A key event in the clayshooting calendar takes place this week in Buckinghamshire at the EJ Churchill shooting ground, again playing host to the World English Sporting Championship, in association with the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA)
As well as the headline Championship event, there will be the World Sportrap, FITASC Sporting Open, Prelim English Sporting and the Intercontinental Trophy, amongst others. Spectators are welcome to come along and watch.
The shooting ground itself, which is located on the 40-acre West Wycombe Estate, comprises 150 clayshooting stands, 6 clayshooting disciplines and hosted the World Championships back in 2014.
Last year’s Championships were held at the South Florida Shooting Club in the USA.
Some of the world’s best shots will be descending on British soil to compete for the title and the legendary George Digweed MBE, who won the World English Sporting Championship in 2014. will be seeking an incredible 27th world title.
Managing Director of E.J. Churchill, Rob Fenwick, commented ahead of the World Championships, saying: “We are looking forward to bringing together the best of the best from around the world and just as importantly, encouraging the next generation of shooters to engage in what should be a fantastic competition.”
The schedule of events for the World English Sporting Championships 2016 is as follows:
Mon 20th – Weds 22nd June 2016: CPSA World Sportrap
100 target shoot on either: Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at E.J. Churchill.
Mon 20th – Thurs 23rd June 2016 – CPSA FITASC Sporting Open
100 target shoot on either: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at E.J. Churchill.
Thurs 23rd & Fri 24th June 2016 – CPSA Prelim English Sporting
100 target shoot at E.J. Churchill which will be unsquadded
Tues 21st – Sun 26th June – CPSA World English Sporting Championships
A 200 target shoot over 2 days at West Wycombe Estate (access from E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground). There will be a Super Final on Sunday 26th June at West Wycombe House, where the top six shooters (following shoot-offs to decide any ties) will compete for the world title.
Sat 25th June 2016 – Intercontinental Trophy by Blaser
England vs America Team Event – The five-person team competition will be a head to head shoot which will culminate in a thrilling climax. Can England claim the contemporary Blaser trophy back from the American team?
EJ Churchill also have a number of shoots running throughout the week for competitors to get some practice in before the main competition. Spectators are welcome to visit and watch the shooting competitions. There is no charge for entry but visitors should visit reception first where they can buy safety equipment.