British racing’s leading organisations have come together to improve diversity and inclusion across the sport under a unified “Industry Commitment".
British racing is proud to be one of few sports where all genders compete on equal terms. The Industry Commitment aims to formalise the sport’s approach to diversity and inclusion and builds on the extensive existing activity already taking place, including community engagement, education activity and charitable work. Much of this is highlighted and celebrated through the Racing Together platform which has showcased over 80 initiatives across the sport enabling the broadest range of people to participate, progress and achieve in horseracing.
The Industry Commitment follows the establishment of the Diversity in Racing Steering Group in 2017 and represents part of British racing’s Covid-19 ‘Recovery Plan for British racing’, which includes putting in place foundations for a longer-term sustainable recovery for the sport through engaging new and diverse audiences in all aspects of the racing industry.
Industry Commitment on diversity and inclusion
The Industry Commitment has been undertaken by British Horseracing Authority (BHA), Racecourse Association (RCA), Racehorse Owners Association (ROA), Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA), National Trainers Federation (NTF), Professional Jockeys Association (PJA), National Association of Racing Staff (NARS) and Great British Racing (GBR) who are collectively responsible for the operational running and promotion of British racing.
The Industry Commitment is underpinned by five key areas which are crucial to British racing’s long-term ambition to create a truly diverse, inclusive and welcoming sport:
Leadership and Accountability
Education and Awareness Rasing
Celebrating Racing's Diversity
Engaging New Audiences
Each organisation will identify its own priorities and activities under these five areas, and these will be mapped out in their individual Diversity and Inclusion Action Plans, due to be published during 2021 with updates on progress reported against annually.
It is hoped that other organisations across British racing will be encouraged to join this Industry Commitment and play their role in creating a truly diverse, inclusive and welcoming sport in the years ahead.
British racing commits to:
LEADERSHIP AND ACCOUNTABILITY: industry leaders ensuring and taking accountability for the creation of a more diverse and inclusive sport
Each organisation will ensure diversity and inclusion become part of regular Board level discussion and decision-making.
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