Next Generation Fieldsports Announce Their Arrival
By catherines1 | Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 23:01
Following several months of planning by a dedicated group of field sports and conservation enthusiasts a new venture was forged. A non-profit organisation with the sole purpose of making field sports and all that goes hand in hand with these fantastic pastimes accessible to children and young adults especially those with disabilities or special needs.
Welcoming the Patrons
Within weeks of its creation, NGF as it's most commonly abbreviated to, gained a huge following throughout the countryside fraternity for their cutting edge ideas ensuring that field sports, conservation and every hobby in between should be something everyone can enjoy.
The support has been phenomenal and much more than any of NGF's founders could have hoped for. Within 6 weeks of its launch NGF's Facebook page had hit 400 members and is continuing to grow by the day. With regular competitions, hints, tips and general advice the feedback currently received has been fantastic.
NGF itself has already gained a vast cache of advisors throughout the country, all with many years experience in a wide range of field sports. All of NGF's advisors are willing to offer their time and experience for free, to visitors to their hands on days, skill focused events or at any of the number of Game Fairs that have been booked this year. For further details of events near you please check out our Facebook page, Next Generation Fieldsports.
NGF understand and empathise that field sports can often be mistakenly perceived as a niche sport only afforded to the privileged and often not made generally accessible. Their goal is to change this and educate children in many of the traditional activities associated with the sports that are sadly dying out and also bring a fresh viewpoint to what has often been considered taboo sports. Many of the guests to the events, may not have been able to gain access to the countryside freely (quite possibly due to the misplaced stigma that associates many of the sports) or under normal circumstances may never have been given the opportunity to give the sports a "try" to discover their hidden potential. NGF acknowledge that there is a distinct lack of support for inner city youngsters or youngsters with special needs to attend such countryside pursuits, mainly due to the nature of the sports concerned and their given locations. NGF's main aim is to change this and ensure that field sports can be enjoyed by everyone.
NGF are very excited and proud to announce that Selena Barr, Phil Coley, Roy Lupton, Hywel Morgan and Mike Yardley, have all kindly agreed to represent NGF as patrons. As you will see below their wealth of knowledge and experience in their specific areas of expertise will only serve to further the progression of NGF in its development over the forthcoming years.
Selena Barr, Director and co-founder of Tweed Media and a feature writer for The Field, Shooting Times, Shooting Gazette and Country Life. Selena has achieved her DSC1 and is currently working on her DSC2. Selena regularly works her two spaniels and rides to hounds.
Phil Coley is renowned throughout the clay shooting world for his research and knowledge on Mental Skills in Clay Shooting. Phil now works with beginners through to International shots and is able to concentrate on the Mental Skills side of clay shooting. He has been involved in Clay Shooting for over 25 years and continues to work with World Champions/European Champions and Olympians across all clay disciplines. He is professionally qualified through continuous study and holds an MSc in Sports Science majoring in Clay Shooting.
Roy Lupton, a leading professional authority on falconry with a passion for eagles. He can however, turn his hand to a huge variety of field sports from falconry to fox shooting. Following his appearances on Fieldsports Channel with programmes like Outfoxing, Pellet Power and Performance and also Stalking Success, he now writes the fox shooting column for Sporting Shooter magazine. Roy carries out deer and pest control on grounds around the Home Counties and is a constant and reliable source of stories about field sports.
Hywel Morgan has presented programmes on fishing for Discovery Realtime, Horse and Country TV and Welsh TV channel S4C for a few years. He also has over 10 DVD titles and has been a guest on Sky TV's 'Tight Lines' and is currently presenting Fishing Britain a weekly show on 'YouTube'.
Mike Yardley has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the shooting world. Mike is well known as a sporting journalist, shooting instructor and hunter and has written and broadcast extensively on all aspects of guns and their use. His articles (2000+) have appeared in many journals as well as in the national press. He has appeared as an expert witness in cases which relate to firearms and firearms safety. He is a founding fellow of the Association of Professional Shooting Instructors and has formal instructing qualifications from a variety of other bodies including the British CPSA, BFSS, NRA and NSRA.
NGF would like to take this opportunity to extend a massive welcome and thank you to all the patrons for their support.
NGF's vision for the future is to be able, with the support of various charities develop their group to charitable status but need your support to gain the public attention they need to spread the word and flourish.
Please feel free to contact NGF's chairman on Chairman@nextgenerationfieldsports.org.uk direct if you are able to donate items for raffle prizes, offer the use of land for hands on days, wish to become more involved as an advisor or indeed if you wish to find out more about any of the days we have already lined up for 2014. NGF always welcome new ideas! Words by Catherine Stewart