Thanks to funding from Big Lottery Awards for All grants, the British Eventing Charitable Foundation (BECF) is this summer launching the ‘Jump Forward’ programme to provide support and encouragement to young volunteers in the sport of eventing.
Open to 16 – 21 year olds, this free programme incorporates a three day course that aims to inspire and educate young people about the benefits of volunteering and will also offer valuable career advice and an opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ during the sessions. The course is split in to two days of classroom workshops followed by a practical day volunteering at a British Eventing (BE) event and is for anyone who holds an interest in eventing or volunteering, even if they have little or no equestrian experience.
The workshops will give participants an interactive overview of eventing, the types of volunteering roles available and the great transferable skills that can be gained from volunteering. Participants will also have access to carefully chosen industry experts providing information and advice on careers, education options and setting up as self- employed or a small business enterprise.
Experienced BE volunteers will also be on hand to describe their experiences and explain the benefits they have gained from volunteering, and all participants will be given free registration to the Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA) Bronze programme.
Following the workshop sessions, the young volunteers will get the opportunity to put their skills into practice at a BE fixture, where they will enjoy a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the organisation of the event, meet the volunteers and Officials helping on the day and try their hand at some of the roles. Volunteer mentors will be on hand to guide and support the young volunteers throughout the Jump Forward programme, which will run in various locations across England, Scotland and Wales during July and August. Lunch is provided free for participants on each day of the course.
All participants who complete the course will also be presented with a certificate at a special lunch and awards ceremony later in the year at SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in September (England and Wales) or Equi-Trek Blair Castle International Horse Trials in August (Scotland). Participants will then be able to take advantage of their free bronze YELA registration, which is an award scheme from the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) designed to recognise the time and dedication young volunteers give to equestrianism to help them become equestrian leaders of the future.
Jump Forward: Locations and Course Dates
Workshops: Askham Bryan College, Yorkshire – July 8th & 22nd
On event: Skipton (2), Yorkshire – August 5th or 6th
To book visit: https://www.britisheventing.com/training/courses/3392/details
Workshops: Solihull Riding Club, East Midlands – July 16th & August 6th
On event: Solihull (2), East Midlands – August 19th or 20th
To book visit: http://www.britisheventing.com/training/courses/3392/details
Workshops: Wellington Riding, Hampshire – August 3rd & 21st
One event: Wellington, Hampshire – August 26th or 28th
To book visit: http://www.britisheventing.com/training/courses/4702/details
Workshops: Oswestry Riding Club, Shropshire – August 16th and 23rd
On event: Llanymynech (2), Shropshire – August 26th or 27th
To book visit: http://www.britisheventing.com/training/courses/4723/details
Workshops: Coleg Gwent, Usk – July 2nd and 22nd
On event: Chepstow, Gwent – July 2nd
To book visit: https://www.britisheventing.com/training/courses/4720/details
Workshops: Kirriemuir, Angus – 11th July and 25th July
On event: Kirriemuir, Angus – July 2nd
To book visit: http://www.britisheventing.com/training/courses/4704/details
Workshops: Oatridge College, West Lothian –July 31st and August 7th
On event: Dalkeith, Edinburgh – August 12th
To book visit: http://www.britisheventing.com/training/courses/4719/details
Workshops: Kelso Racecourse, Borders – August 1st and 10th
On event: Hendersyde Park, Borders – August 5th or 6th
To book visit: http://www.britisheventing.com/training/courses/4718/details
Taking part in the programme is free and applications can be made HERE.
This is one of a number of projects that has been made possibly by the BECF, the vision of which is to provide an increased number of opportunities for everyone to become involved, participate and enjoy the sport of eventing so that they may gain from the unique benefits the sport offers. Donations can be made to the BECF by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.