Clay Pigeon Shooting Club
As the name suggests, Clay Pigeon Shooting involves shooting clay disks (clay pigeons, also referred to as birds) which are projected from machines know as traps.
The skill of the sport is to be able to hit increasingly difficult shots while speed, wind, distance, angle, and many other factors come into play while aiming down the plain barrel of a shotgun.
The gun widely used is a double barrelled Over and Under shotgun, where one barrel sits atop another, and cartridges are loaded into each barrel for each shot.
The club’s shooting ground is Auchterhouse Country Sports located 8 miles north of Dundee, and a typical session will involve 25 shots. Those who want to improve their skills have access to some of the best tuition available in the country and the club offers lessons and taster sessions at the beginning of each semester.
At the very heart of the ethos of the University of St Andrews Clay Pigeon Shooting Club is a drive to give back to both the local and wider community.
Charlie Walker Memorial Trust
For 12 years, the club’s annual St Andrews Challenge competition and associated Welly Ball have raised money for the Charlie Walker Memorial Trust.
The charity aims to both raise awareness of the importance of mental health, and provide help to those suffering from mental health conditions.
St Andrews Challenge
The St Andrews Challenge is the highlight of the club’s fixture calendar and has grown to become the largest student clay pigeon shooting competition in the UK.
Taking place in November the event attracts clubs from across the country, with St Andrews usually entering eight teams, including one reserved for alumni who are actively encouraged to come back to compete.
The Welly Ball is run to coincide with the St Andrews Challenge and is attended by over 2000 students, including those who have competed during the day. All the money raised from the event is donated directly to the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust.
The Clay Pigeon Club offers a friendly and inclusive social scene, running many events throughout the year, including club dinners, pub nights and highlights such as hosting the Welly Ball.