Sutton Coldfield Scouts are on target for greatness after scoring impressive results in a prestigious air rifle competition.
The 7th Sutton Coldfield Scouts were winners at the Sutton Coldfield East District Air Rifle Shooting Competition and now have their sights set on the Scout County of Birmingham Air Rifle Shooting Championships’ trophy.
The 17th Sutton Coldfield came second in the team competition which was held at the West Midlands Regional Shooting Centre at Aldersley Leisure Village in Wolverhampton.
The County Competition will be held on Saturday 28th April when the Sutton Coldfield Scouts will be aiming to lift the trophy for the Royal Town.
Adam Hodson, Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts in Sutton Coldfield East District said:
“They will be competing against the best from Birmingham County. Our amazing young people will shoot against the best of the best from Bourneville, Acocks Green, Moseley, Handsworth, Great Barr, Kings Norton, Erdington and all of those other places within it’s borders. We’re shooting ahead, we’re raising our sights, getting fired up and on target for greatness.
“All of our activities are based on the principle that we need to provide activities that develop young people and offer excitement but not danger, adventure but not hazard. We are all about fun, challenge and adventure. We are taking aim – and firing our way to victory!”
The air rifle shooting competition is run in accordance with the rules laid down in The Scout Association’s Policy, Organisation and Rules. Adam is keen to emphasise that all Scouting activities are run to high standards and well planned:
“It is my role as Assistant District Commissioner for Scouts to support the District in the delivery of premium activities and programmes within Sutton Coldfield. We all work as part of a team and what we do is entirely voluntary. We expect good discipline and high standards from both adults and young people and most importantly everybody should have fun.”
The core age range for the Scouts Section is from ten-and-a-half to fourteen years old and the Scout Section programme is designed to be delivered to this age group. The Scout Association has grown from its first experimental camp in 1907 to an estimated 28 million members worldwide. In the UK alone there are over 499,000 boys and girls involved in Scouting. An increase in adult volunteers means that now more young people from all parts of the community can take part in their own big adventure.
Individuals representing Sutton Coldfield East District in the Birmingham Air Rifle Shooting Competition on Saturday 28th April are Team A comprising of Sam (5th Sutton), Luke (11th Sutton), Tom (16th Sutton) and Dawn (6th Sutton). In Team B are Roan (8th Sutton), James (5th Sutton), Reinhart (5th Sutton) and Matthew (16th Sutton). Reserves are Patryk (5th Sutton) and William (I 16th Sutton).
“We had a good turn out of around 70 Scouts, leaders, helpers and parents. The staff at Aldersley commented on the exceptional good behaviour of our Scouts. The scoring was carried out by members of the NSRA to whom we are very grateful. Well done to the 7th Sutton Coldfield and well done to the individual high scorers. The prizes were awarded by the manager of the England Shooting Team! I am grateful for everybody who gave up their spare time to help give our young people a chance to develop another new skill.”
If you would like to gain new skills, make new friends and be part of a winning team as an adult volunteer whilst having great fun too please email Ian Henery, Assistant District Commissioner for Development at firstname.lastname@example.org.