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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.

13 February 2018

Retired rider Sammy Jo Bell gives inspirational talk to Ebor Academy

For 40 lucky students from the Ebor Academy Trust, a career talk and Q&A session with recently retired lady jockey Sammy Jo Bell on February 7th was an opportunity too good to miss. The former Shergar Cup-winning jockey spoke in depth about her career – the highs and lows – and the wide range of opportunities available to young people. The message was clear: to work hard and to grab the openings with both hands when they come along. Sammy Jo knows how that feels, as in 2015 she became the first apprentice to take part in the Shergar Cup team competition run at Ascot. Not only that, but she capped a landmark day by winning the Silver Saddle Prize for the competition’s best jockey.

Another key figure involved with the youth initiative, Take the Reins is leading Flat trainer Richard Fahey. A yard visit to Musley Bank is next on the agenda for the Ebor Academy students.

Take The Reins coordinator, James Lodge said of Sammy Jo’s involvement: “Our first jockey Q&A session was a real success thanks to Sammy Jo. It was great to see her give some real-life insight into the industry, which will have no doubt inspired some audience members to seriously consider pursuing a career in racing. It was great to see so many young people engaged in the session.”

Mark Johnston aligns himself with Take The Reins

Another top trainer who opened his doors to young people earlier this year is Mark Johnston. The Middleham-based yard hosted 15 students from Campsmount Academy in Doncaster for an enviable behind-the-scenes guide to the yard that has saddled over 4,000 winners.

The day allowed the young people to explore the various job roles that are undertaken at a yard and to watch some of the stable top performers exercise. Holding and developing young people’s interest in the sport is key and following on from the yard visit, interested participants will have the opportunity to attend a visit to the Northern Racing College.

James Lodge said of the day: “Inspiring the youth of tomorrow is our aim here. Today has seen a group of 15 students visit one of the top performing yards in the country. The students were particularly interested in discovering what processes make the whole operation such a success.”

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