Jump Forward Programme

Jump Forward is a BE initiative funded by grants from the Big Lottery Awards, which aims to encourage more young people into volunteering with BE. The programme offers a great opportunity to those aged 16 to 21 to benefit from free expert career advice alongside voluntary activities. For details on dates and venues, please contact training@britisheventing.com.

The project is free, and takes place over two days:

Day 1 – Volunteering and career choices: what are the options?

A series of fun and interactive workshops with guest speakers 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
  • Career choices - 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

Day 2 – 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

Lunch is provided for free each day and all participants will also gain free registration on to the Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA), an award scheme from the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) that is designed to recognise the time and dedication young volunteers give to equestrianism and to help them become equestrian leaders of the future.

In the future, BE aims to work closely with equestrian colleges to provide this training as part of their courses. If your college would like to be involved, please contact training@britisheventing.com.




Young Equestrian Leaders Award

The Young Equestrian Leaders Award recognises people who volunteer in equestrian sports. Whether you help at your local riding school, or give your name to a horsey charity such as the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), you can join the YELA Programme to get your volunteering officially recognised and rewarded by the British Equestrian Federation and Sport England.