BRITISH EQUESTRIAN FEDERATION COACHING CONVENTION BROCHURE 2010 - www.bef.co.uk
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© Kit Houghton Foreword Dear Delegates, Please accept our very warm welcome to the inaugural Federation-wide Coaching Convention here at Stareton Hall, Stoneleigh Park. We are delighted to be hosting this day for all of our 16 member organisations and for you, as the coaches and leaders in the field. You represent the front line in the delivery of high-quality coaching and in developing and inspiring the current and future generations of riders, drivers and vaulters: our athletes. We want them to excel, and we present this conference to help you ensure that this is possible. We established a British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Coaching Development Action Team several years ago. It represents an excellent example of our ‘work in partnership’. The Team, as a whole, has achieved much in the delivery of solid long-term results. This was best illustrated when the British Equestrian Federation, as a whole, was awarded the sports coach UK National Governing Body of the Year Trophy for Coaching in 2009; a recognition shared with you all for the work that you do. Today we are honoured to bring you great sporting stars and ambassadors, Dame Kelly Holmes, Geoff Thompson MBE and Phil de Glanville, to share their experiences with you today. In doing so, it is important that we also recognise the support provided for us by UK Sport, Sport England, sportscotland and sportscoachUK. Without them and without you we would not be achieving success in coaching that is so vital to our athletes. Thank you for joining us today. Andrew Finding Chief Executive British Equestrian Federation
Programme for the Day 9.30 Arrival Bacon rolls and refreshments 10.00 Opening and welcome Phil de Glanville Keynote Speech Geoff Thompson MBE 11.00 Workshop 1 Case Studies from Riders and their Coaches RDA Emma Kent and Tanya Larrigan British Equestrian Vaulting Joanne and John Eccles British Showjumping Charlotte Platt and Corinne Bracken 12.30 Lunch © Kit Houghton © Adam Fanthorpe 13.30 Workshop 2 Developing yourself as a coach and developing others as coaches 15.00 Refreshments 15.15 Keynote Speech Dame Kelly Holmes Q&A Chaired by Phil de Glanville 16.15 Market Place © Kit Houghton British Equestrian Federation 1/1
Our Mission Our journey coaching strategy needs to cover the whole industry, through our integrated UK Coaching Framework The BEF Coaching Development Action Team delivery plan. (est. 2004) leads the development work on all our coaching programmes and strategic planning and Our strategic aims: underwrote the Unified Coaching Strategy 2005–2009. to embed the principles and ethos of the UK The strategy, combining the aims and ideals of all 16 Coaching Framework to ensure that coaching member bodies, found that many people were involved developments are sustainable and integrated in equestrian teaching and coaching, and many more throughout equestrian activity were capable of becoming involved in equestrian coaching but we needed to work more closely to ensure the strategic aims are translated into together to ensure we had more qualified and operational delivery in partnership with our up-to-date instructors and coaches. Equestrian was member federations and other key partners to identified as a priority sport for government funding ensure quality coaching opportunities for coaches and support that became available at that time for and quality coaches for participants throughout sports coaching development. the rider pathway. Delivering coaching qualifications and support from Our coaching mission our member bodies and other partners means continuing to forge strong bonds with the regions, To create the world’s most respected county sports partnerships, local authorities sports coaching system that delivers and schools. coaches who are fit for purpose in The BEF is now working towards developing the UKCC sufficient numbers at all levels and Level 4 and is achieving great results across the board, with the recognition of coaching staff increasing all delivers the right coach to the right the time. place at the right time for the needs The BEF was named Governing Body of the Year in of every rider at every stage of 2009 at the UK Coaching Awards, acknowledging their development. Equestrian’s development work in coaching across the Federation. Coaching is embedded as the cornerstone of the Federation’s sports development planning. BETA surveys have found that 2.1million people ride a horse at least once a month, therefore, the impact of our © Kit Houghton © sportscoachUK
© Kit Houghton Coaches have access to high-quality Recent medal successes coach education The British Team has performed well in all Fédération Equestre International (FEI) disciplines in the 10 years Delivery of the world’s best-educated and from 2000–2010: experienced coaching workforce 23 senior medals in eventing A better experience and value for money is enjoyed by people receiving the coaching Young rider/junior/pony/children on horses: 109 medals Participation increases – Eventing: 44 Equine welfare and care is enhanced, as is rider health and safety – Showjumping: 54 International results are improved, with coaching – Dressage: 11 contributing to it 88 para-equestrian dressage medals Britain becomes an exporter of coaches and coaching expertise around the world 6 senior dressage medals Coaches are happy in their roles and are held in the 1 senior showjumping medal highest regard by other sports 2 vaulting gold medals Equestrian sport demonstrates wider social governmental objectives 2 reining medals Equestrian coaches of all types and disciplines are 1 endurance medal regarded as the best in the world – by riders, parents, public, overseas nations, the media, 6 driving medals government and funding agents. Our plan in the run-up to 2012 is to continue to develop and ensure: Comparable coaching qualifications across all disciplines at every level British Equestrian Federation 2/3
Phil de Glanville Phil began playing rugby whilst at Durham University before playing at Oxford and then for England Under 21s. He began his professional playing career with Bath, where he remained until 2001; during which time he made 189 appearances for the club, scored 53 tries and amassed 250 points. He made his debut for England in 1992 against the Springboks. During his International career, which spanned 7 years, he won 38 caps and scored 8 tries for his country, before succeeding Will Carling to become England captain in 1996. Phil is now a National Governing Body of Sport Relationship Manager (Equestrian, Modern Pentathlon, Rounders, Rugby Union and Sailing) at Sport England. He works with the British Equestrian Federation to support growing the sport, in line with Sport England targets.
Keynote speaker Geoff Thompson MBE Five times World Karate Champion (1982–1986), Geoff Thompson is a holder of over 50 national and international titles. As one of Britain’s most successful and celebrated sportsmen of the 1980s, Geoff made a transition from tracksuit to lounge suit, establishing himself as one of the country’s leading sports politicians and administrators. Serving as a member of the GB and English Sports Council for 11 years, he was a member of the New Opportunities Fund and President and Chairman of the Sports Aid Foundation NW Region. Geoff has served on numerous public/private sector bodies and government initiatives, and has advised and developed policy in the areas of equality, diversity, social inclusion and regeneration. He was also heavily involved in promoting Manchester’s bid for the 2000 Olympics and the 2002 Commonwealth Games. Geoff recently contributed to the Independent Sports Review Group’s ‘Raising the Bar’ document. As Founder and Executive Chairman of the Youth Charter, a UK-registered charity and United Nations Non-Governmental Organisation, Geoff has, for the past 17 years, been at the forefront in developing The Sports Writers Association, the Commonwealth policies and innovative approaches, looking at the role Sports Awards, the Variety Club of Great Britain, and of sport, arts and cultural activity in addressing the prestigious Arthur Bell Trophy for outstanding educational non-attainment, health, physical activity, contributions to sport, have all recognised Geoff for his exclusion, and anti-social behaviour and the effects work. He has also been inducted into the Martial Arts of guns and gangs on lives and communities Hall of Fame. locally and globally. Geoff was honoured in the Queen’s New Year Honours As one of the world’s leading motivational speakers, list with an MBE in 1995, for his services to sport. He Geoff’s unique journey from social disaffection is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and has also describes how sport helped him to overcome social been awarded with an Honorary Doctorate of Law by and cultural adversity to achieve personal and team Roehampton University and an Honorary Fellowship of success with results that have lead to this unique the University of Central Lancashire. pursuit of personal excellence. Geoff’s current work as a motivational speaker and Now reflected in his Corporate Coaching enterprise, corporate coach provides a unique balance between Geoff travels the globe engaging, motivating and the business of social delivery and how government, inspiring leading executive, middle-management and business, public/private sector and other organisations corporate workforces on how Corporate Social can maximise their effectiveness and performance in Responsibility policies and strategies can successfully realising the potential of young people and the improve behaviour and performance in the wider community. corporate workplace. British Equestrian Federation 4/5
Coach, Inspire, Develop Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) Emma Kent Emma began riding at the age of 2, for therapeutic reasons, with Bexley RDA, winning her first rosette on Rupert, a Shetland pony. She rode at Bexley until 2002 when she moved to Arrow RDA; here she began her para-equestrian dressage career with a pony called Harmony, achieving wins at a regional level. In 2002, Harmony passed away and Emma began riding her yard manager’s Friesian Mare, Riemkje. At 15, Emma gained a place on the World Class Development para-equestrian dressage programme. Emma is a grade III level rider. She was born with Holt Oram Syndrome, which causes severely shortened upper limbs; her right arm is a radical club, with no thumb and deformed shoulder and scapula. Her left arm is only attached by tissue and has only 2 fingers and a partial ulna bone. Emma now rides Gentle II and has enjoyed great successes, becoming grade III Young Rider International Champion in 2006 and 2007, being short-listed for the World Championships in 2007 and becoming the grade III Open Winter Champion in 2008. Emma is now on the World Class Potential Programme. Alongside her training, she is also studying for a degree in Equine Science. © David Sinclair Tanya Larrigan As well as a British Dressage, British Showjumping Tanya Larrigan is an International trainer and former and British Horse Society trainer, she is also a Olympic team member. Coming from a horsey coach educator and author. Tanya is currently background, she began competitive dressage when working with British Dressage to develop a para she was aged 18, making the Junior European coaches pathway. Dressage Championships. After making the team for the World Championships at 23, Tanya went on to be selected for the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984. 2009 saw Tanya appointed as para-equestrian dressage coach for the South East and London BEF Regional Foundation Squad and British para-equestrian dressage representative for the South East.
British Equestrian Vaulting Joanne Eccles Joanne has been riding since 1997. In 1998, after becoming a member of the Scottish team, she was selected to go to the World Equestrian Games in Rome, Italy, as second reserve. A member of the vaulting team since 1999, Joanne represented Great Britain at team competitions from 1999–2007. She first competed individually in 2003 and has gone on to compete for Great Britain individually since 2004. After becoming European Champion in 2009, Joanne has topped the International rankings for 2010 and has enjoyed a brilliant start to her season with wins in Holland, France, Belgium; she recently won silver with sister, Hannah Eccles, at the FEI Open Senior Pas de Deux Championships in Stadl Paura, Austria. Joanne is now the vaulting World Champion after winning the Individual Female competition at this year’s Alltech World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. John Eccles John Eccles is lunger for both his daughters, Joanne and Hannah. He started riding aged 7 and became involved with vaulting in 1999 after going to the World Equestrian Games in 1998 with Joanne. John has lunged horses for vaulting all over the world; as well as training teams and individuals he is also a national vaulting judge and the Chief Executive of British Equestrian Vaulting. © Kit Houghton © Patrick Bussman British Equestrian Federation 6/7
British Showjumping Charlotte Platt Charlotte was first a member of a Nations Cup team in 2005 and has since gone on to represent Britain in numerous Nations Cup teams. She won an individual bronze and team silver at the European young rider championships in 2006 and went on to win a team gold medal in Auvers, France, in the young rider European championships in 2007. 2008 saw Charlotte produce the only double clear round of the Samsung Super League Nations Cup at Hickstead, which helped the British team secure second place. Corinne Bracken Corinne was appointed Chef d’Equipe and Team Coach of the juniors and young riders at the beginning of 2009, having been Team Coach for the previous 4 years. Corinne used to compete internationally on home-produced horses and is a member of the British Showjumping Performance & Development Committee. More recently, Corinne returned from the Youth Olympic Games, which were held for the first time this © David Sinclair year in Singapore, where she was Chef d’Equipe for the Gold medal winning European Showjumping Team and coach of British rider, Carian Scudamore.
© Adam Fanthorpe “Personal coaching philosophies should not be confused with technical or tactical beliefs and values.” Am I a good coach and how would I define ‘good’? Second workshop Improving your own ‘coaching’ and ‘helping Do my actions and practice always mirror my philosophy? others to improve’. What values do I demonstrate in my coaching During this interactive workshop you will be required to practice; eg. honesty, equality and fairness, win at think about and share your coaching philosophy. all costs, professional standards..? This is something that provides coaches with a set of What situations as a coach have challenged my guiding principles for coaching practice and identifies coaching philosophy? those values that influence you when faced with different situations. Personal coaching philosophies What words would come to mind when you reflect should not be confused with technical or tactical on your values as a coach? beliefs and values. It is made up of your beliefs, knowledge and values and often has an element of What makes your sport enjoyable? ethics involved. – What do coaches need to do more and less of to A coaching philosophy is normally derived from increase levels of enjoyment? experiences in both coaching and other aspects of life. Self-reflection is usually the start of identifying those As a coach, what can you do to help riders to grow values that make up your coaching philosophy. and develop as people, team members and leaders? To help you begin to think about your philosophy as a – What might coaches do inadvertently that would coach, consider the following questions: prevent this? Why do I coach? How can I help others develop? What are my goals as a coach? What are we trying to achieve together? British Equestrian Federation 8/9
Keynote speaker Dame Kelly Holmes Dame Kelly Holmes secured her place in history by becoming the first British female athlete to win both the 800m and 1500m in the 2004 Olympic Games. One of her most successful seasons ever, Kelly’s achievements on the track in 2004 set the pace for 25 high-profile awards and accolades, among others, BBC Sports Personality of the Year, European Athlete of the Year, the prestigious title of the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year and, in 2005, the ultimate honour of a Damehood by the Queen in the New Year Honours lists. Kelly first established her working career as a member of the British Army in 1988. Reaching the rank of Sergeant, Kelly decided to leave in 1997 to pursue a © The Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust senior athletics career full time. Upon leaving, Kelly was awarded a Member of the British Empire for her they develop a new career, whilst at the same time services to the British Army. making the most of their skills and experience, mentoring young people through personal Since retiring from athletics in 2005, Kelly has development programmes. developed both her professional and personal career path by founding ‘On Camp with Kelly’ in January Kelly is an Ambassador and Patron to the following 2004; a mentoring and education initiative for junior UK charities: middle-distance athletes www.oncampwithkelly.co.uk Prince’s Trust She then founded her own charity the Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust in 2008 Variety Club of Great Britain (www.dkhlegacytrust.org), for which she is the active The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme Chair, to provide support to other elite performers as Sport Relief Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Hospice in the Weald Kent Sports Ambassador ForceSelect Foundation. She is also a key member of the Ambassador team for the London 2012 Olympic bid. Kelly chaired an Olympic Legacy Taskforce on behalf of David Cameron and suggested a ‘School Olympics’ to create competitive sport within schools as part of the sporting legacy post London 2012, which has now been adopted as a policy. Her current roles include member of the Commission for Women in Sport, and President of the Commonwealth Games England. Dame Kelly has recently completed a course in Company Direction at the Institute of Directors as she builds her own company in Training and Brand Development. © The Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust
UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) The UKCC is a national intiative, endorsing coach education programmes across the UK. For sports clubs, the UKCC enables clubs to train their coaches or members to a recognised standard of UK COACHING CERTIFICATE competency. For parents, this also means appropriate and pre-prepared coaching is delivered to the child. Following a review of coaching across all sports, the E X C E L L E N C E I N S P O RT S C O A C H I N G Coaching Task Force Review (2002) recommended: “A unified and integrated coach education system, The roles of the coach at: operating across all sports; all of the home Level 1 countries and across the UK.” Assist more qualified coaches, delivering aspects of The Task Force Vision was for: “a coherent and unified coaching sessions, normally under direct supervision education and qualification system; an identifiable career pathway with attractive employment Level 2 opportunities; quality-assured processes, which are valued by employers; a more systematic approach to Prepare for, deliver and review coaching sessions the identification and fostering of talented coaches.” Level 3 The UKCC was born and offered across sports Plan, implement, analyse and revise annual opportunities for investment in coach education. coaching programmes National endorsement criteria and qualification guidance that reflected best practice were Courses and learning programmes have been also developed. developed and are being run UK-wide with assessment being offered in riding, driving and vaulting, and all our Equestrian was chosen as being one of the priority 21 sporting disciplines. sports supported to implement the UKCC and, to enable this, the Federation-wide steering group for coaching – BEF Coaching Development Action Team (CDAT) – was formed with representatives from each member body. Yogi Breisner, World Class Performance Manager and Chef d’Equipe commented: “The work done by CDAT to develop the UKCC within equestrianism has enabled the different disciplines within the BEF to work closely together. “For British Eventing, it means that we now have coaching qualifications that are based on the same principles as the other equestrian disciplines and sports in the UK, which could only improve coaching within our sports and therefore raise the general standard of our participants and enhance our medal chances in the future.” British Equestrian Federation 10/11
Prepare participants for the series of Coaching framework: coaching sessions Plan Establish and maintain working relationships (Planning process) Deliver coaching sessions Do Develop participants’ performance (Conduct coaching sessions) Conclude sessions Review Evaluate participants’ performance and the sessions (Review the coaching session/process) Monitor personal coaching practice Coaching outcomes: Level 3 Level 1 Fully autonomous coach; role model at Prepare for activities in a safe working environment country/regional level Establish working relationships with the participants Can plan, deliver, analyse and review annual and others programmes of rider development Prepare and support participants Goal setting Deliver prepared activities Prepare for, deliver and review coaching sessions Conclude the activities Plan a series of coaching sessions Review the activities to help others Prepare the coaching environment Continuously develop personal practice Deliver a series of sessions Level 2 Monitor and evaluate coaching sessions and personal practice Review participants’ needs Produce plans for a series of sessions that support participants’ development in a safe coaching environment Recipe for a Seasonal Plan How do you Where are know if you are PLAN we now? getting there? REVIEW DO How are you Where do you going to get want to get to? there?
Who We Are The Coaching Development Action Team (CDAT) Suzanne Genery Head of Sports Development, BEF Suzanne is a former European Karate Champion and worked for the National Governing Body (NGB) of Karate for 13 years as Director of Education and more latterly as World Class Performance Strategist, managing World Class Programmes. Following a consultancy role with British Rowing, Suzanne moved to the BEF in October 2005 as Consultant Coaching Manager before being appointed Head of Sports Development in June 2007. As part of her role, Suzanne coordinates the CDAT group; Joanna Jones responsible for coaching delivery and development. sportscoachUK Suzanne is a member of the sport-wide Coaching Joanna works as a Coaching System Manager at Standards Group, which is responsible for UKCC sportscoachUK. Her role involves working with a endorsement, and a member of the Government’s number of NGBs to develop their Coaching Systems. Coaching Legacy Group chaired by Sir Steve Redgrave. Joanna has been working with the BEF and member bodies for the past 18 months in supporting the Dennis Bell development and implementation of their coaching priorities. BEF Board Member Dennis taught PE for 11 years, coaching a wide range Joanna has extensive NGB and local sports of sports before moving into local government leisure development experience from her time working management, where he has been responsible for a within Scotland for 10 years with sportscotland and range of services, including sports development and Edinburgh Leisure, and for the past 5 years in England grant aid. He is a strong believer that good coaching with sportscoachUK. Joanna is an ex-international Great ensures the individual not only maximises their Britain swimmer and is currently an active swimming potential, but also has a more enjoyable experience, coach for her local club. leading to improved retention in the sport. British Equestrian Federation 12/13
The CDAT group John Eccles, BEV Vikki McDonald, TPC Coaching Lead for British Coaching Lead for The Pony Club Equestrian Vaulting Jane Barker, RDA Ann Varley, BHDTA Coaching Lead for Riding Coaching Lead for British Horse Driving for the Disabled Trials Association Jill Day, BD Billy Bell, Horsescotland Coaching Lead for British Dressage Coaching Lead for Horsescotland Linda Haworth, EQL Vix Borland, BR Coaching Lead for Equestrian Coaching Lead for British Reining Qualifications GB Limited Pauline Brimson, BR, EGB Margaret Linington-Payne, BHS Coaching Lead for British Reining Coaching Lead for British Horse Society and Endurance GB Mary Worth, MGAGB David Pettifor, BHA Coaching Lead for Mounted Games Coaching Lead for British Association of Great Britain Horseball Association Nicky Fuller, BS Hilary Wakefield, TPC Coaching Lead for British Showjumping Coaching Lead for The Pony Club Paul Graham, BE Coaching Lead for British Eventing © Adam Fanthorpe
The World Class Programme The UK Sport-funded Equestrian World Class The aim of the Programme is to have in place a Programme supports a pathway to success for sustainable system that can deliver more medals on eventing, showjumping, dressage and para-equestrian the international stage now and in the future. The dressage athletes. The aim is to have in place a Programme has been funded by the Department for sustainable system that can deliver more medals on Culture, Media and Sport, through Exchequer and the international stage now and in the future. National Lottery funds via UK Sport, since 1998. The programme’s mission is to: Coaching is one area of support offered by the Programme, aiming to provide support to both the Identify talent riders and horses during squad sessions at the rider’s yards. It also aims to develop elite-level coaches, Maximise potential working in conjunction with the UKCC and UK Sport. Deliver success The Plan comprises three programmes: World Class Performance World Class Development The Equine Pathway The programmes work closely with the three British Equestrian Federation Olympic Member Bodies: British Dressage; British Eventing; and British Showjumping. Their own training and competition programmes work hand in hand with the programmes run within World Class. © Kit Houghton © Kit Houghton © Kevin Sparrow British Equestrian Federation 14/15
“A mediocre coach tells; A good coach explains; The great coach inspires.” Author Unknown “Coaching is an interactive process that helps individuals to develop more rapidly and produce more satisfying results.” Author Unknown © Claridge, Chrisholm and Wigley “Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximise their own performance.” “You get the best effort from others, not by Author Unknown lighting a fire beneath them, but by building a fire within.” “Coaching is a process that enables learning Bob Nelson and development to occur and thus performance to improve.” “Things do not change; we change.” Author Unknown Henry David Thoreau “The test of a good coach is that when they leave, others will carry on successfully.” “Do it right, leave it better, be a better person and help others to be the best they Author Unknown can be…want a ‘leaderful’ team.” Kevin Bowring (Welsh rugby coach) “High-quality instruction, athlete empowerment, the creation of a supportive and challenging training environment, and the social well-being of athletes.” Peter Stanley (Jonathan Edwards’ coach) “Expect high standards from self and players, getting players to perform to their full potential. Train hard to achieve goals. Pressurise players to cope with the tough situations they face. Commit myself totally to players and my profession…a coach has only got so much energy to give. Because you’ve got to give everything, you make a total commitment in your energy.” NZ netball coach “My England team has a winning mentality.” Sir Clive Woodward “It’s horses for courses!” Sir Clive Woodward (said in respect of his team selection policies!)
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