The quality of coaching at RDA is second to none, combining equestrian knowledge with an in-depth understanding of a wide range of disabilities. At RDA we provide a tailored programme of training and assessment to help you achieve your coaching goals. Whether you want to become a Group Coach or RDA Fellow – we will give you the support you need.

Coaching Pathway Update

You will hopefully be aware by now that the current Coaching Pathway is being reviewed. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the questionnaire, joined one of the forums across the UK, or has joined one of the working groups developing a new and exciting pathway which will shape the future of RDA coaching.

It’s critical that coaches are at the forefront of developing any changes.

Coaches have told us that they want:-
– less paperwork
– the pathway to be less complicated
– the training and assessments to be more relevant to the role
– the pathway to be more practical and less daunting

It’s important that we maintain standards, as we are very proud of the quality of coaching in RDA, but we believe we can support coaches better and deliver what they are asking for. We have a draft pathway, but it will change as discussions and working groups bring new ideas and solutions. That’s to be expected.

What are the Next Steps?
There is a lot more to do, but we are planning to have a new pathway agreed by next Summer. In the meantime, there is no change. Please continue to deliver your RDA sessions as you do and PLEASE do not panic about what may come! We promise to communicate any change before it happens and there is no intention to stop anyone from doing what they already do.

Want to get involved?
We are asking for more coaches to get involved in some of the working groups, during November and December. If you are able to join one of these, please contact Lyndsay on 01926 405971 to see which working groups have spaces to be filled. We will also be going out and about and talking to coaches in a number of forums in the Spring, so look out for details of these in the new year.

National Coaches Training Days

Following the success of the training days which were run Supra-Regionally in 2016 a new programme of training has been developed. These days we will be run regionally by Sue Adams – Wheeler FRDA and Lynne Munro MCSP.  The training days will be added with further information as each training venue is confirmed in a region:-


Tuesday 6th February 2018 – North West Region, Mid Cheshire, New Barn Farm, Chelford Road, Knutsford, WA16 8SZ

Application Form – NCT -Mid Cheshire RDA-North West

Tuesday 13th February 2018 – East Region, Barrow Farm RDA, Metsons Lane, Blackmore Road, Chelmsford, Essex, Cm1 3QR

Application Form – NCT -Barrow Farm RDA-East

Monday 26th February 2018 – Yorks & Cleveland, Middleton Park Equestrian Centre, Middleton Grove, Leeds, LS11 5TZ – NEW DATE – those already booked on will keep their places but further bookings will be accepted.

Application Form – NCT -Middleton Park – Yorks & Cleve

Thursday 1st March 2018 – Northern lreland Region Coleraine RDA Centre, 184 Castleroe Road, Coleraine, Co Londonderry, BT51 3RW

Application Form – NCT -Coleraine RDA-N Ireland

Tuesday 27th March 2018 – Mid West Region, Wilton RDA, Pembroke Centre, Wilton, SP2 8PJ

Application Form – NCT -wilton – Mid west

RDA Exams and Training Courses:

RDA Senior Coach Exam – NEW DATE – Sunday 25th February 2018 Middleton Park Equestrian Centre, Middleton Grove, Leeds, LS11 5TZ.

RDA Progressive Coaching Training – for Group Coaches wanting to move up the pathway – Sunday 4th & Monday 5th March Arrow Riding Centre, Dartford, DA2 6LZ. Please contact Lyndsay Wager to book on. 01926 405971

RDAC Exam Mid Scotland Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th March 2018 – Venue to be confirmed. Please email Lyndsay Wager for an application form and to register your interest.

RDAC Exam Greater London Saturday 28th April 2018 – Penniwells Farm, Elstree, WD6 3RG. Please email Lyndsay Wager to go on the waiting list. 

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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