Racing is everyone’s sport.
Our vision is for 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.
British racing’s commitment to improving diversity and inclusion
British racing’s leading organisations have come together to improve diversity and inclusion across the sport under a unified “Industry Commitment” to ensure racing truly is a sport for everyone and to help the sport grow and thrive in the future.
British racing is proud to be one of few sports where all genders compete on equal terms. The Industry Commitment formalises the sport’s approach and commitment to diversity and inclusion, building on the extensive existing activity already taking place. Much of this is highlighted and celebrated through Racing Together which has showcased over 80 initiatives across the sport enabling the broadest range of people to participate, progress and achieve in horseracing.
The Industry Commitment follows the establishment of the Diversity in Racing Steering Group in 2017 and represents part of British racing’s Covid‐19 ‘Recovery Plan for British racing’, which includes putting in place foundations for a longer‐term sustainable recovery for the sport through engaging new and diverse audiences in all aspects of the racing industry.
Industry Commitment on diversity and inclusion
The Industry Commitment has been undertaken by British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Racecourse Association (RCA), National Association of Racing Staff (NARS), National Trainers Federation (NTF), Professional Jockeys Association (PJA), Racehorse Owners Association (ROA), Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) and Great British Racing (GBR) who are collectively responsible for the operational running and promotion of British racing.
Other organisations across British racing are encouraged to join this Industry Commitment and play their role in creating a truly diverse, inclusive and welcoming sport in the years ahead.
Why is diversity and inclusion important to British racing?
Our ambition is for all individuals to feel free to be themselves without fear of discrimination or harassment when either engaging, participating or working in British racing.
Beyond simply being the right thing to do, the commercial benefits for creating a diverse and inclusive sport by widening racing’s reach and growing engagement to broaden its customer base and workforce, are unequivocal.
Today, and throughout racing’s history, people with enormously varied backgrounds have contributed to the sport in a multitude of ways. Racing can pride itself on being the second-most-attended-sport, with a 40:60 female male gender split amongst its attendees.
However, currently some areas of the sport could be seen as not reflecting modern British society, from the composition of the sport’s leadership and the opportunities afforded to participants, through to the people attending and enjoying racing.
Ensuring racing is accessible and inclusive to the widest range of people could lead to the sport attracting more racehorse owners and investors, or the most talented individuals into the workforce, resulting in a more sustainable sport in the future.
What is the Diversity in Racing Steering Group (DiRSG)?
Formed in 2017, the Diversity in Racing Steering Group (DiRSG) is an independent body providing strategic direction, advice and support to the industry to help progress diversity and inclusion.
Full membership can be seen here.
Diversity in Racing Resources
For research, updates and guidance relating to Diversity in Racing: