Alan Horsfield began supporting paragliding competitions in 1997. In that year he first volunteered his time to travel abroad to ensure the enjoyment and safety of pilots in British paragliding competitions. He began by becoming a marshal, finding suitable goal fields, laying out goal lines, taking camera films for development to check turnpoint cylinders had been correctly entered, looking after injured pilots, driving retrieve and assisting the meet director. During the last 19 years, Alan has given up his holidays to travel and support British competitions at home and abroad. On average, he has been a marshal at three competitions per year. For some years, he was the chief-marshal of the British Paragliding Nationals and the British Paragliding Cup. He has also been a marshal at the pre-world championships. In his capacity as chief-marshal, he mentored and supported other volunteer marshals, teaching his knowledge and skills to others. He has been the deputy meet director and team manager of the British Paragliding Team at the world championships. Alan's contribution to the smooth running of British paragliding competitions and to pilot safety in those competitions is immeasurable.
Alan also supports pilots at a more local level. He has been the chief coach at his local club for longer than anyone can remember. He is responsible for the coaching team and has organised and run lectures for pilots wishing to take their pilot rating for many years. He also organises many other lectures and events to encourage increased knowledge and pilot safety.