To align with UK Sport and other sporting National Governing Bodies, the Equestrian World Class Programme is changing the name of its internal programmes with immediate effect. The ‘Performance Programme’ will now be known as Podium, and the ‘Development Programme’ will be known as Podium Potential.
The aims, objectives and structure of the programmes will remain very much the same; Podium will support athletes with realistic medal winning capabilities at the next Olympic/Paralympic Games and Podium Potential will support athletes whose performances suggest that they have realistic medal winning capabilities at subsequent Olympic/Paralympic Games. The Equine Pathway remains unaffected.
The equestrian World Class Programme’s mission is to identify talent, develop potential and sustain medal-winning performances at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and other major championships, and inspire others in support of the long term growth of British equestrian sport.
UK Sport strategically invests National Lottery and Exchequer income to maximise the performance of UK athletes. It currently supports around 1,300 athletes across all sports at Podium and Podium Potential levels. The equestrian World Class Programme currently supports around 70 athletes at Podium and Podium Potential, and many more horse/rider partnerships through the Equine Pathway and other discipline-specific programmes.