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Introducing the youngest female Captain of Clays

Introducing the youngest female Captain of Clays

We caught up with Lilyan McC at the last shooting practice of the term where she shared her thoughts on the increasing numbers of female clay target shooters at Strathallan and what’s next for the team.

Lilyan, who started shooting four years ago, is the youngest female Captain of Clays in school history – a fact she is very aware of as she leads an ambitious team of girls looking to get into and develop the sport.

She said, “Strathallan is a really tight-knit community, everyone makes you feel welcome and it’s easy to make friends here. The girls clay target team are like family to me even though some of us have only just met this term.

“There’s a good number of us girls who are now shooting more than three times a week and it’s going exceptionally well – they are really talented. I can’t wait to see how they perform when we get them competing for the school.”

Lilyan, who also plays in the 1st Netball team, says it’s an honour to help lead the teams alongside coach Eddy Buchan and biology teacher Paul Vallot.

She added, “Being a Captain of a sport, especially one like Clay Target shooting helps develop team-building and your organisational skills. Being aware of how everyone is progressing and how they might need help is crucial to supporting the team.”

Strathalllan is the only school in Scotland with a purpose-built Clay Pigeon Shooting Facility. Boasting a fully automatic compact sporting layout and standard clay range, the school provides tuition from top coaches. Our pupils have consistently placed high at the British Schools' Championships over the past ten years and have won the Scottish Schools' Clay Pigeon Championships twelve times over the past fifteen years with three former pupils gaining international recognition in this field.

Explore Strathallan's Clay Pigeon Shooting Academy at our next virtual Open Morning on Saturday 31st October.

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