What is clay pigeon shooting?
This sport involves shooting a shotgun at special targets, known as clay pigeons, which are released into the air or along the ground. Targets come in different sizes, and are presented at different angles, speeds, trajectories, elevations, and distances. This results in a huge variety of targets, with something to suit beginners and challenge experienced shots too.
Who is it for?
Clay pigeon shooting is inclusive of all genders and open to all. Our training ground, Cambridge Gun Club, has wheelchair access to all of the shooting stands either via concrete paths or well maintained tracks, and to the clubhouse via a small ramp.
No prior experience is required. We have an excellent team of coaches in place to help beginners hit their first clays, and help experienced shots hit those targets that they have struggled with.
What we offer
Originally set up as a social society, the Cambridge University Clay Pigeon Shooting Club made its first appearance in 1978. At that time all members belonged to the Athenaeum Club - but during this period there was no official name connected to the university. As interest grew the members decided to form an official clay pigeon shooting club in 1980 – recognised today by the abbreviation, CUCPSC. The order of the day was always side by side, however, in time the use of the over and under shotgun became acceptable - be it through gritted teeth!
It was during November of 1980 that CUCPSC found their first coach, David Wilson (pictured here with the Varsity squad of 1982/83). David was an avid sportsman and superb shot who was ardent on seeing all CUCPSC members realise their potential in the field of competitive shooting. Over the next 10 years the club went from strength to strength, winning everything in their path – the ‘Golden Era’.
As the years moved on the club had varying success in both competition and membership. Over the last five years the club has upgraded itself at every turn offering better opportunities for competitive shots and providing coaching from international and nationally renowned instructors. All whilst keeping its heart in the social calendar.