Youth Pathway Coaching Programme

This programme has been developed in collaboration with the Equestrian Olympic and Paralympic disciplines and is funded by Sport England. The aim of the programme is to give coaches within the Youth Pathway more insight into the holistic development, which is broader than just technical skills, to nurture the potential of the developing youth athlete from an early age. Coaches will be given insight into the key stages of a child’s cognitive and physical development and how these stages are best managed to promote their well-being alongside their development as an athlete.

Topics covered will include how to support and develop the young athlete's personal identity and confidence, understanding the impact of environments and appropriate coaching strategies for the key cognitive and physical development stages as well as areas covering each coach’s professional development.

The complete list of coaches inducted into the 2020/2021 BEF Youth Pathway Coaching Programme is:


  • Sue Chadwick
  • Emilie Chandler
  • Jane Graham


  • Claire Edwards
  • Eve Staveley
  • Erica Oldham
  • Hannah Jackson
  • Sarah Tubbs
  • Claire Reed
  • Jayne Smart
  • Joanne Burns Firth


  • Hannah Moody
  • Harry Payne
  • Nina Boex
  • Leanne Wall
  • Jo Lees

Feedback from coaches who've taken part in the programme:

British Dressage Youth Team selector, Leanne Wall: “The programme is an informative opportunity to mix with like-minded people to help understand the challenges youth riders and coaches face in today’s modern world. It’s important that coaches learn from leading experts and fellow high-performing colleagues through exchanging experiences and ideas, while exploring philosophies and values that underpin holistic development. Empowering and supporting coaches and those they teach is essential for facilitating riders to achieve their aspirations and beyond while ensuring longevity in the sport.”

Dressage coach Charlie Hutton: “I undoubtedly would not be the professional I am today without the support I received from the Youth Pathway Coaching Programme. The knowledge and support that the programme provides has proven to be priceless to me as I developed my career both nationally and abroad as a rider and coach. The vast array of tools that their training has given me as an individual and a professional has been invaluable on many levels”.

Showjumping coach Mia Palles-Clark: “The team spirit that was made over the programme was fantastic and has endured. The information from the various speakers and experts we met along the way was so valuable and incredibly interesting. It has definitely shaped the way I coach and my understanding of youth riders’ needs has developed hugely. I would sum up the programme as being enlightening and empowering. I couldn't recommend it more”.

All programme queries from potential applicants should be directed to Georgie Wheeler:    Tel: 02476 698904.

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