6 Top Archery Tips For Beginners

BPF is more than just a paintball centre. It’s the no.1 activity centre in Yorkshire, and we also offer several exciting activities, including archery. Hitting the bullseye is not easy. These 6 top archery tips for beginners will help you hit the bullseye every time and get one step closer to becoming a master archer.

1. Perfect your Stance

Start by getting the perfect stance. Stand with your feet parallel to each other, shoulder-width apart, and perpendicular (at a 90-degree angle) to the target.

2. Relaxed Bow Grip

When holding the bow, keep your grip relaxed and don’t hold it too tightly. Be calm when holding the bow to maintain accuracy, as holding the bow too tightly will affect accuracy.

3. Solid Anchor Point

The anchor point is a point that is touched by the drawing hand when the bow is fully drawn and ready to shoot. Having a solid anchor point will ensure a perfectly executed shot every time. An archer’s anchor point is wherever it feels comfortable to the individual, but it is usually on the archer’s mouth, chin, or nose. You need to have a consistent anchor point by putting the drawing hand in the same place every time before you shoot to ensure accuracy with every shot.

4. Focus, Concentrate, and Relax

Archery requires immense focus and concentration. Select the specific area of the target you want to hit and focus on hitting that target. Relax and stay calm by taking a deep breath and letting it out slowly before releasing the bowstring. This will help you to calm your nerves and maintain your focus to hit the target.

5. Follow Through with the Shot

When you release the string, simply let the string slip through your fingers. And once you’ve fired your shot, you need to follow through with it. Don’t pull the bow away once you’ve fired the shot, as your timing could pull the shot off its target. Hold your concentration and keep your aim till the arrow hits the target. This means holding your body position after you release the string – keep your bow arm raised, hold your anchor point, and keep aiming at the target. Keep everything still to allow the arrow to fly as straight as possible.

6. Practice

As with everything that takes skill to perfect, practice makes perfect. The more you practise archery, the closer you will get to becoming a master archer.

Follow these 6 top archery tips for beginners. Get the perfect stance, keep a relaxed bow grip, maintain a solid anchor point, focus and relax, follow through with the shot, and practise, practise, practise. So call us on 01302 868841 to book a game of archery, and by applying these tips, you’ll be one step closer to hitting the bullseye every time.

Beginner’s Guide to Paintball

What Is Paintball? Paintball is an action-packed, adrenaline-fuelled game in which participants use guns to shoot capsules of paint at one another. It was invented in the 1980s and has grown in popularity ever since. Paintball is one of the most fun and exciting outdoor sports. It is a game of skill and tactics and is especially great to play as part of a team and with friends. Paintballs Paintballs are round gelatin capsules made of non-toxic, water-soluble, biodegradable, eco-friendly materials. The thin gelatin skin splits open when paintballs are shot, leaving a brightly-coloured liquid on the tagged player. A paintball gun can fire a paintball up to speeds of 300 feet per second and can fire a paintball as far as 50 yards. Game Formats The aim of each paintball game varies, and there is a multitude of different formats and rules to choose from. Most paintball games involve eliminating the opposing team by hitting them with paintballs. One of the most popular games involves capturing the flag, in which two separate teams must capture each other’s flag while protecting their own. Team Sizes Teams vary in size. Most recreational teams typically have about 10-20 players, but the number of players on each team can vary from one or two to over 1,000 a side, depending on the size of the playing zone. Depending on the game format, games also vary in time, with the average recreational game lasting from 15-20 minutes to 45–60 minutes. In fact, the largest and longest paintball games act out scenarios over multiple days and incorporate 4000+ players.
Helicopter Bawtry Paintball
Game Zones Paintball games can be played indoors or outdoors in various fields and scenarios. Some of the most impressive and thrilling fields take place in themed game zones, such as trenches, jungles, forests, Wild West, battlefronts, and temples. Safety Equipment When playing paintball, it is important to wear the correct safety equipment to protect against paintballs. The standard kit includes safety goggles to protect the eyes, a mask to protect the face, a snood to protect the head, coveralls to protect the body, and a protective vest to protect the chest. If this kit is worn and safety rules are adhered to, statistics show that paintball is actually safer than golf, tennis and swimming. Paintball Gun An essential piece of equipment for paintball is, of course, the gun, which is used to shoot paintballs at the opposition. The gun, or marker, comes in a range of different shapes and sizes, and most use an expanding gas to fire the paintball through a barrel. Paintball Is Fun For All! Paintball is enjoyed by people of all demographics and lifestyles, from kids and schools to stag and hen-dos and corporate groups. For beginners, for recreational purposes, or for professional leagues and tournaments, paintball is fun for all, so give it a go and rekindle your adventurous spirit at BPF.

Glossary of Paintball Vocabulary and Jargon

We help you get to grips with some confusing paintball jargon by defining some of the most used paintball terms and vocabulary that you need to know. Basecamp – Basecamp is where you spend time not competing in paintball games in the game zone. You’ll break in between games, register at the start of the day, receive your equipment, get your safety briefing, eat lunch, re-gas your paintball gun, and update the scoreboard. Battle Pack – A battle pack is a small case worn as a belt around your waist which contains extra paintballs and ammunition that you need to access during the game easily. Body Armour – This protective armour is worn on the main impact areas on your body to protect against flying paintballs. Bounce – This is when a paintball hits its target but doesn’t break and bounces off instead. When a paintball bounces, this does not count as a hit, and there is no elimination. BPS – BPS stands for balls per second and is the rate at which your gun can fire out paintballs. It measures how many paintballs your marker can fire per second. Bunker – The bunker is that area that players use for cover in the game zone to shelter from incoming fire during the game. The bunker could be a trench, an upturned car, a tank, or a helicopter wreck. Camo Suit – This is a full-body camouflaged overall with a high padded collar that protects you and your clothing from paintballs. Covering Fire – Covering fire provides supporting fire for a player moving out of cover. Firing Blind – Firing blindly is shooting at someone without a clear shot at the target. It’s when you shoot in that general direction and hope for the best without having a clear aim of the target. Flank – This is a tactical strategy where two or more players provide cover whilst a third player moves forward and gets closer to the goal. Game Zone – The area where the paintball game is played. Game zones are often themed scenarios like castles, fortresses, and forests. This is where the action takes place, so goggles must always be worn in the game zone. Goggles – Goggles are the most important item of safety gear as they protect your eyes from paintballs. BPF provides all players with full-head goggles that cover the top, sides, and back of the head so that you’re protected from painful impacts at all times. Head Check – Carry out a quick head check to assess where your opponents are. Hopper – A hopper is a container fitted to the top of the paintball marker that holds the paintballs and screws on and off for easy reloading. Marker – A marker is a paintball gun and is used to fire paintballs at the opposition. Paintball markers use compressed air or CO2 to mark an opponent. Mug Shot – Shooting someone right in the goggles Newbie – A new paintball player or someone very inexperienced at paintball. Overshoot – When a player continues to shoot even when the player they were aiming for has already been hit. Paintball – Paintball is a game in which participants use markers to shoot capsules of paint at one another. Paintballs – These are round balls of non-toxic, biodegradable, water-soluble paint fired from paintball guns. You should avoid being hit by them at all times. Predator – The Predator is exclusive to BPF and is a 7-foot-tall warrior who searches for players and eliminates them. Be sure to stand completely still, and he’ll move on without confrontation. Pyrotechnics – Pyrotechnics is a broad term to define smoke grenades, paint grenades, and anything that goes bang in the game zone Safety Zone – The safety zone is any part of the site which isn’t the game zone and where paintball markers must never be fired. Tippmann – Tippmann is the paintball gun model we use here at Bawtry Paintball. Adult paintballers use a Tippmann FT-12 Fliptop paintball gun, which is accurate, lightweight, fast, robust, and shoots 8 shots per second. Junior paintballers use a smaller and lighter Tippmann FT50 low-impact gun. Wiping – Wiping is when a player has been hit with a paintball and wipes off the paint. This is illegal and is classed as cheating! Now that you’ve got to grips with some of the most used paintball vocabulary and jargon and can speak our language, call us on 01302 868841 to book a game and join the action!

The History Of Paintball

Paintball is a relatively new sport. The origins of paintball began in the 1960s when Charles Nelson of the Nelson Paint Company invented the paintball marker, which would later become the paintball gun. The marker was not originally invented for use in paintball but rather as a much more accurate and easier way to mark trees and livestock from longer distances by park rangers and cattle farmers. He patented spray paint devices for agricultural use and invented the balls for marking, which were gelatin paintballs injected with oil paint. In 1972, the Nelson Paint Company tried to sell their marker, the Crosman 707, but it was a commercial failure. In a second attempt to market his marker, Nelson found success with Daisy, a renowned BB gun manufacturer. They turned his gun into the iconic Splotch Maker, or as it’s better known, the Nel-Spot 007 marker. Inspired by this marker, 1981 saw the first official game of paintball. Friends Bob Gurnsey, Hayes Noel and Charles Gaines debated who was best at survival – city or country folk. They saw Nelson’s marker advertised in a catalogue, igniting their idea to settle their argument in a survival game using these markers. Bob Gurnsey wrote the rules, and nine other players were invited to the first paintball playing field in New Hampshire, USA, on June 7, 1981, to play the first paintball game. The first game was a capture-the-flag format, with six woodsmen and six city men battling to collect all flags without being eliminated to be crowned the winner. Each player was given Nel-Spot 007 markers, eye protection, and a 100-acre wood playing field map. Forester Ritchie White won the first paintball game without him even firing a shot. One player, Bob Jones, published an article discussing the game he had played in Sports Illustrated and interest in the game grew and grew. As they began to earn more media attention, Gurnsey, Noel, and Gaines saw a business opportunity and began selling starter kits for their game with a marker, paintballs, goggles and a rulebook. They trademarked their game as the National Survival Game and contracted the Nelson Paint Company to provide their guns and equipment. As the National Survival Game grew in popularity, in 1982, Bob Gurnsey opened the world’s first commercial paintball field in New Hampshire. National Survival Game Inc. franchised their business and opened fields throughout the USA. Continuing with the success of their franchise, in 1983, Gurnsey hosted the first major paintball tournament, the National Survival Game National Championship. This championship was won by a Canadian team, The Unknown Rebels, who took home the $3,000 prize. The following years saw paintball take off around the world. In 1984, the National Survival Game started to be called paintball and saw the release of new paintball products, such as the first mass-produced paintball gun and water-based paintball. 1985 saw the first outdoor paintball field in England as paintball spread worldwide and fields began to get smaller for faster-paced, action-packed games. In the late 1980s, the International Paintball Players Association was founded as a non-profit association to ensure the growth and safety of paintball, in which the 300 feet per second speed limit on paintball markers was established. By 1989, it is estimated that 75,000 people played paintball on weekends in the US. Throughout the 1990s, the sport’s popularity blossomed as it truly cemented itself as a beloved game worldwide. Paintball technology was developed to create state-of-the-art equipment, from high-quality Tippmann and Spyder guns to the creation of biodegradable, water-soluble, non-toxic paintballs. Specialised shops selling paintball equipment sprung up, as did playing fields and specialised paintball manufacturers. In 1995, paintball had its TV debut as ESPN screened the World Championship Games. Today, paintball is a multimillion-pound industry with a range of guns and gear available from masks to markers, outdoor and indoor game zones from forests to WWII scenario games, and various game formats from capture the flag to elimination. Whether as a competitive sport or for team building, birthday, or stag do, whether teams of 6 to 100, enjoy a game of paintball today and be a part of its famous and rich history.

5 Reasons Why Paintball Is The Best Kids Activity This Summer Holiday

Struggling to decide what to do with the kids this summer? Bawtry Paintball has paintball games specifically designed for kids aged nine years and above. This article highlights 5 of the best reasons why paintball is the perfect kids’ activity for the summer holidays. 1. Paintball is Safe Many parents may be cautious about their kids playing paintball, and you may be worried about the sport’s safety. However, paintball is very safe and has one of the lowest injury rates of any sport. BPF has low-impact games designed for younger players, in which guns fire paintballs with a third of the force of regular paintballs. BPF has a 100% first-class safety record and is the UK’s safest multi-activity centre, meeting all UKPSF standards. 2. Paintball is Fun Paintball is one of the most fun-filled and action-packed games and one of the most adrenaline-pumping ways to spend an afternoon. Kids can act out scenes from their favourite action movies in our range of thrilling game zones – from treetop fortresses and toxic fuel dumps to castle assaults and commando special ops. Paintball is exhilarating and will let kids’ imaginations run wild as they become part of an epic adventure to beat the opposition. 3. Paintball is Healthy Paintball is healthy for both the mind and the body. Give the kids a much-needed break from sitting indoors on technology and get them active in the great outdoors. Kids will get loads of exercise from running, jumping, ducking, diving and climbing around different game zones. A game of paintball will get the kids out of the house and into the fresh air for a healthy, full-body workout. 4. Paintball Builds Friendships Paintball is great for building friendships. Paintball builds bonds between friends as they laugh, work together, and create lifelong memories. Paintball encourages friendly competitiveness and improves team-building skills, as kids must work with their team to implement a winning strategy. Paintball is a very social game, and success only comes from working together. 5. Paintball Offers Variety Paintball never gets boring and offers so much variety. There are many different missions, from capturing the flag to eliminating players and various game zones, from crossfire to convoy attack. What’s more, kids aren’t restricted to paintball at BPF. They can also have a go at archery, laser combat, and tomahawk axe & knife throwing. These activities can open kids’ eyes to new experiences and always encourage kids to embrace new activities. Paintball is the best kids’ activity for the summer holidays because it’s very safe, it’s incredibly fun, action-packed and exhilarating. It gets kids active in the great outdoors, which is excellent for health and fitness. It builds lifelong friendships and opens your kids’ eyes to fantastic new experiences. So what are you waiting for? Get the kids down to BPF for a game of paintball this summer!

10 Of The Best Game Zones At BPF

BPF is a world-leading paintball venue with state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and game zones. All of our award-winning paintball game zones are expertly designed by specialist set builders, game designers and structural engineers, and you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a Hollywood film set. These are the ten best paintball game zones at BPF to get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping.

1. Black Hawk Down

Kids Paintballing A Black Hawk helicopter has crash-landed in the heart of a war-torn shantytown. Your mission is to lead a team of Commandos into the wreckage to rescue the sole survivor of the crash, the pilot. This dangerous task will not be easy. This is a game of teamwork to rescue the pilot before the enemy eliminates him.

2. Castle Assault

Castle Assault Lead your team and breach the defences of this fortified castle before a bloody battle breaks out. Teamwork, planning and strategy are essential as you try to steal your goblet from the opposition’s castle and return it to your castle. Beware of booby traps as the opposition tries to claim victory for themselves.

3. Commando Special Ops

Commando Special Ops Lead your squad to eliminate the opposition before a nuclear attack is launched. This mission will be fought in close quarters and requires preparation, planning and speed to neutralise the threat. Smoke grenades and MK5 thunderflash are crucial to manoeuvre dark rooms and corridors, so take no prisoners!

4. Convoy Attack

Convoy The enemy has attacked your convoy, and you need to act quickly and decisively to prevent any further casualties in the chaos. This will be the most intense paintball battle of your life and is not for the faint-hearted. With smoke grenades and pyrotechnics, communication is key to weakening the defence.

5. Crossfire

Crossfire Crossfire is a fast-moving game set in just over an acre of woodland. It’s short and intense, fast and furious, and you’ll need to dash for cover as balls start flying. Teamwork, planning, and communication are key to attacking the enemy, as this game can be won or lost in just minutes.

6. Fury

Fury Your tank is halted after being hit by an RPG, and SS soldiers are closing in fast. Your team must stave off competition to survive, but with limited ammo and no call for support, the odds are not in your favour. Will you reign victorious or be defeated?

7. Greenzone

Greenzone You and your team must protect and escort the President to safety at an emergency extraction point where a chopper will remove him to the Green Zone. However, the enemy has learned of your mission and will do everything they can to prevent it from being completed. Can you defeat the enemy and complete your mission?

8. Toxic Fuel Dump

Toxic Fuel Dump This is the craziest and fastest paintball game ever. You have only 12 minutes before you and your 20 teammates are contaminated with radioactive waste. Think fast and fire ferociously – surrender or retreat are not an option as you fight through this radioactive wasteland.

9. Ewok Invasion Tree Top Forests

Ewok Invasion Tree Top Forests Ewoks have lived peacefully alongside mankind for many years high in their treetop fortress. However, a highly contagious virus infected the Ewoks, making them aggressive towards humans and infecting them with the virus. You and your team must eliminate the Ewok to prevent a global catastrophe, but booby traps, 5ft barricades, steep climbs, twisting and elevated walkways, turrets and 53ft towers will make this a dangerous and difficult task.

10. The Predator

The Predator The Predator is a 7-foot-tall hunter-warrior who searches for players and eliminates them. He only sees you when you move, so stand still and don’t engage in battle, or he’ll return fire. The Predator is released into game zones at random, so watch out, as he’s rarely defeated. These award-winning paintball game zones will get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping. From castles, warzones and radioactive wasteland to helicopters, convoys and treetop fortresses, call 01302 868841 and join the action now.

12 Fun Facts You Didn’t Know About Paintball

Paintball is an adrenaline-pumping, action-packed game enjoyed by friends and teams of all ages, lifestyles, and abilities. Whether you’re a paintball pro or a beginner, do you know these 12 fun facts about paintball? 1. Paintball guns were invented in the 1970s by Daisy and Crosman. They were originally called paintball markers and were used by foresters to mark animals and trees due to their accuracy and long-distance range. 2.Hayes Noel and Charles Gaines invented Paintball. It was developed by Bob Gumsey, who created the rules. They played the first-ever game in June 1981 in New Hampshire with nine other friends. The first-ever winner won without even firing a shot. 3. In 1982, the first commercial paintball field was created by Gumsey in New Hampshire, and it has since developed into an extreme sport and million-dollar industry. 4. Paintballs are not actually made from paint but from gelatin capsules filled with water-soluble, non-toxic, biodegradable material. 5. Paintball guns can shoot as many as 15 paintballs per second. Paintballs can travel up to speeds of 200mph and reach distances of over 50 yards. The first automatic paintball gun was made by Tippmann in 1989 and called the SMG-60. 6. In most official games, team size is up to 15 players, but nonofficial games can attract teams of 40-50. The largest paintball games ever were played by over 4,000 paintballers and took place at Oklahoma D-Day Wyandotte and Skirmish Invasion of Normandy. 7. Paintball is played in more than 100 countries across six continents. Paintball game formats and rules differ from capturing the flag and eliminating players to defending specific areas. But one rule always remains the same – don’t get hit! 8. Paintball is very safe and has one of the lowest injury rates of any sport. Paintball has 0.2 injuries per 1,000 players, whereas football has 2.4 per 1,000 and tennis 1.1 per 1,000. 9. Paintball gear includes a gun, helmet, snood, mask, body armour, overalls, gloves, and most importantly, goggles. Read our post, What Do I Wear to Play Paintball? to find out more. 10.In scenario games, Games can last from seconds to hours to multiple days. The longest non-stop paintball game lasted from November 5, 2015, to November 6, 2015. 11. The first professional paintball league was established in 1992. There are multiple leagues, including the National Professional Paintball League, Paintball Sports Promotions and United States Paintball League, in which players compete to win prize money. 12. Anthony Kelly holds a Guinness World Record of catching 11 unbroken paintballs while blindfolded in two minutes.

What Do I wear To Play Paintball?

When deciding what to wear to play paintball, the key is to keep as little skin exposed as possible. Paintballs can travel at speeds of up to 200mph, so it will be painful when it hits you. However, don’t be discouraged, paintball is an incredibly safe game and if you wear the correct gear, you will be protected. It’s all about protection. More layers equal more protection as a defensive layer for your skin. Wear multiple layers to absorb the paintball’s impact, but make sure clothes are loose fitting and do not restrict your movement, as you will need to be agile too. Paintballs are made from non-toxic, water-soluble, biodegradable materials and will wash out of your clothes and skin. However, you will get dirty during the game from paintballs as well as from climbing over terrain, crawling through forest, and rolling in mud, so wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Think strategically. Wear dark colours and camouflage to stay hidden from the enemy. Softer materials are more likely to cause the paintball to bounce instead of break, keeping you in the game. When playing paintball, this is what you should wear to the game centre: Head – Your head can be vulnerable to hits, so wear a hat such as a beanie for extra protection underneath your paintball helmet. Top – The best thing to remember when deciding what top to wear is to leave little skin exposed. Avoid short sleeves and opt for long-sleeved tops with thicker hoodies on top. Layer up and pack a raincoat to prepare for the weather. Trousers – Wear loose-fitting tracksuit bottoms or joggers that you can run in. Try wearing a thin pair over the top of a thick pair to layer up for extra protection. Footwear – Wear comfortable shoes that can run in and get dirty, such as old trainers. Ankle injuries are also common in paintball, so hiking boots that support the ankle and are easy to run in will also work well. Gloves – hands are particularly sensitive areas which are constantly open to getting hit. Wear thick gloves to protect your hands, and don’t go for fingerless styles. Armoured gloves such as paintball gloves, football gloves or gardening gloves work best.

Kit We Provide You With

You will also be provided with an extra kit to provide extra safety and protection during the game. At BPF, we constantly invest in the very latest paintball equipment to ensure your safety:

11+ Paintball

Goggles – Goggles are the most important piece of kit as they protect your eyes from paintballs and need to be worn at all times during the game. Our goggles provide full head protection and cover the top, sides and back of the head. Snood – The snood protects the forehead, throat, neck and ears, as these can be vulnerable areas. Body Armour – Full body armour provides protection and padding to absorb the impact of incoming fire. Our armour covers the whole body to ensure you are well protected. Overalls – Overalls provide an extra thick layer of protection over the top of your own clothes and are comfortable, durable and lightweight so you can stay stealthy. BPF’s overalls are in camouflage colours so you can stay hidden from the enemy. Battle Belt – A battle belt fits comfortably around your waist so that you can carry extra accessible ammunition. Paintball Gun – To play paintball, you need a paintball gun. Bawtry uses a Tippmann FT-12 Fliptop paintball machine gun, which is accurate, lightweight, easy to handle, reliable and robust. It’s the fastest gun on the market and fires eight balls per second. It fires 800 shots before it needs to be recharged with air.

Junior Paintball 9+ Years

Goggles – Goggles must be worn at all times to protect the eyes and face. We provide our players with full-head goggles that protect the head’s top, sides and back from paintballs. Body Armour – Body armour protects the whole body from painful hits by absorbing the impact of fire. Camo Suit – A thick camo suit with a padded collar provides an extra layer of protection against fire and keeps you hidden in the game zone. Paintball Gun – Younger paintball players are kitted out with lower impact guns to provide extra safety. We use an American Tippman FT50, which is smaller, lighter, easier to use, uses smaller paintballs, and fires with less force. When playing paintball, remember that it’s all about protection, layering up, and leaving as little skin exposed as possible. Wear dark colours to stay hidden, loose-fitting items to stay stealthy, and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty. Wear a hat, long-sleeved tops, loose-fitting joggers, comfortable footwear, and thick gloves. You will be provided with safety goggles, the most important piece of kit to protect the eyes and head, a snood, overalls to protect your clothes, a battle belt for accessible ammo, armour to protect the body, and, of course, a gun. You’re now kitted out and ready to lead your team to victory.

Is Paintball Safe?

Many first-time paintballers may be worried about playing due to the risk of injury. With paintballs being fired at you at 200 mph and difficult terrain to manoeuvre, paintball doesn’t seem like the safest activity. However, paintball is, in fact, one of the lowest-risk sports there is and is very safe as long as you follow the safety rules.

Safety Stats

One study by the Minnesota Paintball League found that paintball has 0.2 injuries per 1000 players, whereas football has 2.4 per 1000 and tennis 1.1 per 1000. Paintball is thus safer than both football and tennis, a statistic that some may find surprising. What’s more, a 2002 study by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents found that out of 923 paintball players admitted to A&E in the UK, 431 were for ankle, foot or leg injuries, and most paintball injuries come not from being shot but from running around. Those who sustained eye injuries did so because they were not wearing goggles – they failed to follow the safety rules. Paintball has one of the lowest injury rates of any sport. If the paintball hits you, it may sting, but as long as the safety instructions are adhered to and the recommended safety gear is worn, you would have to be incredibly careless to do any real harm. You’re no more likely to get any more bruises or scrapes playing paintball than you are playing any other sport.

Safety Equipment

You should wear the correct safety gear to stay safe when playing paintball. You can start by wearing appropriate clothing for protection. Wear multiple layers as a defensive layer for your skin. Keep as little skin exposed as possible and make sure your movement is not restricted, as you will need to be agile to prevent falling over. Wear comfortable shoes that you can run in and support the ankle, as ankle injuries are common in paintball. You will also be provided with an extra kit to provide extra safety and protection during the game. At BPF, we invest in the latest paintball equipment for maximum safety. Full body armour and thick and padded camo overalls provide an extra layer to protect your body and absorb the impact of incoming fire. Full-head protection goggles are the most vital safety equipment as they protect your eyes and head and must be worn at all times in the game zone. If they are removed, you will be excluded from the game. Likewise, don’t fire at those who aren’t wearing a mask, and wear the high-quality anti-fog goggles we provided, not your own.

Safety Tips

There are a few general safety rules to be followed to ensure maximum safety: Our trained marshalls give a safety briefing before the game that should be followed.
  • Players must be 11+ years old. Junior Paintball, an even safer version of paintball, is available at BPF for those aged 9+.
  • No goggles should be lifted outside the safe zone of base camp.
  • Keep your gun in safety mode and plug in the barrel when not in the game zone to reduce misfires or accidental firing.
  • Don’t fire anything other than the paintballs we supply you with.
  • Don’t fire blindly unless you have a target.
  • Don’t overshoot if you’ve already hit someone.
  • We enforce a 5-meter rule to ensure players are not shot from close range.
  • Don’t fire at anything that’s not in the game zone.
  • Don’t fire with intent to harm.
  • Paintball is a non-contact sport.

Safety Regulations

BPF multi-activity centre has a 100% first-class safety record and is the UK’s safest multi-activity centre. We are a 5-star, fully accredited UK Paintball Sports Federation venue and meet the rigorous UKPSF standards in safety, equipment, staff training and facilities. This is due to our quality safety equipment, robust safety procedures, and highly trained staff who are first-aid qualified and instruct and supervise all activities. An HSE officer suggested our health and safety policies be used as a model for other multi-activity centres, so you’re in safe hands with us.

Paintball Is Safe!

It is clear that paintball is one of the least dangerous and risky sports, so there is no need to be worried about playing and having fun. As long as you play at a regulated centre, wear the correct equipment and follow the safety rules, you can enjoy paintball safely and without fear of injury.

6 Reasons Why Paintball Is Fantastic For Team Building

Finding the right team-building activity for your company can be tough, so we’ve made this decision super easy for you. Choose paintball. Paintball develops many skills essential in the workplace, improves relationships between your team, and keeps morale and productivity high. This article showcases 6 of the best reasons why paintball is a fantastic team-building activity and helps establish formidable teams. Leadership Paintball can help develop strong leadership skills. Some will lead their team, and others will follow. Good leaders listen to their team and are listened to. They motivate and inspire their team, understand their strengths and where they will best be delegated, are proactive, and find the best way for the team to reach their objective. These transferable skills will help leaders be made on the paintball field and in the office. Relieve Stress Stress is an incredibly negative force in the workplace. We all get stressed due to the excessive pressures and demands, and with so much work to get done, it can be hard to find downtime. Paintball relieves stress as it is a fun and physical activity that releases endorphins, reducing stress. Paintball is a chance to get out of the office and have some fun to forget about that everlasting to-do list. Decreasing stress levels improves productivity, so your team will be more motivated to get more work done. Problem Solving Paintball is a game of strategy and tactics. You need to have a clear strategy and always think two moves ahead of your opposition to determine the best thing your team can do to win. This will improve problem-solving skills in the office, as you need to constantly resolve issues, think outside the box to overcome obstacles and determine the best way to reach your objective with a foolproof strategy. Communication Communication is one of the prime skills needed at work and for success in paintball. Paintball encourages communication between teammates to win the game. Communicate clearly and listen carefully to teammates to strategise a plan. During the game, share your knowledge and ideas by telling teammates the next moves you’re making, whether you need cover, and who you’ve hit. Paintball encourages people to communicate with each other to achieve their goals, much like is needed in the workplace. Teamwork Teamwork is key in paintball and key to thriving in business. Paintball encourages allies to work together to win the game. The team that wins is the team that best utilises teamwork to achieve their aims. As in the workplace, everyone needs to do their bit and come together, as they will work better as a whole team rather than independently. Improve Relationships Paintball will help to build better relationships and lift team spirit. It’s a chance to have fun, get to know each other, and improve relationships. Improved relationships keep morale high, improve company culture, and increase staff retention. There are so many reasons why paintball is fantastic for team building. It improves leadership, relieves stress and boosts morale and productivity, develops problem-solving skills, increases communication and teamwork, and promotes positive relationships, company culture, and staff retention. So next time you are planning a team-building exercise for your corporation, give paintball a go and build exceptional teams whilst having fun.

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