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Olympic Games 2012: Gun Sports

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what recent discussions he has had on the promotion of shooting as a sport to coincide with the London 2012 Olympic Games. (256576)

Sport England have advised that they recently awarded £750,000 to the Great Britain Target Shooting Federation for the period 2009-13. Sport England will shortly be holding discussions with the federation regarding how it will utilise this funding but will be looking to the sport to develop a talent support system to ensure more talented shooters can move on to the sport's elite programmes and achieve international success.

Shooting will also be expected to further develop its club and coaching structure, as well as continuing its work forming a single, unified governing body for the sport.

Sport England is also providing £343,000 of funding for the English Target Shooting Federation over 2007-10 to support the English target shooting team's preparations for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi, India, in October 2010.