Northumberland Pony Clubs awarded with a 10k grant

Northumberland Pony Clubs awarded with a 10k grant

Northumberland Pony Clubs are to benefit from £10,000 worth of Sport England funding thanks to a successful bid made in partnership with the North East Hoof Network and Northumberland’s County Sport’s Partnership.

The project attracted the maximum funding grant available and will benefit all five clubs in the county including the Morpeth Hunt Pony Club which acted as host club.

The money will primarily be used to sustain the participation of older members in the clubs and to up skill Pony Club coaches in the area with a dedicated equestrian coaching conference being run in the county in 2013. This goes hand in hand with the aims of Hoof – the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF’s) legacy programme which aims to increase the numbers of people horse riding as well as maintaining opportunities and raising standards for those already enjoying the sport.

Northumberland Sport Executive Director Doug Lowery commented:

“Northumberland Sport is delighted to be supporting the North East ‘Hoof Network’ and establishing a relationship with the British Equestrian Federation. This is a great endorsement of the Hoof Network in the North East.”

Sue Maitland from the Morpeth Hunt Pony Club has been instrumental in making this happen and first identified the need through her own daughter Kate Charlton. She told the BEF: “Kate got one of the original Young Coach Bursaries from Northumberland Sport and it has been just what she needed to give her focus and develop her riding skills. Since then we’ve been inundated with interest and we felt it was really important that we were able to offer this opportunity to all of our older members.”