Launched in September 2010, Ellesmere College Shooting Academy, the first based in a school in the UK, gives talented young marksmen and women the opportunity to benefit from outstanding coaching and education whilst at the School.
Shooters receive outstanding coaching from a team of three highly qualified coaches. Academy pupils also have the opportunity to participate in master classes with Tom Rylands, Academy Coach, who has represented Great Britain in Brisbane this October retaining the World Long Range Championship Trophy for the third successive time.
Throughout the year pupils are also given the opportunity to do fitness work using the School's excellent facilities and bespoke training programmes can be tailored to the individual. The School participates in regional and national competitions (age appropriate) which are scheduled as part of the programme in each term. There are excellent links with regional and national shooting squads and pupils securing a place with their National squad will also benefit from National Coaches expertise. The Academy works closely with the National coaches to establish individual training plans for each competitor.
Currently offering opportunities in a number of disciplines including Air rifle, pistol and Archery.
The Academy has also established a strong link with Manchester Metropolitan University's (MMU) Sports Science department and now has access to some of the top Physiological and Psychological support in the UK.
The Ellesmere College Shooting Club is run by Jim Quinlan, a keen marksman with many years of experience shooting at International level. He is a regular attendee at the National Rifle Shooting Association headquarters at Bisley and oversees pupil participation in a number of competitions there each year.
David Gregory is also an active member of the coaching team, who started shooting when he, himself, was at school. At that stage he shot .22 Rifle and .303 target rifle and was a member of his school team. He continued at University, UWIST in Cardiff, where he became Secretary of the Rifle & Pistol club and won UWIST Colours shooting 7.62mm target rifle.