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Racing Together Webinar Series

The Racing Together Webinar Series is designed to start and accelerate conversations on some key community engagement and education topics. The interactive sessions are led by a host and feature a guest panel from across and outside racing.

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Racing Together announces latest webinar series bringing together new voices on key topics, from within and outside the racing industry.

Racing Together is pleased to launch its third webinar series, a popular programme designed to start and accelerate conversations on some key community engagement and education topics. The free, interactive sessions will be led by a host and feature a guest panel offering informed insights and challenging colleagues to drive progress.

This series will comprise four, 45-minute episodes running from October to February.

The remaining webinars will run on dates to be announced until February, covering education and employment, and exploring sport’s capacity to help others. Catch up with previous series’ episodes here.

What to expect

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 and as downloadable podcasts.

John Blake, Chief Executive of Racing Together said: “We are delighted to welcome back the Racing Together webinar series. We greatly appreciate the feedback of a wide variety of panellists and a growing number of subscribers. We aim to link the important themes of the first two series to reflect new developments in and outside of racing, and to take important conversations forward.”

The full Racing Together webinar series schedule will be confirmed in due course, sign up to our newsletter here to find out about future episodes first.

Catch up on Series 3

Episode Three

An insight from racing’s community programmes
Thursday 7th December 1 – 1.45pm

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Episode Two

A shared challenge: innovations in education and employment
Thursday 16th November 11 – 11.45am

Panellists: John Blake (host), Trish Egan (Together for Racing International), Lee Moulson (Racing Pathway), Dom Elsworth (RMF Equine) and Sophie Chambers (Gallagher’s Insurance)

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Episode One

“The transformational impact of sport on mental and physical health”
Thursday 19th October 1-1.45pm

Panellists: Leonna Mayor (host), Aimee Hockley – Righton (Racing Welfare), Sam Perks (Mind Charity), Page Fuller (Former Jump Jockey), Adam Whitehead (Dame Kelly Holmes Trust)

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Catch up on Series 2

Episode Four

Racing Together’s Community Day: what is it and why you should be involved”

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Episode Three

“keeping racing’s good news out in front”

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Meet the Panel

James Crespi
General Manager l Epsom Racecourse

James spent ten years on the Goodwood Estate building the Festival of Speed and Revival Meeting, two of the world’s largest motor sport events. He then progressed to become General Manager of Goodwood Racecourse where he was involved in developing the course and facilities to produce a world class venue. As Chief Operating Officer for the West Wittering Estate, a visitor attraction and conservation area attracting over a million people per year, James led the organisation through major periods of change including several joint ventures and projects in conjunction with the local community, authorities and organisations. In 2022 James retuned to racing as General Manager of Epsom Downs Racecourse overseeing the Derby and looking to increase local community engagement activity.

Naomi Howgate
Head of Diversity and Inclusion l BHA

Naomi is currently Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the British Horse Racing Authority. Her work includes supporting the BHA with internal policies and programmes whilst also looking at the whole racing landscape to create a more diverse and inclusive sport.
She has had a varied career that includes roles in both the charity and corporate sector and in 2017 had the opportunity to combine her love of horses with her job when she took on a role managing Ebony Horse Club in London.
The organisation uses horses and youth work to improve the life chances of young people. Here she explored her interest in the human/ horse connection, seeing the impact that riding, horse interaction and therapeutic work could have on these youngsters.
She sits on the Welfare Committee for Racing Welfare and is a Trustee of the White Stuff Foundation and was recently appointed to the Board of the British Equestrian Federation.

Maddy Playle
Journalist l Racing Post

Originally from Leicestershire and a non-racing background, Maddy fell in love with the sport from an early age and has worked for the Racing Post since 2017. Her role as a digital journalist encompasses both print and digital media, while she also hosts her own video series “Maddy Meets” in which she interviews some of the sport’s leading players.
Maddy writes columns for both the Racing Post and its sister publication the Weekender, and her role also involves managing the Racing Post’s website and app. She is a regular guest on RacingTV’s Luck On Sunday and as a keen tipster and follower of racing across the globe, has a considerable social media following.

Hosted by Dani Jackson

Dani is a Freelance Broadcaster, TV Presenter & Commentator and previously spent a decade at William Hill Bookmakers learning how to broadcast in a live, fast-paced environment. Along the way she developed a passion for commentating – firstly on greyhounds – and is gunning to be the first female racecourse commentator in the UK.
Since July 2022, Dani has embarked on a freelance career and regularly presents William Hill Racing Radio, Racing Post Greyhound TV, “Gone To The Dogs” podcast and even dabbles in music at North Derbyshire Radio. Alongside these ventures, you will regularly spot her on a racecourse practicing commentating.
Dani went over to the States last year to commentate at Turf Paradise, Arizona. She clearly made an impression as she’s due to go back yearly for experience, and to fill in for their regular announcer. This also opened the door to being the first woman to commentate on a racecourse at Newbury as part of their Female Commentary Initiative.
Dani has a passion for passing on her knowledge of live broadcasting and commentating.

Episode Two

“is racing adapting fast enough to attract future fans and workforce?”

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Meet The Panel

Andrew Braithwaite
CEO  l  British Racing School

Andrew joined the BRS in 2014 as Finance Director and in the time since has played a crucial role in the school’s rapid development.  Alongside his financial skills, his leadership and vision have seen his remit stretched well beyond what is usually delivered by the incumbent of such a role.  He has been fundamental to the development of both the industry’s jockey coaching programme and The Riding A Dream Academy and is co-founder of the Newmarket Pony Academy.
A lifelong racing fan, Braithwaite was a prolific point-to-point jockey in his younger years and spent time working as stable staff for Clive Brittan, Mary Reveley and William Haggas before graduating from Reading University with a degree in economics.  He went on to qualify as an accountant with KPMG.
In 2017 Braithwaite completed the Horseracing Industry MBA and earlier this year, his community endeavours saw him a finalist in the prestigious Community Award category at the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards.

Hannah Henn
Graduate  l  Racing Media Academy

Hannah is a former stable lass, point-to-point jockey, Racing Media Academy graduate and full-time mum, currently working with Equine Productions as a Media Manager.
Hannah’s job role includes assisting with the day-to-day organisation of shoots and editing schedules, as well as helping the camera team on location and the edit team in post-production.
Outside of work, Hannah can be found in the countryside, helping on the farm and taking part in all country sport pursuits. Hannah is a keen mountain biker, motorsports enthusiast and painter.

Bolupe Omisore
Graduate  l  BHA Development Scheme

Bolupe is a recent graduate in International Sports Management, completing the British Horseracing Authority Development Programme earlier this year, and worked at Newbury Racecourse as a personal assistant to the CEO and finance director working on different commercial activities. Since then, Bolupe has been the sustainability adviser to one of the best training yards in the country. Bolupe has a passion for sports and enjoys being around sporting environments and currently works part-time with Watford Football Club in the hospitality team and working with the club’s corporate clients. Bolupe has also held roles with Transport for London, and has a BA degree in International Relations and Politics from the University of Kent.

Dominique Tortice
Racing Home Lead  l  Women in Racing

Dominique has worked within the racing industry for 20 years, in that time she has had various roles. She is passionate about horseracing and continues to ride out on a regular basis. More recently, Dominique has taken office roles in the industry at the National Association of Racing Staff on their education programmes and now within the British Horseracing Authority’s integrity team.
Dominique is passionate about helping racing staff to succeed and her voluntary role on the Women in Racing committee has allowed her to support women through the Racing Home programme, which focusses on identifying issues around parenthood support and implementing solutions, such as the Post-Pregnancy Return to Riding Rehabilitation programme.

Hosted by Hannah Baycroft

Hannah is a professional dancer and freelance presenter based in North London. Since training at performing arts college, Hannah has presented for Virgin Games as a chat show host and now mixes her presenting career with her passion for horseracing.

Episode 1

Webinar 1 Recording: “Sport as a vehicle for social change: what can racing learn from others?”

Panellists for the first episode included Rio Ferdinand Foundation CEO Gary Stannett, Marylebone Cricket Club’s Head of Community Development Ricky Reynolds, the Sport for Development Coalition’s Head of Impact and Engagement, Kelly Smith and the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s Head of External Affairs Chris James.

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Meet The Panel: S2 E1

Chris James  l  Director of External Affairs  l  Motor Neurone Disease Association

Chris joined the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association in September 2013 and has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years. As Director of External Affairs, Chris has responsibility for the Association’s Communications, Policy, Campaigning and VIP management functions. In his spare time, Chris is a keen runner and has completed a few marathons and half-marathons for the MND Association.

Gary Stannett  l  CEO  l  Rio Ferdinand Foundation

Gary is a senior professional with extensive experience of developing and leading multi-million pound international charities and working with partners from the corporate, statutory and policy sectors since 1997.  A qualified youth worker and sports coach, Gary received an MBE for services to young people in 2009 and took over as CEO in 2019.

Ricky Reynolds  l  Head of Community Development  l   Marylebone Cricket Club

Ricky’s role involves enhancing community engagement and developing long-lasting partnerships with key stakeholders in the local community to Lord’s Cricket Ground. Working across themes of employment & education, health & wellbeing, inclusion & cohesion alongside promoting cricket and increasing participation, particularly, in less advantaged members of the local community. Prior to this role Ricky was a Community Coach for Lord’s Cricket Ground.

Kelly Smith  l  Head of Data and Insight  l  Sport for Development Coalition

Kelly co-ordinates engagement and consultation with Sport for Development Coalition supporters and sector stakeholders, as well as supporting the delivery of events and activities that contribute to the SFDC’s advocacy. She also supports on the impact pillar of the Coalition’s business plan through the collation of data, research and resources to assist Sport for Development organisations in demonstrating their impact. 
Prior to joining the Coalition, Kelly worked as an Evaluation and Learning Consultant at inFocus Consulting. In this role she undertook numerous research and evaluation projects as well as M&E capacity building activities for organisations within the Sport for Development sectors and the wider charity sector. Kelly is a co-founder of ‘Run the Bases’, a Sport for Development project focused on empowering girls and young women, and she has worked and volunteered in a number of different Sport for Development organisations in the UK and internationally.

The panel was hosted by Racing Together CEO John Blake.

Catch up on Series One

Find video and podcast recordings of the first six webinars below. In partnership with the sport’s eLearning platform Racing2Learn many of the topics covered in Series One can be further explored through their courses, and these webinars are intended to provide racing teams with Continued Professional Development. Visit Racing2Learn here.

Webinar 1 Recording: During Safer Gambling Week, we ask: can racing’s reliance on betting be part of our conversations with young people

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Visit the Supporting Safe and Responsible Gambling eLearning here.

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Webinar 2 Recording: Charities, heroes and heartstrings: all in a day’s racing

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Visit the The Role and Purpose of Community Engagement in British Horseracing eLearning here.

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Webinar 3 Recording: “The power of sport to help people: what did we learn from racing’s response to Covid-19 in support of communities?”

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Catch up on the Podcast version

Webinar 4 Recording: “Is there a limit to racing’s accessibility?”

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Catch up on the Podcast version

Webinar 5 Recording: “With fierce competition for young people’s attention – what odds racing passing them by?”

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Catch up on the Podcast version

Webinar 6 Recording: “The enduring power of racehorses to help people – exploring the horse-human connection”

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Catch up on the Podcast version

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