Equestrian Federation invited to join National Coaching Certificate
new era of improved coaching support for equestrian riders, drivers
and vaulters is emerging as the British Equestrian Federation has
been invited to take part in the Department for Culture, Media and
Sport (DCMS) National Coaching Certificate (NCC) plans.
NCC is a sports-wide initiative that is currently being designed
by sports coach UK in consultation with all sports, including equestrian.
It aims to set agreed coaching criteria that every sport's coaching
award schemes (including training and instructing) should meet.
For equestrian sport, it could revolutionise the coaching industry
in the UK by ensuring and raising common standards of coaching and
by creating a clearer pathway for career opportunities for coaches
from the school yard to the international arena.
BEF's Consultant Director of Coaching, Colin Wilson, is currently
facilitating a strategy for coaching with BEF's member bodies. This
can now include new plans to incorporate the National Coaching Certificate
for the Equestrian industry with full support of the Government
and the national sporting agencies who will provide advice and resource
commented: "Over the past few months the BEF has been working
more and more on coaching with its member bodies and we have all
been evolving our ideas together. Plans for the National Coaching
Certificate have been met with enthusiasm and commitment by all
who have been involved. To be selected and supported by the Government
as one of the first 22 sports in this initiative provides equestrian
sport with a unique opportunity to build a better future for its
coaching, teaching and instructing."
Chief Executive, Andrew Finding welcomed the step towards the NCC
saying "The new certificate will recognise the coaching profession
as it should be. Coaches are a vital part of the long term development
of riders, drivers and vaulters; the BEF welcomes this development
and looks forward to working with sports coach UK and the DCMS on
this exciting initiative."