Are you the next great talent in clay shooting? Prove it and you could win a £15,000 kit, sponsorship and tuition package, which could pave the way to stardom.
It’s all part of Southdown Shooting School’s Talent Pool scheme, which has now reopened for a third year. The school is once again seeking a promising shooter to be groomed for success ahead of the British Open Sporting Championship next year.
Anyone over 16 who is ranked no higher than C Class can apply to be in the Talent Pool. After a series of interviews and coaching days, one winner will be selected to win a £15,000 talent-nurturing package, including a Zoli Z Sport shotgun for a year, 12 one-to-one coaching sessions, membership at Southdown Shooting School, 5,000 NSI cartridges, CPSA membership, competition entry fees, branded clothing and even travel expenses.
But it’s going to be tougher than ever to win the package, with entries growing year on year. In 2016, Reece Dunne was selected out of a 70-strong field. Last year, more than 150 hopefuls entered.
Then, soldier Neil Gaff was eventually chosen as the winner. He told us how the prize package changed his life: “It’s the best experience I have had. The training and help I receive from the club has brought my shooting along fantastically – I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone.
“If you are even thinking about it – don’t think, just apply!”
Apply here on the Southdown website. Interviews will be held on 11 and 25 August and 1 and 8 September, before a Talent Pool final in the autumn. Candidates will be assessed on their confidence, enthusiasm and raw talent with the capacity to develop under the guidance of head shooting school coach, Simon Arbuckle – who will personally mentor the winner.