The British Eventing Charitable Foundation has revealed that funding from The Sport England Small Grant will enable more training for new competitors and the development of new eventing coaches in the sport.
The Sport England Small Grant will provide £8,550 to support two large format ‘Try Eventing’ taster days in the South East of the country, followed by a series of follow on sessions. The days will allow riders to hone their skills before taking the step into competing.
In line with Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign, the project will be open to women aged over 26 who are not currently a member of British Eventing (BE) and will be priced as affordably as possible to encourage people from all backgrounds to take part.
Hosted at the event site of popular BE fixture Tweseldown, Hampshire, each day will accommodate up to 20 riders and provide the perfect opportunity for combinations looking to take their first steps in to affiliated eventing.
“We’re really pleased to be able to give new riders this fantastic opportunity to kick start their journey into eventing," says Hilary Trahair, the Training & Education Manger for BE. "Sport England have given us a real chance to work towards one of the key objectives of the BE Charitable Foundation, which is to encourage more riders into the sport by breaking down barriers to participation. The grant will help us make this training much more affordable, giving more people the chance to get involved.”
Try Eventing taster days
The taster days will incorporate training in all three phases - dressage, show jumping and cross-country, as well as an unmounted talk on what to expect at your first BE event. All riders will also receive a goodie bag including vouchers for BE Day Pass Membership and a Training Pass which will enable them to enter their first event.
Each Taster Day and follow on sessions will combine training in dressage, show jumping and cross country, focussing on areas like dressage test practice, speed training and how to secure a clear jumping round, all with the support, feedback and advice from experienced BE Accredited Coaches. There will be three follow on sessions available for riders taking part which will include unmounted discussions around fitness, preparation and what equipment you might need. These sessions will aim to help riders prepare for their first BE event, which they will plan with help from the coaches.
Taking place in May through to August, exact dates are to be confirmed and published on www.britisheventing.com
Helping BE coaches
The grant will also provide a bursary for two coaches to complete their UKCC Level 2 eventing specific qualification. The UKCC Level 2 is aimed at anyone already coaching grassroots riders and with some competitive experience of the sport of eventing. UKCC Level 2 is one of the requirements to become a BE Development Coach – the first tier of the BE Accredited Coach System.
Further details about how to apply to take part in this exciting project will be released soon and will be available on www.britisheventing.com/training