The British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC) is encouraging more women to take up shooting by expanding its provision of women-only shooting days.

Thousands of women already shoot but some can be put off because they don't know how to get started. As well as organising more of its unique ladies' training days, BASC has published a new leaflet which will make it easier for women to try shooting for the first time or to improve their skills.

The UK's best women shots recently won 11 medals including five gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Midlands regional officer and former Great Britain clay shot Liz Lamb has been instrumental in getting the initiative off the ground.

Liz said "I think there is no shortage of interest from women, it's just that we find it more difficult to get involved. It can be a daunting experience to find your way around what is generally perceived as a man's world and to have your genuine interest taken seriously. BASC ladies' training days address this problem by introducing new contacts and offering all the follow-up support needed."

The training days are held at clay pigeon shooting grounds across the UK. All levels of experience are catered for from experienced shots to complete beginners with one-to-one tuition provided by qualified BASC coaches. The day will cover the basics of gun safety and handling, practical clay shooting, game shooting etiquette, the law and shotgun licensing. All equipment is provided including guns and cartridges.

. The ladies' training days' leaflet and a picture of Liz Lamb are available to download. For more details contact the press office on 01244 573031