COVID-19 Update – Phased Return to Shooting Announced

Dear members,

Today, the CPSA sent out an email to all clubs, grounds and trade members.

The email stated that;

Following the easing of restrictions over outdoor activities,they (CPSA) had been working with the government, police and other bodies, and had received confirmation that it is now possible to start recreational clay shooting again.

They also confirmed that you as members are fully insured to clay shoot and carry shotguns in your vehicles to and from grounds as normal.

The CPSA has issued guidelines to grounds to ensure they comply with strict CV19 safety protocols and guidance.

This will be a phased return to clay shooting, with practice only on a pay/play basis.

No date has been set for a return to competition registered shoots.

As the grounds reopen, we recognise it’s a very personal choice as to whether you choose to shoot or not, and must be based upon your own personal health and potential risk to yourself and others.

This is a big step forward for shooting and we wish you all to keep safe.

Kevin Gill

We have had some bad news about the passing of a great coach, trap shooter, Commonwealth Games and Great Britain representative as well as Olympic competitor

A really nice person who loved our sport. Our best wishes go to his family at this sad time, made worse with the lockdown so people cannot go to pay their last respects, but he will live on in our memories. Rest in peace Kevin Gill.    

COVID-19 Club Closures and Championship Competitions

The list has increased since last night, so a quick update for you.
***** SHOOTING GROUNDS CLOSED *****
The following shooting grounds in our region have decided to close until further notice following government advice regarding Covid-19.


Rugby & District GC – Eriswell Lodge – Cambridge GC – Nottingham & District GC – Grange Farm – Orston GC – East of England – Tythe Farm – Grimsthorpe – Chalk Farm – Cocketts Farm – Sporting Targets – Brandon Wood – Priory – High Lodge

We have made the decision in the current climate to Suspend all of our Cambs Championships until further notice, once we are out on the other side we will do our best to ensure as many championships can take place.

Please keep safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Cambs UT

Well that’s the 2nd trip to Nuthampstead this year this time for the UT. A good entry for the event some 10 squads not all full but close to it. The day was a bit cold and windy at times, and the last few rounds for the late squads a bit of a downpour to top it all off. The shooting was very close all the way through the day, making it a great day’s shooting and competitive. As the day unfolded the best shooter finally pipped all. My thanks to Ed and Nicky and their staff for their work.

Overall champion. G Russo 93

Senior champion. M Sheldrake 90

Veterans champion. P Ward 89

Ladies champion. S Christensen 84

Corona Virus – update

Dear All

****** IMPORTANT NEWS *******
We have been advised today by the CPSA that all England Selection Shoots have been cancelled for the remainder of the season and this is across all disciplines.
The England Selection Sporting Shoot scheduled for Sporting Targets this weekend will still go ahead but is now downgraded to a normal registered shoot. Has now been cancelled, but Sporting Targets remain open as usual.

Can I ask you all to spread this far and wide.

Can I stress that Sporting Targets are not running a registered shoot this weekend.

I will of course update you of any news as soon as I get it.

Kind Regards 

Colin Butler

Current NHS advice on COVID-19 can be found here

Sportrap Entries

Entries now open for the Cambs sportrap on Sun 26th April at Eriswell Cambs shooters take priority for the first 2 weeks and then open to all after the 24th March so book in early to be sure of entry

Cambs OT Nuthampstead SG 23rd February 2020

Well as some would say: ” it’s a tad blustery”, but we had real downpours at times and the wind made it a struggle to stand tall or upright, but the 14 cambs shooters that came to support the first of the championships braved it all. We had a real good shoot on our hands, the scores were a little lower than usual, but they all seemed to enjoy at least part of the day.

Winners: L>R Graham Carter Champion, Sarah Christensen Ladies’ & Richard Croft Vets.

Thanks to Ed and Nicky and the staff at Nuthampstead for looking after us all again.

Overall champion G Carter. 81

Veterans R Croft.  79

Ladies S Christensen.   67

Juniors L McCollum.   66

Juniors L McCollum.   66

Graham Carter EE11821081CVeteran
Richard Croft EE10383979DSuperVeteran
Matthew Sheldrake EE12970479*Senior
Giovanni Russo EE8949477CVeteran
Paul Ward EE4797677*Veteran
Stephen Eley EE12520775*Veteran
Christopher Cheng EE13283873BVeteran
Timothy Jones EE2915170BVeteran
Ashley Smith EE13776670*Senior
Sarah Christensen EE10639467DLadies,Senior
Liam McCollum EE14025966DJunior
David Christensen EE10610665CSenior
Tony Randall EE7100363DSuperVeteran
Amelia Smith EE13785832*Ladies,Senior

Thanks to all the shooters for their support hope to see you all on the 15th March for the universal trench – we may get a bit of sun by then.

[Thanks to Tim Jones for the report]