Pupil Focus: Andrew Payne (Y6)

Clay Pigeon Shooting at Read School

We continue our series of spotlighting the various talents and pastimes of our pupil body: this time we are taking a gander at one of our prep pupils, Andrew Payne. Andrew is in year 6, and recently, more or less by chance it was found that the young lad has a talent for shooting; clay pigeon shooting to be precise. Having had a go at it on a few occasions locally, his coach thought that he had the skills and accuracy to take it to the next level. Remembering that this kind of shooting is done with a shotgun, it is no mean feat for a boy of Andrew’s age to hold a shotgun properly, let alone fire it with great accuracy! Andrew’s mum, Christine takes up the story…

“On strict invite we took Andrew along to the main clay shooting ground at Doveridge to be met by the GB Clay Pigeon Shooting coaches.  Andrew’s current coach had the idea they could see him shoot as a one-off and give him some tips and pointers to go away with and work on with a view to joining the team in a couple of years’ time.

However,  after seeing him shoot 2 stands, the Head coach then offered him a place on the team!  He was amazed at how Andrew shot and said that he has the most well-developed, natural talent and how he showed the others, of ages 15-28 years old how to shoot!  We went on the 15th April for the second in 10 training dates – again his shooting was very accurate.   He will also shoot at Cambridge later on in the season.  We also have a couple of firms asking about sponsorship already!”

So, this looks like early days, but clearly, Andrew is a burgeoning talent in this area. Perhaps one day soon he could get someone in the family to shoot some footage to bring into school! What a “Show and Tell” project that would be!