Delighted equestrian coach Pauline Brimson has been awarded a bursary to support her journey through a new bespoke coaching qualification. Kent Sport, funded by Sport England, awarded the £1500 grant to the head coach and founder of Fallowbrook Western Riding Club at the start of the course in July 2013.
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and British Rowing have teamed up with Northumbria University to raise standards and recognise high performing coaches in the two sports. The United Kingdom Coaching Certificate (UKCC) level four is a bespoke programme, established in September 2012, for the sports and aims to deliver an advanced syllabus of professional education for coaches with considerable experience.
“The course is going to be a challenge but I am very excited to do it” commented Pauline. “It is a real step up from the level three in terms of both reflection and self-evaluation as a coach as well as the academic side – I feel like I need to go back to school and learn how to write properly again! The first session at the University was quite daunting as I didn’t go to Uni when I was younger but I just can’t wait to get stuck in.”
The qualification is aimed at high performing coaches and is not exclusive to those working in a high performance environment; it incorporates coaches working from grassroots level up to individuals supporting Championship teams. The two year course culminates in a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Professional Practice in Sport Coaching, the current course will complete in September 2015.
Reining, a style of western riding in which a rider guides their horse through a precise pattern of circles, spins, and stops, is Pauline’s specialism. “I got into reining around fifteen years ago following a medical condition that stopped me from riding. My husband knew how much horses meant to me and was keen to keep me involved. We attended a western demo and both decided that it looked great fun, my husband was particularly keen that jodhpurs were not a prerequisite to participating! Once I recovered there was no looking back.”
Pauline got such enjoyment from the sport she was determined to further her involvement; becoming a Coaching Development Officer for British Reining in 2006, she played an instrumental role in the development of the UKCC level three alongside Endurance GB in 2007. In the same year she was crowned Intermediate and Limited Open British Champion and founded the Fallowbrook Western Riding Club in 2008 and took on the role of coach educator and assessor for the UKCC qualifications.