“With the UK teams doing so well winning medals in so many competitions right across the world, shooting is high on the list of sports we want to support. So National Shooting Week gives an opportunity for all the misconceptions about shooting to be put to one side and also give people an opportunity to understand that this is a sport that can be for everybody.”

During the week more than 200 open days were held at shooting clubs and grounds across the country, giving newcomers the chance to try the sport in a safe and friendly environment.

National Shooting Week was created, funded and organised by the Countryside Alliance on behalf of the BSSC.

Campaigns director, Robert Gray, said: “I am delighted the minister found time in his busy schedule to visit the National Shooting Centre and give his support to shooting.”