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World Class Programme - Equine & Human Sport Science Practitioners

As the National Governing Body for horse sport in the UK the BEF, working collaboratively with its 19 member bodies, represents a broad spectrum of equine interests. At an elite level, equestrian sport in Great Britain has enjoyed unparalleled success in recent years with our athletes across jumping, dressage and eventing, achieving outstanding success at both the London and Rio Olympic Games. The para-dressage team are recognised as world leaders and continue to maintain their unbeaten track record at Paralympic, World and European level.

With the start of a new Olympic and Paralympic cycles, the BEF is looking to the future and undergoing a process to reinvigorate the way in which it deploys the highest level of performance support to athletes, both human and equine, on the World Class Programme. The Programme’s multi-disciplinary performance support team encompasses leaders in their field, innovative and committed individuals with a mutually shared dedication to delivering the best outcomes for horse and rider.

The BEF now wants to strengthen this team and increase its focus on sports science in order to identify and test opportunities to deliver those marginal gains that will help to drive its quest for optimal performance and sporting excellence.

It is therefore looking for practitioners working in the following fields to provide services its World Class Programme:

  • Veterinary Practitioners to support the World Class Podium Potential Para-dressage and Eventing squads.
  • Sports Medicine Practitioners to support the World Class Podium and Podium Potential athletes working in collaboration with the wider Human Sports Science and Medicine team.

You will deliver:

  • World-leading performance science support services to all athletes (human and/or equine as appropriate), taking an athlete centred approach that empowers them to take responsibility for their own and the horse’s pre-habilitation, rehabilitation and return to training.
  • A collaborative approach within a cutting edge inter-disciplinary team to ensure the delivery of agreed sports science outcomes.
  • Robust application of sports science within an equine science environment and development of ‘Return to Play’ programmes that optimise an athlete’s, human and/or equine, rehabilitation programme.
  • Exceptional relationship management skills and a desire to contribute to the development of a culture not seen before in equestrian competition
  • UK wide athlete support by attending home yard visits, squad training days and competitions
  • A programme to inform and educate athletes in injury rehabilitation, management programmes and injury prevention strategies.
  • The maintenance of a high performance science delivery environment to exceptional standards
  • Proactive contribution to knowledge sharing and development across the organisation to advance world class high performance science support.
  • Accurate BEF compliant processes for record keeping on a regular basis.
  • Absolute compliance with Professional Codes of Conduct, standards and guidelines.
  • Have an excellent knowledge of the human and/or equine anti-doping and medication control processes for both National and International competition.
  • Support in various locations and there will be an expectation of working weekends and undertaking significant travel abroad to support coaches and athletes at key points in the competition calendar

Skills and Expertise: 

You will be an existing practitioner in your field and able to demonstrate a proven track record of working in a mutually supportive, collaborative manner within a fully integrated team of professionals in order to combine the art and science required to help the athlete, both human and equine, to meet the demands of the sport on the world stage. Your essential characteristics will be open-minded, data-driven and inquisitive, with a strong desire and mentality to be part of a winning team.

To download the Competency Frameworks for these roles, please click on the appropriate link below:

How to apply: 

To apply please send an expression of interest letter, including a CV and a proposal stating why we need you, to Maggie Moreton, Head of Secretariat, maggie.moreton@bef.co.uk or British Equestrian Federation, Abbey Park, Stareton, Warwickshire, CV8 2RH

Closing date is the 1 March 2017 for both roles

The BEF is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes all applications.

Please help us to ensure that we adhere to the BEF Equality Policy by completing an online equal opportunities monitoring form by visiting the following survey monkey page: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/W5LCQQF

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