Paralympic gold medallist backs RDA coaching

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Paralympic gold medallist backs RDA coaching

The Riding for the Disabled Association presented the first of its new RDA Fellow’ qualifications to 20 coaches at the two-day Coaching Conference held at at Moreton Morrell College, Glos.

Paralympic triple gold medallist Sophie Christiansen presented certificates to the Fellows – including her own coach, Clive Milkins.

The RDA Coaching Committee has initiated the RDA Fellowship to recognise and reward RDA coaches who have demonstrated a high level of coaching ability and technical skill by attaining the RDASI/RDASC and a minimum of the BHS Int. Teach Test (or former RDASI Part 1).

These coaches must also have provided a high level of support to RDA, in a coaching capacity, at Regional or National Level over a minimum period of 5 years and upheld their continuous professional development, as required by RDA.

"We are delighted to have introduced this prestigious coaching qualification, recognising the high level of skill, expertise and experience that exists among this elite group," says RDA chief executive, Ed Bracher. "Congratulations to the first 20 recipients, and we look forward to creating many more Fellows in the years to come."

The first recipients of the Fellowship are:

Clive Milkins

Dawn Whitmore-Kirby

Deborah Hall

Jane Barker

Jane Hemingway

Jenny Leggate

Mike Butcher

Pauline Lipscomb

Ro Pudden

Sally Campbell-Gray

Sue Addams-Wheeler

Judith Walker

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