I started shooting at 14 years old after pestering my father to take me with him. It soon became clear that I had a competitive streak in me and a fair bit of co-ordination with a shot gun! I have shot competitive and have had my fair share of wins along the way, ranging from early wins at good old straw bale shoots, to winning guns at game fairs and shooting on the England team.
It was always a goal of mine to hold my own shoot, so I did this in the form of a charity shoot for the Air Ambulance, with a lot of help from friends and family, we held four shoots in total, raising a little under £6000. It was only going to be one shoot, but it proved to be such a popular event that I had to do it again! and again!
Because of all the hard work that goes into running a one-off shoot, I decided it would be a lot easier to jump out of a plane for the Air Ambulance instead. This raised £1400 and was a lot quicker to do!
I am based at South Worcester Shooting Ground, owned and set up by John and Pauline Clements in 1987. Their aim to provide quality clay shooting for mainly club shooters. The ground has grown every year, moving from 10 manual traps in the beginning, to a fully automated ground with the 40 traps they have today.
Separate from the main sporting layout, there is a private tuition field. This is a facility that no one else in the area matches and remains very popular with newcomers.
There is something for every level of shooter. For the more experienced shooters there are the awesome high towers. The 60-foot tower has 5 traps simulating a wide variety of game birds, while the 110-foot crane has 2 traps throwing some seriously high 'driven pheasant' targets. The ground prides itself on being "friendly and welcoming" so really I don't call it a job I enjoy it too much!