OFFICIAL Sports Makers.....
We are delighted to announce that staff
at 1st2 Achieve Training have been officially recognised as London 2012 Sports Makers- carrying the Olympic Legacy into
2013 and beyond. To recognise our dedication to promoting sports participation and voluntary work, we received a special
thank you message from Steve Parry, Olympic Champion.
We would like to thank all those who nominated us for a 2012 Business Award, and of course the judges!
Here are George & Georgia with the award.
Exercise and Fitness
We are delighted to announce the development
of new Curriculum Provision: Exercise and Fitness
, and welcome the new Head of Department George Clayton. This department
offers Gym Instruction and Personal Training. For more information please email George at firstname.lastname@example.org
More Celebrity Endorsments
meeting us at the RDA National Championships, an event that 1st2 Achieve fully supports and volunteers at, the wonderful
Antony Head offered to lend his support and endorse the work that we do. We are absolutetly delighted to have
him on board! Both Antony and 1st2 Achieve were connected through our work with the RDA. Antony has recently
starred in The Iron Lady, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and BBC's Merlin.
with Oliver Townend' Scottish National Equestrian Centre 19th-20th November
I once again
had the privilege of spending the weekend with Oliver and his team, this time in Scotland at the Scottish National Equestrian
Centre (SNEC) 19-20th November. Oliver was scheduled there Saturday and Sunday for a series of clinics and demonstration's
which also coincided with the annual Scottish Eventing Ball, an evening to let the hair down.
After a long journey,
leaving Gadlas Farm (Olivers home), 1.30 Friday afternoon we arrived at the SNEC sometime after 10pm. The five
horses which included Brigadere, travelled very well and settled into their temporary home immediately. Horses catered for,
so where the humans and after a night cap of whisky (whilst in Scotland, do as the natives do) we were shown to our accommodation
which was warm, clean and appreciated!
An early start brought with it the most beautiful sunrise, and set the tone
for the weekend. Such was the popularity of Oliver that extra clinics had to be added to his Sunday schedule
to meet demand and Saturday ran over schedule. Students Craig, Cara and Chloe were chosen to help look
after Oliver's horses because of their commitment to their course. They would like to thank full-time groom Sophie
for her hands on tuition and support over the weekend however, their highlight was meeting Oliver himself!
watching Oliver teach for over 9 hours, and several impressive dressage demos later, I was inspired to get my horse 'working
into the bridle and in an outline'. So when I got home, I explained to my mare Dolly, what I wanted to achieve. Hmmmm
it did not go quite as planned or as polished as I had visions of. Of course I blame my tools, well what can you achieve with
a ID x lazy mare who is not impressed at being abandoned whilst I was unfaithful with other horses? An argument that's
what you can achieve! Several squeals, 90 degree turns, shoulder drops and bucks later I was no closer to my Olympic
dreams, so off we went for a hack. With my pony in a better frame of mind, I tricked her into schooling compliance, and
we achieved some lovely shoulder in's, rein backs, transitions, square halts, leg yields and travers. That said I
am glad Oliver was not there to cast judgment on our performance.