Young Leaders Equestrian Award - YELA

Posted: 04/02/2012

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YELA – a GREAT way to volunteer & get an award!

YELA is a great scheme that enables young people (aged 13-25) who love the sport of equestrianism to volunteer their time and gain an award into the bargain.

Our congratulations go to Sally Stoddart, who has just become the first Pony Club member to receive the prestigious Bronze Young Equestrian Leader’s Award (YELA) at Mount Mascal Stables.

Read Sally’s report below to find out what this award involves and the benefits & fun of taking part in the YELA scheme!

Sally explains: “Jennifer Burdett recommended a scheme called 'Young Equestrian Leader's Award' to me. It is a way of earning an award of Bronze, Silver or Gold levels, depending on the amount of hours you choose to complete. It is a volunteering award. I completed the Bronze level which involved me volunteering a minimum of twenty hours over at least an eight week period. I found the hours very easy to complete and they included me helping on a Monday evening with Jennifer's pony club rally, yard duties, jump judging at a cross country event, updating the North West Kent Pony Club website and I also taught as a junior instructor. I was surprised at how quickly the twenty hours built up. I did this award as a way of improving my cv by way of volunteering in a sport that I am already passionate about and hope that by doing this it may help with my university application. It has also counted as Community and Service, (CAS) hours for my sixth form. The completed hours were logged in a handbook and signed each time by the person for whom I volunteered. I greatly enjoyed the hours I spent at Mount Mascal, was pleased with myself for finishing the award and even happier when I received a lovely 't' shirt, bronze pin badge and certificate as a reward from YELA.

It is easy to participate in a sport you love, but sometimes harder to give time by volunteering but was definitely a worthwhile experience which I would highly recommend.”

So, if you are aged 13-25 what are you waiting for?

If you are a Mount Mascal Helper who is old enough to take part in the scheme you have nothing to lose. You will gain your award just by being a Helper! If you are already volunteering under the DofE scheme at Mount Mascal, you can use these same hours towards getting your Bronze YELA. Double award time! There is no exam/test to take. It’s about your contribution, time and effort. You log all your hours, get them signed off by a Senior Instructor/the Office and then complete questions about your volunteering experience. Once your award is verified you receive your certificate and bronze level pin badge. YELA charge just £12.50 and achievement of this award will look GREAT on your job/college/university application form. We would like to see as many of you as possible benefit from this scheme.

Check out the Pony Club noticeboard for YELA information and see photos of Sally with her Bronze certificate & wearing her FAB new YELA T shirt!

And visit the website http://www.rda.org.uk/get-involved/yela for syllabi, FAQ’s, downloadable application form and other useful YELA stuff.

Speak to the office (we have hard copy application forms available) to find out how you can get started on your YELA at Mount Mascal Pony Club Centre.