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Vaulting is a specialised discipline within equestrian sport.

The Perry Vaulting Group is unique in the West Midlands and continues to grow in popularity. Participation in vaulting leads to increased self confidence, improved balance and core control, improved fitness and social skills amongst many other positives.

Feedback from parents proves the benefits of vaulting to be many and participation in the sport can commence from as young as 6 and go on into the 20s.

Comments from the parent of a 9 year old girl with Aspergers and Dyspraxia
"We have seen our child go from strength to strength since joining the vaulting sessions. If she misses a session or two I really notice that her confidence and coordination reduces. The. Chance to take part in competitions and to be part of a team really gives her a sense of achievement. Her bedroom is full of rosettes, she is so proud of them."

The parents of a 7yr old girl with left sided hemiplegia which causes weak and fluctuating muscle tone say"Since joining the vaulting sessions we have seen her flourish not just physically but as a person in her own right. It has improved her general well being and how she feels about herself. Being with the other children in the group with whom she feels comfortable and confident
has really helped. She is in mainstream education and is aware she is different to other children. At the vaulting sessions she is just the same as everyone else. There is an understanding and an acceptance of everyone's differing lives"

Open Days

The Perry Group runs a series of Open Days where the benefits of vaulting can be explained to schools or clubs interested in this sport.

More details about the Open Days can be found here and some of the vaulting demonstrated at the Perry Group July Open day can be seen here. The Group uses Great Bear and Stubbs in the vaulting sessions.

For further reading, the Learning to move paper by Sports Coach UK discusses the importance of fundamental movement skills (agility, balance, coordination) in teenagers through sport while Basic Vaulting Good Practice Guidelines details team discipline and the approach, mount, dismount and getaway phases of vaulting.

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Fund-raising days - Dancing with Horses at Walford College - 5st April 2009

This event was a huge success, enjoyed by approximately 200 spectators, and raised over 3,000 for the Group and the new centre .

Included was a demonstration of Tina vaulting on Spotty


This very well supported event included a demonstration by the English Vaulting Squad with Julie McNally

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Jane Barker
Perry Cottage,
Yeaton,
Shrewsbury,
Shropshire

tel: 0845 450 6714

email:
janebarker@perry-rda.org

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