Epsom College has a long history of excellence at Target Rifle Shooting, both small-bore and full-bore, and over the last 40 years has consistently been the premier rifle shooting school in the UK. The College Rifle team has won the National Championships – the Ashburton Shield – 15 times.
The College holds the record for the highest number of Ashburton wins by a single school.
Benefiting from first-class coaching and an on-site target rifle range, recent years have also seen the College team win the Sawyer Cup, the London & Middlesex Rifle Meeting and the Clayton Challenge Trophy.
More than a century of Shooting.
Target Rifle Shooting was one of the earliest sports to gain popularity at Epsom. The School’s first indoor rifle range was built as far back as 1908; the same year that Epsom debuted at the Ashburton Shield.
After World War II, with the completion of the miniature range in 1929 and an outdoor range in 1939, the College began to come of age as a shooting school. In 1950 Epsom won the Country Life Schools’ Aggregate and the Cadet Pair, and were runners-up in the Ashburton Shield.
Today, the CCF has more than 400 members with a shooting team that holds the record for the highest number of Ashburton wins by a single school.
What is perhaps even more remarkable are the successes that Old Epsomians have gone on to achieve nationally and internationally and the expertise and knowledge they have so willingly shared with students for generations.
Of note most recently is the achievements of Parag Patel, a multiple Gold medal-winner at Commonwealth Games spanning the past 12 years.
Two of our current pupils look set to follow in Parag’s footsteps, having recently toured with the Great Britain Under-19 team – amassing 17 medals between them.
Head of Shooting, Mr David Nuthall, said: “The team is very proud of Michael and Sarah following their tour with the GB Under 19 rifle team in South Africa. The GB team won both team matches and Michael came top in the Under 19 individual competition.
“To have two pupils representing the College in this GB team of eight is testament to how much can be achieved with commitment and determination.”
David Nuthall, Head of Shooting.