clubs, explaining the work done by the association and itemising the competition programme.

For many years, SSRA development has supported the air rifle championship and 3 Position Grand prix series.

SSRA has provided coaching to member clubs.

Facility Development.

Revue existing facilities.

Develop new facilities National facility.

In 2005, STSF surveyed all known shooting clubs in Scotland to find out about facilities, membership and to take views of the state of shooting sports in Scotland.

Coach Development.

Work with Performance group to develop coaching skills across the country.

SSRA runs NSRA coaching courses from time to time usually in response to specific demand.

Courses run by other groups often have spaces available.

See additional notes below, listing different coaching levels, and various courses currently planned across the UK.

Sports Coach UK offer courses to coaches (not sport specific) see weblink below


Seek funding for the sport in general and for facility development.

SportScotland (lottery) funding is currently directed towards medal hopes for Commonwealth Games and Olympics.

Other streams are available:

Awards for all

Local Sports Council may offer grants for development or for individual shooters

Useful links

Help for Clubs is an online resource run by SportScotland to assist all sports clubs in developing their structures, organisation and programme.

This organisation is the lead agency for development of the UK Coaching System (not sport specific)

This page specifically lists the workshops available in Scotland,

You can also check in your local Sports Council, who may be hosting these courses

This is the main site for sportscotland

NSRA provide many things to their members including insurance,  and legal advice. 

Coaching Courses planned include:

  • 3-4 Nov and 24-25 Nov, 2007 County Coach Course at the National Indoor Shooting Centre, Aldersley

  • 24-25 Nov, 2007, Club Coaches Course. Bisley

  • 1-2 Dec, 2007, Club Instructors Course (Prone Rifle only) Bisley

  • 8-9 Dec 2007, Bisley, ISSF/National Judges Course

  • either 13/14 or 20/21 Jan, 2008, Club Coach course in Cumberland.

  • 8-9 Mar 2008, Club Coach course at Easingwold, Yorkshire

For information on any of these, contact

Coach Development

Historically, Shooting Coach development in the UK has been the shared responsibility of BS and NSRA.  UK Sport no longer provides funding for this to BS, so the NSRA have stepped in and have taken on full responsibility.

There are several levels, which must be completed in sequence.

  • Range Conducting Officer correspondence course, must be signed off by County Coach or above

  • Club Instructor basic level how to put a raw beginner into a shooting position for Prone or 3P.

  • Club Coach develop the shooting position, develop planning and training process.

  • County Coach Much more detail in planning Technical, Tactical, Physical, Mental etc

  • Regional Coach Develop  a group of shooters over an extended period

  • National Coach by invitation only 

Anyone who would like to work with or help the development group, please contact:

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