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Is shooting a sport?

Darren Hooker ponders why the Charity Commission refuses to recognise shooting as a sport, even though it is recognised by Sport England and has its own national governing body

13 March 2015

The Charity Commission has rejected an application from Cambridgeshire Target Shooting Association for charitable registration, since it was not convinced that the association was established for exclusively charitable purposes. The association attempted to register with four separate charitable purposes, but the commission focused only upon one: 'To promote community participation in healthy recreation'.

Is shooting capable of improving health?

In its guidance, RR11 - charitable status and sport, the commission considers the requirements of 'community participation in healthy recreation'. In particular, the guidance states that the sport in question must be capable of improving physical health and fitness. The commission elaborates on this by stating that the sports it will consider are "those which, if ...

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