Our Game and Wildlife Management students have been praised for their professionalism and efficiency after they supported a prestigious clay shooting competition.

Level 3 Diploma students Faith Brewin, Geordan Wilson, Peter Hawkins and Aidan Chadwick were on duty at the National Gamekeepers Organisation (NGO) 2021 Golden Grouse Clay Shoot, held at Bolton Castle, North Yorkshire Moors.

The first year students released the clays and did the scoring on the stands throughout the six hour competition, which attracted 140 high aiming competitors from across the NGO membership. As well as highlighting shooting expertise, the competition is a networking event for NGO members, employers and supporters. While remaining socially distanced, our students took the opportunity to meet and chat to key industry figures, many of whom commended them for their excellent attitude and appearance.

John Clarke, the NGO’s Northern Development Officer said, “This terrific annual event is going from strength to strength and attracts members from many major sporting estates. We were particularly pleased to welcome the game and wildlife management students from Reaseheath College who supported us enormously by trapping and scoring the stands.

“The students were fantastic and their attendance and help was hugely appreciated. They were a credit to themselves and to Reaseheath College, and made a huge impression on possible future employers.”

The students were accompanied by Course Managers Ged Hunston and Dr Julia Casperd. Ged said: “This was a real opportunity for students to gain experience and to network with significant people from within their industry. It also allowed us to highlight the quality of the young people we are producing.

“The students were fantastic ambassadors for Reaseheath and I was very proud of them. A lot of people commented on how efficient and polite they were.”

Reaseheath’s Game and Wildlife Management department has a well established partnership with the NGO and the organisation delivers extra, industry recognised training courses to our students such as the Loaders Best Practice course.