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Grimsthorpe Estate wins top clay pigeon award

Grimsthorpe Estate Shooting Ground was named the club/ground of the year by the National Governing Body for clay-target shooting in England, the CPSA.

Club/ground of the year is presented to a club or ground that has made a significant contribution to the shooting experience of CPSA members over the past year, as voted on by members. Club owners Mark Russell and Sophie Coups accepted the award at the annual CPSA Awards held at the Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield on Saturday, February 2.

The award was presented to them by Duncan Grisedale of Promatic Ltd, the award’s sponsor.

The ground underwent a massive programme of improvements in 2018, including the opening of a purpose-built stone clubhouse with multiple rooms and a full-service café and bar, and the hiring of full-time resident instructors, while continuing to offer varied and technically challenging English Sporting Clays courses.

Speaking after receiving the award, ground owner Mark Russell said: “For us to be nominated has just been incredible, to win it is indescribable, it’s fantastic, especially with the other nominees who were also so worthy of this award.”

His daughter and co-owner Sophie spoke about their enthusiasm for getting new participants to take up the sport, stating: “We are trying to expand ladies’ shooting clubs, we’ve already started one called The Grimsthorpe Girls, encouraging ladies into the sport locally. We’re offering more training for youngsters as well.”

The CPSA Annual Awards night is a cornerstone event in the clay shooting calendar. Former EastEnders actor Shaun Williamson hosted the evening.

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