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In a bid to ensure Britain’s equestrian teams win plenty of medals at London 2012, the role of riding trainers is to be assessed.

Sports Coach UK is conducting a UK-wide consultation on coaches and coaching, across all sports to develop a definitive action plan. The main aims of the survey are to ascertain the best possible role for coaches and coaching in the UK, and to work out how the action plan should be supported by the various agencies over the next three, seven and 11 years.

The consultation aims to identify the specific role to be played by Sports Coach UK, the government-designated agency for coaching. “We are encouraging everyone – all organisations and individuals associated with equestrian sports to take part in the consultation process,” says Suzanne Genery, Consultant Coaching Manager for the British Equestrian Federation.

Coaching will play a key role in the development of equestrianism over the period ahead, providing rewarding pathways for many young people and adults, as well as helping elite riders to attain their full potential. Sports Coach UK has assured the BEF that it will do its utmost to ensure that the necessary coaching infrastructure is in place to ensure this can happen.

The consultation questionnaire is at www.sportscoachuk.org/UKAPCConsultation.htm and the deadline for responses is 8 March 2006.

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