Talent Pool 2019

Talent Pool Goes Nationwide!

Southdown Gun Club & Shooting School, are pleased to announce TALENT POOL 2019

We’re going nationwide for 2019 partnering with a number of grounds to hosting selection/training days as part of the Southdown Talent Pool. Locations to be announced – watch Facebook to find out more!!

Once again we’re delighted to have the support of premium Italian shotgun manufacturer Zoli and cartridge manufacturer Nobel Sport Italia, for the fourth year running. We’re on a mission to find a Champion, someone aspiring to be the next shooting star, by running the fourth annual “TALENT POOL”, talent search!


Have you ever thought about clay pigeon shooting as a competitive hobby and wondered how you would break into the sport? Are you already a novice shooter and want to progress further?

Follow in the footsteps of previous Talent Pool winners, Reece Dunne 2016, Neil Gaff 2017 and Sammy Halsey 2018. Take part and win to have the opportunity to receive free coaching support and mentoring for a year by Southdown Gun Club’s head coach, at the shooting school voted the SE Regions Favourite Shooting Ground 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as a fantastic support package that includes a Zoli Z-Gun competition shotgun for a year, with thousands of complimentary Nobel Sports Italia cartridges, branded apparel, completion entry fees, free Southdown practice clays and CPSA membership including insurance. A package worth in excess of £15,000.00!!


There will be a number of Talent Pool days held at Southdown Gun Club & Shooting School, where Talent Pool hopefuls, chosen via our Facebook page SOUTHDOWNGUNCLUB will be invited to the shooting school in Findon, West Sussex for a complimentary coaching day. Candidates will be assessed on their confidence, enthusiasm and raw talent with the capacity to develop under the guidance of head shooting school coach, Simon Arbuckle CPSA Level 3 Senior Coach, in a world-class training environment.


The winning contender will be selected at the Talent Pool final in the autumn and then the hard work begins to work towards competing at the CPSA’s British Open Sporting Championships, September 2019. The winner will be part of the Southdown Sponsored Shooters programme and be given a year-long support package as detailed above, aiding their training and development. There are some other responsibilities, such as becoming the face of Southdown Gun Club & Shooting School’s Talent Pool 2018/19, being a role model for future aspirational clay shooters, an advocate for the sport, Zoli Z-Gun, Nobel sports Italia and the CPSA. The individual will be chosen by our esteemed panel to be announced. To see some of last year’s Talent Pool click here.


How to Apply

We’re looking for some really creative entries. Southdown will be hosting several TALENT POOL days from which a shortlist of entrants will be selected to take part in the Talent Pool final, where only one person can win the best prize in competition shooting.

You can apply to attend a TALENT POOL by following this link or via Facebook, and whilst a short video application is preferred, giving you good brownie points, a personal Bio will suffice, please highlight any achievements or challenges you’ve faced and overcome, why you’re interested in clay pigeon shooting, what the opportunity would mean to you, and how it could impact your life. Deadline for entries is Sunday 15th September 2019.


Entrants must be able to commit to attending lessons and practice, a minimum of twice a month and work with Southdown Gun Club & Shooting School and Edgar Brothers to film their journey, and be confident enough to develop their own self-promotion with the associated promotion of Southdown Gun Club & Shooting School, Zoli and Noble Sports Italia by utilising video, and Facebook.

Talent Pool Selection Dates

5th July

17th August

7th September

21st September

2017 winner Neil Gaff and last year’s winner Sammy Halsey in action.

Sammy Halsey 2018 Winner

Talent Pool Winner

Neil Gaff 2017 Winner

To view the 2018 gallery click here