Five young event riders have been named as part of a new programme to support young professional riders.
The programme was launched by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) with University Centre Hartpury.
The young event riders included in the programme were Charlotte Bacon, Charlotte Dennis, Tom Grant, Alexander Tordoff and Indie Vaughan-Jones.
The 12-month BEF Young Professional Programme, funded by Sport England, has been developed to support athletes to transition out of the youth development pathway. The Programme is designed to help young riders build a wider skill-set and support their personal and career development, enabling them to thrive and earn a living in the wider equestrian sport network.
This programme features a series of interactive workshops, with the young athletes benefiting from the expertise of business mentors from their sport, Hartpury staff, and high profile speakers covering a range of topics.The first interactive workshop was held at University Centre Hartpury on 31 October where the inducted athletes met their mentors and the Head of Performance Pathways at BEF, David Hamer.
Fraser Doherty MBE, an award-winning Young Entrepreneur and motivational speaker, shared the motivating story of his business success ‘SuperJam’, a fruit jam company, before Professor Tony Ghaye and the careers team from Hartpury set the scene for the programme with the first personal development planning session.
David Hamer commented: “Many young athletes struggle with the finances needed to be able to continue in our sport. This initiative helps them to run a business and gain skills that will help their overall personal and professional development. This first workshop gave the riders a taste of what to expect over the next 12 months and pushed them to think about what they need to do to achieve their aspiration. I am looking forward to seeing how this group of young professionals develop and what they can go on to achieve.”
The BEF Young Professional Programme includes eight workshops, running until summer 2018.