Fire Service champion wins gold: Dave Whitfield having won gold at last year’s World Firefighter Games in Christchurch, New Zealand became national Fire Service champion in April this year

Fire Service champion wins gold: Dave Whitfield having won gold at last year’s World Firefighter Games in Christchurch, New Zealand became national Fire Service champion in April this year – clay shooting

New Team Kit

The British Fire Service Team introduced their new team kit, sponsored by Cadcorp Limited at the Royal Navy Inter Services Shoot. The quality skeet vests were custom made to the team’s own colour scheme by Wingfield Sports and have the sponsors name embroidered across the back. Cadcorp have also generously sponsored team polo shirts embroidered with the team badge and Cadcorp logo on the sleeves.

Among other products, Cadcorp Ltd produces geographical and spatial information software for application by Emergency Services and other users.

The skeet vests also bear the new Section/team badge of a flying clay target in the colours of the union flag. The badge was designed by Aaron Batson, a 19 year old graphic design student from Kiad University in Maidstone.

This year’s annual intensive coaching course took place at Stile Hollow Shooting Ground in Nottinghamshire on April 11-12. Eighteen members from nine brigades took ‘master class’ coaching in four disciplines from John Topliss, Tony Norman and our own Roger Hill.

The course was designed to iron out any individual’s problems and improve technique and performance in Sporting, Skeet, DTL and ABT disciplines. All the members attending agreed that the course was of great benefit with a standard of coaching second to none, excellent hospitality by John Topliss and his catering team and superb spring weather.

The Section also arranged two days of beginners’ classes run in parallel to the Master Class. These beginners courses were designed to entice new members to ‘have a go’ at clay target shooting as an introduction to the sport. These one-day courses proved very popular with 20 attending on Friday and 10 on Saturday. These groups were coached by Ricky Wood, Laura Hadley, Ian Hill and Steve Lewis. Many of the participants went away asking questions such as, how to find where their local shooting grounds are? And how much would you expect to pay for a second-hand Beretta?

Fire Service Championship

The Fire Service Championship was held on April 13 at Stile Hollow Shooting Ground, following the two-day coaching course. The competition comprised 50 sporting targets from seven stands including the famous high tower, 25 skeet and 25 automatic ball trap targets and was attended by members from brigades as far away as Cornwall, Kent and Lothian and Borders.

Andrew Finch scored 25 at his first attempt of shooting ABT and just to prove it was not a fluke he immediately did it again! Clive Diplock scored his first 25 straight at Skeet which took him on to win the veterans’ trophy.

The trophies were sponsored by SGS Construction and awarded by Mike O’Neil Managing Director of Cadcorp Limited.


Fire Service High Gun and Champion

Dave Whitfield (Warwickshire) 91

Fire Service Runner Up

Tom Hicks (North Yorkshire) 90

Fire Service 3rd Place

Seamus Slaney (East Sussex) 85

Guest High Gun

N. Gilder 92

Guest Runner Up

Andrew Finch 87

Guest 3rd Place

M. Giles 86

Veterans Trophy

Clive Diplock (East Sussex) 71

Ladies Trophy

Sarah Jones (East Sussex) 65

FSSAA Clay Target Shooting Section 2003 Fixture List

Jun 9 Army Inter Services/Classic details on request

Jun 18 Metropolitan Police Shoot West London S.G. Middlesex

Jun 19 HM Prison Service Stilehollow S.G.


Jun 25 Warwickshire Police Shoot Barby S.G. Warwickshire

Jul 9 Sussex Police Shoot Lower Lodge S.G. West Sussex

Jul 12 South Yorkshire Police Shoot Junction 3 G.C. Yorkshire

Jul 17 HM Prison Service Stilehollow S.G.


Jul 27 World Police & Fire Games Barcelona, Spain

Aug 6 Police Inter Services details on request

Aug 27 PAA National Sporting East Yorkshire G.C.

Aug 28-29 PAA Skeet East Yorkshire G.C.

Aug 30 PAA Down the Line East Yorkshire G.C.

Sep 3 FSNBF Charity Shoot Edgehill S.G. Oxfordshire

Sep 18 Royal Air Force Inter Services details on request

Sep 25 HM Prison Service Stilehollow S.G.


Jun 9 150 ESP

Jun 18 100 ESP

Jun 19 100 Skeet

Jun 25 100 ESP

Jul 9 100 ESP

Jul 12 100 ESP (felt)

Jul 17 100 ESP

Jul 27 Trap & Skeet

Aug 6 100 ESP

Aug 27 100 ESP

Aug 28-29 50 Skeet

Aug 30 100 DTL

Sep 3 100 ESP

Sep 18 75 ESP 25 ABT

Sep 25 100 A/Round

For further details please contact the Secretary, Sarah Jones on

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