|Posted by GADWA webadmin on August 1, 2012 at 6:45 AM|
This spring Gainsborough and District Wildfowling Association held its second annual "Introduction to Field Sports" day for juniors. The event came about when some members expressed concern that fewer children were entering the sport. Access to the countryside and field sports can be quite difficult for those not actually involved and there is also a myth that it is only for the wealthy and elite. It was time to get some children away from the computer games, show them the excitement of the countryside and get them wet and muddy in a safe and regulated environment.
Thirty-four 10-15 year-olds took part in an activity-packed day. To emphasise the need for strict safe conduct the children watched a demonstration of what a shotgun can do to a melon. The team leaders then escorted their group around each activity in turn.
At the hide-making the children were given an exciting talk on camouflage, why they need it, what birds see and essential equipment to take for a safe day out. After this they were given various poles, sticks and camo netting to have a go at building a hide. An excellent talk on gundog training, followed by a demonstration, showed the different breeds and styles of hunting and explained why picking up is so essential. This was intermixed with dog handling and obedience demonstrations along with various retrieves.
Twelve varieties of decoy were arranged around the flight pond, varying from crows to geese to wigeon. Not everything was legal quarry and , following a talk on species, the children were challenged to identify them and guess the distance, which was confirmed (or not) with a range finder.
The clay shooting proved to be one of the most popular events with two professional coaches guiding the children on gun safety and training them to hit the clays. The instructors’ skill and enthusiasm were well received and most children were dusting clays in no time. Equally popular were the air rifle ranges where, under the guidance of the coaches, the children produced some excellent scores and grouping.
The day ended with a prize-giving session; trophies were awarded to the children who had scored highest on the day based on skill and enthusiasm. For the second year running the highest air rifle score went to a girl who had never fired an air rifle before. All the children's name badges went into a raffle, the winners being given the opportunity to go out on an evening flight on the marsh or a day’s ferreting.
The aim was to introduce field sports to children and show them that the opportunities are out there for all to enjoy. From feedback it appears that this was successful and would not have been possible without the support from so many people, to whom GADWA would like to give a very big thank-you.
|Posted by GADWA webadmin on November 6, 2009 at 4:05 PM|
Gainsborough Wildfowler's Cub presented a cheque of £450 to Gainsborough Adventure Playground.
The Wildfowlers are a shooting club, of about 50 members and the money was raised through a raffle and auction at the Wildfowlers' recent 50th anniversary dinner.
The dinner was attended by around 100 people and was held at Weston Rooms, Gainsborough.
The Wildfowler's clun is active in its fundraising and after seeing the recent coverage of GAPA's fight not to lose government funding decided it could do with their help.
Lisa Pinkney of GAPA is very grateful for this decision, she says "We really appreciate the money from the Wildfowlers Club. It cane at exactly the right time. We are planning on taking the children away for Christmas."
Gainsborough Adventure Playground is a massive service, open six days a week all year around and currently has 300 children registered.
|Posted by GADWA webadmin on May 5, 2009 at 5:25 PM|
Gainsborough and District Wildfowling Association has presented a further £630 donation to Spider's Appeal, following a garden party and auction.
It was presented to Barry Atkinson and Spider by Sir Malcolm Guthrie, Patron of GADWA, supported by Harry Abbott, Chairman and Dave Otter, Vice Chairman, along with other committee and association members.
GADWA first supported the Appeal in 2007, with a donation of £700.
Spider's Appeal was launched in 2003 and, five field sports records later, is still pursuing the Final Challenge - a days beating on 1000 different shoots in 100 counties and raising £1million for the NGO Charitable Trust and Cancer Research UK.