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"Jump Forward" - Young Volunteer Programme - Coleg Gwent, Usk Campus, Monmouthshire

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  • Course Content

    This project has been made possible using funding from the Big Lottery Awards for All Wales and is delivered by the British Eventing Charitable Foundation. 

    If you are aged between 16 and 21 and interested in working or volunteering with horses, or even if you just love being outdoors, this is the course for you! 

    This free, three day programme (dates below) gives young people access to expert advice about how to get involved with the horse industry, specifically the sport of Eventing, through career guidance, advice on business enterprises, options for education and the benefits of volunteering.

    Attendees will also get the chance to meet and ask questions of some of the sports' most experienced volunteers, as well as getting 'hands-on' with an exclusive behind the scenes look at the organisation of a BE event. 

    All attendees will also be given free registration to the well renowned Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA) Bronze course, which is designed to recognise the time and effort young volunteers give to equestrianism and shape their experience, so they become equestrian leaders of the future. The three day FREE course includes:

    Day 1 -  Saturday 8th July - Volunteering: so many benefits! (indoor workshops)
    Day 2 - Saturday 22nd July - Career choices: what are the options? (indoor workshops)
    Day 1 -  August TBC Behind the Scenes - an exclusive look at the Organisation at a BE Event (outdoors)

    All Indoor workshop sessions take place at Goleg Gwent, Usk, Monmouthshire NP15 1XJ.

    Lunch is provided free of charge every day for all attendees and all who complete the course will be rewarded at a special awards ceremony at the prestigious Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in September!

    If you wish to book for all three days click on the red 'book now' button to the right of this page. Please note you will be expected to attend all three days - but we understand that sometimes things change, so if you have booked but are unlikely to be able to attend one or two of the days please let us know by emailing

  • Trainer

    Day 1 - Volunteering: so many benefits!
    Experienced Volunteers will bring many years' worth of experience and expertise volunteering for British Eventing and will talk about why they love volunteering and how it has benefitted them. 
    A BE Official will talk about all the different roles available as a volunteer for british eventing and will run a fun workshop to let attendees have a 'virtual' go at some of the skilled roles available, such as fence judging or cross country controlling. 

    A representative from the Young Equestrian Leaders' Award will explain how the YELA works, why you should be getting involved and also explain how previous YELA award recipients have benefitted. 

    Day 2 - Career choices: what are the options?
    An experienced lecturer from Coleg Gwent will talk about different routes into a career with horses, including apprenticeships, NVQs and full time educational options. 

    A representative from the British Grooms Association will talk about your options as a person employed in the industry - what to expect from employment as a groom or a coach, what to think about if setting up as self employed and where to go for advice. 

    BE representative Andrea Parsons will talk about 'selling yourself' to potential employers or organisations you'd like to be involved in, by making the best use of your strengths to come across well. 

    Day 3 - Behind the Scenes at a BE Event
    BE representative Andrea Parsons, who is the Rider Training Organiser for the South Wales & Central region (and a volunteer herself!) will give the group a guided tour around the BE event, giving young volunteers the opportunity to speak to some of the officials and volunteers involved and see what goes into the planning and management of a BE affilliated event. 

    The Organiser / official will welcome the group.

    There will also be a Coach/rider who will conduct a walk of the cross country course with the group, talking about what goes into the planning and building of a cross country course, what riders will be looking for when riding the course and explaining what the fence judges and course officials do on the day.  

  • Facilities

    Days 1 and 2 - indoor classroom sessions. Cafe and toilets available. Refreshments and lunch for attendees provided free of charge. 

    Day 3 - British Eventing event - outdoors, with toilets and food outlets available. Refreshments and lunch for attendees provided free of charge. 

  • Timings

    Days 1 and 2 
    - 10:00 start, finish no later than 16:00 with regular breaks. 

    Day 3 - Start and finish times will be available closer to the date.

  • Parking

    Ample free parking available at Usk College on tarmac. Parking on grass at the Event

  • Refreshments

    Refreshments and a sandwich lunch provided for all attendees each day. Cafe and food outlets are also available for parents! 

  • Kit Required

    Days 1 and 2
     - Pen and paper

    Day 3 - Clothing and footwear suitable for the outdoors on grass.

  • Additional Information

    The 'Jump Forward' Programme is taking place at eight locations around England, Scotland and Wales. Find out more at


Coleg Gwent, Usk Campus
Coleg Gwent, Usk Campus,
The Rhadyr,
NP15 1XJ,
United Kingdom
South Wales and Central