Women’s Sport Week is back to bring everybody involved with playing, delivering, leading or working in sport together to celebrate, raise awareness and increase the profile of women’s sport across the UK.
Target Shooting is a fantastic sport for both genders and nothing highlighted that more than when we took three female and male athletes to the Rio 2016 Olympics last year.
There's a whole host of ways women and girls can get involved in target shooting. The Shotgun and Chelsea Bun Club is just one of many shooting clubs focussed on improving female participation.
Last week, the Club promoted the third annual National Ladies Shooting Day - and it was a huge success. They used the #NLSD2017 to promote the day and boost the profile of the sport, to create hype around clay pigeon shooting and to get as many newcomers involved as possible.
Well in excess of 1,000 women were out shooting across the country, positively promoting their experiences – and for some it was their first experience clay shooting. The reach across social media was phenomenal with thousands of posts and hundreds of thousands of impressions, which further enhances the visibility and profile of the day and as a result the sport.
The events were hosted by Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club members, who are known for their passion and commitment to the sport and the club. To the hosts and attendees, it's more than just shooting clays; it's community, new friends, new experiences and “putting yourself out there”.
#NLSD2017 has continued to grow in both numbers and recognition, something that the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club founder Victoria Knowles-Lacks is very proud of:
Club Founder, Victoria Knowles-Lacks, said: "As shooters, we all have a part to play in protecting and promoting our sport, whether it's excellent conduct, getting others involved or sharing positive images on social media.
"It astounds me how many people NLSD has reached, not only online but also in terms of attendees, so hopefully we've planted the seed in a few people's minds that shooting is an inclusive sport for all! And it’s not just the day itself – I’ve been blown away by the amount of follow-up enquiries, bookings and involvement from ladies who tried the sport for the first time and are now hooked - I'm already looking forward to next year!"
If you would like to get involved or share your experiences in our fantastic sport, use the hashtag #WSW2017 on social media and tagging our Twitter page on @GBShooting or @british_shooting on Instagram.
Thank you to Tyron Mills Photography for the image on this article.