Grandad got me into shooting at 8

Grandad got me into shooting at 8


I first got into shooting by asking my grandad to take me he said, ‘when your 8’, I finally turned 8 and wouldn’t stop nagging him until the day we went. As soon as I picked up the gun, I fell in love with it. As I was only little, I was shooting a 4/10 and shooting cardboard boxes/clays on the floor so I was hitting something. As I got older I moved to moving targets (to a 20guage) and because the weight of the gun was an issue my grandad put me on a tripod (shooting stick), this was to take some of the weight and to rest the gun on before and after taking a shot. One person said to me ‘we will soon have you in the Olympics’, after that I then asked my grandad if that could actually happen and he said ‘all we can do is try’, since then we have been working towards this. When I was about 10, I moved into English Skeet which I had Tom Gridley to coach me. Unbeknownst to us Tom was being taught by Rod Gould, my coach now. I then moved over to DTL (down the line) at about 12 which was when Tom then introduced me to Rod and since then Rod has taken over coaching me. I am now 14 and still shooting DTL, last season I got invited to the English selection shoots in just my first season but sadly I didn’t get in. This year I am going to do all the major events, like the British and English Open which acquires me to go to Bywell Shooting Ground which is just the other side of Newcastle. I am sponsored by GMK Beretta, Fiocchi, Maude and Fox, Teague Chokes, Cens (Nigel Hurst) and Enviro Store. I am training 5 times a week to get to where I want to go, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me.

Shooting is a great sport to get in to!

Shooting is a great sport to get in to!

I first got in to shooting through my Dad as shooting has always been a big part of our family.

I tried a few different disciplines within shooting over the years but always came back to sporting. For me, I enjoy the difficulty of it, the variety of targets and that every shoot you attend is a different layout of targets.

Shooting is a great sport to get in to and is always welcoming to people who want to take it up.

My advice for anyone wanting to try it is to invest in some lessons with a good coach and make sure you get a gun that fits you.

Try a number of different disciplines within shooting and see what works best for you and what you enjoy the most.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help, everyone has good days and bad but most of all make sure you enjoy it! 🙂

Love Isabella x

I took the plunge and entered a ladies day!

I took the plunge and entered a ladies day!

I’m very new to the shooting world – this has been my first full season and I’ve loved every second!!

I first got exposed properly when I stood on peg with my partner at the end of 2018/2019 season, I came with a camera and loved taking photos of the shoot and the dogs working (we had one young cocker spaniel at the time – since we’ve gained another pup) and generally being outside all day with my partner and his friends having a good laugh.

Roll on the off season, I started training with our young cocker to become a gundog , it was so rewarding and I was excited for the next season to start so we could go beating.

I also took the plunge during the summer and went to a ladies beginner clay day – I was so nervous and worried that I would be rubbish, but everyone there was lovely and I loved every second of the day, after that I organised a 1:1 lesson.

I started talking to a few girls I’d met through Instagram and took the plunge even further when the season began and I went on a partridge shoot with some country girls… and I even shot a few!!

Fast forward to the end of 2019/2020 season and I’ve been on 3 shoot days (including beaters day), have been beating with my spaniel most weekends and have now bought my very own gun.

I have met some amazing women through social media platforms who have made me feel so welcome and have helped whenever I have a question!

It’s safe to say I’ve caught the shooting bug!