BASC prove to UK government that shooting can benefit public wellbeing
The digital, culture, media and sport committee have instigated an inquiry looking at the correlation between sport participation levels and the social or personal factors that may affect these sports. This is a chance for many sporting communities to demonstrate why their sport is a positive and beneficial activity to fund or support. The BASC took this opportunity to show how shooting is inclusive, mentally stimulating and socially very important.
The big ambition from the BASC here was to convince the government to develop current shooting centres so that we have access to bigger and better facilities that attract and look after the next wave of talent in a much more professional manner. It seems that the UK’s best young shooters fall by the wayside just due to the lack of expertise and top facilities that are available to them.
BASC have used surveys which they conducted in 2016 to prove that people who regularly take part, are far more likely to have a better quality of life, good friends and a positive mental outlook. Some of the results they found clearly show high levels of personal value in the sport. When shooters were asked how many friends they’ve made through participating, the average answer was 20. That’s such an encouraging statistic to put forward to the government who are looking for evidence that sport promotes wellbeing.
In addition to this, 91% of people stated that the amount of time they spend outdoors would greatly suffer if they didn’t shoot. There’s always a huge encouragement to get people enjoying themselves out in the open with fresh air, so once again, this statistic is solid evidence of shootings benefits.
The committee wants to know what they can do to help improve the participation and mental wellbeing of the general public, as well as trying to figure out what activities are popular and deserve funding.
We think that this is a huge step forward for shooting, and we look forward to seeing how the findings are going to benefit the future of shooting within the UK.