Victoria Knowles-Lacks is 33 and lives on the Worcestershire/Shropshire Border with her husband Keiran and Lakeland Terrier, Rocket.
Victoria, who has been named the ‘Pioneer’ of the clay shooting industry is on a mission to get as many ladies as she possibly can involved in the sport of clay shooting, whilst empowering women and instilling support and confidence. She has created a sisterhood of loyal, go getting ladies who all share a common love, clay shooting and the Countryside.
Getting increasingly despondent in her role in property and day dreaming about being out in the field, Victoria one day decided enough was enough and handed in her notice. With nothing in the way of savings, she threw caution in to the wind and left, with a big dream to set up a really fun and inclusive ladies only clay shooting club, that would get women out supporting each other, being out in the Countryside and just having some ‘me’ time.
The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club was formed in September 2011 and is now the largest ladies clay shooting club in Europe. The Club holds in excess of 100 events Nationally, where women from all age groups and backgrounds are welcome. Their days are really social and are a really fun introduction in to clay shooting, where ladies learn to clay shoot, with qualified coaching, and then finish off the day with homemade cakes, served in gorgeous old vintage china. The Club has gained a National following, including with big name organisations and in the National press. Victoria has been named one of the top 5 most influential people in shooting, she and her club have won numerous awards.
Since it’s formation the Club has welcomed some 10,000+ ladies into the sport. They run a National calendar of events, training days, alongside their socials and their game changing National Ladies’ Shooting Day, which is being held on 10th June and will see well in excess of 1,000 ladies taking aim and getting involved!
Victoria’s plans for the future are ‘to keep on going! To keep doing what we’re doing and grow – hopefully taking it Global!’