Country sports Project

Country sports look to local businesses for help

May 2011

A project looking at Country Sports in the region is appealing
for businesses and others with an interest in tourism to get
involved in its work.

Country Sports South West is a partnership between the British
Association for Shooting and Conservation and Westcountry Rivers
Trust. It is looking to develop the full potential of the region’s
country sports market and its related supporting industries.

Now the project team has been in place for six months, it is
keen to set up a Steering Group.

“The Steering Group will be ideally made up of businesses and
bodies/agencies with an interest in tourism, country sports, the
natural environment, business support, food and drink and
agriculture,” said Annette Cole, Senior Country Sports Manager.

“Their role would be to represent their industry to guide and
advise the project and ensure full involvement and understanding of
Country Sports South West to a wider audience.”

The first Steering Group Meeting will be held on Tuesday 16 May,
starting at 10.30 am and finishing with a light lunch at 1pm. The
venue is to be confirmed but is likely to be in the Exeter/Taunton
area.

Country Sports South West is one of six projects in the
Sustainable Rural Tourism programme. The programme aims to attract
more than 300,000 extra overnight visitors into the region each
year. Its six projects focus on the opportunities for tourists – to
the benefit of south west businesses and residents – to make the
most of the South West Coast Path, Cornish Mining World Heritage
site, inland water bodies, cycle & multi-use trails and the
natural habitat.

More than £14 million is being provided by a grant from the
Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), with a further £4
million contributed by the private sector and the organisations
leading delivery of the projects.

Anyone interested should contact Annette Cole on annette.cole@basc.org.uk or
01823 480938.