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Clay Pigeon Shooting at Bloxham School

Picture courtesy of The Schools Photography CompanyClay Pigeon Shooting is a very popular activity amongst Bloxham School students, open to both boys and girls.

Bloxham has an impressive track record in competitions and their achievement in winning four out of five classes at the National Schools Clay Pigeon Shooting Championships, in May 2017, is unprecedented. Fittingly, this success marks the thirtieth anniversary of the school offering clay pigeon shooting as an activity – it started in the Summer term 1987, thanks to the initiative of a 4th form pupil, Oliver Hill. This is actually the sixth time Bloxham's A team have won the National Championships; they did so in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2012 and 2013. Two boys, Richard Crofts and Richard Foxon, were involved in all three successes at the turn of the century. The B team won their class at the Nationals in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and again in 2014, when the A team finished 2nd in theirs, and the girls’ team won in 2007, when the A team again finished 2nd.

Clay Pigeon Shooting sessions take place at Edgehill Shooting Ground between 4.00pm and 6.00pm on Tuesdays.

The coaches are experts within the sport, one of whom currently captains and represents the England team. There is no need for students to own their own gun as the school own 12 and 20 bore guns (three of which are Browning Guns that the team have won in the last three years). All standards are welcome to attend the activity - tuition is given to all, beginners through to experienced students. The Bloxham School team take part in competitions, giving students the opportunity to represent their school.

The cost is £27.50 per session, which includes tuition, cartridges and clays (parental permission is needed). The sessions take place from September until the October Half Term and then resume again in February for the rest of the school year.

Clay Pigeon Shooting Clean Sweep at the National School Championships, May 2017