"Jump Forward" this Summer

Volunteers Badminton

"Jump Forward" is funded by grants from the Big Lottery Awards for All England, Scotland and Wales and aims to encourage more young people into volunteering. This programme offers a great opportunity for young people aged 16-21 to get free expert advice and guidance on not only the benefits of volunteering, but also career advice, education options and what is important when setting up a small business or as a self-employed person.

The project is free and takes place during the summer holidays. It is three (non-consecutive) days long, two days covering volunteer roles and career choices in an interactive and interesting classroom environment, and another day taking place at an British Eventing event, where the group can meet and talk to some of the volunteers and officials on the ground, and even have a go at some of the roles on the day. It is a great way for young people to feel part of something big – and get active in the process.

Lunch is provided for free each day and those who attend all three days will be rewarded at a free special lunch and awards ceremony at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in September/Blair Castle International Horse Trials in August. All participants will also gain free registration onto the Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA) which is which is an award scheme from the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) designed to recognise the time and dedication young volunteers give to equestrianism to help them become equestrian leaders of the future. 

Session Content*

Day 1 – “Volunteering: so many benefits!” (interactive workshops/classroom based) 

A series of fun and interactive workshops covering:

  • Different volunteering roles in the sport of eventing
  • Q&A with some of the sports longest standing volunteers
  • Information about the Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA) and induction pack 
  • Free lunch and refreshments


Day 2 – “Career choices: what are the options?” (interactive workshops/classroom based) 

Speakers and interactive workshops covering:

  • Career choices - staying in education - what are the options?
  • Being employed or self employed - what you need to know
  • Making an impression - how to come across well and appear confident
  • Free lunch and refreshments


Day 3  – A peek behind the scenes at a British Eventing Event (outdoors)

A day out at a BE event, covering:

  • Meet and chat to volunteers and officials
  • Guided tour of the event, getting a peek behind the scenes
  • Find out about what goes into the running of the event
  • Walk of the cross country course
  • Participants might even get the chance to 'have a go' at some of the volunteering roles on the day
  • Free lunch and refresments

Dates and Locations



Workshops: Askham Bryan College, Yorkshire – July 8th & 22nd
On event: Skipton (2), Yorkshire – August 5th or 6th

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Workshops: Solihull Riding Club, East Midlands – July 16th & August 6th
On event: Solihull (2), East Midlands – August 19th or 20th

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Workshops: Wellington Riding, Hampshire – August 3rd & 21st
One event: Wellington, Hampshire – August 26th or 28th

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Workshops: Oswestry Riding Club, Shropshire – August 16th and 23rd
On event: Llanymenech (2), Shropshire – August 26th or 27th

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Workshops: Coleg Gwent, Usk – July 8th and 22nd
On event: Chepstow, Gwent - July 1st

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Workshops:  Kirriemuir, Angus – July 11th and July 25th
On event: Kirriemuir, Angus –  July 2nd

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Workshops: Oatridge College, West Lothian –July 31st and August 7th
On event: Dalkeith, Edinburgh – August 12th

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Workshops: Kelso Racecourse, Borders  - August 1st and 10th
On event: Hendersyde Park, Borders – August 5th or 6th

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*In some locations the order of the sessions may be different

Relevant courses

04 Dec

BECF - Masterclass with Christopher Bartle - Mastering Modern Eventing with Christopher J Bartle

  • Role: Coach, Official, Rider, 12-21

Kingston Maurward College

17 Feb

BECF - Masterclass with Pippa Funnell MBE - Mastering Modern Eventing

  • Role: Rider, Coach, Official, 12-21

SNEC, Oatridge Agricultural College

Jump Forward project Courtesy of Big Lottery Awards for All