British Horseracing has announced the launch of its Directory, highlighting the organisations commitment to helping communities improve their health, wellbeing and education, including bringing them closer to horses.
A ‘first of its kind for racing’, the development of the Directory has been formed together with British Horseracing, Racing Together, Godolphin and The Racing Foundation, as part of the sports’ recovery plan and engagement with the racing public and wider society.
The Directory has mapped activities from over 100 organisations across Britain that are helping people to develop skills, increase their physical activity and creating a more diverse and inclusive sport. More than 40,000 people have been involved with programmes run by racecourses, charities, training yards and other industry bodies in the last 18 months.
Nick Rust, Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority, said: “British racing’s Members Committee recently had the opportunity to see first-hand the latest work Racing Together has been doing, supported by the Racing Foundation and Godolphin, to identify the many ways in which our industry is involved with local communities up and down our nations, and the benefits that brings to those communities.
“We are delighted that the Directory is being launched to map and showcase those activities, and we believe it will help encourage others to engage locally and gain some real momentum in the help and support our industry brings to local communities.”
Amongst the Directory’s programmes include a scheme to allow people experiencing mental health difficulties or dementia to visit a race meeting, as well as a range of activities aimed at inspiring young people struggling with mainstream education.
Chris Grant, Sport England Board Member and former CEO of the Sported Foundation added: “It’s inspiring to see so many people benefitting from racing’s work, and it’s impressive to see how the industry puts its spaces and its knowhow at the service of people around the country - all underpinned by the most distinctive asset of all: the horse. “These activities go to the heart of many of the deepest challenges facing our communities and will become even more important as we recover from the challenges of 2020. This Directory will open peoples’ eyes to the positive power of racing and stimulate the sharing of ideas and resources across the industry.”
Author: Jake Wilkin