We understand that it’s not just about finding the best instructors in the business, but that the relationship between the instructor and the client is most important. As such we believe a relaxed and welcoming approach to shooting provides the best results for all.
With dedicated members of the team to work on appointments, corporate and private events we can cater to any wishes to create a bespoke solution for your needs.
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Described by the Shooting Gazette as “a master of the art” John has been part of the instructing team at Bisley for the last 27 years, and has been instrumental in growing the world-class teaching at the ground. As Shooting Manager John ensures that all instructors are at the top of their game when it comes to clay or game shooting instruction. John regularly appears in The Field’s top 100 game shots and the CPSA Top 20 Sporting shooters list. He also competes at the highest level, having won the Beretta World AA class and been runner up at the UK FITASC championship three times! In 2012 John was ranked UK number 1 in FITASC averages.
John was a gamekeeper for 13 years at the Middleton Estate, Longparish. In his younger days he used to play cricket for Hampshire, also playing and winning at Lords for Longparish in the national village championships. In the off seasons he enjoys playing golf to a scratch handicap. John brings an understanding and an ability to instruct clients ranging from the complete novice to the seasoned campaigner in a fun and hugely rewarding way.
In 2014 John competed against 20 of the country’s best shots to win a Morgan Supercar for 6 months! Among the finalists were George Digweed (winner of 23 world titles), Mark Marshall (No. 2 in FITASC World rankings) and Sam Green (British Open Champion).
Tony’s introduction to shooting was at the age of ten with a .410 shooting at a coke can swinging from a tree. This soon moved on to clays, but the seed was forever sown by that first coke can!
On leaving school Tony embarked on a career in Game Keeping. Starting in Devon on a high bird shoot, followed by two seasons on a Scottish Grouse Moor and finally settling in the south, firstly on a commercial shoot then on a smaller family shoot.
Whilst Game Keeping, Tony spent much time double gunning on local estates and it was here that his passion for coaching started. Teaching techniques to help clients improve their shooting in order to get the best out of their day. With over twenty years experience, Tony has had the opportunity to visit the best shoots in the UK and abroad, as well as looking after everyone from rock legends to captains of industry and royalty.
Tony finds it particularly rewarding introducing young shots and newcomers to the sport. For the past 10 years Tony has also been coaching both rifle and shotgun shooting at two private schools with the aim of students leaving with a full understanding of any shooting situation, the relative safety issues and etiquette. From that first shot, through to competing at National competitions (with several wins too). Tony’s expertise covers Trap, Skeet and Sporting clays as well simulated driven game , walked up and shooting from a hide. Tony is also our resident Master Gunfitter ensuring that you get the best measurements before having a bespoke gun made.
Tony is happily married with two beautiful daughters and is never happier than when out shooting with his dogs or sitting in a pigeon hide!
Andrew started shotgun shooting at the age of twelve and has shot all over the UK from the bogs of Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands. His background is in agriculture & forestry where he worked as a freelance instructor and assessor before returning to teach at the UK’s top colleges and for the Forestry Commission. In more recent years Andrew has worked as an arboricultural consultant involved with planning and development schemes for county councils and local authorities.
For several years Andrew has provided coaching on game and clays, introducing many newcomers to the sport. He is also a former deer manager and long range rifle competitor with a vast knowledge of ballistics and confesses to have owned “far too many guns”!
When not shooting Andrew can be found picking up with his dogs on shoots or fishing with them on wind-swept beaches.
Andrew joined the Bisley instructing team in the Spring of 2016 following his acceptance into the Association of Professional Shooting Instruction (APSI) and is a popular member of the team.
Nick has over 50 years experience in game and clay target shooting. As an Honorary Research Fellow and life member of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Nick has a comprehensive knowledge of game shooting techniques and shooting etiquette, he also shoots competition clays at International level and is a former English Open Olympic Skeet Champion.
Through his enthusiastic and supportive approach to coaching Nick has established a committed following. Teaching beginners and novices and specialising in training competition shooters Nick has been teaching shooting techniques since the late 1970’s, and joined the Bisley Shooting Ground team in the early 1990’s. He is a Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) qualified shotgun instructor and an International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) accredited coach.
Whether your ambition is to become an accomplished social shot or a serious shotgun competitor, Nicks’ reputation for no nonsense energetic mentorship will enable you to realise your full potential efficiently and safely.
Martin first started clay shooting in 1984 after he left HM Armed Forces and won a World Gold Medal, shooting for team GB in 2014. Martin has also won several awards at County level. Martin is a multi-disciplined clay shooter, shooting Sporting, FITASC, Compaq and Skeet, who also enjoys coaching in the field.
Martin decided to turn his passion for shooting into his profession and became a shooting instructor for several years before joining Bisley Shooting Ground in 2016.
His previous career spanned from HM Armed Services where he qualified as a small-arms instructor and a member of the Army Shooting Team, winning national prizes at Bisley, to corporate sales for Mercedes Benz.
Coming from rural Cambridge Martin spent his leave periods working with a Game Keeper where he developed a keen interest in Game Shooting. He has also coached in the field at a number of estates.
Martin’s greatest achievement as a coach was to take a novice junior shooter and coaching them to winning a Junior European Gold Medal.
Martin is a full member of the Association of Professional Shooting Instructors and when not instructing he continues to shoot competitively and for his own enjoyment.
John started shooting shotguns and also fly fishing at the age of 10. He was lucky enough to be allowed to shoot and fish at school, this was when it was ok for pupils to take a gun to school!
John’s career has passed through many different areas including Hotel Management, Engineering and finally into Software where he was Assistant Vice President for an American Software company. After retiring from the software industry John decided to share his passion for shooting and fishing by becoming a freelance instructor in both. John is a member of the Association of Professional Shooting Instructors and has been working as a freelance instructor at Bisley since 2006.
John’s past interests have included flying helicopters and Kart Racing, however when he is not instructing at Bisley he can now generally be found on a chalk stream somewhere!
Christine worked as a Civil Servant for 20 years then decided that being cooped up in an office was not for her! After completing her LANTRA coaching and loading qualifications Christine coaches as a freelance instructor for 8 years whilst also shooting competitively, becoming Sussex Ladies Champion in 2009 whilst pregnant with her daughter. She continues to represent Sussex shooting on a regular basis.
Partner of a Shepherd and daughter of a farmer Christine has spent many years beating, picking up, being a shoot captain and now loading and coaching for clients on the peg in the game season. She is never happier than being stood under partridges and pheasants and getting immense satisfaction helping her clients bring down that bird of the day!
Christine is a passionate instructor, however when not coaching clients she can be seen travelling up and down the country around Europe and the world competing in major championships.
Introducing new shooters to the sport of clay shooting, giving advice for competitive clay and game shooting and coaching and mentoring are hugely important parts of instructing for Christine. She looks forward to helping you improve at Bisley Shooting Ground.
Roger has been a keen shot since the age of ten when his uncle taught him to shoot on his farm in Oxford.
He joined the Met. Police Force in the early 70’s where he remained for thirty years till his retirement. Whilst in the Police Roger was introduced to clay pigeon shooting and represented the Force in competitions throughout the country.
Since leaving the Force he has maintained his ties, shooting as a retired officer. He was selected for and still remains in the Police Service UK team. He has shot both Nationally and Internationally for the Police.
He still remains an avid game shot during the shooting season and is a member of the Association of Professional Shooting Instructors. Roger hugely enjoys instructing all levels of experience.
Having retired early from a career in the city it seemed like the perfect time and opportunity to devote himself to his lifelong passion and become a freelance shooting instructor. Robbie has been shooting since the age of 14 and thoroughly enjoys all aspects of clay and game shooting whether it be with the gun or in the beating line.
He has passed the Lantra 2 loaders course , DSC 1 course and has recently qualified and been accepted as an associate member of the Association of Professional Shooting Instructors. Robbie loves to be outdoors and his other interests include fly and course fishing, stalking , gun dogs and motorcycles.
Helping clients with all levels of experience to get the best out of their shooting is an important part of instructing, and Robbie looks forward to helping you achieve this at Bisley Shooting Ground.
Clive originates from a farming background and attended the Hertfordshire College of Agriculture in the early 80’s. Having over 35 years of shooting experience both in the Game field & Clay shooting, he qualified as a shooting instructor over 20 years ago and is a full member of The Association of Professional Shooting Instructors.
Clive has been part of the Bisley team since 2008. So whether it is to brush up on your technique or you are a complete novice, you can be assured of a friendly and calm approach to coaching, with many years of experience.
He is an avid cricket and Rugby fan and in his younger days reached county standard in both sports. Nowadays you will find Clive filling his spare time with dog training and carving fancy shapes into country/walking sticks.
Mark has been shooting since the age of 11, when he moved from Middlesex to the middle of the Fens on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk borders. Already a keen fisherman he spent most of his formative years with either gun or rod in hand.
On leaving college he joined the Royal Marines after which he followed a career in international freight forwarding. In 2014 he decided to step out of the corporate world into the working life as a freelance shooting instructor. A keen game shot and wildfowler, he took his Association of Professional Shooting Instructors (APSI) course in 2015, followed by his CPSA qualifications.
Mark joined the Bisley Instructor team in the latter part of 2018 and is particularly keen on introducing newcomers into the sport, both young and old. When not working in the field or on the clay ground, he can be found on his narrow boat, out riding his motorbike or training/working his dog.
Derek joined the Bisley instructing team in 2000, having been involved with clay shooting and field sports since his early twenties. Derek is part of a shooting syndicate and has shot game at Luss Loch Lomond, Kings Walk Sussex, Stocks Down Hampshire and various other estates across Dorset, Hampshire and Sussex. Being outdoors and meeting people interested in shooting and field sports makes for a perfect past time for Derek, away from his full time job as commercial director for a commercial pump distributor. When Derek is not working he is a keen follower of motor racing, in particular Motor GP and Formula 1, and will always try and attend a circuit when possible. With his company actively involved in rugby sponsorship Derek also has a keen interest in rugby.
After spending 35 years in the motor trade Steve decided to follow his passion and become a shooting instructor. He started shooting with his father at the age of 10 using a bolt action .410, and was immediately hooked on the sport. In his teens he worked at a local clay club as a trapper, at weekends and in the school holidays.
Later he taught his eldest daughter to shoot and found he had a great aptitude for coaching, so in 2016 completed various CPSA courses and also qualified with the Association of Professional Shooting Instructors (APSI), and was accepted as an associate member. Not long after he started working with us here at Bisley Shooting Ground.
Previously Steve owned his own garage selling sports and prestige cars and before this worked for Mercedes Benz for many years. He still has a great interest in cars and motorcycles and very much enjoys off road riding on the green lanes in Surrey and Hampshire.
Ian has been involved in shooting for over 30 years and is a passionate game shot. With a wealth of experience both in the field and on the school, Ian can certainly iron out those bad habits and perfect your shooting.
Ian joined the NHS as a groundsman after school, became head gardener in 1987 and has remained in this position ever since. Ian qualified as a shooting instructor in 2007 with the Scottish Clay Target Association so he could bring his years of experience to the clay shooting discipline to help all levels of shooters improve their shooting. He is Braidwood’s Head Instructor.
Ian has huge enthusiasm in introducing new shots, and particularly Young Shots to this great sport. Ian very much enjoys coaching out in the field as well. He has a very good eye for gun fits and can tell what gun would suit someone just by looking at them.
Ian also plays a key role within the Grounds team for the designing and setting up of the courses for all our competitions and events.
When not shooting Ian can be found picking up with his 3 Springer Spaniels, fishing or playing golf.
With over 50 years of shooting experience, David took up coaching to put something back into the sport that has given him so much pleasure. David is a fully qualified BASC Safe Shot, Safety officer and Shotgun Coach.
David spent most of his career in agriculture forming strong links with the countryside and conservation. ‘At the end of the season I used to put my gun away, get it out in September, and wondered why my shooting lacked a certain consistency!’ Ring any bells? Since then David has been perfecting coaching techniques and takes tremendous satisfaction when instructing shooters, particularly seeing novice shooters break their first clay target. Who knows, a future Olympian may come from Bisley at Braidwood.
Kim has been involved with shooting for decades. Starting with a 30 year career in game keeping on both commercial and private Estates, and finally running his own shooting business in Warwickshire before ‘retiring’ to the Borders.
Kim brings with him a great deal of experience, particularly for the game shooter and particularly enjoys sharing his knowledge whilst adding great fun and a good sense of humour to the occasion. During the shooting season when Kim is not instructing, Kim can be found loading / picking up on local shoots or deerstalking.
His other passion is his motorcycles, often visiting race meetings and motorcycle shows around the country, as well as taking all important holidays to the Isle of Man Classic TT!
Ian Hendy has been teaching both clay and game shooting for over 15 years. He is a passionate gameshooter and can often be found out in the field. Ian is a qualified CPSA and APSI instructor and gets great satisfaction in bringing new people into the sport both young and old!
As well as shooting Ian is also a qualified archery instructor, satisfying his inner Robin Hood. When not in the Scottish Borders Ian can be found enjoying the sunshine in France.
Arthur is originally from Ascot but has moved to the Scottish Borders to enjoy life in Kelso. Arthur is an experienced shot of over 50 years and has a wealth of knowledge for novice and experienced shots. He has been an instructor for 10 years and has worked for Bisley at Braidwood since 2015. He specialises in game shooting and in his spare time is a keen fisherman.
Iain is from Carlisle and is a Senior Instructor with Bisley at Braidwood. He started as a gamekeeper and has been a game shot for 35 years so has a wealth of knowledge both in-front and behind the scenes of shoots. Ian was also a competitive clay shooter and brings with him expertise in coaching clay shots, as well as those practicing for game. Iain is a qualified APSI instructor and has instructed shooting for 12 years. He has been instructing with Bisley at Braidwood since 2013.