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National Shooting Week launches with a bang

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Article written by 30 May 2013

National Shooting Week (NSW) runs from 25 May to 2 June this year, offering a taste of the Olympic sports of clay pigeon and target shooting to the public at a special discounted price.

More than 70 shooting grounds around the country have signed up to take part in NSW, which last year saw hundreds of new people try the sport.

Olympic double trap gold medallist Peter Wilson launched NSW (on Friday 17 May) at his local shooting school, Southern Counties Shooting Centre, near Dorchester, Dorset, where he has trained for many years.

Children from Yewstock Special School in Sturminster Newton got the chance to be mentored through their first shots by the Olympic champion.

Ashley Pike, aged 15, said: “I had a brilliant time and even managed the hit the clay pigeon. Peter was really cool.”

Peter said: “Shooting is an amazing sport. It instils strong values of respect, honesty, safety and a competitive spirit in those taking part, so is a great sport for children to get involved in.

“I am very proud to be an ambassador for National Shooting Week. Allowing more people to try their hand at shooting and raise its profile is a real opportunity.”

And Barney White-Spunner, executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, which runs NSW, added: “We are very grateful to the shooting grounds who take part in NSW each year. Their training and enthusiasm is a real asset to the sport.”

To find out more about NSW and your nearest ground taking part in the scheme, go to www.nationalshootingweek.co.uk

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