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Old 25th February 2014, 10:24 PM
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I know it isn't a popular position, but I have always felt uncomfortable with affiliated memberships to national sporting bodies.

I am an angler as well as a shooter. I pay subscriptions to several clubs for their specialist or local offerings, and I pay an individual membership of a national body that represents the sport. I was personally involved in the drawn out process that was needed to tear down the old affiliated structure that left individuals denied a route to their national body.

I will not be drawn into any criticism of the BFTA or its officers; they work hard to provide the opportunities for me to enjoy the sport, and get precious little thanks for their time and efforts. But the community of shooters as a whole should not blinker itself to the fact that there are other ways of running an organisation, and a need for a civilised discussion around those options. Only then can a realistic decision be made about whether change is appropriate