RDA Coaching Conference:
If you have had an invite to the Coaching Conference then please follow the link to apply for your place:
If you would like to attend but haven’t had an invite then please email Lyndsay Wager at and she will put your name onto the waiting list and we will be in touch after the closing date (8th September).

Coaching Awards 2018

For the second year running, we will be recognising the efforts of our coaches with three different awards. Attached to the links below are application forms for you to fill in and send back to Lyndsay at the RDA National Office (address on the form). We are looking for Coach of the year , open to all coaches in any discipline who is dedicated to motivating their riders with a positive attitude. We also need to find a suitable winner for the Extra Mile Award . This is someone you know who has selflessly persevered in order to impact the benefit of a Group, Region or RDA in general, showing dedication and innovation over the last 12 months. Finally, the High Performance Coach of the Year Award will be given to a Coach who has trained an RDA rider to the National Championships or is helping a rider train in Para-Equestrian Levels. The closing date for all applications is Tuesday 28th August. Awards will be presented on Sunday 14th October at the Coaching Conference Dinner, at St Johns Hotel, Solihull.

Coaching Pathway Update 
We are pleased to announce that following the feedback from the coaching questionnaire and coach forums around 18 months ago, the review of the coaching pathway is finally coming together. Your views matter to us and coaches told us that they wanted a simpler pathway, preferred being more practical and that they didn’t like exams and endless paperwork, but they wanted to continue giving back and developing their knowledge at the same time. 

The New Pathway does just that. With just three stages to work towards (instead of the current six): Coach in Training; Coach Certificate and Advanced Coach Certificate. The training is more practical and can be delivered within your group, county or region and there will be e-learning that you can complete at your own pace. You have asked for more consistency and quality through the topics of the modules, so each one will have set criteria to give all regions and groups the same benchmark. 

What does this mean for me? 
No-one will be asked to be re-assessed to do the role that they currently do. No-one will be asked to step down. Regional Coaches along with their team of County Coaches and TA’s are helping us with your transition into the new pathway. We will take a number of things into consideration: how many sessions you currently coach; the different types of sessions; how many groups you coach with; any external qualifications and what qualification you have on our current pathway. We will write to you to inform you of the decision, but you will have the opportunity to appeal if you don’t agree. If you are happy with the decision then you can carry on coaching with no change or then think about looking at further modules to continue to develop your coaching skills. 

When will this happen? 
The new pathway will be officially launched at the Coaching Conference, which takes place on the 14th and 15th October at St John’s Hotel, Warwick Road, Solihull. Invites for the conference generally go out to the senior workforce first, but if space allows, we then encourage group coaches to come along too.

Coaching Passports will be sent out following the launch. These will replace the current Logbooks and will be a place to keep your relevant certificates all in one place. 

Badges – Results of the latest poll

Thank you for you votes. Results show a majority of coaches do not want badges to show where they are on the pathway. Therefore only UK Roles will be issued with a County Coach, Regional Coach or Coach Developer badge in order to show the capacity in which they are making a visit to an RDA Group. When a Coach is awarded a new qualification, a certificate will still be issued.

Where can I find more information about the New Coaching Pathway
We will be sending you monthly updates to let you know what is happening. You can see the new pathway in useful documents or by clicking here. As more information is available we will let you know. Your Regional Coaches will also be able to talk through the changes. If you have any specific queries or concerns please call Fiona on 01926 405970  or Lyndsay on 01926 405971  

Thank you!

May we say a big thank you to all coaches who attended working groups and forums earlier this year, which have helped shape and develop our New Coaching Pathway. It’s been really important to have coaches feeding into and developing the new pathway for coaches. 


Safeguarding – A Coach’s Responsibility

Safeguarding is never an easy topic to consider, or rather the consequence of not having safeguarding in place!  In RDA we pride ourselves with providing a safe environment for all involved; riders, drivers, volunteers, staff and coaches.

Whilst RDA requires every group to have a Safeguarding Officer (SO), it can still leave a gap in knowledge and skills if a safeguarding issue arises during an RDA session. Some coaches attend safeguarding training as part of their qualifications pathway, but not all. It is now a requirement for ALL coaches, assessed to deliver RDA sessions without supervision (i.e. all except Trainee Coaches), to have attended a Safeguarding Workshop.

If you are unsure what you need to do, speak firstly to your SO as they should already have been on a workshop and should be able to tell you who to contact.  Alternatively, the British Horse Society deliver regular workshops across the UK, or it may be worth contacting your local Council for Voluntary Services as they should know who delivers the workshop locally for the voluntary sector, or your local council will have a safeguarding training officer who could help with locating a suitable course.

Some coaches will need to attend workshops that is recognised across the BEF, for their qualifications (UKCC or BHS) or to meet membership requirements with other Member Bodies (BHS or TPC). If you need one of these recognised courses, make sure you check that the workshop you are going on is accredited before booking on it – these are run by BHS, TPC, RDA and SportscoachUK.

If this is not the case, coaches can go on non-accredited workshops delivered by a local supplier (again, best to check with your local Council for Voluntary Services or City Council for suppliers) as long as a certificate of attendance is provided and the following topics are covered:-

• What is Safeguarding
• Types of Abuse
• Safeguarding Good Practice (e.g. policies, safe recruitment, risk assessments, codes of conduct)
• Dealing with Concerns/Allegations

All coaches will need to refresh their training every 3 years. If there are coaches who have attended workshops in the past, but have not refreshed in the last 3 years, they will also need to attend workshops as a refresher to remain compliant and/or ensure their accreditation remains current. Certificates should be kept in the coach’s logbook and checked at assessments and reviews.

If you are at the stage where you need to re-fresh your safeguarding certificate, you can now use the RDA Safeguarding E-learning course that has been specifically tailored to RDA. To sign up and start using the E-learning facility, please click here.

If you need any additional information about the need to attend the workshop please contact the Coaching Team or Safeguarding Co-ordinator at National Office.





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