What is Racing Together?
Racing Together represents and champions British racing’s community engagement and education activity and is a growing partnership of charities and other organisations who work across the sport to benefit others.
What is Racing Together’s purpose?
Racing Together’s vision is for British racing to be known as a ‘force for good’ by helping the communities in which the sport operates.
Racing Together was formed to coordinate, support, represent and measure British racing’s community engagement activity that takes place right across the industry.
Through a dynamic website we pull together and highlight all of the work the sport is able to facilitate for the benefit of local communities.
What does Racing Together do?
- Racing Together offers practical support and communicates the varied work that takes place across our sport.
- Racing Together pilots programmes that have potential to increase the sport’s community engagement activity, including Autism in Racing, the Ouzbeck Pilot and the Yorkshire Beacon programme.
- Works closely with the Racecourse Association and British Horseracing Authority to grow and develop this work and its platform.
- Using various platforms, Racing Together highlights and celebrates community engagement and education activity in British Racing.
- Racing Together, in collaboration with the Diversity in Racing Steering Group, celebrates and showcases best practice, and offers tools and advice to make racing a more diverse and inclusive sport.
- Racing Together Masterclass – providing all racecourses with a training day on community engagement with expert speakers providing advice, support and ideas on community engagement and CSR.
- Racing Together Community Day – coordinating racing’s day of national volunteering, with racing organisations giving back to their local communities and engaging with local charities and initiatives.
- From educational days for young people; careers-focused opportunities and pathways to training; volunteering schemes and many other charitable initiatives, Racing Together represents what British racing is giving back to the communities in which it operates.
- Racing Together continues to build and develop a number of national partnerships, including Blue Light Tickets, Tickets4Troops and Box4Kids. Visit our partners page to find out more.
- Racing Together provides to charities and other organisations access to a volunteering database for them to match volunteers to opportunities to support their work.
What is the relationship between
Racing to School and Racing Together?
Racing to School is the sport’s largest community programme. It is a charity that works with British racing to provide free educational and careers-based programmes to young people nationwide. Racing to School is leading Racing Together, incorporating its objectives within the charity’s strategy.
The Racing Together partnership is led by Racing to School and its strategy is guided by the Racing Together Subcommittee.
You can find the Racing To School Board of Trustees here, and the Subcommittee members below:
- John Baker – Subcommittee Chair and Racing to School Trustee
- Georgia Dingle – Great British Racing
- Kate Freeman – British Horseracing Authority
- Jacqui Greet – Racing to School Trustee and Ascot Racecourse Supports
- Morag Gray – Independent
- Rory Palmer – Independent
- Maddy Playle – Racing Post
- Grant Rowley – The Jockey Club
- Paul Swain – The Racecourse Association
- Tim Williams – ITV Sport
- Lucy Gurney – Community Engagement Manager, Racing Together
- John Blake – CEO Racing to School
The Subcommittee meets regularly and welcomes invited guests from time-to-time.
What is the relationship between
Racing Together and the Diversity in Racing Steering Group?
The Diversity in Racing Steering Group’s vision is for British racing to be a diverse and inclusive sport in which everyone has the opportunity to achieve their potential and where fans from all communities feel welcome. It is a forum for the discussion of ideas and activities, and provides strategic direction, advice and support to the industry in becoming more diverse and inclusive. Working collaboratively, Racing Together provides a platform to showcase best practice and practical guidance to the sport.
What are the benefits of being part
of Racing Together?
- To be recognised as a contributor to British racing’s community engagement work
- To utilise shared resources to help achieve more for racing’s many and varied beneficiaries
- Wider recognition for community engagement and diversity and inclusion activities, which can be promoted through Racing Together’s dedicated website and social media platforms and within Government.
- Access to a volunteering database where volunteers, and organisations seeking volunteers, can be matched successfully.
- Opportunities to work with Racing Together’s national partnership network, within and outside the sport.
We are delighted to work in partnership with the below organisations to grow community engagement and education activity across British racing.