Shooting is one of the most accessible of all sports. It doesn't matter if you are young or old, male or female, able-bodied or disabled, shooting enables you to compete. Most clubs accept new members from around the age of 12, and many shooters continue well into their eighties. Although there are some competitions only for women, most allow men and women to compete against each other on an equal footing. In fact, the British Smallbore Rifle Championship was won by a woman from 2008 to 2011! Disabled shooters are well catered for, with special equipment available to negate the effects of many disabilities. Even the blind can shoot!
The bedrock of shooting is its network of local clubs. To start shooting, first join a club close to you. The most suitable disciplines to get started are Air Rifle or Pistol and Smallbore Rifle. This site has details of Airgun and Smallbore clubs in Middlesex. To look further afield, try the Club Finder on the web site of the NSRA (National Smallbore Rifle Association).