New racing academy training programme to launch at Common Leys

    HEROS Charity is working in alliance with Abingdon & Witney College to address the current shortage of stable staff in the horseracing industry by offering full time further education training programmes for young people.

    This new initiative aims to support the horseracing industry by delivering a complement of nationally recognised equine and thoroughbred industry qualifications awarded through 1st4sport and City & Guilds at Levels 1 to 3. The full time programmes which run for either one or two years are aimed at young people wishing to work in the racing industry and are supported by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the National Trainers Federation (NTF).

    The partnership of Abingdon & Witney College and HEROS Charity combines the proven expertise of an established education provider with the knowledge and experience of a thoroughbred retraining and rehoming charity, to achieve their shared vision of providing the best training and education for those wishing to work in the racing industry.

    Commenting on the benefits of the programmes Pam Willsher, Head of Faculty Abingdon & Witney College, said: “The new college outreach model offers a refreshing approach for students to gain racing-specific experience alongside developing horse knowledge and riding skills over one or two years. Courses will involve daily riding, yard work and theory sessions, including one-day-a-week placements with local trainers for the duration of the course.”

    Education and Training Development Manager at HEROS Charity, Eleanor Boden, has been appointed to oversee the programmes. Eleanor commented: “I am very excited to be involved in this new, recognised entry route. It is a real opportunity for people to get involved in racing if, for whatever reason, an apprenticeship doesn’t suit their circumstances. The new programmes have riding skills and horse care at their foundation, ensuring that students are well equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to work in the industry.”

    Details of the 2017 programme, due to commence from September 2017, and how to declare an interest can be found on this form or you can contact us directly – 01235 555 585 |

    (June 2017)

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