This is an exciting new partner role within a dynamic and forward-thinking equestrian organisation to take the lead in developing and implementing opportunities for engagement and development using equine engagement and intervention across our range of courses and programs.
The role requires an individual who is keen to help implement and develop our programs to a wide range of ages and abilities using methods and coaching to high standards for horse and rider welfare and progression.
The requirements of the job will involve two evenings a week, one weekend day over a five-day working week. This is an opportunity to develop and grow the role with excellent opportunities for further training, qualifications, and development. The working week will consist of between 30 – 40 hours as mutually agreed by both parties, normal paid holidays and pension contributions apply. A key opportunity exists for the successful applicant to take part in a new groundbreaking pilot of coach enhancement award.
Skills required are a qualified equestrian professional with a keen interest in using a variety of techniques to improve and enhance the lives of the humans and animals within our environment.
A practical assessment of coaching and horse care skills forms a key part of our interview process.
Essential Job Functions
An experienced Lead Coach who is/has:
• Qualified to a minimum of BHS Stage Three in Complete Horsemanship (BHSAI) /or similar
• An active member of the BHS Accredited Professional Coach (APC) scheme.
• A genuine interest in enabling successful development/progression of all participants through an inclusive approach to coaching.
• Experience in training/teaching/supervising or supporting individuals/groups within their participant cohort range.
• Ability to plan, deliver and provide timely communications to all stakeholders, e.g. BHS CLTH team, referral agencies/parents and centre staff/ volunteers.
• Able to undertake the required administration to ensure successful management of the programme.
• Within in the role, time allowance to attend CPD requirements for the programme.
• As a key member of a small team of instructor within our developing centre, this role calls for great collaboration and team work. You'll quickly build rapport with your clients and play an important role in bringing their equestrian riding goals and dreams to life.
• We are a British Horse Society approved riding school and training centre working with the local community to deliver engaging equestrian experiences. This role involves: * teaching people who want to ride as a leisure activity - Evenings and weekends * helping prepare for internal and external competitions (Grovewood Riding Club and Grove House Pony Club Centre located at Grove House Stables Equestrian Centre) * making sure health and safety rules are followed * helping horses and riders to warm up and cool down during training * developing training programmes suited to individual riders and horses * giving practical demonstrations * helping riders correct problems * giving feedback and keeping records of rider development * assessing riders who are working towards British Horse Society and Pony Club qualifications and awards
• Good communication skills
• Ability to think on feet and be flexible
• Team player