Uniqueness is a Core Strength
The Jockey Club’s mission is to act for the long-term good of British horseracing in everything we do. Diversity and inclusion are fundamental to a future where British Racing sustains and thrives because the sport welcomes and appeals to everyone.
Greater diversity and inclusion provides a deeper pool from which to draw fans and employees. It provides more breadth of opinion, experience and innovation in our decision-making. And it will help to build the reputation and appeal of our sport as one that truly reflects the diverse society in which we live.
Therefore, The Jockey Club’s diversity and inclusion mission is: to harness, celebrate and appeal to the rich diversity of the communities in which we operate and to ensure that diversity, inclusion and fairness are at the heart of all aspects of our organisation. We strive to create a respectful environment that provides all employees with equal access to development and opportunity, to foster an inclusive culture at all levels of The Jockey Club and to embrace difference. More broadly, we promote our ideas, use our platforms and support others to help British Racing as a whole to represent and appeal to all corners of our society.
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A genuine commitment
We recognise it is vital these are not just words, but a genuine commitment to how we act every day within The Jockey Club and the role we play within British Racing.
We are working hard – and with various partners – to bring our commitment to life. This already includes:
- Board-level support for the development of a Diversity & Inclusion strategy and action plan.
- The creation of a Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group for The Jockey Club. This is made up of our people from a diverse range of roles around our Group, who are defining and overseeing the delivery of our Diversity & Inclusion strategy and action plan. This includes activities under a number of headings: Vision & Mission, Allies Programme, Recruitment, Training, Marketing and Branding, Research, and Communication.
- Becoming a Member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions Programme. Stonewall is Europe's largest lesbian, gay, bi and trans charity. The Diversity Champions Programme is the leading employers' programme for ensuring all LGBT staff are accepted without exception in the workplace. It works with more than 750 organisations, all of whom share its core belief in the power of a workplace that is truly equal. Through them, Stonewall has helped to create inclusive and accepting environments for almost a quarter of the UK workforce and we are proud to have joined the programme.
- Delivering dedicated Diversity & Inclusion training and development over the last six years to people operating at every level of The Jockey Club. For example, we have completed Unconscious Bias training for all senior managers and introduced a Respect training programme with groundstaff and maintenance teams, which is being rolled out more widely around our Group.
- Corporate partnership of Women in Racing, which our people can also become individual members of at our cost. Women in Racing was created in 2009 to develop the profile of women in British Racing, encourage senior appointments across the industry, attract more women into the sport, enhance mentoring and development opportunities for women, and develop cross-industry working groups and knowledge-sharing.
- Our charity Racing Welfare providing a range of support services for everyone working in British Racing and their families. This includes providing a national network of Welfare Officers based in regional offices around the UK, Racing’s Support Line, a multi-channel helpline available 24 hours a day, and a range of online resources to help people. Recently it commissioned a study into mental health and wellbeing in British Racing, which provided recommendations about how to ensure the sport looks after its people and provides them with the greatest capacity to enjoy and thrive through their work. Last year, Racing Welfare provided support or interventions on a total of 10,518 occasions. Racing Welfare is providing mental health training for managers within The Jockey Club, as well as mental health first aid training.
- Partnering with #GoRacingGreen to introduce a peaceful space for people with anxiety issues to take time out during a raceday and to provide guidance on customer service for people with ‘hidden’ disabilities. This is currently being trialled at Nottingham Racecourse before we make a decision about rolling this out further.
- Partnering with AccessAble, originally called DisabledGo, which was set up in 2000 by Dr Gregory Burke as a result of his experiences as a wheelchair user and disabled walker, and aims to help people with a wide range of accessibility requirements, from visual impairment to autism, and mobility impairment to mental health issues. Working with AccessAble, The Jockey Club became the first organisation in UK sport to publish accessibility guides for our venues.
- Partnering with The Roundhouse, Camden, to promote diverse talent across Jockey Club Racecourses from London’s largest community arts centre.
- Returning the most balanced result of any major sports organisation in the UK for Jockey Club Racecourses’ Gender Pay Gap Report. We employ women in manager and senior management roles across all our major functions, including Marketing, Finance, Sales, Human Resources, Operations, Events and racecourse general management. We are confident there is pay parity between females and males for equivalent roles as part of our wider commitment to being an equal opportunities employer.
- Asking all recruitment suppliers to prove their own commitment to Diversity & Inclusion in order for us to work with them.
- Staging the annual Grand Women’s Summit at Aintree Racecourse, during the Randox Health Grand National Festival. 2019 saw the fifth Summit staged, where high-profile speakers discuss and raise awareness of a range of issues facing women in racing, sport and society generally, as well as celebrating women’s successes. The event is delivered in conjunction with Women in Racing and recently welcomed the University of Liverpool as a new partner. Panellists have included Dame Sarah Storey, Denise Lewis OBE, Judy Murray OBE, Maggie Alphonsi MBE, Beth Tweddle MBE, Sam Quek MBE, Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale MBE and Baroness Harding of Winscombe.
- Becoming the first racecourse or group in the world to stage a raceday exclusively open to female jockeys. We are proud to be part of a sport where men and women compete on equal terms, but we are just as proud to provide a helping hand to showcase the very best female talent through this unique fixture. This raceday has been staged at Carlisle Racecourse since its inauguration in 2011 and has become a popular annual event.
- An offer for children and young people that is second to none. It is free-of-charge for U18s to attend almost all racedays staged at The Jockey Club’s 15 racecourses. Many of our venues operate membership clubs for youngsters to engage them in our sport, from ‘Junior Jumpers’ at Cheltenham, Exeter, Warwick and Wincanton Racecourses to ‘Rowley Kids’ at the Home of Racing, Newmarket Racecourses. Furthermore, it’s free-of-charge for 18-24 year-olds to sign-up for our ’RacePass 18 to 24’, which provides that age group with half-price entry to our racedays. We also stage a range of designated family fun days with tailored entertainment.
- Investors in People accreditation and feedback as evidence of our supportive workplace culture. We are wholeheartedly committed to developing our people and provide training and pathways for them to progress through to senior management roles, including through a fully-funded Management Academy. Equally, we ensure the majority of our available roles are advertised to ensure our doors are constantly open to greater diversity.
- Welcoming Racing to School, the education charity that delivers free outdoor learning activities for young people at racecourses, studs and trainers’ yards across the country. Racing to School reaches around 250 primary and secondary schools, delivering more than 370 events each year, including many at our venues. Their fantastic efforts will engage nearly 15,000 beneficiaries this year. The charity also works with young people with special educational needs and more than one third of its output in 2019 is targeted to engage those from inner city, rural and deprived areas.
- Supporting hundreds of charitable causes that in turn make a significant contribution to all corners of the UK society in which we operate. Within this effort, on a nationwide basis we have two Charity Partners in addition to our Official Charity, Racing Welfare. These are Rainbow Trust, which supports families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness, and Carers Trust, which works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. We encourage our people to get involved by us providing match funding and volunteer days when they are raising money or undertaking activities for our partner charities.
- Supporting Barrie Wells Trust on a national basis, which operates Box4Kids for whom we donate hospitality boxes at each of our racecourses. The charity works with hospitals, hospices and specialist centres across the UK to provide sick and disabled children and their families with memorable days out at sports events.
- Numerous local initiatives that promote inclusion around our Group. As an example, there is no better place to illustrate this than at our Aintree Racecourse, which was the first racecourse in the UK designated as a ‘Beacon Racecourse’ by Racing Together, the organisation that promotes community work throughout British Racing.
- At Aintree we have highly-valued partnerships with inspiring organisations such as Everton in the Community, which is recognised as one of the most respected and impactful programmes in sport. Other partnerships with the local community include those with Riding for Disabled and Grand National Dementia Tours, as well as with local schools and community centres.
- There is also a special bond between Aintree and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, with activities and visits throughout the year, notably a special trip to the wards by jockeys and even retired racehorses the day before the Randox Health Grand National.
- We have also developed a Military Veterans Programme at Aintree, in partnership with Liverpool Veterans’ HQ. Over the past year, 26 military veterans from the local area have participated in a monthly session where they have received support for specific mental and physical difficulties. Sessions have included golf lessons at the Aintree Golf Centre, Grand National fence tours, cookery classes and the opportunity to cycle with British Cycling.
We are always open to new ideas to contribute towards British Racing being a sport for all. If you have a suggestion, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.