Prince’s Trust Clay Pigeon shoot at Gleneagles

Prince’s Trust Clay Pigeon shoot at Gleneagles

Last Friday, Team WEST donned our best tweed and made our way to Gleneagles for the Prince’s Trust Clay Pigeon Shoot. After three weeks of solid sunshine the heavens opened but it didn’t put a dampener on the tweed or the day. Teams from all over the country flocked to try out archery and air rifle shooting as well as the clay competition.

We wanted to provide a little refreshment, however, alcohol and firearms most certainly do not mix. The obvious answer was our completely alcohol-free NIX. If you have not yet had the pleasure, NIX is a must-try at the next occasion. Alcohol-free beers get a bad reputation, but we truly feel NIX can revolutionise this attitude. Brewed as a standard beer, with the alcohol removed at the end, NIX has the same great taste as the rest of the premium WEST beers, but leaves you with a clear head.

We took along both the 0.00% NIX Lager and the 0.00% NIX Wheat Beer. Typically, there were a few groans of “what’s the point” and “waste of good beer” but when the naysayers were given a free sample, we had a shoot school full of converts. One team even asked for a doggy bag of a bottle for the dinner table. Although most of the crowd claimed to be lager drinkers, the wheat beer was the hit of the day. With hints of banana and clove, similar to the WEST Hefeweizen, NIX 0.00% Wheat Beer is ideal for a summer afternoon. You can always grab a case or 6-bottle gift pack from our online shop to try.

Team WEST swayed more to the novice than the crack shot and didn’t take home any prizes, but they did make an impact on the day. WEST founder Petra Wetzel organised a truly unique auction lot for the dinner after: a day with tennis legend Boris Becker! Not only would the lucky winner and their partner be able to watch any match at Wimbledon, they would get a private tennis lesson and a dinner with the man himself after. Never before heard of in the UK, it made for a fierce battle as the bids were raised by thousands at a time.

Celebrating 40 years of helping young people aged 13 to 30 get into employment, education, and training, the Prince’s Trust were determined to make this the best event yet. They were not disappointed with over £187,000 raised. Congratulations to everyone involved and we can’t wait to be back next year!

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