The talent search launched by Southdown, in association with luxury Italian shotgun brand Zoli and cartridge-maker Nobel Sport Italia hopes to find and train a novice shooter to be entered into the CPSA British Open Sporting Championships in September 2017.
Shaun Miller, managing director of Southdown Gun Club, told Clay Shooting what he is looking for in entrants.
“Ideally, we would like someone who has never had the opportunity to shoot before and is a complete novice. A little experience is OK, but we are looking for natural talent and a quick learner.
“This is going to be a fun and enjoyable experience, but I can guarantee it won’t be easy and there will some days where nothing goes right. The winning candidate will need to be able to brush themselves off and try again after making a mistake. They will also need to be extremely committed to following this process through right to the end and then will hopefully carry on shooting for years to come.”
The final candidate will get 12 one-to-one coaching sessions with Simon Arbuckle, the head coach at Southdown Gun Club and the use of a Zoli Z-Sport shotgun and 5,000 NSI cartridges, as well as a CPSA membership, travel expenses, branded clothing, hearing and eye protection.
Applications should be made via the Southdown Gun Club Facebook page, including a short video or bio, describing their motivations. The contest has already seen signs of success, says Shaun. “We’ve had 30 people apply so far and the standard is extremely high so there is a fierce battle coming up!”
For more details, visit www.southdowngunclub.co.uk/talent-pool.
I took the plunge and applied for a spot in the Talent Pool. As a complete sporting-shooter novice I’ll be the first to admit to some serious nerves about entering – my total shotgun cartridge count is south of the century mark.
However I don’t want to live with regrets so I pulled together an entry video and left it to the judging panel to decide my fate.
The exciting news is that I have a place on the 12 November. I’m a bit worried about the ‘high standard’ displayed so far by other entrants, but if the panel are looking for a complete novice I will at least be in with a shot – no pun.