Four of Sparsholt College’s student gamekeepers can now officially call themselves the best young shooters in the country, having recently triumphed at the British Association of Shooting and Conservation (BASC) Gamekeeping College Clay Shoot held at Park Farm Shooting Ground near Worcester.

Twenty-two teams from colleges across the UK competed at the annual event which saw Sparsholt College crowned Best Overall Team and student Justin Garrod awarded Highest Individual Gun for his fantastic score of 74/80 clay shots! Justin explained his gratitude for the industry opportunity, saying: “I had a great day representing Sparsholt College at this year’s BASC clay shoot, meeting lots of new people and taking home two titles for Sparsholt to celebrate.”

Alex Farrell, Game & Gamekeeping Officer at BASC said: “It was a fantastic day and once again a pleasure to see so many student gamekeepers come together from across the country to compete on a testing clay shooting course. On behalf of BASC, we were honoured to host such a busy event with the support of Bushwear, Chudleys, Suzuki and Swarovski.”

Sparsholt’s winning team this year consisted of Level 2 and Level 3 Extended Diploma Game and Wildlife students Justin Garrod, Josh Slade, Callum Beck and Niall Wright.

Rod Greenwood, lecturer in Game and Wildlife Management for Sparsholt College said: “I am immensely proud of all of our students who took part in the competition. They were focused and professional and really showcased their skills, as well as representing the College’s game keeping provision excellently. To win the inaugural BASC trophy back in 2010 was very special, but to retain the title for a third time is testament to the quality of teaching and learning we deliver here to our students at Sparsholt.”

Sparsholt College offers a range of Game, Wildlife and Countryside Management courses. Meet the experts and get bespoke course advice at our upcoming Open Event on Wednesday 26 April 2017, 4pm – 7pm. Book a place now at: www.sparsholt.ac.uk/opendays/