The British Schools & Young Shots Championship will return to Sporting Targets on 6 May 2017.
The competition, which is the national championship for young clay shooters, is taking place at the Bedfordshire-based ground for the second-consecutive year after such high praise and positive feedback for the event in 2016. The ground staff is thrilled to welcome back the country’s best and brightest shooting stars of the future. Owner Andrew Clifton said: “The British Schools & Young Shots Championship gives us an opportunity to open the ground to some fantastic shooters from around the country and we look forward to welcoming them all.”
The ground hosts big events like the Jack Pyke English Open and the High Tower Challenge each year, but it has great experience throwing clays for particular age groups and abilities and is a favourite of top coaches like Mark Winser, Ed Solomons and Ben Husthwaite.
John Hartog will set the targets, and he was responsible for the clays at last year’s competition. He said: “We really enjoy being part of this event as it allows us to support the next generation of shooters.”
Over three courses – Red, Blue and Black – 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. The Red course will see 50 clays thrown to test the best shooters that are on the verge of taking their talent to the next level, as well as the A-teams from each school. Another 50 targets will be set on the Blue course, which are set to challenge the Ladies, Cadets, Scouts and B-teams. Then the Black course will be a 32-bird layout for the Under-14s.
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.
On top of winning the perpetual trophies and bragging rights over your rival schools and shooting friends, there will be fantastic prizes from top supporters of the British Schools & Young Shots Championship – all of which will be revealed in the March issue of the magazine. But don’t delay as places will start filling up quickly.