Writer wins top NGO award

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Sport­ing Gun’s young keeper writer Jack De­pledge has won this year’s Na­tional Game­keep­ers’ Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NGO) Frank Jenk­ins Me­mo­rial Tro­phy.

NGO chair­man Liam Bell pre­sented Jack with the award, named af­ter for­mer keeper Frank Jenk­ins (see story, right) which goes to the best full or part-time game­keep­ing stu­dent or ap­pren­tice of the aca­demic year, at the Mid­land Game Fair last month.

Jack, who com­pleted his full-time stud­ies this sum­mer on the Ex­tended Diploma Game and Coun­try­side Man­age­ment course at New­ton Rigg Col­lege, Cum­bria, now works as a trainee keeper in

Scot­land’s An­gus Glens.

Jack De­pledge said: “I am over­joyed to have won the 2017 NGO Frank Jenk­ins Me­mo­rial Tro­phy. The award will stand me in huge good stead on my ca­reer path.

I am not from a keeper­ing fam­ily, I started beat­ing at about five years old when my Dad joined a small syn­di­cate in North York­shire. It led to me be­com­ing a reg­u­lar beater on a com­mer­cial shoot, and help­ing them at week­ends. I love the grouse moors in Scot­land where I’m work­ing as a trainee keeper, and hope to be a head­keeper one day, fingers crossed.”

Liam Bell, added: “It is won­der­fully re­as­sur­ing to see that new en­trants to our pro­fes­sion are of such a high cal­i­bre. It is quite clear that Jack is a spe­cial ta­lent, with a great love and ap­ti­tude for the job.”

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