Ian Coley, owner of Ian Coley Shooting School near Cheltenham, has an impressive sporting career that includes representing Great Britain at shooting, coaching Team GB Olympic gold-winning medallists and being awarded an MBE for his services to Clay Target Shooting.
In this interview, SoGlos chats to Ian about his love of shooting and coaching, his career highlights, tips for beginners and what to expect when visiting the shooting school – with activities for every level.
From a young man, I have always had an interest in shooting. This interested progressed further when I became a game keeper after leaving school.
The biggest influence on my career has to be Bob Braithwaite. Watching him win gold for trap shooting at the 1960 Olympics in Mexico City very much inspired me to pursue my interest in shooting. Little did I know that I would be a part of Team GB for the next one!
I’ve always wanted to have a shooting school as it allows me to do what I love while earning a living.
There are so many different activities to do at Ian Coley. There’s something for everyone, from people who have never fired a gun before to professionals looking to improve and practice.
All of our packages are very popular as we offer something to suit every skillset. Our Have-a-Go clay shooting packages are very popular for beginners as they offer everything you need to get started. The hour lesson includes 25 clays and cartridges with one of our professional instructors. The aim of these lessons is to help build confidence along with gun safety.
Obviously each individual struggles with different targets. But probably targets coming off the high tower would be the most challenging.
Book yourself in for a beginner’s lesson; our team of professional instructors will make your session fun and memorable.
A massive highlight was coaching Richard Faulds to gold at the Sydney Olympics and Peter Wilson to gold at London.
With clay shooting, the main aim is to hit moving clay pigeons at varying heights and speeds. Whereas, rifle shooting is more based around shooting still targets with varying levels of accuracy.
Visitors will enjoy the thrill and satisfaction of breaking clays and the thoroughly enjoy the whole shooting experience.
Being a six times Olympic coach. I first shot for Great Britain in 1971, and since then I have represented the country on over 200 occasions – either as a shooter, coach or team manager.
A massive highlight was coaching Richard Faulds to gold at the Sydney Olympics and Peter Wilson to gold at London. The 2012 London games were very special to me.
I’ve been watching all sports with admirations for their skill and determination. With clay pigeon shooting I was of course shooting all of the clays with the respected Team GB shooters. Even then I was nervous on seeing the shooting medals revealed; it brought a tear to my eye.
Monday 15 August 2016
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