16,000 newcomers try shooting

BASC was busier than ever getting newcomers involved in shooting across 2018.

The UK’s largest shooting association, which now boasts more than 155,000 members, got more than 16,000 people to take their first shots through a combination of attendance at key events, giving lessons, and taking the association’s ST-2 shooting simulator on tour.

BASC took the simulator to 46 events in 2018 including game fairs, county shows, courses, schools and charity shoots. It is also available for private hire and corporate events such as weddings, conferences and AGMs.

On top of this, 4,000 youngsters got a first taste of shooting at Norjam 2018, the week-long global Scout and Guide jamboree.

Coaches also gave 2,500 clay shooting lessons at events around the UK over the course of the year and 3,500 airgun lessons. Almost 1,000 people attended official BASC courses.

BASC’s head of training and education, Peter Marshall, said: “For many this was the first time they had tried shooting sports. Hopefully it will be the first step on a long and enjoyable shooting journey.”

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