British Schools & Young Shots Championship will take place on 23 April – book your entry today

The British Schools & Young Shots Championship is set to take place at Sporting Targets in Bedfordshire on Saturday 23 April, 2016, and entries are now open.


Across three courses, each age group and category will take on targets suited to their level of experience for a fun and fair competition that will inspire youngsters to pursue shooting further but separate the best to establish who is the top young shot in the country.

Sporting Targets is in a fantastic location and was recently voted the Nation’s Favourite Shooting Ground by Clay Shooting readers. As one of the leading shooting schools in the country, attracting the likes of Mark Winser, Ed Solomons and Ben Husthwaite to use its facilities, it knows how to arrange courses for different abilities.


Red layout

The Red course will throw 50 clays for members of the A-team, which can feature anyone 14-19 years of age, and the Old Pupils. For £27, shooters will face the toughest targets of the day and shoot in teams of six (teams of three for Old Pupils) and in the individual competition. The High Gun will take home the Clive Stanton Memorial Trophy.

Blue layout

Another 50 targets will see the Ladies (teams of three), Cadets, Scouts, and members of the B-team (six shooters) compete in an individual competition, as well as representing their school for £27 each.

Black layout

Reserved for the Under-14 shooters, the £25 Black course will see 32 targets launched for the youngest competitors in teams of three. The top individual will take home the prestigious BASC Shield introduced in 2015.



Along with BASC, the Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club will return in 2016 and club founder Victoria Knowles-Lacks will present prizes of S&CBC rugby tops and gilets, as well as one-year membership packages for the top individual and members of the winning team.

More prizes are set to be announced.

How to enter

The national competition for young clay shooters is firmly established as the must-shoot event for youngsters, and schools from as far as Scotland and Cornwall regularly enter to earn bragging rights for the year. Every other student competition builds up to the British Schools & Young Shots Championship, so don’t delay your entry and click here to download the entry form today.

Please note the competition date published in the January and February editions of Clay Shooting magazine have changed. The British Schools & Young Shots Championship is no longer taking place on Saturday 16 April, but will now be held one week later at Sporting Targets on Saturday 23 April 2016 to better suit school term and exam dates.

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11 comments on “British Schools & Young Shots Championship will take place on 23 April – book your entry today
  1. Thomas whomes says:

    I’m 20 years old can I shoot this comptition or am I too old ?

  2. Paul C says:

    Just noticed the date changes, its been moved a week to help with English schools but not any good for Scottish schools????

  3. Sarah King says:

    Any class for individuals?
    We have a competitor who lives on the Isle of Wight. No-one else at her school shoots.

    • Huw Hopkins says:

      Yes individuals are encouraged and can shoot in the Parent-Child category if a parent or guardian wants to join.

  4. Alex smith says:

    I’m 19. Can I shoot as an individual without a parent or guardian?

    • alex says:

      Hi Alex, you won’t be able to shoot as an individual in the competition as you have to be under 19 years of age. You could shoot as part of an Old Pupils team however.

      • Alex smith says:

        Okay that’s great. Is there any age restriction on the old pupils team? And number of people?

        • alex says:

          There is no age restriction for an Old Pupils team, they just need to be former pupils of the institution that they are shooting for. There are 3 shooters on an Old Pupils team and they should all be representing the same school.

  5. Chris says:

    No shotgun prizes on offer this year then ?

    • Huw Hopkins says:

      Hi Chris,

      There is a new shotgun from Yildiz for the High Gun of the Red course. Full details will be published in the May edition of Clay Shooting out next week.

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