Olympic funding for target shooting centre

The Cambridgeshire Target Shooting Association (CTSA) has secured Olympic legacy funding from Sport England’s Inspired Facilities Fund.

Sport England has revealed that more than 1,000 local sports projects across the country have now received National Lottery funding through Inspired Facilities, which is part of the £150 million Places People Play legacy programme. Every sports facility that receives funding will carry the London 2012 Inspire mark, celebrating the link to the Games.

The CTSA, committed members of rural business body the CLA, will receive £50,000 of National Lottery funding to help fund the building of an indoor rifle range and training centre for target shooting at Norman Cross near Peterborough.

Associates of the CTSA include the Paralympic shooter Matt Skelhon who won silver and bronze medals in London 2012 to add to his gold from Beijing. Another is 16 year old Larissa Sykes, who has just won a Bronze medal competing in the World Junior Olympics in Australia.

The new facility will ensure people of all ages and abilities will have access to a modern range. The new building will include a 50m indoor range which will be one of the few of its type in the country.

Sport England’s chair, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in the Peterborough area from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“With so many clubs in the Eastern region having benefitted from this fund already and building on the success of last summer, this is the legacy people want for their local community.”

CTSA Chairman, Fred Haskett, said: “We are delighted to have secured this investment. This means we can provide the building which will become the cornerstone of our efforts to provide a first class training facility for the shooting sports in Cambridgeshire, the Eastern region and the country, for the benefit of disabled and able bodied competitors alike. Eventually we hope to gain recognition as a centre of excellence in the spirit of the Olympic legacy after London 2012.”

Olympic shooter Jonathon Hammond said: “Being in the GB team I fully understand the importance of having an indoor training facility in the country - something which we dearly need. I wouldn’t be where I am if I hadn’t moved to the USA, but I would still love to see better facilities back home.”

Matt Skelhon said: “At the moment I have to travel over 200 miles regularly to Lilleshall in Shropshire in order to use the 50m indoor range there. If we have the range at Norman Cross, this will mean that I can train for my 50m rifle events on both indoor and outdoor ranges, in one place all year round, as well as my 10m air events.”

The Cambridgeshire Target Shooting Association is one of 310 projects across England to receiving lottery investment from the third round of the Inspired Facilities fund and one of over 1,000 to benefit overall, with the milestone being achieved one year ahead of schedule.

Many more communities can still benefit from the fund, with a further two rounds remaining. Bids will be accepted for the fourth round of Inspired Facilities Funding from the 4 March 2013. Find out more at www.sportengland.org/inspiredfacilities