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Step on Track Programme

The Step on Track Programme is a free development programme for 16-19 year-olds . The Programme is sponsored by Sky Sports Racing and is aimed at those from an ethnic background to allow them to explore the vast number of opportunities and exciting career routes in the sport of horseracing .
The Step On Track Programme has been developed in response to the underrepresented groups in British racing and aims to engage young people from diverse backgrounds with Britain ’ s second largest spectator sport , as well as showcasing the varied and exciting career opportunities that it can provide .
In the sports sector , only 5 % of Board members and 3 % of senior leaders are black , Asian or minority ethnic . This is also the case in some parts of British racing and the British Horseracing Authority and Careers in Racing are committed to taking positive action to address this .
Activities are delivered during a week and includes a series of mini virtual lectures , workshops , visits and ongoing career support for individuals that are interested in working in the industry .
To find out more and when the next Programme is running , email info @ careersinracing . com
Common concerns It’s not unusual for people to have a few worries and questions before starting a career in horse racing. Here are just some of the common ones. Safeguarding Safeguarding is the action taken to promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and protect them from harm. The British Horseracing Authority ensures there are processes and procedures in place to confidentially report any abusive or discriminatory behaviour. As a result, it expects all individuals and organisations in the industry to play a role in supporting this philosophy. Our training providers have a sound support system backed by several key organisations. These organisations enable the support to extend beyond their early career and provide broader support for all staff in the industry. Racing Welfare Racing Welfare is a registered charity supporting the workforce of British horse racing. It offers professional guidance and practical help to the stud, stable and support staff whose dedication is vital for the wellbeing of racing. Its work aims to help people, all the way from recruitment to retirement, to thrive in their working life. “I ’m worried about leav ing home for the first time” Re lax, because everyo ne lives and works together it soon becomes a second ho me. struggle “ I sometimes iends” to make new fr here team sport w R acing is real ickly become u q s te a m rk o w real mates. to fit in?” W herever you work you’ll find a fantastic sense of communit y. “ I haven’t experienc got much e with ho rses” No worrie s, yo u can get t raining a plenty of nd riding opportun ities before yo u start. ork in racing ”. “I am too tall to w tion. “ Will I be able misconcep T his is a common limit for riding There is no height it, ere is a weight lim th t bu es rs ho ce ra the racehorses. for the welfare of “I’ ve heard the pay isn’t great” er Ho rseracing has real care progression with a fantastic perb benefits packages and su work/life balance. “ I’ll really miss my own hors e” Just wait un h orses yo til you meet the u’ll be wo rking with .