About Us - How It All Began...
How this website came into being – by Helen and Neil Critchell
Back in 2006, novice rimfire rifle shooter Helen was asked to volunteer to take on the League Secretary role for her county association and she said ‘yes’ when told that the workload would be barely a couple of days a year… For every League Secretary out there, they will know that a couple of days’ work a year doesn’t come close!
Long-suffering programmer husband, Neil, stepped up to the plate and offered to develop an online platform to run the leagues digitally. Between them they had no idea what they were doing when it came to running target shooting leagues, but with the help of the county association, the League Stats Officer and league participants they developed (and redeveloped a number of times over the years) a site that everyone became very happy to use. The time it saved Helen each season was remarkable and the one big hit with club participants was that they no longer had to send their targets to the League Secretary every round. As a result, more and more clubs across the country learned of the efficient and easy system and started entering our leagues and we grew from a little county league, with about 10-12 club entries, to a cross-country league with around 75 clubs regularly entering. Two further league organisers have also been using the system to run their successful leagues for a number of years, and soon our national governing body will also be using the site.
Throughout the years we have listened to feedback from our end-users, and have always considered our club captains in our design and implementation, understanding that not all of them would be happy changing from the old ways to managing their league entries on the internet. But they were remarkable! They adapted and accepted the changes and rewarded us with loyalty and commitment to our leagues over the years. Our aim throughout has been to provide a platform that everyone could use, regardless of age or PC experience, and we believe we have achieved that. We know, more or less, what is required to run successful target shooting leagues and have dedicated our time to developing a site that makes life easier for all the volunteers out there who offer their time to either run leagues or manage shooting clubs up and down the United Kingdom.
Helen is still League Secretary for her county association but never went beyond being a novice shooter, and Neil is still working on creating our newest and best version of the platform yet. If there is any feature you would like to see on the site, then do let us know. We are continually updating this site and have a very long list of things we would like to do to enhance our users’ experience. Those features will come in due course.
We would like to welcome you to our site and assure you of our commitment to providing the very best user experience and friendly tech support.