Spring is a busy period for University shooting as it falls before any major exam periods.

This week, then, our sponsored team, the University of York Clay Pigeon Shooting Club visited their Age-old rivals, the University of Lancaster, at Crabtree Shooting Ground. This excellent ground is situated in the truly beautiful landscape between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District.

The day was eventually won by the Liverpool University team, a testament to the talent on display on an extremely challenging layout in particularly difficult (windy) conditions. If anyone is looking to test their skills on Sporting Clays, we can’t recommend Crabtree enough. Lancaster beat York this time around, with their shooters taking Male and Female High Gun. It’s still all to play for, however, as the teams will face one another again at Roses 2019.

Despite their age-old rivalry, these teams have always shared a commitment to engaging and developing new shooters, whatever their needs or situation.

York Guns has supported the UYCPSC for over half a decade now, and we’ve seen many members come and go from many backgrounds.

At the Lancaster competition, both sides displayed this commitment. Many of the York members this time around have only recently started shooting. They did, however, post respectable scores with the tutoring support of the club. Similarly, we live in a time when shooting needs to be reaching out to new audiences. Presenting a modern, inclusive and conscientious image, both teams delivered in spades.

Both sides played host to superb female shots, enthusiastic and driven members who have taken up valuable roles of leadership within them.

As a sponsor, we have helped the UYCPSC invest in equipment that has made them more accessible to everyone. From Beartooth Cheekpieces to stylish, embroidered Jack Pyke Gilets, Hull Cartridges and lightweight semi-auto shotguns, York Guns and the University of York Clay Pigeon Shooting Club work together to cater for different gunfits, tastes and needs.

It is important not just to pay lip-service to addressing the developing needs and audiences of our sport. Do your research, think critically about what you’re doing and always ask “How can we do this better?” The results will speak for themselves. We’re proud to support these active, engaged young people as they continue to make shooting a Sport for All.

Image Credits: Header: Sherwin Robinson, Body: David Farrimond

Crabtree Clay Shoot is located at:

Crabtree Farm, Crabtree Lane, Cow Brow, Carnforth LA6 1PJ