Team Springall is able to facilitate an environment within Charlotte Springall Equestrian in which vulnerable young people and those from disadvantaged backgrounds can learn to ride and look after horses and ponies.
The specialist team provides access to equine sports for those who would not necessarily get an opportunity and the benefits to all are huge;
Access to the rural environment is improved for disadvantaged or vulnerable young people, those with emotional and behavioural difficulties, mental health illness, carers and other groups who are vulnerable or hard to reach.
Health and well-being of participants is improved through physical activity, community involvement and learning.
Self-esteem and confidence of participants is improved through achievements during riding and horse care sessions, taking part in educational courses and training such as NVQ’s, ‘in house’ qualifications and competitions.
Vocational skills gained by staff and young people through attending educational courses, training and work experience placements. Future prospects of working within the industry, experience for future C.V’s and general employment increased.
Life skills and social skills of young people developed through involvement in the activities and opportunities run by theTeam Springall such as working with others and as part of a team.
Who can join Team Springall?
Our young people are referred by childcare professionals, mainstream and special schools, local authorities, social workers and youth workers. They all face a variety of challenges that make everyday life a struggle. They may be:
- In foster care
- a young carer
- a victim of abuse, bullying or neglect
- NEET (not in Education, Employment or Training)
- homeless teenagers
- young people with physical and/or learning difficulties
When many young people are first referred, most are underperforming at, or not attending school, and are unable to see a future for themselves. Team Springall’s aim is to encourage personal growth and a greater level of self confidence so that they are able to participate on a more level platform in full time school, college, work or work experience.