All Hands To The Decks
(As we Set Sail On Another Pass It On Young Sports Year)
As the title suggests, we launched the good Ship Pass It On Young Sports yet again back in February 2017, she is truly a mighty vessel and glorious in all her splendor, she had spent the winter docked in port in gods county of Somersetshire, for some repairs re stocking and preparing and training her crew for yet another year on the high seas inspiring the young sports and beyond.
We set sail as always with The British Shooting Show set firmly on our port bow, I must say as the crew mustered to the call to arms as we brought this mighty ship about, her sheer magnificent beauty really stood out magnificently as the wind filled her sails and the Young Sports rallied to her flag, I say with a tear in my eye she really fills my heart with pride, for I captain this beloved ship, I have always commanded with one mission, the Young Sports and their education and inspiration must and will always come first.
We met lots of old friends and made some new ones, we built our stand in record time and well what can I say she looked absolutely brilliant, I must admit its always a bit hit and miss job building our first stand of the year, but this year just went like clock work, and team PIOYS 2017 have really gelled too, we have a mix of old heads and some youth with us this year learning the ropes and passing on their skills etc.
This year I was split between the exhibition area in hall 5 and our stand in hall 4, my team really stepped up to the plate as they had to cover the stand in my absence over the 3 days, I really must say mere words do not do my team justice, Greg was in charge of the technical side of things for me on stage in the exhibition area, whilst he did all the computer stuff the music running the big screens etc, I did what I do best and entertained the crowds for all 3 days in my slots in there and back on the stand.
We finished the BSS 2017 high spirited and hearts full of heart tokens as we call them, the show was simply awesome and I cant thank team BSS enough, you guys and Gals did a brilliant Job, next year we will see you at the new venue of the NEC Birmingham and we cant wait I telle, We climbed back aboard ship lifted the anchor and dropped sails and headed back to my beloved West Country.
We got to our normal spot and set up as we always do, joining us this time was Pete Dodsworth from NVUK, his stand was a great addition as it was informative and helped explain the correct way to use night vision etc, this next to my NiteSite Stand with Nigel Jones (The every day hunter) helping me talk to the public about the awesome NiteSite system and spotters really were a massive draw, Chris Park was there with his ancient English knife making demo etc, all in all the stand looked simply stunning if I say so myself, oh and of course I was there book signing too all of my 6 books, all available from www.theoutpostshop.co.uk with all the money going to Pass It On young sports to help be able to put our Taster Days On.
I must say that is how I like my show a simple rough plan that can be built on, I like to educate inspire and entertain, you the punters of the show deserve that as that is one reason why you pay to go to a show not just go around a glorified car boot sale.
The West Country Game fair is one of the finest shows in the country if I say so myself, the fact its what I call my home county show has nothing to do with it, I must congratulate Lisa and her team you guys did a brilliant job again this years, I say bring on 2018 I will see you there, the more muckers the better and don’t forget to bring your young sports too.
As we opened up the gates a sea of young sports and their families descended upon us, all day they just kept coming and coming through the gates with record numbers in attendance at this first taster day of 2017, of course the day started at the reception desk with Margaret and Mandi doing a fine job of signing each person in and giving them a safety talk and explaining our rules and other dates etc we had on.
The Really Wild Adventures/Grass Roots bush craft team were flat out all day with everything from getting the kids to light fires to making our camp fire bread to cooking the trout they had caught and more.
I have had literally hundreds of emails and messages through our face book pages saying what a brilliant day when is our nest one, well that is back at Jackland’s Fishing lakes on the 11th of June 2017 a poster with all our dates etc is at the bottom of this article, all the details are on our events page on our website (www.pass-it-on-young-sports.org.uk) as well as many other taster days events, as well as other venues we are at too, so take a look for yourself, all in all a brilliant no quite simply awesome first taster day of 2017, all of this could not be possible without the team of volunteers dedicating their time and often their own money to help these days run, so I must send a huge thank you to each and every one of you.
Also this has been 5 years coming and with the help of a fellow fishing coach who is passionate about inspiring kids just like me, he has donated us his venue to open up our very own sub powered air rifle range for the young sports and their families, a link to our face book page is on our website www.pass-it-on-young-sports.org.uk this will tell you all you need to know and contact details etc, we are launching it on the 23rd of May 2017 so come along bring your families etc, I will attach a copy of the launch poster to this article if you need any further information drop our secretary a call on the number on site or on the poster.
By The Ole Hedge Creeper