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Volunteer today for racing charities!


Charities working across the sport are frequently in need of valuable support from volunteers – on an ongoing basis or just to support a particular event.

Volunteering is a great way to help the causes you support, and can even boost your CV and help you make new friendships.

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Opportunities to volunteer with racing industry charities will be found through Careers in Racing and the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

A selection of charities that rely on volunteers:

  • Racing Welfare
  • Palace House
  • Racehorse Sanctuary & Rehoming Centre
  • The Racehorse Rescue Centre
  • The British Thoroughbred Rehoming Centre
  • Greatwood
  • and more…

Example roles include administrative or specialist business support, fundraising-specific tasks, or hands-on with horses.

Click the logos below to find volunteering opportunities…

Careers in Racing:

Sport and Recreation Alliance – Join In:

If you are a racing charity looking to recruit volunteers, simply contact lucy@racingtoschool.co.uk for further information on how we can help you.

15 August 2018

BHA Board member and passionate advocate for racing’s people, Laura Whyte discusses her first experience of the Grand National, supporting Ebony Horse Club and attending her first Racing to School day at Sandown Park.

My racing journey

I grew up in the suburbs of Liverpool so my first racing experience was the Grand National and that remains one of my earliest sporting memories – albeit I remember the weather being much less pleasant for the meetings than it seems to be now!

As a participant I was a late comer to the world of equestrianism, learning to ride in my late twenties but it was a passion that developed deeply and quickly. I found myself working with the British Equestrian Federation as a non-executive director when I retired from full-time life as HR Director in John Lewis, and also joining the BHA Board.

Racing’s Community Engagement

I was fortunate to be able to support the Ebony Horse Club in Brixton. I saw at first-hand what being around horses meant for the local young people and the benefits it brings in terms of confidence, team working, communication and sense of achievement.

There is good commercial sense in racing engaging with its local communities, through organizations like Ebony. Building relationships and breaking down barriers can only improve attendance at race meetings and raise awareness of the many different career opportunities in racing, whether yard or stud-based, or on a racecourse itself.


A day out with Racing to School

We compete for the next generation’s attention with a multitude of other leisure and sporting activities. So, I was really looking forward to spending time with the Racing to School team as they delivered one of their programmes at Sandown Park. It was fascinating to see how few of the young people had ever been inside their local course, and even more interesting to see how few of those had actually been for a race day rather than another event. I really enjoyed seeing the young people engage with the activities in the weighing room, parade ring and on the course itself.

But what will stick in my memory for a long time is the look on their faces as they stood by the winning post at the finish as the horses thundered past………racing’s most compelling ambassadors are undoubtedly those with four legs!

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