What can the horse racing industry do for you?

Teenage jockeys will be able to explore the wide choice of career opportunities open to young people in horse racing through an exclusive Education & Careers Day held on Tuesday 23 August at Newbury Racecourse.

Led by Ollie McPhail, Lead Education Officer with educational charity Racing to School, and supported by other professionals who work in the industry, the day promises to be friendly and informal, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and find out all about careers in horse racing.

With an interesting programme of workshops, moving between the weighing room, race track and visit to the racecourse stables & yard, the day also includes sessions with broadcast company RaceTech Media, the Careers in Racing team and an introduction to racecard reading!

Careers in Racing will be on hand throughout the day to highlight the many different training and careers options on offer and how to access them.

Former jump jockey Ollie McPhail has worked with around 40,000 young people during the last ten years with the charity that uses the UK’s racecourses, trainers’ yards and studs to offer young people a unique learning experience. He said: “The work we do offers real value to young people and promotes so many positive aspects about racing – as a sport and a potential employer.”

Clarissa Daly, chief executive of the Pony Racing Authority, said: “We have a pool of talented  jockeys in their teens who are starting to consider their future career paths – and a dedicated education and careers day is a fantastic opportunity to link up with knowledgeable careers advisors to encourage these young people to consider their choices, and think about progressing from pony racing into careers within the horse racing industry.”

To book your place – which is FREE – please email ponyracingauthority@thejockeyclub.co.uk, including the name and age of the rider attending, and parent contact details. Confirmation of your booking and a full programme will be sent out.

Photo: 14-year-old Will Humphrey riding Hope, March 2016 – photo credit Mark Pugh www.mjayphotography.co.uk