NOMINATIONS OPEN FOR TOP YOUNG COUNTRY SPORTS PERSON 2016
Do you know an exceptional young country sportsperson, a hardworking pupil, enthusiastic student or amazing apprentice who deserves to have their achievements in country sports recognised?
Background to the award
Countryside Learning Scotland manage and promote the Tam Tod Trophy and we are looking to present the award to a young person who can demonstrate respect for the countryside coupled with an enthusiasm and dedication in their country sport or career. A nomination from you could put them in with a chance of winning the Tam Tod Trophy, recognising the determination and budding talent, which exists at grass roots level in the Scottish countryside.
Open to anyone under the age of 21 who actively engages in, and has shown improvements in their chosen country sport or country sports career, CLS are actively seeking nominations from schools, organisations, colleges, friends, family and politicians of an aspiring gamekeeper, promising fisherman or woman, enthusiastic falconer, skilled dog handler, novice hunter or rider… or any other young country sports participant.
Previous recipients of the award include Scott McCall a trainee keeper from Hamilton, Lanarkshire, having been nominated by his tutor at Elmwood College, where he was ‘a model student’ on their game-keeping course. Greg Sinclair won the trophy at the age of 14 when nominated by his coach whilst participating in the Angling for Youth Development Scheme, based in Blairgowrie. Greg now works as a trainee on Balmoral Estate whilst studying for a National Certificate. Greg says “Winning the Tam Tod Trophy was a great incentive to become more involved in the countryside, knowing that the judges saw potential in me encouraged me to follow my passion and pursue a rural career.” The trophy is currently held by 2015 winner Darren Brown, who is studying game-keeping at North Highland College and who demonstrated a true passion for the outdoors.
Inaugurated in 2009, The Tam Tod Trophy was funded in memory of one of Scotland’s finest countrymen, the late Tam Tod, a gamekeeper, ghillie and lifelong friend of the countryside. The specially commissioned trophy was created by leading designer Robert MacFadzean of Fine Iron Design and the 2016 winner will be invited to a presentation at Scone Game Fair 2016
Please nominate a young country sports person by completing the online nomination form.
The closing date for entries is Friday 1st May 2016 at midday.