For many years, the BEF and its member bodies have been running a coaching pathway in line with the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC). The UKCC is an endorsement, provided by UK Coaching, of a sport’s own externally awarded qualifications used to ensure the levels and standards of coaches across sports conform to common levels. In equestrian sport we have worked hard to develop our qualifications across the different disciplines and have significantly invested in revamping these qualifications in 2017 to meet the needs of our sport.
Following a recent review commissioned by Sport England, we know the UKCC will remain unchanged for the next 2 years but could change beyond September 2020.
We understand coaches who have been through the ‘UKCC’ coaching pathway with BEF and our member bodies may be concerned at these future changes to the UK Coaching Certificate and that their qualifications may not be valid any longer.
The Coaching Development Action Team (CDAT)* would like to reassure coaches holding UKCC endorsed qualifications that irrespective of the future of UKCC endorsement, these equestrian qualifications will remain an integral part of our coaching pathway as they have been designed and belong to the Federation and its member bodies. We are therefore all fully committed to these qualifications into the future. We are already working with CIMSPA (Chartered Institute for the Management of Sports and Physical Activity) to input into the design of any future endorsement and understanding their developing Professional Standards.
In summary, our coach education pathway and the levels (Level 1-4) we have in place will remain and continue to be vital to equestrian sport. Any qualifications coaches have achieved endorsed by UKCC will remain valid and recognised throughout the industry in the UK and internationally for discipline competition coaches through the International Group for Equestrian Qualifications (IGEQ) passport.
*CDAT is a group comprised of BEF member bodies who deliver coaching training, education and qualifications