This year’s Racing Staff Week will see all 41 racecourses in Britain take part in a celebration of racing’s workforce from Saturday, June 29 to Saturday, July 6.
Organised by Racing Welfare, the campaign seeks to champion the contribution of everyone working to make racing happen every day of the year. Racegoers will be shown a flagship film highlighting this on big screens at racecourses all across the country.
Having generated 3.4 million hits of #RacingStaffWeek last year, Racing Welfare’s social media will track events throughout the week and will host a series detailing the lives of different people working in the sport.
Industry stakeholders are coming together in support of Racing Staff Week including the Racehorse Owners Association, which is generously sponsoring 30 yard barbecues and supplying a special BBQ pack to each yard in a bid to help trainers to bring their owners and staff together.
Charlie Liverton, Chief Executive of the ROA, said: “The response from trainers has been superb this year with so many putting on fun, creative and inclusive events for staff and owners alike.
“We quickly hit our target of 25 yards looking for contributions and extended it so that 30 yards will be getting a contribution of £150 each. We know from the 2016 Racehorse Owners Survey that owners really enjoy and want to meet the dedicated individuals who care for their horses and the events we are contributing to are the perfect occasions for this to happen.”
Careersinracing will also be taking part by hiding 15 golden tickets up and down the country. Head of Careers Marketing and Recruitment, Zoe Elliot, said: “Careersinracing is delighted be supporting Racing Staff Week with our popular golden tickets game.
“Fifteen £100 vouchers will be spread throughout the country for racing staff to find, be they working at a racing yard, racecourse or in the breeding industry. It is just a small token of thanks to celebrate the work that all our racing staff do in a huge number of diverse roles.
“We’re always delighted to work with Racing Welfare to showcase their support services, which are available to everyone in racing to access. To have services in place for racing staff such as CATS (Careers Advice and Training Service), which can help people plan and develop their careers in racing, is an outstanding offering and we are always proud to tell parents and school careers advisors of the support on offer throughout someone’s time working in racing.”
The Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association is once again running its popular photography competition, which asks people working on studs to submit pictures in a bid to win cash prizes of £350, with runners-up receiving £150.
“We are pleased to continue our support for Racing Staff week with the return of the photography competition for stud staff,” said TBA Chief Executive Claire Sheppard.
“Last year we received some great photos from studs across the country and we hope that this year will see even more submissions to the competition. We hope that the competition will increase awareness of the vital roles of the people within our industry in producing and preparing horses for racing and in the care of breeding stock.”
The Jockey Club will offer a £100 best turned out prize across every race at each of their meetings during Racing Staff week.
Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, said: “It’s fantastic to see so many rewards being laid on by racing’s stakeholders and the racecourses this year. We are also really pleased to see the week providing a platform for the launch of long-term initiatives which benefit the lives of those working in racing all year round.
“At its heart, Racing Staff Week presents an opportunity to showcase the people behind the success of British racing and we are looking forward to a fantastic week of celebrations.”