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In the Clubhouse... In the Clubhouse this week James Gibson, President of the Clay Pigeon Shooting Club, spins a yarn with Mike Stanton and Will Kelleher, Sport Editors THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER’S Clay Pigeon Shooting Club, or EUCSC as it’s better known was originally founded in 2008. It enjoyed initial popularity and success, however following some spectacular financial and organisational faux pas, it soon found itself in dire straights. In 2010, following the departure of the original committee, and the appointment of two new committee members, EUCSC slowly began rebuilding itself, but having been so crippled by debts, the club found it difficult to operate at the level that it had the potential to. However, with the appointment of two brilliant social secretaries and their connections, EUCSC managed to avoid disaffiliation from the Athletics Union, and with some informed financial decisions from the Treasurer, EUCSC found itself back on track, ultimately

being awarded the “Most Improved Club” Award at the end of last academic year, as well as the former President and Treasurer being awarded Club Awards by the Athletics Union.

“EUCSC is an open and friendly place where people from all backgrounds and shooting capabilities can come together and enjoy themselves” This academic year, EUCSC is unrecognisable as the floundering club it once was, boasting a committee of nine dedicated shooting enthusiasts, and over 50 members, guided by James Gibson, who is the new President of the Club. “EUCSC is an open and friendly place

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Ellie Jesson

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EUCSC Team Member

What is the best aspect of Clay Pigeon Shooting Club? The shooting days out and the socials are spectacular but it is all because of the calibre of the people in the club.

What is the best aspect of Clay Pigeon Shooting Club? The people involved in the club and our socials are amazing!

Best sporting moment? Peter Wilson’s gold medal winning performance in the London Olympic 2012 Trap Shooting.

Best sporting moment? Hitting my first clay in my first lesson - such a great feeling!

Sporting Hero? Federer. If I could be half as cool as that man then I wouldn’t be complaining.

Sporting Hero? Not from shooting but Mary King, the eventer.

What are your pre-match preparations? I usually clean my gun thoroughly before a round.

What are your pre-match preparations? I have a favourite pair of socks I like to think bring me luck.

What are your goals for the season? There are high hopes for the BUCS competition in early December. We are all training hard to ensure a strong finish this year.

What are your goals for the season? To carry on improving our shooting and for our BUCS team to place later in the year!

where people from all backgrounds and shooting capabilities can come together and enjoy themselves.” He believes that “although there is a certain stereotype of people who shoot nationwide, in our club there is no room for pre-conceived judgements or snobbery - we are a team and therefore we respect each other as such.” Last year, EUCSC competed in two competitions - the St Dial’s Christmas Cup, and the annual BUCS competition. “We could have done better,” concedes the President, “but given the talent and potential of our members, especially some who have never even held a shotgun before this year, we envisage 20122013 to be EUCSC’s year.” The Club will be making their first competitive appearance at St Andrews on the 17th November. The following weekend they are entering a competition hosted by Not-

tingham. EUCSC are once again competing at the St Dial’s Christmas Cup before taking a host of their members to Shropshire to settle some old scores at BUCS. EUCSC train every Wednesday at Ashcombe Adventure Centre, 13 miles away from Exeter. They meet at the Imperial Pub Car Park at 13.30. Sessions cost £25 which includes transport, gun hire, 50 clays and 50 cartridges and tuition and guidance from members of the Committee.

“Triggers aren’t the only things we pull” As EUCSC’s club polos reliably inform us, “Triggers aren’t the only things we pull” the club enjoys a lively social scene with themed socials at Timepiece

every other week. Previous themes have included “Wellies and Watering Cans” and “Red White & Blue - Best of British”. “These socials are a fantastic way of cementing friendships made whilst we are out shooting, and it helps us to get to know each other better,” says Gibson. EUCSC are currently organsing their first ever formal - a Christmas Formal at Exeter Castle on the 12th December. Impromptu socials are fairly common too members and perspective members can keep up to date with these events by adding “Exeter Clay Shooting” as a friend of Facebook, or following the club on Twitter - @eucsc. Should you be interested in finding out more, or if you would like to join EUCSC, email James and the Committee at info@exetershooting.co.uk, or visit their website www.exetershooting.co.uk Photo: EUCSC

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