CA chairman in media campaign

Sir Barney White-Spunner, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, has urged children to ditch their laptops and try country sports like shooting and fishing.

In an interview with the Western Morning News, later picked up by the Independent on Sunday, Mr White-Spunner said: “In an age where an awful lot of children spend their time in their bedroom on a laptop, I don’t think that’s necessarily very good for the future generations.

“What I would love to see is more children and young people getting out, particularly shooting and fishing if they can, and that’s one of the things we are trying to encourage. I think what we have to do is portray country sports as part of the whole of rural life. They are big employers. They are a big focus for social community activity. They are how a lot of people living in the countryside want to spend their recreation. I think they are indivisible from those wider issues of rural businesses.”

Promoting National Shooting Week, Mr White-Spunner’s encouragement is aimed at both parents and children across the country. National Shooting Week runs from 2-10 June, and is designed to enable anyone to try shooting for the first time, allow people to try the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines, and to promote respect and understanding of legal firearms. For more information visit

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