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Planning a shooting activity

Planning a shooting activity

Benefits of shooting activities

The sport of target shooting has many benefits, including:

  • It's challenging on an individual level and is very personal to the shooter.
  • Although competing as an individual, shooters are part of a team.
  • It is very inclusive, with disciplines and equipment suitable for many levels of ability. This includes people with physical impairments and also visual impairments, often competing on equal terms with able bodied people.
  • It helps to improve personal skills such as self-discipline and control, co-ordination, focused concentration, patience, and self-awareness.
  • It promotes dedication and attention to detail which is needed to improve shooting technique and to improve scores.
  • Anyone participating will learn about and apply safety rules, control and discipline whilst on the shooting range.
  • It teaches people about the law and the consequences of breaking it.
  • It helps people to make decisions about their own behaviour and what is or is not acceptable to others.

For more information about disability shooting visit Disability Shooting Great Britain.

For more information about visually impaired target shooting visit British Blind Sport.

Types of shooting activities


The rules for shooting in Policy, Organisation and Rules (POR) apply only to the use of firearms and crossbows as defined in law. However, many of the core principles should be applied to target shooting games with non-lethal equipment to ensure safety and to encourage young people to develop a good safety culture.

Target shooting has an excellent safety record, with one of the lowest accident rates of all Olympic sports. Shooters have an excellent safety culture because of the obvious hazards of handling of firearms. This essential and very clear concern for safety and discipline is recognised as being valuable training in the development of young people.

How to arrange the activity

Local sensitivities and parental concerns of shooting activities must be taken into account when planning to incorporate target shooting into your programme.

Many sporting disciplines (including archery, fencing, javelin throwing, parachuting, gliding and orienteering) have origins in military skills, but their adoption as sports where friendly competition takes place at an international level has had a positive contribution to the world of sport.  

Target shooting is both an Olympic and Paralympic discipline and is very much removed from the military style and purpose.