BASC is giving a significant boost to its work with young people. The reason is simple and goes to the heart of what BASC stands for; the promotion and protection of the sport we all love.
The survival of shooting depends crucially on numbers. More than a million people are involved in shooting, with just under half shooting live quarry. However the overwhelming majority are over 40.
Increasingly children are brought up with little direct contact with the natural world, no knowledge of shooting and a scant understanding of the countryside.
BASC’s task is to raise an awareness of the benefits of shooting among the wider public and particularly among young people.
BASC already does an enormous amount of work to encourage and coach young people into shooting as well as taking our message to school children who have little or no opportunity to understand countryside ways
All this currently costs more than £250,000 each year however we need to do more. Your support for this programme would be hugely appreciated.
But there are other practical ways in which you can help youngsters take up shooting. One of the most direct is by offering sporting opportunities for Young Shots at your syndicate, wildfowling club or clay pigeon shoot.
These could include beating, picking up, shooting instruction, accompanied shoot days, clay competitions or general countryside activity events.
If you would like to consider providing such opportunities contact BASC’s marketing team in the first instance.
WHAT BASC DOES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
- Our country and regional teams stage over 50 Young Shots’ Days each year attended by over 1500 young people.
- Our shotgun coaching displays at country shows give thousands of coaching lessons to young people.
- Working with the Scouts BASC attends several Scout Jamborees each year coaching thousands of Scouts.
- BASC takes young people out on shoots to see the conservation benefits of shooting
- Through a generous individual donation, we commissioned a Conservation Explained teaching resource aligned to the national curriculum to give a balanced understanding of shooting and wider countryside issues.
WE WANT TO DO MORE
Our appeal aims to:
- Expand the BASC Young Shots programme to include suitable “progression” days including simulated game shooting and their first live quarry shoot.
- Attend more events to reach out to even more children especially those from urban backgrounds.
- Further develop and promote our resources for teachers by attending conferences, advertising on teacher’s publications and websites and producing promotional materials.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Our current work with young people costs more than £250,000 each year but resources are limited. We are therefore asking you make a donation; whatever you can afford will help us to help ensure the sport that we hold dear can be promoted and protected.
To offer practical support to our Young Shots programme, or become involved in other ways, please contact the BASC marketing team on 01244 573012 or email.
Members can donate online by logging into the members area 24 hours a day or by calling the membership team on 01244 573030 during office hours.
Members can donate online by logging into the members area.