British Eventing is delighted to announce two new coaches joining their Youth Programme which will offer further support to young members as they journey through our training and competition opportunities.
The two new coaches will join an experienced team of existing Youth Coaches under the guidance of Head of Youth Darrell Scaife.
Nicola Wilson, a former Olympian and a UKCC Level 3 Coach will be joining the team as a National Youth Coach with a particular focus on Ponies. Nicola was a member of the silver medal-winning team at London 2012 riding Opposition Buzz and has also won a further eight medals at both World and European Championship level, five of which were gold.
Tim Rogers, a UKCC Level 3 coach, will join the Central region as a Youth Regional Coach. Tim is an international rider and a former Junior European individual medallist.
In addition, Camilla Kruger, also a former Olympian and a UKCC Level 3 Coach, will continue to support the International Pony Squad as Chef d’Equipe. Camilla is a keen hockey player, a wonderful communicator and is part of the South East Regional Youth Coaching team.
Darrell Scaife said of the appointments: “We are delighted that both Nicola and Tim have accepted the roles offered to them and that Camilla will continue the good work she started with Ponies last year. They will be a great asset to the existing team, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience that young members will undoubtedly benefit from.
“The calibre of training on offer this season to our youth membership is, in my opinion, second to none. I am really looking forward to watching our up-and-coming riders reap the rewards from what we are putting in place.”
British Eventing CEO Rosie Williams OBE added: “This is an exciting opportunity for British Eventing’s young riders. Having people to work with them of the calibre of Nicola, Tim and Camila is brilliant and our riders should be very excited about the opportunities now available to them. We went through a very rigorous selection process, and I am extremely pleased to welcome the coaches to the BE team and look forward to supporting them along their coaching journey.”
Darrell Scaife further added thanks to Jonquil Hemmings, who had held the post of National Youth Coach for the past 25 years, by saying: “Jonquil has had huge influence on the success of Great Britain’s event riders. Alongside a mighty haul of multiple medal wins, Jonquil has undoubtedly enabled and empowered young people to be the best versions of themselves on and off the field of play. I’m thrilled that we will be working with Jonquil to deliver some new initiatives to our members in the future months.”
The British Eventing Youth Programme offers riders aged between 12 – 21 years the extensive training, education and support focused on the different categories of BE80/90, BE100 and International competition. The Youth Programme also offers a regional championship for riders across all categories competing on both ponies and horses. The three performance coaches are additionally supported by a network of regional coaches to offer an end-to-end training platform for all levels of ability across the youth eventing membership.
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