The Countryside Alliance’s National Shooting Week was opened by Olympic Double Trap gold medallist Peter Wilson and Defra minister Richard Benyon.
Marking its seventh year, National Shooting Week seeks to improve participation in shooting sports by encouraging shooting grounds throughout the UK to run special promotions aimed at first time shooters.
Richard Benyon MP spoke of the importance of National Shooting Week and the value of shooting to communities, biodiversity and the economy, assuring attendees that the government acknowledges and appreciates the work that shooting and the shooting community do for the UK as a whole.
Peter Wilson contributed, saying: “Shooting is the most incredible sport. It teaches safety, responsibility and really good values. It does a lot of good for children, whether they are in a city or in the darkest countryside. It’s a wonderful life discipline.”
National Shooting Week starts on 25 May, so if you help run a clay shooting ground or club, get involved and boost your turnout for the summer ahead.