Volunteer Training | The Pony Club UK

Volunteer Training

Courses Available

We have a variety of Volunteer Training Courses available including Safeguarding and Branch Officials Training (BOT).


Safeguarding Training

Training Levels/Courses 

The Pony Club recognises three levels of training:

1) Safeguarding for Equestrians – Initial Training, Tutor Lead (delivered face to face virtually)

2) Equestrian Advanced Safeguarding – Refresher Course, Self-Guided

3) Club Safeguarding Officer – For Area and Branch or Centre Safeguarding Officers, Tutor Lead (delivered     face to face virtually)

The first approved safeguarding workshop attended must be face to face or virtual. This may be followed three years later by the online refresher course. However, as a minimum, individuals should attend a face to face/virtual course every six years.

Who needs to attend a course?

All individuals who carry out a role in regulated activity/work must attend an approved safeguarding workshop. The only exception to this rule is for:

  • First aiders who will only require a disclosure check, and,
  • Those at residential camps where each night a minimum of two of the overnight supervisors must have attended an approved safeguarding workshop.

It is strongly recommended that any other persons carrying out regulated activity/work on an overnight basis at residential camps should also attend an approved safeguarding workshop.

Safeguarding Training for Members in Scotland

For those residing in Scotland only, please be aware you need to complete Module One from Sports Scotland prior to attending this course. Please ensure you register for a course at least 20 days before taking the virtual course to enable us to set up the registration with Sports Scotland.

Can I use my safeguarding course from another organisation?

An individual who has attended a safeguarding workshop externally delivered can apply for their learning to be taken into consideration as an alternative to attending the Pony Club offering.

Please see the following options.

Pre-Approved Courses

The Pony Club also has a list of pre-approved courses that can be attended in place of the BEF Safeguarding for Equestrians course. These do not need approval.

The pre-approved courses include:

  • UK Coaching: Safeguarding and Protecting Children/ Safeguarding in Sport
  • SportScotland: Child Wellbeing and Protection in Sport
  • SportScotland: In Safe Hands
  • Sport Ireland: Safeguarding and Protecting Young People in Sport
  • CPSU Time to Listen
  • NSPCC courses (depending on the level)
  • Designated Lead Officer 3-day courses offered by your Local Authority

* Please provide a copy of certification to support processing on to PELHAM

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

For those courses not listed on the pre-approved list, the APL procedure should be followed.

The APL form can be downloaded below and should be submitted along with a copy of the certificate of attendance and course content details (e.g. learning outcomes and/or copy of presentation/handout). The procedure is detailed within the form.

To be shared with safeguarding@pcuk.org

Branch Officials Training (BOT)

What is BOT?

Branch Officials Training, also referred to as BOT, is a self-guided training package designed to support DCs and Branch Officials with their roles.

What will you learn?

Through BOT training, you will gain an understanding about:

  • Your role and responsibilities
  • How branches must run in accordance with The Pony Club and charity rules
  • Fundamentals of compliance, including safeguarding, safety, and finance matters
  • Overview of Pony Club coaching and needs
  • The IT systems available to support with your membership
  • Membership offerings
Who can attend?

The training is mandatory for all new DCs, and must be completed before being ratified, and is open for all Branch Officials and Committee Members to attend if they wish.  BOT must be repeated every six years.