The British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) visited the school as part of its Young Shots programme, aimed at introducing future generations to shooting. The children were able to try clay shooting and air rifle shooting, and learned about the role of pest control.
“This is the third consecutive year that we have been running these days at the school,” said Justin Clarke, BASC South East regional officer. “Every year they become more and more oversubscribed, proving that children from all backgrounds are interested in the outdoors and country way of life.” He added that days like these help give children the opportunity to experience shooting, no matter their background, saying “It’s important to remember that shooting is a socially inclusive sport, which is safe, fun and in which boys and girls can compete on an even keel.”
The headmaster of the school, Mike Fairclough, said, “Children at the school now understand why the countryside needs to be managed and how this impacts positively on every community within the UK. The children have been taught to fire guns safely and learned about gun law and the consequences of misuse.”
More information about the Young Shots initiative can be found on the dedicated website.