A clay pigeon shooter from Southport is “honoured” to have become the youngest ever manager of the England team.
Karl Prince, 33, applied for the position last month and was given the job by the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) last week.
He hopes to use his new appointment to attract more youngsters to the sport.
“I was delighted when I heard the news,” Karl, who lives near the town centre, said.
“Representing the national team is a big responsibility but it will be a great thing to do. And to be the youngest ever manager is a great honour.
“I hope to get more juniors involved and start them off shooting, because it is not the elitist sport that some people think and you can start at any age.”
Karl began shooting as a hobby aged 16 and picked up the sport when he worked on a clay pigeon shoot in Scarisbrick.
He took it up seriously eight years ago and has since travelled the world alongside the Great Britain team, competing as an individual, and has been ranked in the top 20 competitors in the world.
Karl’s England manager role lasts three years and he will be responsible for motivating the team and organising their travel, accommodation and events such as prizegivings.
“I would encourage anyone thinking of taking up the sport to come on down and have a go,” former Kingswood school pupil Karl said.
“There are no age restrictions and most clubs will lend a shotgun to someone who doesn’t have their own.
“A good clay pigeon shooter needs good reactions, a calm temperament, good eyes and motivation.”
To find your nearest club, go to www.cpsa.co.uk
By Natasha Robson