Meet the Team

Shaun Miller

Managing Director

How did you get into shooting?

I started shooting as a teenager, but in my early twenties I didn’t have the money to keep the hobby up, so I sort of stopped shooting. I didn’t take it up again until 1999, when aged 34 I got back into shooting and with a bit more disposable income I purchased a Beretta 686e which I shot for quite a while with reasonable results.

What is your favourite discipline?

Out of all the sporting disciplines I think that FITASC is the most exciting and testing, with some great targets to shoot at. It does take a bit longer to shoot than other disciplines however now that it can be shot in a morning as we do at Southdown its better when it doesn’t take all day.

What gun do you shoot?

I now shoot a Beretta SO5 with 32” barrels, I have shot this gun for a few years now and last year I had a custom stock fitted, so now the only excuse when you miss is the operator!

What is your favourite sport aside from shooting?

I enjoy being out on the water motor or sail and although I am reasonably qualified, I would like to do more sailing and enjoy a few more days on the water in the Solent.

How do you take your brew?

Milk no sugar….

Simon Arbuckle

Head Coach

How long have you worked at Southdown?   

Four Years full time although I did start running “have-a-go” sessions as far back as 2004.

What is your background?

16yrs in the Army and 11 yrs as a self-employed landscaper

What’s a typical day like for you at the club?

It’s varied.  First thing is to check all traps are working and the targets are as they should be, the wind can play havoc at times with them. Then it’s lessons ranging from beginners to experienced shots.  Also there will be ad-hoc tasks, customers enquiring about guns and ensuring the ground staff are carrying out what needs to be done for the day or forthcoming competitions.

How did you get into shooting?

I started when I was twelve in the NE.  I was interested in guns and a friend of the family was a member of the local clay club so I joined the colts section.

What are you happiest doing when you are not working?

Reading, I’m an avid reader, I think the Kindle is one of the best inventions ever!

How do you take your brew?

Strong, white no sugar.

Helen Drury

Manager

How long have you worked at Southdown?

8.5 years

What is your background?

Operational Management and Finance

What’s a typical day like for you at the club?

Always busy looking after all things admin and finance. Lots of customer interaction, which is great, plus managing bookings. I really enjoy competition days which are lively and fun.

What are you happiest doing when you are not working?

Gardening, walking, my dog Poppy and travelling.

What is your favourite sport aside from shooting

Horse riding

How do you take your brew?

Builders tea!

Cassie Byne

Receptionist

What’s a typical day like for you at the club?

Busy but fun….serving Customers on the reception desk, working through email and phone queries, taking bookings for lessons and corporate activities, helping to keep the club running smoothly and efficiently. I work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings only.

How did you get into shooting?

I don’t shoot personally but my husband shoots and I have done a number of Have A Go shooting experiences previously which I really enjoyed. I would love to do more – maybe lessons are on the horizon for me!

What are you happiest doing when you are not working?

Being with my little boy, family and friends.

What is your favourite sport aside from shooting?

Eating chocolate

How do you take your brew?

Black please

Ian Stirling

Senior Shooting Instructor

How long have you worked at Southdown?

Since 2015

What is your background?

Clay shooting competitions in FITASC, Sporting, Sportrap, Compact Sporting and EuroTrap. I was a traffic Officer for 11 years and was in the IT industry for 25 years.

How did you get into shooting?

I was invited by a friend to a straw bale 50-bird pub shoot around 30 years ago!

What is your favourite discipline?

FITASC Sporting

What are you happiest doing when you are not working?

Walking our Airedale Terrier ‘Lola’ along the beaches of the south coast.

How do you take your brew?

Strong, white, no sugar

Fiona Thompson

Senior Shooting Instructor

What is your background?

I am currently still a full time Commander in the Royal Navy (medical) training and mentoring both clinically and professionally in support of MOD operations.

What’s a typical day like for you at the club?

Manic most days but rewarding. I enjoy all the aspects of our work from beginners to advanced, Have-a-Go and corporate. Some of the, shall I say ‘unique’ costumes worn by the Stag and Hen Dos always bring a smile and never cease to amaze!

How did you get into shooting?

As the daughter of a retired game keeper, I have been interested in shooting all my life, more recently in Clay pigeon shooting.

What is your favourite discipline?

English Sporting but an all-rounder at Foundation level.

What is your favourite sport aside from shooting?

Varied interests but all elite sports.  I love watching the Olympics.

How do you take your brew?

Wrong question for me!! Red or white? Either normally!