Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2019 by Sasha Melia
Within the past few days British Showjumping have completed on the
purchase of Home Farm, Hothorpe in Leicestershire with the plans for it
to become the National Training Centre for the sport.
Acquiring and developing a National Training Centre has been an ambition
for the Sport over the past ten years and it is with great delight that
British Showjumping are now able to announce that such a superb facility
has been secured.
The National Training Centre will provide a modern facility for members
in respect of training and educational facilities whilst also providing
the sport with a solid commercial investment which will underwrite the
sports financial standing further.
Home Farm offers 120 acres including residential and equestrian
facilities. The intention is that the venue will encompass short break
accommodation and conference facilities as well as providing top class
training facilities for members, officials and volunteers alike.
The British Showjumping office will remain at its site in Meriden,
Warwickshire with Home Farm operating as a stand-alone Centre of
Excellence under ‘British Showjumping Training Ltd’.
Les Harris, Chairman for British Showjumping said “Purchasing a venue
with a view for it being the official National Training Centre gives the
sport a solid foundation to base itself from whilst also offering
facilities that all members from grass roots through to top level riders
can benefit from whether it be as a producer, competitor or owner. The
Centre will also provide a superb environment for Coaches and Officials
to undertake their official training as well as becoming a central point
where all stakeholders can come together for the good of the sport.
“As a sport, British Showjumping are in an enviable position of being
financially secure. The offices at Meriden have given the organisation
a modern environment to run from as well as a rental income since its
purchase in 2012. By adding Home Farm to the portfolio, the Association
will sit in the top tier of sports in respect of its financial security
and the legacy that it will be able to build on as a result”.
Iain Graham, Chief Executive of British Showjumping furthered “It was
always felt that the sport should have a National Training Centre.
Initially put forward as a vision by our at-the-time Chairman in 2008,
it is a vision that has never altered as being the one we should be
striving towards. This will allow us to have a modern training facility
whilst reducing the current costs in terms of the hiring of venues,
travel and administration that accompanies this.
“The site is not a permanent show centre and there is no intention for
it to become one. We depend on our show venues around the UK to deliver
competitive sport week-in and week-out to our members; this is something
I wanted to very much make clear.
“Many NGB’s and Federations have a National Training Centre and there
are significant benefits to our sport having the same. This is a major
step forward and will allow us to deliver quality training across all
levels of capability within one central purpose built and appropriate
environment. We trust that the facility will be an inspiration for
everyone who uses it and that it will serve to deliver both the ongoing
development of the sport and the performance of those competing within
Nick Skelton CBE, Individual Gold medallist at Rio 2016 and Team Gold
medallist at London 2012 commented “Having a National Training Centre
for showjumping can only be seen as an
extremely positive step forward for the sport and one that is at least
thirty years overdue. I stand by the fact that strengthening the sports
property portfolio is the best investment British Showjumping could have
made and in their purchase of Home Farm they have acquired an
outstanding training facility that the membership and sport as a whole
will benefit from.
“Before any Championships we all come together for team training and if
there had been a permanent site such as this that could have become our
camp for a week or two before London or Rio it would have been superb.
Facilities such as these are rare and from a Member perspective I can’t
think of anything more inspiring than for a Junior Academy member to be
training at the same venue the Olympic Team were training at only weeks
“I am looking forward to seeing the plans for the National Training
Centre come to fruition and I will definitely be spending some of my
time there assisting our potential medal winners of the future alongside
the rest of the performance team working with them.”
Further information regarding the National Training Centre will be
released in the near future before it opens its doors for business later
in the year.
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