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02 November 2021

Panel announced for first Webinar to coincide with Safer Gambling Week

The first Racing Together Webinar starts on Thursday 4th November at 12.30 with the title:

During Safer Gambling Week, we ask: can racing’s reliance on betting be part of our conversations with young people?

Join the conversation, led by Racing to School and Racing Together CEO John Blake, to explore the topic in more detail.

The Panel

Daniel Bliss, Director of External Affairs, Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM)

Daniel previously worked for the Gambling Commission for 3 years in several roles within their communications team. He has also held roles in politics and regional press. Daniel has valuable expertise in communications, marketing, public affairs and stakeholder engagement.

Ian Daly, Curriculum Leader for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education & Citizenship, Maricourt High School

Ian’s role at Maricourt High School in Magull, Liverpool centres around developing their young people for life beyond school. Maricourt is part of the Aintree Beacon project, delivered by Racing to School in partnership with Aintree Racecourse, a unique collaboration that uses racing’s assets to enrich learning and raise aspirations for young people local to the home of the Grand National.

Deborah Hay, CEO, Take The Reins

Take the Reins is a sports-based not-for-profit organisation working primarily through and in the racing industry to support and deliver positive outcomes for young people and communities.

After a career in journalism and PR, Debbie worked for Lingfield Park Racecourse for nine years, latterly as Head of Commercial & Partnerships and is passionate about racing’s responsibilities within the community.

Through TTR, she is now working directly with different community organisations to engage young people in the sport who would ordinarily never consider it and to open up career opportunities and pathways for them.

Lauren Hilton, Compliance Director, UK Tote Group

Lauren joined the UK Tote Group in November 2020 as Compliance Director. Lauren has led teams with both with a UK and a broader International focus in previous roles at William Hill. Prior to this she worked with a range of operators and stakeholders at industry level.

Continued Professional Development

In partnership with the sport’s eLearning platform Racing2Learn many of the topics covered can be further explored through their courses, and these webinars are intended to provide racing teams with Continued Professional Development.

Complete the Supporting Safe and Responsible Gambling eLearning on Racing2Learn here.

The Series

This is part of a series of six 45-minute webinars which will run on dates to be announced until January. Anyone with an interest in the sport’s approach to engaging its communities is welcome to attend the zoom events.

John Blake, Chief Executive of Racing Together said: “We are pleased to announce the Racing Together webinar series, which is designed to pose some thought-provoking and relevant questions around community engagement and education.

“We’ve had a generous response from organisations and individuals within and outside racing keen to join the discussion, which we hope is also guided by questions and opinions from viewers tuning in.”

Topics will centre on education; health and wellbeing programmes; volunteering; diversity and inclusion; fundraising and the sport’s wider social responsibility, in line with Racing Together’s mission to support and promote racing as a force for good in society.

Viewers will have the opportunity to ask questions to the hosts and panellists and the webinars are free to attend. For those unable to join the live sessions, recordings will be available on the Racing Together website.

Register here to receive joining instructions or sign up to our newsletter here to find out about future episodes first.

The full Racing Together webinar series schedule will be confirmed in due course.

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