The largest shooting organisation in the UK has put its weight behind the British Schools & Young Shots Championship, which will return to Sporting Targets in Bedfordshire on Saturday 6 May.
The Under-14s competition, which previously ran on the Black course, will change its name to the BASC Layout to highlight the support the organisation is offering the competition. The school that finishes on top of the BASC Layout will take home £500 to help support the clay shooting team. This can be spent on anything from a new gun or ammunition for the team, to tuition or improving the team’s facilities – as long as the cash is used toward to the development of clay shooting and fieldsports.
On top of the 32-bird BASC Layout, there will be two courses of 50 clays each, the Red and Blue layouts. Six members of the A-teams will shoot the Red course and also compete individually, where the top shot can take home the Clive Stanton Memorial Trophy. B-teams will take on the Blue layout in squads of six, while Ladies, Cadets and Scouts will shoot in threes alongside them.
Schools are encouraged to enter as teams across all three layouts, which will be set for different standards of shooters and ages. The Red and Blue course will be £28 per gun and the BASC Layout costs £26 per shooter. There will be other sponsors and prizes announced in the next issue of Clay Shooting magazine.
Having BASC join the British Schools & Young Shots Championship for 2017 is a clear sign of how important the event is to youngsters around the country. As a national championship, we hope the partnership will promote the benefits of shooting to young people. Being involved in the sport develops a sense of competition, highlights the importance of shooting and keeps you healthy.
BASC’s David Illsley said: “BASC are keen to promote youngsters in shooting at every opportunity. It is a fantastic sport, which develops personal responsibility and encourages youngsters into the outdoors.
“BASC is delighted to give support to the British Schools & Young Shots Championship and we believe this important national competition will continue to go from strength to strength.”
The competition has seen the likes of Olympian Amber Hill, ISSF World Cup medallist Ben Llewellin and many others. Last year, Brody Woollard walked away with the top prize, and he has gained national sponsorships and fantastic accolades throughout the year. The British Schools & Young Shots Championship is a big step on the way to becoming the next great shooter.
Youngsters will shoot alongside shooters of similar age, gender and ability to see who will be crowned the best and represent their school on the national stage. On top of winning the perpetual trophies and bragging rights over your rival schools and shooting friends.
To enter, download the form by clicking here. If you are having trouble downloading the form, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01225 687441.