Skip to main content



Why being an RDA coach taught me more about sport than my PE lessons

Laura and Marshall at Regionals 2022 (photo credit: Spidge Photography). More about this particular story here ...) Everyone's talking about sport: the Commonwealth Games are keeping the party going in Birmingham, and even I have happily succumbed to the latest pandemic of Football Fever.  Please don't panic! I've no intention of becoming a footie blogger (although how delighted I was to find that one of my new favourite Lionesses is a horsey girl too). What's been making me think more broadly over the last couple of weeks is the way sport at school has been discussed and remembered: girls not being able to play football in PE lessons is one part of a narrative of decades of uneasy relationships with sport, often because of the way we are (or aren't) able to access it at school. I was a classically unsporty teenager. I worked hard and did well in most of my other lessons, but "India is punctual and usually remembers her kit (no other comment)" is the scho

Latest posts

"I sat on a horse and never looked back" - an interview with Mia, 2022 RDA Participant of the Year

The comeback year: your RDA Nationals bucket list for 2022

Why the stuff that matters, matters

I'm a perfectionist coach: good or bad thing?

Striving for the best for RDA magic: an interview with Kyle Palmer, Elisabeth Curtis Centre coach & trustee

Friends like these: is friendship one of RDA's most underrated side effects?