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Shooting is a tense sport that requires immense reserves of skill, concentration and nerve.

An Overview of Shooting

Strength, stamina, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills are all improved by taking part.

As shooting events rely on mental power, people of all ages can compete against each other on equal terms - the oldest Olympic champion was Sweden's Oscar Swahn, who won gold in Stockholm, 1912, aged 64!

Benefits

Shooting is a tense sport that requires skill, concentration and nerve. Strength, stamina, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills are all improved by taking part. On top of this some other benefits include:

  • Age is no barrier – it is truly a lifetime sport
  • Disability no barrier – people of all abilities can take part
  • Gender no barrier – male and female shooters can develop equal abilities
  • Relaxing
  • Holistic – combines physical, technical and psychological development
  • Can be enjoyed outdoors or indoors
  • Very safe
  • Low impact
  • Not expensive consumables can be very low cost (e.g. for airgun events)
  • Disciplined approach promotes responsibility especially in young people

Costs

Many clubs offer free taster sessions.

Involvement

The easiest disciplines to access are Air Rifle and Air Pistol and Clay Pigeon.

British Shooting's find a club section is the best place to start, while you can also find guidance to help you decide between pistol, rifle and shotgun - the three Olympic disciplines.

Equipment

Gun ownership is strictly licensed in the United Kingdom, you can rent equipment from clubs, with members often hiring guns at concessionary rates.

Facts

  • Shooting has been an Olympic sport since the first modern Games in 1896.

Find Shooting Activities Near You

Use the search below to find local activities near you.

National Governing Bodies

British Shooting

Contact Name
Lisa Davies
Contact Email
admin@britishshooting.org.uk
Contact Telephone
01628488800

Lifeline Training

Proving First Aid training and Qualifications to all industries, specialising in Sports and Education sector.

Wessex Coach Education

UK Coaching Partner Centre - delivering UK Coaching workshops including, Safeguarding & Protecting Children.
FA Centre - delivering FA Safeguarding Children Workshops

Bicton College

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1st Woodville (St .Stephens) Scouts

1st Woodville (St Stephens) Scout Group is located in Woodville in the Heart of the National Forest in South Derbyshire. Join us on our adventure! Face the challenges, develop new skills, work as a team and make lasting memories.

Welsh Target Shooting Federation

The Welsh Target Shooting Federation Limited (WTSF) is the organisation which was set up to be the central point for communication with the Sports Council for Wales and the Commonwealth Games Council for Wales.

Disabled Shooters Group

We are a group for Disabled Clay Target Shooting operating nationally organising competitions for established shooters and look to introduce beginners to the sport with regular open days.

Sheppey Sea Cadets

The aim of the Sea Cadet Corps is to inspire young people to the best possible head start in life through nautical adventure and challenge. The ethos and traditions of the Royal Navy are at the heart of the Sea Cadets and we follow the same corps values.

447 (Henley on Thames RAF Air Cadets

Youth organisation for 12 to 19 year olds focused on STEM, Aviation and Aerospace with activites such as Duke of Edinburgh Award, Leadership, hiking, climbing, Archary, Marksmanship, First Aid, Canoeing, Mountainbiking, flying, gliding, long distance walk

Scottish Target Shooting

Scottish Target Shooting is the sports governing body for target shooting in Scotland.