School activity sessions proved a hit at Park Lodge Shooting Lodge while plans for a new Yorkshire Schools Clay Shooting Challenge are gathering momentum.
Pupils from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Wakefield, visited Park Lodge Shooting School in West Cowick to enjoy the first of a series of clay shooting lessons with Park Lodge’s experienced instructors.
Following a full safety briefing, the pupils learnt the basic techniques of how to handle a gun, how to improve their gun mounting and were then shown the different ways to hit a range of targets before trying it for themselves.
The lessons have been arranged as part of the school’s new enrichment afternoons, entitled QED, which offer a varied range of extra-curricular activity designed to bring students out of their comfort zone and try something new. Running throughout the year, 75 pupils aged between 12 and 18 subscribed to the clay shooting experience and will be developing their skills on the shooting grounds’ wide range of clay layouts including Down the Line, English Skeet and different English Sporting Targets.
Tom Bayston, proprietor of Park Lodge Shooting School, said: “We are delighted to welcome the Queen Elizabeth boys to Park Lodge and they are already making great progress. It’s fantastic to see a new generation learn how to shoot and enjoy the competitive element of the sport, which was of course exemplified by Peter Wilson’s gold medal win at London 2012 and has sparked a huge amount of interest in people of all ages taking it up.”
Jim Palin, Deputy Head, Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, said: “The opportunity to get involved in clay pigeon shooting at Park Lodge is part of our QED programme where our 700 boys can choose from a menu of nearly 100 activities. The boys are having a brilliant time learning to shoot and we believe that this sport provides outstanding opportunities for them to develop new skills that are transferable to many aspects of life beyond their school years. It requires common sense, encourages responsibility and perhaps most importantly, it’s serious fun: boys of all shapes, sizes and ages can excel through grit, determination and practice.”
The visit from the school coincides with a new initiative being prepared by Park Lodge Shooting School to launch the Yorkshire Schools Clay Shooting Challenge 2014.
The challenge will take place at Park Lodge next summer and will invite teams of novice and semi experienced shooters from schools around the region to compete for a range of prizes and a trophy. Final details and sponsorship opportunities for the challenge are currently being developed and will be announced in the new year.