Step on Track Programme

Careers in Racing are excited to announce the launch of our new ‘Step on Track Programme’ – a free one-week development programme for 16 -19 year-olds this October Half Term. The programme sponsored by Sky Sports Racing is aimed at those from an ethnic background to allow them to explore the vast amount of opportunities and exciting career routes in the sport of horseracing.

Why we are doing this? 

The Step On Track has been developed in response to the lack of BAME representation within British racing and aims to engage young people from BAME backgrounds with Britain’s second largest spectator sport, as well as showcasing the varied and exciting career opportunities that it can provide.

In the sports sector, only 5% of Board members and 3% of senior leaders are black, Asian or minority ethnic. This is also the case in some parts of British racing and the British Horseracing Authority and Careers in Racing are committed to taking positive action to address this.

The Step on Track Programme is a development opportunity put in place to encourage and develop people from underrepresented groups in our sport.

Activities in the week will see a series of mini virtual lectures, workshops, visits (when safe to do so), and ongoing careers support after the programme for individuals that are interested in working in the industry.

Here is the link to the online brochure to give you more of an idea of what the programme involves:

What will you do?

The week will includes a series of interactive lectures from a mix of areas in the horseracing industry which will include:

  • Careers in Racing – hear careers stories and find out more about what you could do in the sport of horseracing
  • Film and TV Production – Find out more about this area by hearing from Equine Productions, a specialist in producing films for equine-related industries
  • Sky Sports Racing – Josh Apiafi, TV presenter, talks about his career and his current role on Sky Sports Racing
  • Introduction into Horseracing – find out how the industry works together to make a raceday happen
  • Social Media and Marketing – we find out how a racecourse markets big events on social media
  • Working at a Racecourse – Sulekha Varma, the first female to hold the role of Clerk of the Course at the famous Aintree Racecourse, talks about what is is like to manage a racecourse of that size and importance
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the horseracing industry – hear from our Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the BHA and discuss current issues in this area and what you can do to help.

If you would like to apply for this programme or know someone who might be interested, please get in touch with Sean Simara, Programme Coordinator, ssimara@britishhorseracing.com

 or simply fill out the application form here.

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