This is what we know so far
Clayshooters in England are celebrating the re-opening of their sport after the COVID-19 shutdown. We’ve had a look around to see which clay grounds are open again in which regions (or are about to open). If there are any to add which you think should be included, please let us know and get in touch here at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then look at adding them to the list which we will be updating frequently.
Safety policies and procedures to prevent the spread of infection have been put in place in accordance with Government guidelines. All the clay grounds we mention below require pre-booking, so don’t just turn up expecting to shoot. Ring ahead for details and don’t expect to be able to borrow a gun.
Which clay grounds are open again (or will re-open shortly)
South East England
Re-opens 3 June
The Long Siberia Pay & Play facility is open Tuesday to Sunday
A statement on the site says: “We are delighted to announce that as of Saturday 23 rd May 2020, E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground will re-open. We will of course be adhering to all Government guidelines on hygiene protocol and social distancing, and would ask you to do the same. Over the last two months we have undertaken significant work to include installing Claymate, a Promatic automated release system, across the entire shooting ground. All current shotgun certificate holders can now shoot unaccompanied. We ask everyone to book in advance. Our booking lines will be open as of Wednesday 20th May from 9.00am, please call us on 01494 883227 or email email@example.com. Could everyone please bring your hat, glasses and ear defenders and any other PPE you require. We will have a limited supply available. For those wanting to use the Claymate system please bring your shotgun certificate. ”
Open for pre-booked practice daily, conditions apply.
For Sporting clays only
Planning to re-open 26 May. Mark Heath, instructor manager advises: “We have put a large amount of effort into ensuring the safety of our clients and staff ready for when we are able to open in accordance with Government guidelines and CPSA advice together with the rest of the shooting industry. There will be an absolute focus on hygiene, safe space and safe operating procedures for everyone at the ground. Part of this will be achieved by the appointment only system that we have always operated and therefore controlling how many people are at the shooting school at any one time.”
South West England
Midlands & East Anglia
Open from 27 May
Planning to re-open on 27 May