British Eventing is pleased to announce the successful applicants appointed to the inaugural National Youth Forum. The applicants, aged 12 – 21 years, will be working with British Eventing to assist in shaping the future of eventing in Great Britain.
The National Youth Forum members will be encouraged to identify and implement ideas and initiatives alongside likeminded members. They will be given the opportunity to ensure both their own, and the voice of the youth membership, is heard by the national governing body for the sport and key stakeholders.
As youth ambassadors, members of the National Youth Forum will assist foster and promote co-operation, dialogue and a sense of community within the youth eventing community. Serving a minimum of a two-year term, they will work on varying projects and with a variety of working groups within the sport, giving them exposure and a platform.
A recruitment process for the National Youth Forum commenced in November drawing an overwhelming response from those wishing to be involved. The fifteen successful candidates, who represent a broad range of our youth membership, are as follows:
The final panel consists of:
Harriet Blair, aged 17 from Somerset
Flo Burnop, aged 17 from Kent
Natasha Crapper, aged 13 from Wiltshire
Matilda Davey, aged 13 from Hereford
Kyle Forgan, aged 17 from Fife
Sarah Hoare, aged 18 from Lancashire
Jago Jackson, aged 16 from Buckinghamshire
Freya Jones, aged 20 from Devon
Tara Kay, aged 18 from Northamptonshire
Brian Lin, aged 15 from Berkshire
Lexie Marshall, aged 17 from Roxburghshire
Beatrice Montgomerie, aged 18 from Gloucestershire
Evie Smith, aged 17 from East Lothian
Abi Stuart, aged 17 from Cornwall
Mimi Woodliffe, aged 14 from Somerset
Rosie Williams, CEO of British Eventing, said: “It’s great to see our youth membership embracing the opportunity to work with us and shape the sport for themselves and the future. It’s important that we listen to our youth members and take into account their experiences to ensure we meet our objectives and continue to offer a youth programme that works for all.”
Head of Youth at British Eventing, Darrell Scaife, added: “We’re excited to be restructuring the youth programme into one that will meet everyone’s needs, from grassroots through to international performance. To see such a strong contingent come forward is very encouraging and we look forward to taking the forum’s feedback and rolling out positive changes over the coming months.”
Alongside the National Youth Forum, British Eventing will also be recruiting members for the working groups being created to support the Youth Review Panel. Further information will be released shortly.
To find out more about British Eventing’s Youth programme, click here: https://www.britisheventing.com/compete/youth-eventing