It’s back to school time and the British Shooting Schools Pistol Championships is back for another season! The bigger and better seven-qualifying-competition-strong championships, take place across England, Scotland and Wales, and welcomes athletes from all over the British Isles.
The introduction of statutory guidance is designed to improve consistency across the UK in police firearms licensing. The draft guidance sets out the checks that should be made, the weight to be given to the evidence and the factors that need to be taken into account. The consultation started on 23rd July and will remain open for eight weeks, finishing on 17 September 2019.
STS is delighted to confirm the appointment of Jennifer Ross to the STS staffing team in the role of Performance & Pathways Manager. Jennifer previously carried out the role on a contracted basis but with support from sportscotland secured for the next 2 years, STS made this an employed position and is delighted to confirm Jennifer’s appointment to continue the good work already underway.
At the start of the month, STS announced that it will be holding it’s first Coaching Conference on Saturday 25 May. bringing shooting specific topics and discussion opportunities to coaches in the sport. Following feedback from the shooting community and further reflection, it has been decided that this event should be postponed.
The 2019 STS AGM will take place at 12.15 on Saturday 27th April at Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ with a session from Police Scotland beforehand. Included below is the form for members to state if they can attend on the day, submit questions for Police Scotland and submit a Proxy Vote if they are unable to attend.
Scottish Target Shooting is sad to announce that current Chair, Angus Loudon (pictured on the right at the Long Range competition), is set to stand down on completion of his 4 year term at the 2019 AGM. Recruitment for a new Chair will begin immediately but Angus has confirmed that he will remain in place until a new Chair can be found. Angus is stepping down for personal reasons but has very much enjoyed his time with STS and wishes all its members, volunteers and staff all the best for the future.
STS is pleased to announce that we are seeking applications to the Performance Programme and the process is now open. Selections would normally take place in the autumn, however because of the work going into facilitating the transition of the programme from sportscotland to STS this did not take place last year. In order to minimise disruption to the athletes, coaches and the programme, we will not be going through the full selection process for the whole programme until the end of the season. However, due to these exceptional circumstances, we will be looking at a limited intake of new athletes onto the programme in the next couple of months. Applications to be made by 31st March.
The NRA has released an invitation to all ICFRA affiliated bodies to inform them that the Imperial Meeting in 2019 will be the 150th meeting and in 2019 the America Match will also be included to mark this special anniversary. The Scottish Captain, Alan Haggerty, would like add his own message for all Scottish full bore shooters…
STS has been provided with a statement by Police Scotland that it has been asked to share with the shooting community to explain the process if someone has concerns around the health of individual in possession of a Firearm, Shotgun or Air Weapon Certificate and provide helplines that people can contact.
STS is starting the process of developing our new strategic plan and because this is fundamental to how we operate, we are keen to get the views of as many people as possible. Have your say at: https://scottargetshoot.typeform.com/to/KSDukf
STS is pleased to confirm details for its 2018 Annual General Meeting and the programme of sessions planned for its members during the day. The STS AGM will take place at 15.00 on Saturday 28th April at Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, Edinburgh, EH12 9DQ. On the day of the AGM, STS has also scheduled a number of sessions that are free for members to attend.