Debbie Melville was recently awarded the UKCC Level 4 coaching qualification at Badminton Horse Trials by the British Equestrian Federation’s Chief Executive, Clare Salmon.
Debbie is part of a group of nine equestrian coaches who have achieved the BEF’s UKCC Level 4 coaching qualification in 2016/17. This is only the third group of coaches, making a total of 13, to have completed the two-year qualification which includes a Postgraduate Diploma from The University of Gloucestershire.
The coaches have been through a rigorous programme and were able to demonstrate the UKCC L4 requirements to be visionary and knowledgeable decision makers, displaying exceptional communication skills, behaviours and the highest professional and ethical standards. Coaches were expected to advance their own development; lead cutting-edge programmes and make a positive impact on performance and behaviour.
The level 4 qualification recognises high performing coaches working in a focused environment and specialising in at a given level of performance. The industry recognises that informed and confident coaches are key to inspiring participation at all levels.
These coaches will bring expertise in growing areas of participation and talent development and will be helping to share this with other coaches.
Debbie is an accredited coach, coach educator and mentor for the British Horse Society (BHSI), British Eventing and the Pony Club, working with junior and adult riders and coaches across all disciplines. She is also a part-time Lecturer at Plumpton College and team trainer for the University of Brighton Riding Team. She is based near Lewes in East Sussex.