Blog 3 – Michael Andrews
My placement began the Monday after the Newmarket fortnight, working at the BHA offices in central London, in their Communications and Corporate Affairs Department. I’d definitely consider myself fortunate to be in London because ten other grads were placed here too – and eight in the BHA building. This meant that the social side could continue at both lunch time and in the evenings!
During my placement, I helped to support the corporate affairs team in their affairs as well as providing research, social media and new ideas to the communications team. The corporate affairs team dealt with the political side of racing, such as communicating with MPs, lobbying and interpreting governmental decisions on our sport. The communications team could be involved in any part of the company, such as communicating the authority’s decisions to the industry, conversing with the public and publishing disciplinary results.
I was fortunate enough to work at ‘Glorious Goodwood’ and the ‘York Ebor Festival’ as well as sit in some of the big disciplinary decisions of the summer. My biggest achievement was my proposal to cover the RoR Championships at Aintree Equestrian Centre. I worked with the RoR under the support of my manager, Robin Mounsey, to create some worthwhile social media and website content on a racehorse’s life after racing.
It was a fantastic team and an awesome company to be a part of – even for just those short eight weeks – and I definitely got a chance to understand the daily tasks of the BHA and learn more about the administration of horse racing.
The 2019 British Horseracing Graduate Development Programme is open for application. Follow this link here for more details.