In the Autumn of 2002 a group of like minded individuals got together and decided to form their own airgun club with the aim of bringing fun back into their sport. The search was on for a suitable ground. After looking at several potential sites, they settled for approximately 4 acres of woodland known as Kennel Copse - and The Bulldogs were born. Two more acres have since been leased to the Club bringing the total to about 6 acres in all.
A period of intense activity followed - fund raising, clearing and preparing the woodland ground, the purchasing of targets and a myriad of other but no less important smaller tasks. The Club became part of the Central Southern Field Target Association (CSFTA), itself a region of the British Field Target Association (BFTA), and officially opened it's doors in March 2003.
In June of that year North Oxon staged it's first competition - an Open Hunter Rules Field Target event known as 'The Bulldog Bash'. It was a great success and just reward for all of the hard work carried out by the pioneers of the Club.
As the Autumn came around again it was time to think about joining in competition with the other CSFTA clubs in their 2003 Winter League. North Oxon was able to field two teams for the Hunter rules competition and one team for the Field Target (FT) rules competition. The Club didn't have much luck in the FT rules competition but, teams 1 and 2 finished 1st and 3rd respectively in division 2 of the Hunter rules. One of our 1st team shooters had the highest individual Div. 2 score and was the most consistent shot in the whole of the competition, 1st and 2nd divisions inclusive, with just 5 points between his highest and lowest scores!
The Club played it's own part in the league by hosting the regular FT and Hunter rounds and also the first round of the more prestigious FT Winter League Qualifier.
At their AGM, the CSFTA Chairman praised North Oxon with the words, 'The new club has done us proud in both Hunter and FT. The Open Qualifier hosted by them was the best attended of all'. North Oxon thanks the Chairman for these encouraging words