What We Do

Take the Reins delivers a range of programmes that provide young people who would not normally engage with the racing industry with experiences, inspiration and pathways to become involved at every level. 

Our work is mapped against key priorities and recommendations from the external evaluation of our pilot project in 2016-19, specifically: 

To provide projects that engage young people and communities (especially those from ethnically diverse communities) with the sport of horse racing, broadening the appeal and reach of the sport into non-traditional racing communities. 

– Deliver experiences for young people to recognise the opportunities available within the racing industry in all career pathways, and to see racing as an exciting sporting industry to be employed in. 

– Deliver employability programmes and skills training to enable young people to undertake careers in racing and to build transferable skills that will support their progression and employability beyond racing. 

– To work with stakeholders to shine a light on the cultural, social and economic contribution of the sport of racing nationally and globally. 

– To create sustainable programmes within a multi-sports setting that will enhance and grow the contribution of racing to supporting young people into education training and employment. 

To deliver against these ambitions we proudly engage with young people from diverse communities across the UK to offer a portfolio of projects that: 

Offer safe spaces and new experiences and regular participation programmes that will build confidence in young people through racing and multi-sport activities. These activities will introduce the sport of horse racing to young people in a cultural and educational context as part of the wider sporting culture in the UK 

Deliver inspiration and raise aspirations in young people. Working with schools and youth and community organisations we deliver introductory workshops, inspirational and careers-based talks from people within the racing industry and from associated careers. This includes visits to racing yards and racecourses where young people can experience first-hand the opportunities available across all associated roles within racing. 

Employability programmesdeliver non accredited and accredited training initiatives in local communities coupled with workplace visits, work experience and work placements within the racing industry. These courses focus on enhancing the transferable skills of young people by building confidence, resilience and ambition and providing building blocks for their progression in and out of the racing industry. 

Traineeshipsworking with accredited training providers and community education specialists we provide pathways to traineeships within the racing industry to give young people work experience and a track record of working within our industry, opening up routes to employment and apprenticeships across a range of careers. 

Community Eventsto showcase the work of young people and the industry, including seminars, hosted presentations with jockeys and industry insiders and open days to engage parents, community organisations, business and strategic stakeholders with the Take the Reins programme. 

In addition to delivering these programmes we are also committed to identifying and sharing best practice through regular evaluation and working with external agencies to build a research base that will inform the wider racing industry on how best to build community engagement, reach a younger and more diverse audience, and maximise the impact racing can have in this environment.