Scottish soccer team shoots for success

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A junior football team based in Perthshire has swapped shooting for gaols for shooting at clays.

The Crieff Juniors 2008 squad visited Gleneagles Shooting and Fishing School for an afternoon of clay shooting hosted by the British Association for Shooting and Conservation.

At the end of the day, the team was presented with BASC-branded waterproof jacket which they will wear for all games and training sessions.

The squad – most of which had never shot before – learned about all aspects of gun safety and handling a shotgun. They were then given the opportunity to try shooting some easy targets, before embarking on a mini competition under the watchful eye of expert coaches.

They also enjoyed an introductory presentation on the link between shooting and conservation and the importance of shooting to Scotland’s rural economy.

Out of 32 targets, first-timer Lewis Blair was the top gun of the day, hitting 25 clays. He was followed by Lochie Dodd with 23 and Archie Skinner with 22.

Archie, who is also a BASC young shot member and was instrumental in setting up the sponsorship arrangement, received the branded jackets from BASC’s public affairs manager in Scotland, Ross Ewing.

Archie said: “It is absolutely fantastic that we have been able to secure sponsorship from BASC, as well as a number of exciting shooting themed away days for my teammates and I.

“Shooting is such an enjoyable sport and I think it is really important that other young people like me have the opportunity to experience it and take it up as a hobby.

“Everyone at Crieff Juniors is grateful to BASC and Gleneagles for facilitating such an enjoyable day for us. We are looking forward to the next one already!”

Ross added: “We are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring the Crieff Juniors 2008 squad and facilitating what we hope will be an enduring relationship with shooting sports.

“The team shot very well indeed considering the vast majority were complete beginners. It is quite clear that football is not the only sport in which these boys have potential.

“We’d like to extend a huge thank you to Nick Raby and his team at Gleneagles for facilitating what was a fantastic introduction to shooting and we look forward to further supporting the squad and developing their interest in shooting in the months ahead.”