darland 2MORE than 60 pupils at Darland High School in Rossett, North Wales, tried their hand at clay shooting with coaches from the UK’s largest shooting organisation, BASC.

Gary Ashton, BASC’s Director for Wales and Sporting Services, said: “As part of BASC’s initiative to introduce more young people to shooting sports, we contacted our local high school to see if their pupils would be interested in participating. On the 16th of December, nearly 70 pupils and teachers arrived at Common Wood fishery for an introduction to shotgun shooting.

“A team of dedicated BASC coaches and staff got to work providing a professional introduction for all the pupils. The pupils’ response was brilliant, they loved it, the only downside was that they wanted to do more there and then.

“This was a great opportunity for BASC to engage with pupils from the local high school to introduce them to shooting in an enjoyable, safe and proficient manner. We are aiming to do much more with the local communities and have already arranged another day for Year 9 early next year.”

Peter Agnew, the school’s head teacher, said: “The vast majority of schools around the country would never get such a great opportunity for their pupils to experience shooting. The pupils thoroughly enjoyed the experience and wanted to do more.

“All students were given a thorough in-depth safety briefing on arrival and were all eager to try out their skills at the clays. The students were incredibly enthusiastic about the experience, they had a thoroughly enjoyable day and appreciated the opportunity to try out this different activity.”

Promatic donated all of the clays free of charge.

Garry Doolan

Garry Doolan is BASC’s deputy director of communications and public affairs. He has more than 20 years experience of journalism and the media. He joined the organisation in 2016 and is a keen shooter and beater, with his springer spaniel Quincy.

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