Following consultation with and advice from the Cadet Forces HQs, the decision has been made to cancel any activities planned for October. This includes the following:
International Teams Training & Assessment Weekend (8-11 Oct).
The Cadet Inter Services’ Skill at Arms Meeting (CISSAM) and pre-CISSAM single Service training (22-25 Oct). CANCELLED
Details of CCRS’ postal competitions will be published in the next few weeks, including the popular Commonwealth Matches, .22 Team Competitions (AKA The Country Life) and Smallbore Winter League. Watch this space for further details.
Following a meeting of the shooting representatives of the three cadet forces, and advice from Schools’ shooting officers, it will not be possible to run any central shooting competitions in September. CCRS regrets that it will not be able therefore to run the proposed Cadet Team Championships weekends of 26 to 27 September and 3 to 4 October.
Our planning for October is reliant on further advice from the Cadet Headquarters who are working up details for the resumption of face to face cadet activities. Updates will be published here as soon as we are able.
NRA Target Rifle Imperial 2020
Further to the 1 May update, more details of the proposed NRA Target Rifle week have been communicated. In summary, they are planning to run a meeting for up to 500 competitors based on the following:
Dates – 12 to 19 September 2020.
Sat 12 to Tue 15 Sep – Grand Aggregate (2 x short range 1 x long range each day) – does not include Queen’s I or St George’s I but will include an additional 10 round and 15 round competition to compensate.
Wed 16 Sep – Team Matches.
Thu 17 Sep – Queen’s I.
Fri 18 Sep – St George’s I, II and St George’s Final.
Sat 19 Sep – Queen’s II / Consolation Comps / Queen’s Final.
The plans detailed above are draft only and the NRA are asking its TR members for expressions of interest before confirming anything. We will update this page as required.
CCRS Cadet Team Championships
Further details of the proposed Cadet Team Championships are set out below. In planning these events, our first priority is the safety of everyone. The proposed schedule will be under constant review to ensure compliance with government and MOD advice.
Dates – 26 to 27 Sep and 3 to 4 Oct 2020.
Location – Century Ranges, Bisley.
Format – Teams of four, with eligibility based on ISCRM and the Schools’ Meeting for Community and CCF cadets, would compete at either of the weekends, with prizes for each competition, weekend and overall.
Zeroing – There may be an opportunity to zero rifles at 100 yards on each Friday pm prior to each weekend’s programme.
Saturday am – Check zero at 300 yards, followed by Surrey Cadet Match at 300 and 500 yards.
Saturday pm – Clayton Challenge at 300 and 600 yards.
Sunday am – Sawyer Cup at 300, 500, and 600 yards.
CCRS Support, Ranges and Staff – CCRS will book space on Century Range, and source range and administrative support.
Rifles and Ammunition – The competition is for the L81A2 CTR. There may be rifles available for teams to use; details will be communicated in due course. 155 grain ammunition will be provided.
Accommodation and Messing – If accommodation and messing is available at Brunswick, CCRS will book centrally for all teams who wish to use it.
We will be asking for expressions of interest soon. All proposals are subject to revision and are dependent on restrictions and rules in force at the time.
Further to our update last week, many of you will have now seen the NRA Coronavirus Update for 30 April, which can be found here.
Following the cancellation of the normal summer programme, and as previously notified, we have been working closely with the NRA, the four Cadet services, the NSRA, CPSA and our Trustees to plan a return to Cadet shooting as fully as possible as soon as it is safe to do so. We have had to take into account that there will be no planned national Cadet activity by Cadet forces until 1 September at the earliest. This means:
1. Now to September. Up to the start of September, CCRS will support ad hoc fullbore shooting on an opportunity basis, as and when it is practicable and safe to do so. This will depend on range availability and policy, as advised by the NRA. Please keep an eye on the website for further announcements.
2. Autumn 2020. Assuming that circumstances will permit, we have been in discussions with the NRA on a series of standard events as well as some new and innovative competitions for the autumn to support and revitalise target shooting for Cadets. Current planning includes:
– Fullbore (L81A2 CTR and CPLW/CPOW). In addition to the ‘normal’ autumn programme (Community Cadets weekend in September, training and assessment for BCRT and GBU19 in October), we are looking at organising competition weekends/Cadet championships for the CTR starting at the end of September, as well as the opportunity to join in NRA events. Further detail to follow soon, and we shall be testing market appetite and seeking expressions of interest in principle for these weekends to assist further planning.
– Fullbore (L98A2 Cadet GP). CCRS is still planning the Cadet Inter Services Skill at Arms Meeting (CISSAM) for Community Cadets in October, including enhanced pre-CISSAM training for the 3 services.
– Smallbore. For air rifle and smallbore shooting, CCRS will be launching the postal matches as soon as it is practical. Additionally, the Community Cadets’ Inter-Services Final is pencilled in for the end of the year.
3. Looking forward. We are planning for a full ‘normal’ calendar in 2021. This is still firming up, but you can find some of the events with dates already on our forecast of events page.
We thank all our members for their patience and support, and emphasise that our priority is the safety and wellbeing of all our stakeholders, to whom we send our continued best wishes.
Brig (Retd) Mark Pountain CBE
Council for Cadet Rifle Shooting