Sporting Legacy Boost for Warwickshire

Radway Riding School near Warwick has secured £13,000 in funding, in a bid to bring sporting legacy to Warwickshire.

Last year, a total of fourteen equestrian establishments throughout England were awarded funding via the Sport England Capital Funding initiative. Radway, situated on the border of Warwickshire and Oxfordshire, has used the investment to build a brand new, covered outdoor facility in the hope of offering more horse riding opportunities in the region.

Sport England Capital Funding is distributed via the British Equestrian Federation, and awarded to projects that clearly demonstrate an ability to increase accessibility to sport. The project, which was officially opened by the BEF’s Chief Executive Andrew Finding this month, will allow Radway to offer over fifty extra sessions a week including one to one lessons for beginner or returning riders.

Radway Riding School, run by Maggie and John Boswell, is perfectly situated in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside and has been offering riding lessons tailored to meet the needs of each rider regardless of age or ability for over 33 years. Over the years, it has grown to become an equestrian hub of activity playing host to riders from grassroots level right up to international competitors such as Maggie’s own son Henry Boswell.
Andrew Finding said, ‘Maggie Boswell is an inspiring leader; she is supporting our drive to increase the number of people who ride. In doing so, Maggie and her team exemplify the real meaning of the London 2012 legacy. Our aim is to support riding schools that promote our ‘Take Back the Reins’ initiative, and to do so with Sport England’s help. Success breeds success and in working together across the world of the horse we can help more people enjoy the pleasure and fun of riding’.

As a key member of the region’s HOOF network, Radway has been using the new pen to run a programme of riding called ‘Take Back the Reins’. HOOF, the BEF’s Olympic & Paralympic legacy project, aims to engage with and educate new and former riders about the sport.

Take Back the Reins is aimed specifically at encouraging people to take up or get back into riding in a social, fun atmosphere. In total, seventy - one riding schools have now signed up to deliver the programme throughout England. This means that more and more people are taking up the reins and realizing the health benefits of spending time in the saddle.

At Radway, forty-nine-year-old grandmother Jo Shuker is one such success story. The care home director from Leamington Spa took up riding last August after a break of 32 years. Five months down the line she is fitter than ever and four stones lighter.

Jo, who began Take Back the Reins having been spurred on by her granddaughter, has now encouraged her daughter to get back in the saddle too, meaning that there are three generations of her family enjoying their riding together at Radway.

The centre will be holding demonstrations in the new, round pen on Tuesday the 5th March between 11:00 and 12.30, and again on Thursday 7th March between 20:00 and 21:00 If you would like to attend, book a free, ten minute ‘taster’ session or simply find out more about riding at Radway Riding School then give them a call on 01295 670 265 or go to www.radwayridingschool.co.uk.
Or, if you’re keen find your nearest club, please visit the BEF’s new portal to horse riding here: www.hoofride.co.uk.

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