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ICTSF World English Sporting Championships Preview

Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens in Northampton plays host to the ICTSF World English Sporting Championships next week (13th – 16th July). 

The format for the World English Sporting is 200 targets shot over two days (Thursday / Friday or Saturday / Sunday). There will be a 25 FLASH target Super Final, where the top five shooters plus ties will compete for the title. 


Now in its fourth edition, the inaugural event in 2011 was hosted in New Zealand and we have since seen a wave of British success in the main event. George Digweed walked away with the High Gun honours six years ago, before retaining his title in Canada in 2013. Two years ago in South Africa Martin Myers took the title from George shooting 186 ex 200 to lead by four points going into the Super Final, where he held his nerve to claim victory. Both men shoot in the Thursday / Friday rotation at Kelmarsh, with George shooting at 11.51am and Martin goes out at 3pm, they will both be worth keeping an eye on throughout the competition.

In Canada England enjoyed success across the Seniors, Ladies, Juniors and Veterans team events and a repeat on home soil this time around would be very welcome. In fact, the England Seniors, Ladies and Juniors have won the team events at all three of the previous ICTSF World English Sporting Championships – the pressure to continue this feat will well and truly be on! 

A team of 17 compete for England, captained by Martin Doughty. Three New Caps join the team; Hannah Gibson in Ladies, Joshua Brown in Juniors and Andrew Jones in Super Veterans.

The England team are led out on the course by the Seniors shooting at 11.51am on the Saturday / Sunday rotation. We wish the best of luck and success to the England team. 

Clive Bramley, two-time Commonwealth Games medallist, who runs Doveridge Clay Sports is the course setter for the ICTSF World English Sporting Championships at Kelmarsh Hall. With the event taking place on a Green Field Site, Clive has worked tirelessly to ensure everything is in place for July 13th. We would like to extend our thanks to Clive and his team for all their hard work in preparing the courses, organising the site, catering and the numerous additional extras that have gone into putting the Championships on.

On hosting the Championships, Clive commented, “Kelmarsh Hall is a fantastic location to host the ICTSF World English Sporting Championships. It is something we are really looking forward to running and we can't wait to see you all there. We have lots of side events to keep everyone busy over the four days.” 

“The World Championship courses are set in and around woodland which has never been shot in before and we would like to thank the staff at Kelmarsh Hall for helping us create new areas in the woodland. The course has been designed by myself and Dave Dumelow."

Eley Hawk are the sole sponsors for the event. In addition, Promatic are providing the traps and CCI International supplying the clays. Starkey Headsets have donated one pair of Pilla Panther X7 Glasses to a free to enter competition. Simply Like and Share our Facebook post, click here for the link.

David Thompson, Eley Hawk Marketing Manager said, "We are delighted to be supporting such a fantastic competition as sole sponsors. The ICTSF World English Sporting Championships represent a fantastic opportunity for ourselves in the market, with competitors from around the World coming to shoot at Kelmarsh Hall Eley cartridges will be on sale throughout the week, so make sure you pop over to our stand."

He added "Clive Bramley has done a superb job setting up the event and we are really looking forward to seeing the action unfold."

Anyone attending the ICTSF World English Sporting at Kelmarsh Hall can pre order a custom embroided polo shirt for £19.99, with collection at the event. A printed version will also be available to purchase on site over the four days. Click here to pre order.

There are spaces left to shoot either the Thursday / Friday or Saturday / Sunday squad rotations of the ICTSF World English Sporting. We will continue to take bookings through to next Wednesday 12th July. Book online here: or call HQ on 01483 485 400.

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