Air pistol shooting is a relatively new addition to our activities programme. With a number of pupils involved with Pentathlon and Pony Club activities, there soon became a need for a school-based training option.
Whilst Modern Pentathlon have moved on to laser guns, the Pony Club still use pellet guns as part of their “tetrathlon” events. Thus, Wycliffe started to offer a lunch time training session to ensure those athletes had a regular coached session.
Since that time, interest in pistol shooting has increased dramatically. There are now three sessions per week with nearly twenty pupils taking part. We offer a range of training at both 7m and 10m disciplines. Once again, interest from outside the school prompted the founding of a club that would offer shooting training to the wider community.
Our mobile range is equipped to support twelve firing points. We can have a variety of disciplines from standard 10m ISSF targets to 7m Pony Club turning targets, training at the same time. We have a number of dedicated match pistols for our pupils to train with, giving them the very best equipment to ensure a high standard is achieved.
Competitively, we have made a very strong start. British Shooting have increased the competitive options for school shooting by introducing regional and national finals. Last year, Wycliffe won the senior team event at the SW championships and this year we achieved a team silver at senior level, a team bronze at junior level and took a gold medal in the senior individual event. Each year we enter a number of athletes into the NSRA sponsored postal competition. This national event attracts a great number of entries across five classes. This year, one of our pupils qualified for the head to head finals at the Lord Roberts Centre, Bisley. In a field of 12 athletes, the Wycliffian came a creditable 5th overall. This is a fantastic start for us in the wider world of target shooting.
The sport of target sprint is relatively new and combines shooting with running. Athletes run a series of 400m distances interspersed with rifle shooting at knockdown targets at a distance of 10 metres. Wycliffe hosted one of the first events run by British Shooting. Since then we have offered Target Sprint training as an option within our weekly sessions. Last year, one of our pupils was selected to be part of the GB squad, with another winning gold in the regional finals. With two bespoke rifles in our armoury and the plan to add more, Target Sprint is a discipline that Wycliffe will aim to do well in for many years to come.
Click on the link below to read a report on the recent Target Sprint National Finals, by Josh Hunt, Year 11.