The gun is a heavy bit of kit (gun, gas bottle and hopper filled with paint pellets). Smaller children can find it difficult to carry, aim and shoot, let alone run. The pellets are fired at around 200 miles per hour. When you are hit by a pellet it can be painful, especially when shot at close range. Older children tend to be able to cope with being shot, younger slighter children can find it unpleasantly painful. The pellets may also leave a bruise that can last for a couple of weeks.Any player who is over 11 years and less than 16 years will need to bring along a letter of consent (download) from their parents to say that they have permission to play Paintball.. Alternatively if a parent drops their child off they can counter-sign the player sign-in sheet to acknowledge they have given permission.