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.

Coaching Pathway Open Forums

The Coaching Team are very excited to be able to invite our RDA workforce along to the next wave of Forums, which will determine the future of RDA Coaching roles . Now that the new version of the Coaching Pathway is nearing completion, we need your views in order to make sure that we are on the right track. We have arranged a Forum in each Supra Region to give everyone the opportunity to be able to have their say. We think we have answered all of your concerns from the initial set of Forums that ran before the hard work began, so let’s see what you think.

If you would like to be part of this innovation and help set the new passage for RDA Coaches, sign up to your nearest Forum using the links below:

SOUTH WEST, MID WEST & SOUTH WALES – 20 MARCH 2018 – Henbury Village Hall, Church Lane, Henbury, Bristol, BS10 7QG – 10am – 2pm *PLACES STILL AVAILABLE*

SOUTH EAST, SOUTH & GREATER LONDON – 29 March 2018 – Wellington Riding, Heckfield, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 0LJ – 10am – 2pm – 

WEST MERCIA, NORTH WEST & NORTH WALES – 24 April 2018  – Rhug Farm Shop, Rhug Estate, Cormen, Denbighshire, LL21 0EH -10am – 2pm

NORTH MIDLANDS & EAST – 25 April 2018 – Bluntisham Village Hall, Mill Lane, Bluntisham, PE28 3LR -10am – 2pm

SCOTLAND – 10 May 2018 – Edinburgh Hilton Doubletree, Edinburgh International Airport, EH28 8LL -11am – 3pm 

NORTH, NORTH EAST & SOUTH YORKSHIRE – 15 May 2018 – *CHANGE OF VENUE* The Unicorn Centre, Stainton Way, Hemlington, Middlesbrough, TS8 9LX  – 10am – 2pm

NORTHERN IRELAND – 23 May 2018 –  The Meadows Equestrian Centre, Embankment Road, Lurgan, BT66 6FD – 11am – 3pm

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:-


*NEW DATE* Thursday 19th April  *APPLICATIONS RE-OPEN*- Northern lreland Region –  Coleraine RDA Centre, 184 Castleroe Road, Coleraine, Co Londonderry, BT51 3RW – closing date Thursday 29th March

Application Form – NCT -Coleraine RDA-N Ireland

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

closing date Tuesday 13th March

Application Form – NCT -wilton – Mid west

RDA Exams and Training Courses:

RDA Progressive Coaching Training – for Group Coaches wanting to move up the pathway – *NEW DATE* Sunday 22nd & Monday 23rd April Arrow Riding Centre, Dartford, DA2 6LZ. Please contact Lyndsay Wager to book on. 01926 405971

RDAC Exam The Brae, Dundee, DD5 3GL –  Saturday 10th  March 2018 –  Applications full.

RDAC Exam Greater London Saturday 28th April & Saturday 5th May 2018 – Penniwells Farm, Elstree, WD6 3RG. Applications now full.

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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