UPDATE: The British Schools and Young Shots has been postponed until September 26th due to coronavirus.
The British Schools & Young Shots Championship is the big one for individual young shots and school teams from around the country, with categories for under-14s and 14-18 year olds.
This year it is hosted at Orston Shooting Ground in Nottinghamshire – one of the finest shooting grounds in the UK!
Britain’s 2012 Olympic gold medallist Peter Wilson MBE will be presenting the prizes, and British Shooting are attending to showcase their Talent Pathway, the route for young shots who want to compete for Team GB.
BASC, the British Association for Shooting & Conservation, have confirmed they are once again sponsoring the under-14s course, which is being named the BASC Layout. This will be the fourth year that they’ve supported the event.
As before, they’re putting up a fantastic cash prize for the winning under-14s team. Shooters aged 14-18 will compete on the Red and Blue courses, with some great prizes as well as trophies to be won.
BASC’s David Ilsley said: “One of BASC’s key aims is to introduce new audiences to shooting sports and provide opportunities to people who may never have participated before.
“Just as important, we need to demonstrate the connection between shooting and conservation, food production, physical and mental wellbeing and the rural economy.”
He added: “Working with schools that actively encourage safe and responsible participation in shooting sports is a great pleasure, and BASC are delighted to continue our long standing support for this excellent competition.”
The British Schools & Young Shots is the UK’s national championships for under-18s, and will see the country’s finest young talent competing over three courses of varying difficulty at the stunning Orston Shooting Ground in Nottinghamshire.
The competition is renowned for highlighting emerging talent in the world of clay shooting, with previous winners including Brody Woollard, Ronnie Green and Alfie Tibbles.
Last year the trophy went to Joshua Bennion, who shot a perfect 50-straight around the course at Atkin Grant & Lang. In the team categories, Bloxham School put in a tremendous performance, winning the Red and Black course prizes and scooping first and second place on the Blue; their shooters took the first three individual placings on Blue as well.
This year at Orston Shooting Ground there will be trade stands around the warm and friendly Orston clubhouse, which will be serving food and refreshments all day, plus there’s a gun shop where you can browse the guns, clothing and accessories on display.
It all makes for an event that’s much bigger than just another competition – it’s the one that schools and individual young shots really won’t want to miss.
Get booked in
Things are very up in the air at the moment as the globe tries to control the outbreak of COVID-19, but it’s still important to remember to have your place booked in and secured for when the event does go ahead, which will be on the new date of September 26th.
If you want to shoot with a school team, it’s specially important to book ahead, even if you don’t yet have full details of all the team members.
For more information contact the ground on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01949 851181.