Royal Opening for Hadlow’s Greenwich Equestrian Centre
In a ceremony today, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal formally opened the Royal Borough of Greenwich Equestrian Centre, a partnership between the Royal Borough of Greenwich and Hadlow College.
Situated on Shooters Hill this centre, is the latest campus to be opened by the College, complements an existing College site in Mottingham and provides additional opportunities for local residents to access outstanding equestrian skills, education and training. It currently offers both further and higher educational programmes with the BSc (Hons) Equine Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation qualification making full use of the on-site facilities, including a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool, equine spa and aqua-trainer. In addition, there is stabling for 20 horses, an indoor and outdoor school and show jumping paddock.
Commenting on the facilities and tour that she received of the site, The Princess Royal stated that “equestrianism is a wonderful way of engaging young people and adults in sport. A Centre such as this can open up opportunities for participation in a sport which were previously unavailable and widen access to the local community as a whole. Riding takes a lot of courage, patience and determination and allows young people to develop new skills and self-discipline, whilst improving their self-confidence . In short, it can make a real difference to people’s lives.”
The Centre, part of the London 2012 Legacy, is one half of the Horticulture and Equestrian Skills Centre which the College is working on in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich. As a centre it is key to the Borough’s aim of providing residents with access to first class training and educational facilities through a number of specialist skills centres. Full-time teaching commenced at the site in September 2013 with the site currently boasting approximately 60 students across its three courses.