Charity Clay Target Shoot for the British Heart Foundation
Finders Keepers has hosted a charity clay target shoot every year since 2011, raising more than £3,653.18 for various charities in the last four years. We are currently preparing for this year’s event, which will take place on Saturday 17th October (see details here). Each year there are two categories to take part in: ‘Have a Go’ and the 50-bird sporting layout competition for experienced shooters. In 2013 the ‘Have a go’ trophy was won by Natalie Kensett, using a 20 bore shotgun, and she showed a natural talent for the sport. Indeed, she has gone on to take this up as a hobby:
“The Finders Keepers charity event 2013 was my first go at shooting. My mother had seen an advert for the event and knew my father and uncle would be keen to attend. I had never had an interest in shooting but a small group of us got together and went along. I only really went along as a spectator, with no intention of shooting a gun, however I was persuaded to have a go while I was there and by the end of the day I had been nominated the best beginner and was given a bottle of champagne and a trophy! We attended the same event in 2014 and again had a thoroughly good time – all for great causes.
Following both Finders Keepers Charity Shoots, my father and uncle looked into taking up the sport as a hobby and became members of the Oxford Gun Company, where I joined them during the 2014 summer holidays. Following several beginner sessions, achieving good scores, I queried about getting my own licence to enable me to shoot with my father and uncle. The Club informed me about a Novice Day and their Winter Series competitions, which I attended and after which I was approached by David Florent, a Shotgun Instructor, who offered me a place at the Oxford Gun Company Academy.
Places at the Academy are limited and the process involves applying for a position and being interviewed, so you can imagine how delighted I was to have been offered a place rather than applying for one. After a lot of consideration, as I was going to University, I decided to accept his offer in January 2015. I have attended six competitions as practice but in the last two I have achieved 5th and 6th placings with very close scores.
Unfortunately, I do not get to practice as much as I would like, although there is a ground not far from my University so my parents come up with my kit to have a shoot with me on the occasional weekend. I have noticed that there are not many female competitors in this sport, so it would be lovely to see more ladies having a go, and the FK ‘Have a go’ category is a great place to start!”