The Association aims to improve the county's expertise in shooting by providing training opportunities for our affiliated clubs. The object is to increase the number of competent people who can introduce beginners to the skills of shooting and pass on best practice to those improving their performance. We also want to encourage shooters to progress from competitive shooting at the club level through to county leagues and then to national participation, following in the footsteps of Nottinghamshire shooters who have in the past represented Great Britain at County, National, and International levels.
In the latter part of 2011, we obtained a Sport England grant aimed at providing funding to enable club members to attend National Small-bore Rifle Association courses for Range Conducting Officers (RCOs), Club Instructors and Club Coaches. The Club Coach course was successfully completed in November 2011 and seven RCOs qualified in February 2012. The Club Instructors courses took place at Holwell RC on 3-4 March 2012 with four participants from three affiliated clubs.
A second, larger, grant was awarded in April 2012 by Sport England and funded by them and Nottinghamshire County Council. The grant was to cover National Rifle Association training for General Instructors, Target Rifle Instructors and NRA RCOs. It also covered training opportunities for Nottinghamshire shooters on a local range in several disciplines during the summer of 2012. During 2013 the ongoing programme provided funding support for members to attend National Rifle Association training courses. These resulted in two people qualifying as TR Instructors, four as General Instructors, and two as RCOs.
More recently we have arranged training to enable club members to qualify as fullbore Range Conducting Officers to National Rifle Association standards, and this November we arranged a course for Range Safety Officers over two days with theory and practical sessions.
In the future we hope to continue similar programmes to encourage participation and excellence in shooting in Nottinghamshire.