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Scottish Smallbore Rifle Association [SSRA]

Scottish Smallbore Rifle Association [SSRA]

The Scottish Smallbore Rifle Association is the Scottish governing body for the Olympic and Commonwealth sports of smallbore and air rifle target shooting. There are three disciplines within that remit - Smallbore Prone Rifle, Smallbore 3-Positions Rifle and Air Rifle - each held separately for men and women at international level.

The Association was formed in 1966 following the introduction of shooting to the Commonwealth Games programme that year. Although left out of the Games in the Scottish Capital four years later, shooting has been part of every Commonwealth Games since, and a very successful one for Scotland at the majority of those events.

While originally formed to take responsibility for team selection, these days the SSRA's responsibilities are much wider. As well as being responsible for the development of the sport in Scotland including the education of coaches and the training of volunteers, there are more international matches to prepare teams for, a wide range of domestic competitions to run, and considerable work in dealing with outside agencies such as sportscotland and the various UK governing bodies. SSRA is also involved in developing and promoting a facilities strategy which includes the development of further regional facilities round the country.

The SSRA is also a member body of the Scottish Target Shooting Federation (STSF) - formerly the Scottish Shooting Council - an umbrella organisation which was set up to be the central point for communication with the sportscotland (formerly the Scottish Sports Council) and the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland. The other member bodies of the STSF are the Scottish Clay Target Association (SCTA), Scottish Rifle Association (SRA) and Scottish Pistol Association (SPA), which govern clay target, fullbore rifle and pistol target shooting respectively. STSF's responsibilities have increased in recent years, and it is now the co-ordinating body for financial applications to sportscotland, facility development as well as being the nominating body for Commonwealth Games team members.

Despite this workload, the SSRA and the other Scottish shooting organisations continue to be run entirely by volunteers. The SSRA is run by a council consisting of five office bearers and up to eight ordinary members - with restrictions on the total number of members from each geographical area.

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