Strathallan School once again supported the Colts Clay Competition at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair last month, as part of its commitment to bringing the sport to more young people.
The Perthshire school has a proud shooting tradition – it is the only school in the country to have established its own purpose-built clay pigeon shooting facility, boasting a fully automatic compact sporting layout and standard clay range.
Its shooting academy is host to some of the best young shots in the country and its pupils have placed consistently at the British Schools’ Championship over the last 12 years and won the Scottish Schools’ Clay Pigeon Championships 13 times in the last 15 years.
Fostering a love of the sport in a new generation is something Strathallan is truly passionate about and being involved with the GWCT Scottish Game Fair at Scone is seen as a fantastic way to achieve this.
The competition attracts young shots from across the country and is always a great experience for all involved. The fair itself is a permanent fixture in the diaries of many in its school community so is the perfect opportunity to meet up with parents, staff, pupils and alumni.
A school spokesperson said: “We were all delighted it could go ahead this year in spite of the Covid disruption we have all faced.
“This year’s competition proved to be especially rewarding as we were able to support some of our own pupils competing across the weekend.”
In her first ever competition, and after shooting for a total of just seven weeks, Molly H said: “It felt great to achieve such good results for my first competition after only seven weeks of shooting. I’m hoping to continue to progress in the future.” (Molly placed 2nd and 3rd in Ladies Open on Saturday and Sunday respectively, 3rd in Junior on Sunday).
Brothers Angus and Ali T also achieved success, with Ali presented the prize gun for the overall Junior Super Final on Sunday by Strathallan governor Donald Gillanders.
Ali said: “It felt really, really good to finally achieve a goal I had been trying to achieve for some time. It was a special moment when it finally sunk in after the shoot off.”
The school spokesperson added: “Being able to support our pupils in all their passions is central to what we do at Strathallan. Whether playing with the pipe band in Barbados or lifting the trophy at the Holland and Holland competition, we’re proud to be able to say that our activities take our pupils on adventures all over the world.
“Sponsoring the competition at the GWCT Scottish Game Fair is an important part of this and we are sure we will be involved for many years to come.”