The Game Fair®, which is being held from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July at Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, has announced a brand new clay shooting competition that will raise money for the event’s official charity, Lord’s Taverners.
Shoot with the Stars will see nine of the country’s best shooters being paired with nine well-known television personalities, sportsmen and women or entertainers, while the third place on each team will go to the highest bidder in a silent auction, which is being run by the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA).
The Shoot with the Stars competition, which will be held on Saturday 29 July at 14:30, will be over a Sportrap layout, and the silent auction, which is already open, will close at 17:00 on Wednesday 26 July.
The shooter/celebrity teams are: Leading international clayshooter Mark Winser and Matthew Hoggard MBE, former English cricketer; Fitasc World Champion Cheryl Hall and TV presenter Phil Spencer; Olympic bronze medallist Trap shooter Steve Scott and Craig Newby, former All-Blacks player; 2016 English Open Sporting shooter Chris Childerhouse and Lawrence Hill, singer on The Voice; English Compak champion Guy Franklin and Alex Hammond, Sky Sports News racing expert; Olympic gold medallist in Double Trap Peter Wilson MBE and David James MBE, former England goalkeeper; 2016 British Open Sporting Ladies champion Hannah Gibson and Josh Patterson of Made in Chelsea fame; with two more teams to be announced.
James Gower, managing director of The Game Fair®, said: “We’re very excited about the Shoot with the Stars competition, and we are grateful for the CPSA for organising it. I think it’ll be fun and exciting to watch and it’s a fantastic way of raising more money for the Lord’s Taverners, which is an incredibly worthwhile charity. Pitching the stars of the shooting world against other celebrities is a brilliant idea and I think anyone who wins a place on one of the teams will be in for a great afternoon.”
Nick Fellows, chief executive of the CPSA, commented: “This event is a really exciting showcase for clay shooting, highlighting just a few of the many well-known personalities who enjoy our sport. Offering the opportunity to join teams of top shooters opens the door to shooters from any walk of life to enjoy the spotlight briefly and one will be part of the winning team at The Game Fair. All funds raised will go to the nominated charity, The Lord’s Taverners, adding to the hundreds of thousands of pounds raised annually for charity by clay shooters.”
Paul Robinson, CEO of Lord’s Taverners, commented: “We are thrilled and very grateful to be The Game Fair’s chosen charity this year for the first time. Although the work we do enabling disadvantaged and disabled young people to participate in sport is both important and serious, the Taverners is known for putting the fun in fundraising. And so the ‘Shoot for the Stars’ pro-celebrity shoot typifies this philosophy. I would like to thank the CPSA, the professional shooters and our celebrity participants for their support in helping us to raise funds and thus improve numerous young lives for the better.”