Reports from the Office of National Statistics estimate that over 2.7 million people in the UK suffer from loneliness – equivalent to the population of Qatar.
In 2018, Theresa May appointed the world’s first Minister for Loneliness and unveiled £20m worth of funding. BASC have also spotted a potential solution to the issue and suggested that shooting sports could be used as a tool to alleviate loneliness and social isolation.
BASC’s 2016 report, The Personal Value of Shooting, found that 95 per cent of members believed shooting was important to their personal well-being while a further 84 per cent said it was important for their physical well-being.
At least 40,000 people take part in grouse shooting annually. The average shooting days brings 40 people together with an average of 20 friendships forged during shooting activity.
BASC Wales director Steve Griffiths said: “Shooting makes it easy to meet people from all walks of life and spending time with like-minded people through shooting, work days or social events helps foster lifelong friendships.”