Last year’s entry was the best for over a decade, with almost 400 competitors taking part in this fabulous festival of young shooters. Taking place on 28 April, this years event, run by Clay Shooting magazine, will be hosted by EJ Churchill for the fourth year running with sponsorship from Eley. The event will be open to all schools, scouts and cadet groups.
As with previous years, there will be two 50-bird courses, each set over seven stands; the A course providing a challenge for A teams (individuals aged between 14 and 19) and old pupils; and the B course for B teams, ladies, cadets and scouts. Both course will be designed to present an enjoyable, balanced array of targets, making in the competition challenging yet fun for all who take part.
A separate course of 32 birds will be set as a prep school challenge, designed for shooters under 14 years of age, made up of four pairs each on four stands.
Spaces are limited, so please pre-enter your team as soon as possible. And don’t worry, individual names within teams needn’t be confirmed until the day of the event, making team selection easier and more flexible.
Last year’s event saw Warwickshire’s William Allan take the top prize, receiving the Clive Stanton memorial trophy presented to him by Wes Stanton, publisher of Clay Shooting magazine, in honour of his late father. The Kineton pupil shot a 44 ex50, impressive considering the windy conditions which toughened up the courses.
Rosie Brumby came out top on the B course, as well as taking the Ladies High Gun on 48 ex50, followed in joint second place by Ben Prescott, George Everett and Amanda Murray, who all scored 45.
As for the team events, the trophies returned to their previous winners. Cokethorpe wont the A course for the third year running, with Strathallan School just one point behind. Millfield continued their winning streak with the B team event, with Bilton Grange successfully defending their prep school title.
Following the same format as last year, teams on both course will shoot in squads of six, to be staggered throughout the day to help everything run smoothly. Each team will be allotted a stand on which to start and a start time. They will then move around the course in numerical order.
The top team on each course will receive prizes along with the top prep and ladies teams. individual prizes will also be up for grabs, being awarded to the highest overall score, the highest score on each course – including the prep course – as well as the highest scoring lady gun, former pupil, scout and cadet.
This year the entry fee will be £19 per gun for prep entries and £22 per head for the main event.
Schools and individuals who have entered in previous years will receive entry details through the post, or you can print off an entry form by clicking here