Uniqueness is a Core Strength
At The Jockey Club, our mission is to act for the long-term good of British horseracing in everything that we do and our vision is for British Racing to be a sport for all. Ensuring that there is greater inclusion and diversity is fundamental to the future of British Racing and The Jockey Club.
But it is vital that these are not just words and we commit to incorporating our mission and vision in all that we do and welcome everyone to share in the thrill and excitement of horseracing.
We recognise that this means it is an ongoing and ever evolving journey, however, we are committed to continually learning and progressing. With the importance and necessity driven by The Jockey Club Board and our senior leaders, we pledge our commitment to inclusion and diversity influencing every decisions we make.
Whilst we strive to improve, we are also pleased to share some of the steps we have already made:
- We have an Inclusion and Diversity Lead working with us who is focused on shining a light on all inclusion, diversity and equality matters, both internally and across the industry
- We have an internal Talent Acquisition team dedicated to developing a diverse pool of candidates, ensuring we source the best talent from every background. When we need assistance with our recruitment, we only work with agencies that are also committed to inclusive recruitment practices.
- We are proud to have signed up to British racing’s unified Industry Commitment to improve Diversity and Inclusion across the sport.
- We formed an internal Inclusion and Diversity Steering Group, who help define and oversee the delivery of our Inclusion and Diversity strategy
- We work hard to ensure there is pay parity between our employees and whilst we recognise we still have work to do, we continue to return one of the most balanced Gender Pay Gap Report results of any major sports organisation in the UK.
- We have established internal Network Groups supporting colleagues in a number of important areas. These Networks Groups include Mental Health, Pride Within, Race, Workability and Working Families & Carers
- We are corporate partners of Women in Racing, developed to raise the profile of women within British Racing, through increased attraction to the sport, mentoring and development opportunities and cross-industry working groups.
- We were the first organisation in UK sport to publish accessibility guides for our venues following a partnering with AccessAble. These guides aim to assist people with a wide range of accessibility requirements, from visual impairment to autism, and mobility impairment to mental health issues to plan their day with us
- We are delighted to support The Hidden Disability Sunflower scheme. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and are keen to raise awareness of this for our colleagues and customers alike
- Partnering with #GoRacingGreen and Racing Together’s Autism In Racing to raise awareness and introduce quieter spaces for anyone experiencing sensory overload
- We support numerous community and charity causes both locally and nationally. With our own charity Racing Welfare, and nominated annual Charity Partners we actively fundraise for organisations that make a real impact in our society. We are also delighted to support the Barrie Wells Trust’s Box4Kids campaign donating hospitality boxes so poorly or disabled children and their families can make memories and enjoy a fantastic day out together at the races
- We stage a number of family friendly racedays across our racecourses where our younger audiences are never short of entertainment that is laid on especially with them in mind. With free entry for under 18s for almost all our events, going racing is a fun day out that all ages can enjoy. For the over 18s that fall in love with racing, our RacePass 18 to 24 allows anyone between that ages of 18 and 24 years old to enjoy half priced entry.