19 January 2022
National Office Update

Dear RDA UK volunteers and staff,

I hope you are all successfully past “Blue Monday” and are having a good start to 2022. The year is looking to be an exciting one for RDA.


Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Fund 2022

Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, the Fund will support projects that bring a community together and provide opportunities for people who may be less physically active in England. This fund will make awards, using National Lottery funding, of between £300 and £10,000, from a total pot of up to £5m.  Organisations should consider how they could work more collaboratively across their community, in order to make the biggest possible impact. Funds are available for project costs such as facility hire, volunteer training and coaching, as well as for small capital improvements.

More information on what you can apply for can be found here:  https://www.sportengland.org/how-we-can-help/our-funds/queens-platinum-jubilee-activity-fund#aboutthefund-16520


Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity

The Chief Executives of Sport England and UK Sport have issued a joint letter regarding racism in sport, a copy of which you can find here: https://www.myrda.org.uk/letter-from-uk-sport-sport-england-about-tackling-racism-in-sport/

RDA is committed to greater equality, diversity and inclusion within our organisation, with a volunteer working party already in place to address this vital issue. For more information about this group and our commitment to ED&I please contact Lucy Wake lwake@rda.org.uk


RDA National Championships 2022, Friday 15th – Sunday 17th July 2022 at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire

We are delighted to be returning to Hartpury College for this year’s National Championships. The event schedule can be found here:


The details about how to sign up to volunteer for the event will be out later in the month.


RDA Virtual Winter National Championships 2022.

As many of you may know, we are running the Virtual National Championships again this year. Full details can be found here:  


If anyone has any queries about the Hartpury or Virtual competitions, then please do not hesitate to contact Fiona Harris on fharris@rda.org.uk / 01926 405976 or Emma Bayliss on ebayliss@rda.org.uk 01926 405972.


Countryside Challenge Training Day

This will take place at the National Training Centre on 28th February and is open to all. The day will run from 9.30am until 3pm and will include practical demonstrations in the indoor school. Places will be limited, to book please follow this link: https://www.myrda.org.uk/runningyourgroup/national-championships/countryside-challenge/countryside-challenge-training-2022/


Weekly Webinars
This week: There is no webinar this week

You can have your Thursday evening to yourself – but remember, you can catch up with all previous webinars on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YxgrFKqH0s&list=PLTeYLK4TV5mTfVORUbn-JyTcqR_xE6f1g

Next week:  All About ASDAN - Fun, varied and engaging Education options for RDA Groups (7pm Thurs 27th Jan 2022)

ASDAN programmes have been running in RDA for several years but maybe you have always wondered what is involved. In this webinar Helen Kallow will chat through the various ASDAN courses on offer, with tips on selecting the right course for your participants, and suggestions for delivery and assessment. Helen has previous experience of delivering ASDAN programmes successfully in a large RDA centre as well as supporting groups who are delivering courses across the country through her current role as Senior Training and Education Coordinator. Questions beforehand are welcome, please email hkallow@rda.org.uk

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_k5t8elk-RcWrumuCYF19vw


Job Vacancy: Operations Director Vacancy at Clwyd

Clwyd Special Riding Centre are currently looking for an Operations Director. They are looking to appoint a dynamic professional who has vision, energy and commitment to direct operations at CSRC.  

Job Vacancy closes 31st January 2022.

For more information and how to apply, follow this link: https://clwydspecialridingcentre.co.uk/newsarticle.php?id=156


Job Vacancy: Coach at Chigwell Riding Trust

Chigwell Riding Trust is looking for a new coach. They are looking for a coach who has either their BHSII or is an experienced AI. For more information and how to apply, email Deborah at deborah@chigride.org.uk



Dates for Classification Hubs have been released by the BEF. Once a riders application has been reviewed and they have an eligible medical diagnosis, they will be invited to attend an Athlete Evaluation (physical assessment) and a National Classification Hub, which are held in various locations throughout the year. For 2022 dates and more information on classification please follow the link: https://www.britishequestrian.org.uk/competitors/para-equestrian/classification


Best wishes,


Brigitta Falcini

Communications Coordinator

Riding for the Disabled Association 

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