Saturday at the Scottish Game Fair saw the annual presentation of the Tam Tod Trophy by the educational charity Countryside Learning Scotland. The GWCT who hosts the fair kindly gave permission for the presentation at their flagship event.
The Trophy is an award for a young Scot under the age of 21 who actively engages in country sports, and has shown exemplary improvement in their field over the last 12 months.
This year’s winner is 17 year old Darren Brown of Kinloch Rannoch. Darren was nominated for the award by North Highland College where he is a student.
Darren will receive £50 in vouchers from Cockers of Blairgowrie along with his award.
The Tam Tod Trophy was founded in 2009 in memory of the late gamekeeper and ghillie who devoted his life to the countryside, its conservation and country sports. Presented this year by Tam’s son Jim Tod who is also a keeper on Tarvie Estate, it is an annual nomination-led award with outstanding young Scots put forward by Rural Skills leaders, colleges and organisations from around the country.
The trophy is the charity’s means of formally recognising the progress and achievements of young county sports enthusiasts and their commitment to the future of rural Scotland.
Ian Robertson, Director of Countryside Learning Scotland said:
“We are delighted at CLS to continue to act as custodians of the award on behalf of the Tod family. Our winner Darren Brown, originally from Kinloch Rannoch, is passionate about the countryside and is currently with Atholl Estates on work placement as a pony boy. We wish him the best of luck in the future and hope the award will help him succeed in finding his chosen career”
Ian has directed Countryside Learning Scotland since it became independent from the Scottish Countryside Alliance in 2014. It has developed into a leading resource of outdoor education for Scottish schools, offering classroom speakers, resources for projects and organising visits to farms, estates and rural businesses around the country. The charity now also provides further educational resources across the full spectrum of rural sectors including the development of renewable energy sources, land use and recreation.
Countryside Learning Scotland’s vision is of a viable and sustainable future for rural Scotland. Through exposing young people to the active and practical reality of life on farms, estates and any other rural area, they look to make the next generation aware of the diversities of rural life and the variety of careers that exist throughout Scotland, and they particularly encourage children from urban areas to explore these wider possibilities.