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Riding club for Burntwood youngsters boosted by £1,800 grant

A riding club for students in Burntwood has been boosted by a £1,800 grant.

Gartmore Riding Club created the club for pupils from Chasetown Community School to help increase their confidence and teach them about respect and teamwork.

The students interact with horses and learn how to care for and ride them. They have taken part in a six week course and were presented with rosettes and certificates by Staffordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Ellis.

Matthew Ellis with students from Chasetown Community School

Matthew Ellis with students from Chasetown Community School

Gartmore Riding School was awarded £1,800 from the Commissioner’s People Power Fund.

Mr Ellis, said: “Gartmore Riding School is doing a fantastic job of working with youngsters in Burntwood, giving them the opportunity to learn new skills and keep active.

“I am pleased to hear about, and see first-hand, the work they are doing in helping youngsters make the right choices in life.”

Tracy Francis, Director of Gartmore Riding School, added: “Horse riding isn’t a classroom based activity – it is an activity which gives the young people who attend the opportunity to be themselves without there being any feelings of judgement.

“We have students attend who are often quiet at school and we have found that over the time they have been attending the riding school they are growing in confidence and are asking us lots more questions.

“Horse riding teaches young people respect, patience and co-ordination skills as well as helping to increase their confidence and we have had some really good feedback from Chasetown Community School who have been working with us recently.”

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