How anyone can learn the technique that enabled George Digweed MBE to win 26 world titles and over 150 international titles? EJ Churchill Shooting Ground in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, has launched the George Digweed Academy.
George worked with the ground’s instructors for the past 18 months, teaching them his method of shooting. five coaches have passed the course, and are accredited to teach George’s method. They are: Sean Bramley, Jack Britnell, Mike Self, Stuart Taylor and Adam Davies.
George developed his shooting method by watching the best elite shooters in the world shoot and compete. He spoke to many world class coaches from other sporting backgrounds as well as looking at the similarities in other sports, such as cricket and golf.
All of this has meant he has been able to produce a technique that is consistent every time. Importantly, it is a modern-day approach that is suited to the equipment used for clay or game shooting in today’s sport.
Rob Fenwick, managing director of EJ Churchill, explains how the idea for the Academy came about: “Three years ago I was shooting with George in Kent, and we started talking about the growth we were both seeing for our wonderful sport.
“We discussed how George wanted to create a legacy to take forward, and how he wanted to support the industry more whilst at the pinnacle of his career.”
One year later, George joined EJ Churchill as their Global Shooting Ambassador. One of his remits was to help the company with its commitment to run World Championship events and deliver them to an exceptional standard for the world to see and for the UK to be proud of.
However, his main objective was to work with the EJ Churchill team to share the method of shooting that has seen him dominate the sport for over 35 years, winning 26 world titles and over 150 international titles, making him the greatest achieving British athlete in the UK. “We think there is a very exciting future ahead for our sport and projects like this will be critical to the longevity of our sport,” Rob Fenwick adds.
George Digweed said: “I am extremely proud of my association with EJ Churchill. It has been a real pleasure getting to work so closely with the instructors that we have here, and I am really proud with how they have taken everything on board and are also so invested in the teaching method.
It is wonderful to have an opportunity where people can come and shoot a different method and to be able to showcase what I have learnt and perfected over the last 30 years.”
Lessons are available for all abilities, are open to both members and non-members, and are suitable for clay or game shots.
Call the EJ Churchill reception team on 01494 883227 or email firstname.lastname@example.org