Date: 26 May 2010
Lincolnshire riding school works hard to achieve Clubmark
The British Horse Society and the British Equestrian Federation have welcomed Four Winds Equestrian Centre as the latest riding school to achieve Clubmark accreditation.
Kieron McNab, Assistant Sport Development Officer with the Lincolnshire South East School Sport Partnership commented: “I am delighted that Four Winds Equestrian Centre has achieved Clubmark status. The Equestrian Centre has been really proactive with the local community, particularly with school children, and I am pleased they have got the recognition they deserve for their excellent work.
“Part of my role as Assistant Sport Development Officer is to assist clubs with their future development plans and provide support in areas such as coach education and Clubmark accreditation. Clubmark accreditation informs parents of children involved with local sports clubs that their children are safe, secure and well cared for as demonstrated at Four Winds Equestrian Centre. The Clubmark accreditation will help the centre officially demonstrate its level of commitment to standards set by sporting national governing bodies and will further enhance their reputation within the local community.”
Four Winds Equitation is currently celebrating its 30th anniversary and what better way to mark the occasion than by being awarded Clubmark Status? The School is both BHS and ABRS approved and prides itself on providing lessons for all ages and abilities, working closely with local schools and organisations to provide opportunities to all local children.
Paula Leverton, proprietor of Four Winds, explains what makes them so successful: “We have a range of horses to teach all levels and encourage the pupils to compete in the regular shows we organise. This allows them to display the skills they are being taught. We also offer stable management either alongside, or independently of, riding.
“Four Winds also provides riding and stable management for a local school teaching children with learning difficulties. I am very proud of my staff for their commitment and assistance in achieving Clubmark status. I hope this will help me in my role of ABRS inspector to encourage other schools to work for this award too.”
For further information, please contact: Ellie Layton, The British Horse Society, 01926 707795 or email@example.com
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. Clubmark, introduced in 2002, is the Sport England mark of high quality clubs, reassuring both parents and participants that the club is a high quality, welcoming environment for young people. The mark is awarded to clubs that can satisfy minimum operating requirements in the four areas of the playing programme; duty of care and child protection; sports equity and ethics and club management.
The mark is an accreditation scheme covering a variety of different sports and is specifically designed for clubs with junior sections.
The BEF is the approved agency and delivers the Clubmark scheme in partnership with the BHS. Clubmark is available to all clubs and centres, including riding schools who are accredited or approved by a British Equestrian Federation Member Body.
2. National governing bodies (NGBs) and county sports partnerships (CSPs) award Clubmark to proven high quality clubs. There are currently 4,867 clubs across 40 sports.
3. Established in 1980, Four Winds Equitation Centre is located in the village of West Pinchbeck just outside Spalding, South Lincolnshire. Four Winds Equestrian Centre is owned and run by Paula Leverton. Along with her dedicated and enthusiastic staff she has developed a thriving and dynamic equestrian centre. The Centre is also an approved training centre for KEITTS, ABRS and operates an outreach programme for the College of West Anglia. The centre has strong links with the local community. Paula and her staff take great pride in the client-friendly service they offer and place great emphasis on the care offered to both horse and rider by their team.
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