The Urban Equestrian Academy aim to widen participation of young people with the least access to the Equestrian world in Leicester.
Freedom Zampaladus, Founder of the Academy shares, "Our services are especially beneficial to inner-city children, faith groups, specialist organisations and specific communities such as BEM communities."
Earlier in the year I spent an afternoon volunteering at the ranch near Bradgate Park in Leicester to experience the project first hand. I joined a taster session for young people from St Matthews in Leicester - for many of them it was their first riding experience. The older children who have been attending sessions regularly delivered a tour of the ranch and introduced us to all the horses.
'This one likes to be tickled behind the ears. You have to be calm around the horses and don't make any sudden movements that may scare them', explained one of the student leaders.
Through the experience of learning how to ride young people build self - confidence, responsibility, independence and a certain element of fearlessness!
As part of the horse riding theory sessions which take place at the African Carribean Centre we also took the opportunity to deliver yoga sessions.
The practise of Yoga complements any other sporting activity. Yoga improves focus and breathing. It increases strength and flexibility and therefore is also a way of preventing injury.
We loved the energy and enthusiasm of all the young people and had an absolutely wonderful evening! The young people had lots of positive feedback to share:
"One thing I liked about the yoga lessons was that they were fast and made you stretch your muscles"
"It was fun and extremely interesting"
"I thought it was relaxing, a lot of comfortable positions. I had a lot of fun."
Thank you to Freedom and Esme for inviting Mindful Warriors to deliver a yoga session with your wonderful young people!