The CPSA is the National Governing body for Clay Target Shooting in England, supporting clay target shooting enthusiasts across the UK. As an association we promote the highest standards of excellence in every aspect of our sport.

Open to all who want to learn, develop or use their skills to compete at every level; our members are backed by over 140 years of unrivalled understanding and expertise.

Based at the National Shooting Centre, Bisley, Woking, Surrey, we operate from a small headquarters and employ 15 people directly and work alongside several industry specialist consultants. 

The remit of the CPSA is to manage the sport of Clay Target Shooting for its approximately 22,500 members and the 400 clubs and grounds affiliated or associated with us.  There are also approximately 200 Trade Members associated with the CPSA who believe that being part of the association can be mutually advantageous.

The CPSA offer support to its members in various ways:

  • The opportunity to shoot in registered competitions, both at a Regional and National level
  • The opportunity to be selected for the England Team Shooting events and also GB Team events through British Shooting (BICTSF)
  • The ability to obtain a shooting classification (a bit like a golf handicap), based on your scores at registered shoots
  • A £10 million pound civil liability insurance, covering not only clay shooting, but all game, rough, rifle, pistol shooting and angling
  • A £30,000 personal injury insurance, covering all the above sports
  • Public liability insurance (for CPSA qualified coaches and instructors)
  • The publication of Pull! magazine, a members’ association publication issued 10 times a year

For more information on what the CPSA can offer you as a member, click here to be directed to the relevant pages, or join here if you have already determined we are the association for you.As the National Governing Body we have vision, resources and commitment to develop the sport and through our understanding of today’s clay shooting needs, we are uniquely placed to guard, nurture and shape its future.

We want you to be a part of us and be part of the future of our sport.


The British Association for Shooting and Conservation is the UK’s largest shooting organisation, with a membership of 150,000. As the UK’s largest shooting organisation, we promote sustainable shooting practices, offer comprehensive advice, training and education programmes, implement wide-ranging conservation initiatives and safeguard the interests of shooting at Westminster, in the devolved parliaments and in Brussels. 

For more than 100 years, our organisation has served the shooting community, on the ground, in the media and at parliament protecting our sport and the wildlife habitats we are all intrinsically connected to and responsible for.  

BASC South West

The South West is a predominantly rural area with a wide variety of landscapes including farmland, forestry, moorland and a long coastline. This variety means that there are shooting opportunities to cover every interest – wildfowling, rough shooting, pest control, pigeon shooting, deer stalking and some the best driven game shooting available anywhere. We also boast top quality clay, target, and air rifle shooting venues.

Many people visit the region every year to shoot but there is also a vibrant local shooting community for whom the sport is much more than a pastime – it is a way of life, and a key driver behind the protection and enhancement of our magnificent countryside.

Areas covered: Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Channel Islands, Isles of Scilly.

Our vision

As the largest shooting organisation in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, BASC constantly strives to fight for sustainable shooting and conservation of the countryside. 


  • To promote and protect sporting shooting and advocate its conservation role throughout the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 
  • To represent members’ interests by providing an effective and unified voice for sustainable shooting sports. 
  • To benefit the community by providing education, promoting scientific research and advocating best practice in firearms licensing, habitat conservation, and wildlife and game management. 
  • To promote the benefits of game as food.

To succeed in our mission, BASC will: 

Achieve, enhance, exploit 

BASC must create and maintain all-party political consensus in support of sustainable shooting sports and the conservation benefits derived from the shooting sector. Critical to our success is public perception and endorsement across key opinion formers. 

Protect, sustain, utilise 

BASC must protect and enhance its credibility, financial strength and power base of members, staff and Council to build on its reputation as the UK’s leading shooting and conservation organisation. 

Strategic outcomes 

The following strategic outcomes combine to build success:  

  • Cross-party political support: consolidate and expand political support. 
  • Increase membership: grow the number and diversity of members. Engage members in the fight for conservation and shooting. 
  • Conservation: shooting is recognised as a leading driver of practical conservation. 
  • Sector-wide approach: ensure a pan-organisational approach supporting sustainable shooting and conservation. 
  • BASC brand: BASC is respected as the authoritative voice for shooting sports. 
  • Standards: driving standards to guarantee sustainable shooting. 




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