Originally Posted by vinny
Joking aside maybe its a good idea for a blokes only class , open being exactly as it says, open for all, blokes class pretty much a starter class for blokes to gain a bit of confidence as well .
We still need to encourage juniors and ladies into this sport, probably not the time of year to do it atm, but maybe in the early summer ,
Tbh I,m stunned we havent got more juniors ,
I don't see how having a 'starter' class, where they still shoot the same course, in the same fashion, as everyone else, gives confidence. If you score 34/60, you score 34/60 whether your name shows up in a 'starter' class or 'Open'. Maybe you get to see your name against other people who have also probably scored low, but you still score 34/60.
There's never been loads of juniors. Not like in sports such as football, cricket etc where there are loads of juniors under 18. A lot of blokes probably had an interest in airguns as a kid or teenager and then did the usual stuff ... got a job, met girls, got married, had kids etc. Then at 35 or 40 ish they are too old for physical sports and regain an interest in airguns as something to do on Sunday mornings. So HFT and FT is probably a sport that blokes get into at an older age.
Are there any figures to show how many juniors/newbies are coming to the local clubs and are still there after a year or two?