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The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has opened applications for this year’s United Kingdom Coaching Certficate Level 4 programme (UKCC).

The programme, set up in 2012, is a joint venture run by the BEF, British Rowing and the University of Gloucestershire.

Candidates can gain the both the UKCC Level 4 qualification and a postgraduate diploma in professional practice in sport coaching (PG Dip).

The qualification is aimed at coaches working from grassroots level up to individuals supporting Championship teams.

Candidates must hold a UKCC Level 3 (or equivalent) qualification and have their application endorsed by their member body to be admitted.

Coaches that register an expression of interest form by the 10 May will be invited to a candidate information day held on the 12 May.

Pauline Brimson, current UKCC Level 4 candidate, head coach and founder of Fallowbrook Western Riding Club said: “This course allows us to develop relationships across the various equestrian sports. It is a real step up from the Level 3 in terms of both reflection and self-evaluation as a coach.”

For an initial interest form contact Chris Shaw at chris.shaw@bef.co.uk