Our new columnist, Rhys Plum, loves the variety and competitive atmosphere of English Sporting
As the newest contributor to Clay Shooting magazine, let me introduce myself. I’m Rhys, and I am a 15-year-old clay shooter from Hertfordshire. My discipline of choice is English Sporting.
I do manage to get underneath a few pheasants during the season, but I spend the majority of my time in the cage. I’ll tell you a bit about my journey since starting shooting six years ago.
I started with my father at the age of nine, using a .410 at my local shooting ground, which is Atkin Grant & Lang. I soon realised that my shooting style leaned towards targets of a game flavour, and after a while we did diversify into shooting live quarry – but I soon came back to clays.
I just love the competitive atmosphere that you get at CPSA registered shoots and the like. I have been lucky enough to shoot with some great people in the sport, and they have introduced me to many other disciplines, including DTL, Helice and FITASC.
However, that has only consolidated my passion for English Sporting – in my view, nothing can match the variety of targets and topography that Sporting offers.
I have been fortunate to travel to many different grounds across the country, and we have clocked up a large number of miles in the car in the process. Most often though, you’ll find me training at Atkin Grant and Lang.
All this travelling is valuable, as I believe it’s important to visit as many grounds as you can, to shoot a variety of targets, to take you out of your comfort zone and try different shooting styles.
It’s vital in Sporting that you get out there. Otherwise it’s all too easy to be a big fish in a small pond and become complacent in your shooting.
I realise that I haven’t been shooting for long, so don’t expect me to share any ‘expert tips’. I do strongly believe, though, that every shoot is an opportunity to learn something and improve.
Each event brings its own challenge, whether that’s getting the shakes in your first competition, or having to hold your nerve in a shoot-off final.
I look forward to sharing my experiences with you and hope that you find my future articles of interest. If you happen to see me at my home ground of Atkin Grant & Lang, or at any other ground around the country, do please come up and say hello – I’m especially keen to meet people who are new to the sport.
Rhys Plum is 15 years old and has been shooting since the age of 9. He lives in Hertfordshire and shoots Sporting, and has recently had some success in the TSC Series for young shots.