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Making a Difference

Since inception, the Racing Foundation has awarded grants totalling just over £16million

 in support of a wide range of projects and initiatives.

To see some of the grants that have been awarded, charities that have been supported

 and projects that have been funded, please visit the following pages:

Education and Training




£25,000 - 1 YEAR PILOT

As part of its strategic development, Racing to School identified new initiatives to extend and diversify its existing education work with youngsters at the same time as raising awareness of the varied career opportunities offered by the horseracing industry. One of these, the ‘Riders Programme’ will engage with young people who have shown a committed interest in equestrianism to give them a greater insight into breeding and racing and the various points of entry into the industry. 

The Racing Foundation has awarded a grant of £26,000 to fund a 1-year pilot for this programme to enable Racing to School to work with The Pony Club and Equine Colleges to deliver more than 30 educational event days and reach over a thousand young people aged 13 - 23. 

By raising awareness of the horseracing industry the programme hopes to attract knowledgeable and motivated new staff from a hitherto untapped pool of potential recruits. 

This grant was awarded alongside another grant to Racing to School to trial a new educational outreach scheme at Aintree Racecourse, for two years. The scheme will work with 10 primary and 3 secondary schools in the local area to provide a series of racing-related educational activities to support the school curriculum. The programme of activities will be cross curricular and will span young people aged between 9 and 16, so that pupils will receive progressive racing-linked education as they move through the school years. It will also promote racing industry careers and offer work experience and stable staff training opportunities for 14-16 year olds.

For more information on Racing to School please click here >




£15,000 - one-off

At the beginning of 2016, the Racing Foundation awarded a grant to the TBA to deliver a 2-day Careers Course via its Thoroughbred Club for young people with an interest in working in the equine sector to improve their knowledge of opportunities in the horseracing industry. The course was subsequently run on the 14th and 15th November in Newmarket. It showcased a variety of opportunities available through a range of professional speakers and a series of plenary sessions, workshops and site visits that enabled delegates to explore in depth the particular roles that appealed to them. A series of networking opportunities were also provided to enable delegates to engage directly with racing organisation representatives and information packs were provided containing course presentations, an overview of training opportunities and advice and guidance on how to pursue a career in racing.

157 delegates attended the course and a feedback survey indicated that a large proportion came from colleges or universities with 96% noting a more detailed understanding of the industry. A number of delegates have gone on to apply for the BHA Graduate Development Programme or to pursue work experience with contacts made during the course. Delegates will be contacted at the end of 2017 to see how many have pursued opportunities in the breeding and racing industries.

For more information on the TBA please click here >

MBA group



£120,000 - 4 years 

The Racing Foundation has agreed to provide scholarship places on the Thoroughbred Horseracing Industry MBA course at the University of Liverpool for four years. The scholarships will be open only to employees of racing-related charities; those interested in working for a racing charity; or anyone whose MBA dissertation subject would be of direct relevance and benefit to racing charities.

The MBA was created by the University of Liverpool, British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) to combine the strength of a world class MBA with the specialist needs of the British horseracing industry. The Racing Foundation scholarships will provide charities with the opportunity to benefit from the latest business thinking, improve organisational capacity and further develop their financial, strategic and management systems.

The first year cohort started in October 2015 and since then scholarships have been awarded to employees of the British Racing School, Northern Racing College, Racing Welfare, British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre and Retraining of Racehorses.

For more information on the MBA course click here >

Pony racing



£80,000 - 2 years

At the beginning of 2015, the Racing Foundation awarded a grant of £80,000 to the British Racing School and the Northern Racing College, to work in conjunction with the Pony Racing Authority to establish new pony racing academies across the UK. Pony Racing has become one of the country's fastest growing equestrian sports and now plays a key role in training and developing young riders for a career in the horseracing industry. 

This 2-year programme will make pony racing available to a wider reach of 11-15 year-olds and is open to children who do not have their own ponies and would not otherwise have the opportunity to become involved with the sport.

For an update on the pony racing academies please click here >





The Racing Foundation has invested in a number of educational programmes being run by the British Racing School (BRS) in Newmarket and the Northern Racing College (NRC) in Doncaster. These are all aimed at raising awareness of racing industry career opportunities, recruiting youngsters from a variety of backgrounds and academic abilities and ensuring they complete a racing-related training course and progress into work placements.

The programmes include:

Life skills training for 16-18 year old students studying on a Foundation course at the BRS and NRC is delivered via a range of extra-curricular activities that address topics such as personal safety, health and hygiene, diet and nutrition, personal finance, substance abuse and team working. This aims to develop the life skills of young people so that they are better prepared for independent living once they move into the workplace.

Flexible Learning Programme to provide the opportunity for 14-16 year olds to undertake a Level 1 Diploma in Racehorse Care via a course at the BRS and NRC that runs one-day a week during term time for 2 years. The ultimate aim is to encourage learners to progress into employment within the industry on completion, when they attend a short residential course to confirm their suitability before being placed in a racing yard to embark on an Intermediate Apprenticeship Programme. It is offered as an alternative to the Foundation Course and students participate at a younger age via day-release agreement with their school.

'Shortening the Odds' in a unique programme run by the NRC that aims to attract and retain more young people into careers in the racing industry through a holistic approach to recruitment. It is run alongside the industry's traditional approaches to marketing and recruitment from schools but focuses on attracting and developing more young people with low educational achievement or who come from disadvantaged social and economic backgrounds, to provide them with the opportunity to train for a career in racing. The Foundation's grant is being used to fund the curriculum development and outreach liaison for 3 years.

To learn more about the British Racing School, click here >

To learn more about the Northern Racing College, click here >

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