Take The Reins has received a welcome boost from the Racing Foundation to take the youth and community organisation into its next exciting phase.

The continuation grant follows the funding of the TTR pilot project by the Racing Foundation which saw over 1,000 young people receive informal educational support to gain a broader insight into the industry, through youth and community groups within the target areas.

This latest cash boost will enable the not-for-profit organisation to launch its new programme which aims to reach communities across the UK offering youth engagement, personal development, transferable skills training and engagement with the thoroughbred racing industry at all levels.

Deborah Hay, CEO of Take The Reins, said: ‘This continued support from the Racing Foundation is hugely welcome and testimony to the work we have already done and aim to now build upon in these difficult times when youth unemployment levels are predicted to soar.

‘We are proud to work with those communities facing social and economic hardship, where we can show young people the diverse opportunities racing has to offer them – ideally as a career path. We can offer them hope and inspiration and enable them to have transferable skills to help them on the right path in life.’

Tansy Challis, the Racing Foundation’s Grants Manager added:

‘We are delighted by the results achieved by the Take The Reins pilot project and feel it is crucial that relationships between the racing industry and youth, sports and community groups are maintained and developed. It is especially important to broaden the appeal and reach of our sport into non-traditional racing communities and to raise awareness of the all-inclusive work experience and careers opportunities we can offer’.

Take The Reins will continue to work with youth and community groups across the UK as it develops a specific training programme with its partners within the racing industry.


Note for Editors:

Take the Reins (TTR) was established in 2014 to engage economically deprived communities with the racing industry.

TTR aims to support young people’s access to the industry and showcase what it has to offer in building young people’s skills and knowledge, and presenting the sport as an avenue for employment. TTR is providing enriching activities, vocational training, mentoring and support to ‘youth at risk’ in some of the UK’s most deprived communities.

Since the start of the 2017 – 2019 pilot, which was supported by the Racing Foundation, over 1,000 young people received informal educational support to gain a broader insight into the industry, through schools and community groups within the target areas. The delivery partners worked with specialist youth and community development workers to challenge perceptions and build greater linkages with the industry.

An Impact Study, carried out by Professor Andrew Parker hailed the project a huge success due to a multi-stakeholder approach on its steering committee from across the racing industry.

For more information please contact Deborah Hay via email: or 07778 234225 Website: Twitter: @_TakeTheReins

The Racing Foundation was established in January 2012 to oversee the distribution of funds to charitable causes within racing following the sale of the Tote. The British Horseracing Authority, the Horsemen’s Group and Racecourse Association are the three joint Members of the charity, which is registered with the Charity Commission as a charity under the law of England and Wales (no. 1145297). The Trustees of the Racing Foundation are: Ian Barlow (Chairman), Linda Bowles, Susannah Gill, Mark Johnston, Louise Kemble and William Rucker. Since inception, the Racing Foundation has granted just over £20million to charities associated with the horseracing and Thoroughbred breeding industry in the UK, supporting work in social welfare, education, training and participation, horse welfare, equine science research, and heritage and culture. Website: Twitter:@RacingGrants