Eight Coaches selected on to cross discipline National Development Programme

Eight British Eventing Accredited coaches have been selected for the inaugural National Development Programme for Coaching Excellence.

The coaches are:

  • Victoria Gallantree BHSI
  • Lisa Morris BHSI UKCC Level 3
  • Sarah Thorne BHSI
  • Michael Paveley BHSI UKCC Level 3
  • Sue Chadwick BHSI UKCC Level 3
  • Sarah Houlden UKCC Level 3
  • Penny Sangster BHSII UKCC Level 3
  • Marie Ryan UKCC Level 3

Partially subsidised by the British Equestrian Federation, the 12 month coaching programme is aimed at Coaches working with adult and young people who participate in equestrian sport for competitive recreation purposes.

The programme will see a total of 15 coaches across three disciplines involved in a range of learning environments, including video and theory lessons and practical discipline specific sessions, gaining the skills they need to provide coaching excellence at the grassroots level.

Warwickshire’s Victoria Gallantree, an Airowear BE80(T) coach, has been organising children and adult summer camps for over 20 years and holds a Diploma in Humanistic Counselling. Regional BE u18 Coach Lisa Morris from Derbyshire is seeking to widen her coaching skills through the Development Programme and expand on her experience gained as a Pony Club discipline specific visiting coach.

BE Accredited Coach, Somerset’s Sarah Throne, brings a wealth of experience from several years coaching and organising camps and training days, and hopes to develop her skills to deliver more clinics across the South West. An organiser of rallies and camps aimed at increasing participation amongst older riders in the Essex area, Michael Paveley has been involved in numerous BE rider training days and also holds a degree in Equine Science along with a Level 3 BTEC Teaching qualification.

Looking to improve riders’ confidence, Sue Chadwick from West Yorkshire is a BE u18 Coach for the Northern region and also coaches for private clients and the local Pony and Riding Club. Perthshire’s Sarah Houlden has been involved in several BE cross country training clinics and hopes to explore how technology can support coaching skills and to provide more opportunities for riders.

Penny Hill from East Sussex is eager to work with coaches from all sports to help gain an understanding of how a successful team is developed and enhance the experience she has gained as an Airowear BE80(T) Coach. Herefordshire’s Marie Ryan, an assessor for The Pony Club Rider Development Pathway and is hoping to improve her language skills and looking forward to learning how to use video footage to aid coaching.

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