About Us 

Established in 1994 by father and daughter, Brian Pengelly & Rachel Bourke, The Shoot Out Club have taken away thousands of customers who have enjoyed and continue to enjoy these fantastic skittles weekends. 

Serious About Skittles Events - Meet the team

After 21+ years the Shoot Out Club has evolved into Serious About Skittles Events, specialising in skittles events for fun loving, like-minded people.

The Torquay-based events management are specialists in skittles and are Serious About Skittles Events. Weekends ranging from 100 to 800 people per event, are hosted by first class organisers and a highly efficient office team ensure that all events run smoothly. They are held across the South and South West, with many venues being on the beautiful coastline.

All our Serious About Skittles weekends offer a fantastic skittles competition, coach transport, full board or half board accommodation including full Sunday lunch, an amazing array of entertainment featuring bands, tributes, singers, entertainers and even karaoke, with everything being organised for you and your team.

Since 2004, Serious About Skittles Events have hosted the British Skittles Championships and are the sponsors for 2017. Over 1400 skittlers compete each year making this the largest skittles competition in the UK. There are three events, men, ladies’ and mixed, and teams compete through the summer to qualify for the Grand Finals in September in Torquay, where the winners are crowned Serious About  British Skittles Champions, lift the fantastic trophy and pick up their Fantastic prizes.

Every Serious About Skittles Event has its own dedicated organiser, answering all your questions and making sure you have a great time. Their attention to detail is first class, ensuring your weekend proves unforgettable!

Meet the team: 

Brian Pengelly - The Originator at Serious About Events Devon, Cornwall, Somerset

Brian Pengelly:

Brian is the originator of the Shoot Out Club concept, and takes every opportunity to remind the rest of the crew of that fact! Still active in the office but after 20 years hosting the weekend events, Company Director Brian has finally hung up his organiser’s hat. He and his wife Shirley will still be seen on some of our Serious About Skittles Events more as guests these days, but with Shirley on the dancefloor and Brian by the bar, not much really will have changed!

Rachel Bourke - Company Director at Serious About Events Devon, Cornwall, Somerset

Rachel Bourke

Company Director Rachel has earned her 21 year long service medal and is enjoying seeing the Shoot Out Club evolve into a range of outstanding Serious About Events. Rachel’s drive and passion for the company is second to none and she always strives to ensure every person has a truly memorable weekend. Her ability as organiser is only rivalled by her ability to talk so be warned when she has hold of the microphone as it will never be over quickly!


Karen Ivey

Office Manager and PA to the Director, Karen is truly the right hand of the office. An experienced Serious About Event Organiser where attention to detail is second to none. Karen hosts her own weekends and, when paired with Rachel, they are fondly known as the ‘A team’. She can be coerced onto the dance floor for a boogie as long as it’s not Madness!




Kate Sims

A new face to the team but not a stranger as Kate has worked in Bank Chambers, home of Serious About Events, for many years and is now is taking over the reins of the finance department. Kate is keen to see what the events are all about so watch out for her on a weekend soon, she is sure to throw herself into it!


Sarah Sullivan

Sarah is the new face behind the phone for Serious About Events. Her warm, dulcet Yorkshire tones will be waiting to assist you. But we are not leaving her behind the desk as with her past experience singing in a band, she can’t wait to get back in front of a crowd and enjoy assisting at our Serious About Events.





Alan Blood

Serious About Skittles Events Organiser Alan is also in charge of over 32 skittle alleys and equipment for the skittles events. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Alan, who is always willing to help and makes sure everyone has a truly fantastic weekend.. Alan hosts many events and can also be found with his partner in crime Martin at the Mill Rythe events in Hayling Island. Affectionally the boys are referred to as the B team but you will never get a second rate weekend with them in attendance!


Martin Lea

An original Shoot Out customer for many years, Martin eventually knew so much about attending the weekends he decided to become a Skittles Organiser. Always “chilled” and ready to ensure everything runs smoothly, Martin has become a firm favourite at the Serious About Events but don’t ask a favour when the B team start dancing to Madness or that could be one step beyond!


Alan Maynard

Serious About Events technical advisor Alan’s talents are truly shown in the organisational planning with the Butcombe British Skittles Championships draw. A massively technical task which many would expect to be dealt with in this age by a computer. Rachel and Alan can be found locked away in an office for weeks while the three draws are created. Alan also is on hand as an official at the Butcombe Grand Finals overseeing the event.