About Me

I started shooting at school and was lucky enough to be introduced to the Great Britain Junior Squad in the late 1980’s. I trained and competed domestically and internationally with them until my last year as a Junior. Shortly after that, I paused my shooting to concentrate on my university studies and subsequently, my career and young family.

I returned to shooting later in life, training with the South East Regional Pistol Squad, Team England National Squad and Great Britain. I competed internationally at major and minor internationals but in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics developed an injury that, over the course of the following years, led to my retirement from shooting.

Fortuitously, as I was walking off the range from my last ever competitive shoot in 2017, I bumped into the GB Head Pistol Coach, Steve Pengelly, who asked if I would like to help coach the new GB Emerging Potential Squad. Since then I have worked with British Shooting, who put me forward for the ISSF Licensed Coach program, and I coached their Emerging Potential (South) squad in 2018. In 2019 I hope to open the first British Shooting Skills School in the South of England.

As well as working with the National Governing Body, Target Pistol Coaching is Affiliated to the National Smallbore Rifle Association (NSRA) and works within their framework on child safeguarding and insurance as well as benefiting from the general support given to Affiliates, e.g. discounted use of the Lord Roberts Centre ranges at Bisley Camp.

I am the personal coach to the GB No. 2 in 10m air pistol, Waldek Mickiewicz and am working with him towards securing a 2020 Olympic quota place. I also work alongside Michael Gault OBE and George Darling (two of the best pistol shooters the UK has had), who are collectively coaching the newly re-formed NSRA Pistol Squad.

When not working with these groups and individuals, I can often be found in a draughty barn coaching the Crawley & Horsham Pony Club Tetrathletes and dodging the pigeons…

I have an extended DBS check, NSRA Range Officer qualification, my own coaching insurance and ISSF Class D & C Coaching Licenses.

Jim Newsome, May 2019

Receiving ISSF C Qualification from Željko Todorović
Receiving ISSF C Qualification from Željko Todorović
With Waldek Mickiewicz, GB AP No. 2
With Waldek Mickiewicz, GB AP No. 2
With Kristian Callaghan, GB No. 1 AP & RFP
With Kristian Callaghan, GB No. 1 AP & RFP