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BASC Scotland increases shotgun coaching capability

002-for-webA grant from a wind farm community fund has allowed BASC Scotland to purchase a trailer-mounted system of clay-pigeon traps to make shotgun coaching more flexible.

A successful application to the Griffin Calliacher Community Fund has allowed the UK’s largest shooting organisation, the British Association for Shooting and Conservation (BASC), to purchase a Promatic Huntsman XP Trailer, a simulated game machine which provides a wide range of target types.

The community fund recognised the work that BASC Scotland has already carried out for many years in Highland Perthshire, by providing shotgun coaching at community events and for local schools.

BASC Scotland director Colin Shedden said: “BASC Scotland is well equipped to provide shotgun coaching of the highest quality at large events, such as the Scottish Game Fair and Highland Field Sports Fair.  However, when it comes to small community events and school groups we were only able to help when a number of staff were available.  The provision of this trailer now means that one of our BASC accredited coaches can set up a coaching session for school or community groups on his or her own.

“We anticipate that the clay shooting at the Commonwealth Games will stimulate a lot of interest next year and we hope to be able to deliver coaching wherever we can. Already, a number of secondary schools in Scotland receive regular coaching from BASC staff.  We would be delighted to hear from any other schools that would be interested in trying this sport.  Now we have the trailer we have an even greater ability to deliver coaching locally and nationally.”

The grant of £10,773 was paid by Scottish and Southern Energy from the Griffin Calliacher Community Fund.  An additional £1,000 was made available by the Scottish Youth and Countryside Education Trust, emphasising the investment in young people.

The Huntsman XP game trailer was supplied by Promatic, who also donated two pallets of clay pigeons.

Photo shows members of Amulree and Trochry Community Fund with the new trailer, who are amongst those who supported the application and will benefit from BASC’s grant.

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