The creation of a practical shooting club can be understood as the beginning of a love story. Even with great passion, those involved know that will have to give up certain activities in order to have maximum dedication, so that the union is successful. There will certainly be moments of crisis, situations where someone will have to give way but, at the end, there will certainly be more joy than sadness.
The relationship existing between the director and the practical shooting club works in a similar manner. Everyone knows in advance what should be done to organize and regularize the location, in addition to the difficulties they will have to keep the accounts on time and a good structure. But if this is true, what are the reasons for someone to found or direct a club? The answer is simple: “the love for the sport is the single reason”, says Robson Resende, athlete and former president of the Shooting Club of Cachoeiro de Itapemirim, at Espírito Santo.
Robson’s opinion is shared by other people directly linked to the direction or foundation of a club. “A shooting club does not generate financial return. In order to set up a club it is necessary to love the sport and have time to dedicate to the club”, says Denise Silva, vice-president of the Shooting Association of Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro. At the same line of thought, Luiz Gemo, president of the Practical Shooting Club of Fraiburgo, Santa Catarina, ensures that all difficulties are overcome by the friendships and moments of great fun provided by the club.
Wamberto Lyrio, who has just found the Carcarás, in Bahia, decided to create the new club because he wanted to help the athletes from Feira de Santana to have an area for training and competitions:
- The other one we had here was about to close. As I love shooting, I could not leave the sport end this way. Then, these two reasons together made us struggle to set up the Carcarás club. The passion for IPSC and the desire to keep the sport alive – explains Wamberto.
The foundation of a club, however, requires the fulfillment of some stages. The first is to choose an area with good infrastructure and preferably isolated, so that the neighbors will not complain about the noise. After that, it is necessary to create a statute and elect a board of directors. Next, it is necessary to request the Municipal Prefecture to issue a Charter and then go to the State Revenue in order to open a CNPJ (National Registry of Legal Entities) for the company. As well as the shooters, the clubs also need to have their own registration certificates (CR). Prior to the authorization, the area undergoes an inspection, which happens every two years, whenever the CR needs to be renewed.
Owners of clubs also engage themselves to fulfill with certain requirements in order to be in compliance with the legislation. Among them, to keep updated records of associates practicing shooting sports; immediately communicate the nearest police authority and the related Command of the Military Region (RM) on the use of any unregistered weapon in its facilities; quarterly send the related Command of the RM maps of ammunition control and inform, until December 31 of each year, the schedule of competitions for the next year.
Each club has different setbacks. Some related to infrastructure, others to expenses. However, all of them face a serious problem, which reaches all those involved in practical shooting: the prejudice. “The clubs have great difficulties to find sponsorships. The few ones that help do not even want to be mentioned because they do not want their names linked to firearms. It is complicated, but people do not see practical shooting as a sport”, says Robson Resende. Wamberto Lyrio agrees with the athlete from Espírito Santo. “Some people collaborate with the club. But it is complicated due to all this policy that associates shooting with violence. Even those who want to collaborate avoid linking their names to shooting”, he explains.
However, a recent example shows that the discrimination against the sport can be overcome. MMA, which is nothing but the combination of all martial arts, has been turning into a popular sport in Brazil. The media has a great importance in this growth. Today, open TV channels broadcast live fights and MMA programs. This is a path that can be explored by practical shooting athletes, by showing the press how the sport really works and that it has nothing to do with violence.
While this change does not happen, the clubs need to find alternatives to survive. The basic income source, as in any other club, comes from the associates’ monthly pay.
- The club is maintained with associates’ annuities. We, from Fraiburgo Club, have two types of associates: property partners and participant partners, who pay an annuity in the amount of R$ 180.00 and R$ 360.00, respectively. It may even seem cheap, but the maintenance cost of a shooting club is low – says Luiz Gemo.
In most of the cases, the clubs need to generate income from other activities in order to keep the bills on time. In the case of the Shooting Association of Duque de Caxias, the stands are rent for security companies. The Águia de Haia, from São Paulo, completes the club’s income with earnings from sales of products and courses provided.
- The essence of a club is the sports spirit, which cannot be left aside. When I founded the Águia de Haia my goal was to create a space where firearms owners could learn how to handle them properly and consciously. In addition to being in contact with the sport, they were also able to use the stands for fun. The club on itself is not a profitable business, but we have an income with other activities such as products sale and courses. Thinking about that, we have a dream of having a field club house – says Roberto Saldanha, founder and manager of Águia de Haia.
An eye on the future
One of the dreams of practical shooting club owners is to receive a national competition. With the changes in the regulation of the Brazilian Championship, the possibility of this dream come true increases, since now there will be five stages, one in each region of the country.
- There is an alternation among regions, federations and clubs to determine who will host the competition. In the assembly where it was decided that Rio would host the Brazilian competition this year, our club made the offer and earned the right to organize the competition. Of course, it is necessary to have a minimum of infrastructure. At least 18 stands are mandatory – explains Denise Silva.
Carcarás Club is still at the beginning, but already has an eye on the future and intends to host a large competition of the Brazilian Championship:
- We have a very good space. It has 16 stages. Whenever we organize a competition, we prepare all that is necessary in order to have everything all right. We miss some support for the club host a national competition, but we are already thinking about that and I believe that next year we will already achieve this goal – say Wamberto Lyrio.
As in any other business, even with passion for the activity, the clubs will bring issues to the managers. However, the joy of seeing the club growing in a healthy manner is rewarding. Moreover, the moments shared among owners, founders and associates are unique and essential in the lives of all those involved.
- What most attracts me to practical shooting is, undoubtedly, the dynamism provided. Moreover, the sport provides pleasure and leisure moments together with friends and family, since the whole activity is based on commitment, responsibility and common living with the interests of all involved in the activity – remarks Luiz Gemo.
And the best way to achieve a pleasurable environment as this one is to cultivate the space with passion and dedication.
- We should put some passion on it so that everything works efficiently and develops more naturally. The club became my passion and here we are concerned about each associate. If someone is having problems, we try to help in order to maintain the group unity and develop social awareness – explains Roberto Saldanha.