What is YELA?
The Young Equestrian Leaders Award (YELA) is an award scheme for the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) designed to recognise the time and effort young volunteers give to equestrianism and shape their experience, so they become equestrian leaders of the future.
YELA runs over three progressive levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Bronze requires 20 hours of volunteering and introduces skills in responsibility, organisation and communication—and Silver develops these further. The Gold Award requires 120 hours of volunteering, encouraging leadership and the planning and delivery of a specific project.
Why do YELA?
YELA demonstrates commitment, leadership and responsibility and provides a great springboard to a whole host of fantastic experiences in equestrianism. YELA may lead candidates down many different paths: coaching, horse care, fundraising, training and mentoring volunteers and much more besides.
“YELA has been challenging, but in a good way, and so rewarding. The award had encouraged me to branch out of my comfort zone to meet new challenges and new people and I can honestly say it has been one of the best things I ever signed up for. “ – Katie Midgley, YELA Candidate
YELA is a hugely rewarding experience, and through volunteering you’ll be able to help others enjoy equestrian sports and feel a great sense of achievement in return.
If you are interested in this scheme please contact Jane Bryant direct or via the web site so that your details can be passed on to NPS National who are co-ordinating things with YELA.