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Racing Staff Week

Racing Staff Week aims to bring the racing industry together to inform and engage horseracing followers and supporters about the passion, skill and dedication required to work with racehorses. The success of the inaugural Stable Staff Week in 2016 has prompted unanimous support from the racing industry to build on the first year and deliver another week of activities that will put racing staff in the spotlight.

The week has been renamed Racing Staff Week to reflect that Racing Welfare supports all of Racing’s workforce and the week will applaud and highlight the role of all racing staff, including stud staff and racecourse groundstaff.

The initiative, developed by Racing Welfare, in collaboration with the racing industry, will again celebrate the role of racing’s workforce as well as generate awareness and funds for the charity.

Racing Staff Week 2017 Film

More than 100 racing staff, from training yards, studs and racecourses, contributed to this amazing video for Racing Staff Week 2017, sponsored by Betfair.

To everyone who sent in their clips THANK YOU! You are the frontline of racing and it is great to see the industry through this direct perspective.

National Association of Stable Staff supporting Racing Staff Week

NASS is thrilled to be able to offer a daily prize draw of a £150 worth of Red Letter vouchers per day from 1 – July 2017. We have a Grand Prize at the end of the week, on 8 July 2017,  which is £1000 in travel vouchers to the lucky winner. The competition is open to all racing staff in the UK. Simply like our Facebook page and follow us every day from 1st – 8th July 2017 to enter the competition. Good luck to all our valued, dedicated racing staff!

The Racehorse Owners Association are generously contributing £100 to up to 30 racing yards across the country towards a yard BBQ or social event during Racing Staff Week.  In a survey carried out by the ROA last year, owners identified a rewarding element of owning a racehorse was knowing the member of stable staff that looks after their horse, and the ROA saw the Racing Staff Week BBQ initiative as a great opportunity for owners and staff to get together and for trainers to organise a social event to thank their staff for their hard work. 

ROA Chief Executive Charlie Liverton said “The great care and effort given by staff looking after racehorses is very much appreciated by their owners. The ROA is delighted the barbeque initiative has proved so popular as it recognises these vital staff and gives owners an opportunity to socialise with them in a relaxed environment. Our thanks is extended to the 30 participating training yards and to Racing Welfare for coordinating both these and the regional events.”

In addition to the yard organised events across the country, the ROA have kindly donated £200 towards four Racing Welfare organised events for staff in Newmarket, Middleham, Malton and Lambourn, to which staff and owners are also invited.  The Thoroughbred Breeders Association have also generously contributed towards the Racing Welfare regionally organised events and stud staff are invited to attend these events.