Every year the Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting (CCRS) hold a 2-day National inter-cadet Clay Target Shooting competition which this year was held at Cambridge Gun Club, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire over the weekend of 24th & 25th June 2017.
Air Cadets from 44F (City of Bradford) and 250 (Halifax) squadrons made up the two teams that represented the North Region Air Training Corps in this year’s competition. Each team comprised of four cadets and an adult shooter who competed in three distinct shooting disciplines against other teams from the Air Training Corps, the Army Cadet Force and the Combined Cadet Force. This year, for the first time, there was also a team from the Police Cadets.
The South & West Yorkshire Wing team comprised of Flight Sergeant (FS) Josh Ackroyd and Corporal Hurayz Hasnain from 44F (City of Bradford) Sqn and Corporal Luke Mills and Cadet Luke Crossley from 250 (Halifax) Sqn. Cadet Instructor Dave Ackroyd was the adult shooter for the team.
250 (Halifax) Sqn team comprised of Sergeant Levi Baldwin, Corporal Marcus Trevor, Corporal Reece Bridgeman and Cadet Jamie Rogers. The adult shooter was Sergeant Neil Watson.
On the first day, both teams were involved in the 25 Shot Down The Line discipline before moving on to a 50 Shot Sporting Discipline. The 2nd day started with a 60 Shot Flush Discipline.
Then the top two scorers in the Sporting contest from each cadet force went on to shoot in an Inter Services Skeet Competition. FS Josh Ackroyd represented the ATC in this competition as performed exceptionally well in the Sporting discipline, achieving the ATC’s highest score of 38.
Then the next top four scorers represented their force in the Inter Services Flush competition with Cpl Marcus Trevor shooting as part of the four cadet ATC team.
As a result of this, Josh Ackroyd and Marcus Trevor were awarded their Corps Blues Badges.
Cpl Marcus Trevor said: “After starting shooting in January I could have never expected to come far enough to compete last weekend. But with some amazing training and support we felt ready to put in two teams for the competition.
“The competition was fantastic from the accommodation to the shooting ground and I had a thoroughly enjoyable time there. Both teams surpassed expectations and individuals did well too. All in all it was a great experience and I cannot wait for next year’s competition.”
Well done to all who participated.
Report by Dave Ackroyd, 250 (Halifax) Squadron, South & West Yorkshire Wing ATC
Picture shows Josh Akroyd and Marcus Trevor with their Corps Blues Badges