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Big Jump Forward Scotland Sessions

15 July 2017

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Thanks to funding from Big Lottery Awards for all grants, the British Eventing Charitable Foundation (BECF) is this summer launching the ‘Jump Forward’ programme to provide support and encouragement to young volunteers in the sport.

Open to 16-21 year olds, this free programme incorporates a three day course that aims to inspire and educate young people about the benefits of volunteering and will also offer valuable career advice and an opportunity to get ‘hands-on’ during the sessions. The course is split in to two days of classroom workshops followed by a practical day volunteering at a BE event and is for anyone who holds an interest in the sport or volunteering, even if they have little or no equestrian experience.

The workshops will give participants an interactive overview of the sport of eventing, the types of volunteering roles available and the great transferable skills that can be gained from volunteering. Participants will also have access to carefully chosen industry experts providing information and advice on careers, education options and setting up as self- employed or a small business enterprise.

Experienced BE volunteers will also be on hand to describe their experiences and explain the benefits they have gained from volunteering, and all participants will be given free registration to the Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA) Bronze programme.

Following the workshop sessions, the young volunteers will get the opportunity to put their skills into practice at a BE fixture, where they will enjoy a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the organisation of the event, meet the volunteers and Officials helping on the day and try their hand at some of the roles. Volunteer mentors will be on hand to guide and support the young volunteers throughout the Jump Forward programme, which will run in various locations across England, Scotland and Wales during July and August. Lunch is provided free for participants on each day of the course.

Central
Workshops: Oatridge College, West Lothian – 31 July and 7 August
On event: Dalkeith, Edinburgh – 12 August
To book, visit the BE website

South
Workshops: Kelso Racecourse, Borders - 1 and 10 August
On event: Hendersyde Park, Borders – 5/6 August
To book, visit the BE website

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