The biggest clay shooting event in Europe for young people takes place once again at EJ Churchill shooting ground on 27 April, and is expected to attract over 400 entrants. For the fith year running, sponsorship will come from cartridge manufacturer Eley Hawk, providing a fun yet challenging event open to all schools, scouts and cadet groups.
The format comprises of two 50-bird courses, each set over seven shooting stands across the ground. The A course will see the A teams (individuals aged between 14 and 19) and old pupils battling it out for a prize of 600 cartridges. The B course for B teams, ladies, cadets and scouts also has a top prize of 600 shells with both courses presenting a balanced, enjoyable array of targets designed to make the competition challenging, yet fun for all.
Shooters will compete in squads of six, with shooting times staggered throughout the day to help things run smoothly. Each team will be allotted a stand and a start time, before moving around the course in numerical order. Last year, Bloxham ended Cokethorpe’s reign of the A team event. Will Cokethorpe reign it back this year? In the B team event, Kimbolton took the honours, ahead of Olympic gold medallist Peter Wilson’s school Millfield in second. The high gun at the event went to 16-year-old Andy Fiedorowicz though, a Cokethorpe student who assured us he will be back to defend his title. Andy took home the coveted Clive Stanton memorial trophy.
The entry fee this year will be £25 per gun for seniors, ladies, cadets, scouts and old pupils, and £22 for under 14s. Parents entering the parent and child event will also have an entry fee of £25.
Schools and individuals who haven taken part before will receive entry details in the post, and full entry details and rules are available here and here. Spaces are limited, so get your entry in fast to get the time slot you want. Don’t worry though, individual names needn’t be confirmed until the day, making team selection easier and more flexible.
We look forward to seeing you there!