Racing Together Industry Day

08 Dec 2022 BHA Features Grassroots



Thursday 9 February 2023 at Ascot Racecourse 

Early-bird tickets now on sale 

  • BHA Chair Joe Saumarez Smith is one of a diverse group of speakers from horseracing, the worlds of football and cricket, and the charity sector to tackle the Industry Day’s theme:  ‘Why community engagement is at the heart of racing’s future strategy’ 
  • Speakers and panel guests will bring timely insight to the challenges, opportunities and imperative for the sport to prioritise its openness, relevance and contribution to society
  • Racing Together is grateful to partners, Ascot Racecourse Supports, the HBLB, the Racecourse Association and the Racing Foundation.
  • Early-bird tickets, including lunch and refreshments on the day available until 9th January.

Building on the success of two previous Masterclass events aimed at racecourse personnel, this new full-day Industry Day is open to all those with an interest in this area.

Discounted early-bird tickets can be purchased here:  

John Blake, Racing Together CEO said: “We’re delighted to be back among colleagues for this first Racing Together event since Covid. We invite representatives from every corner of the sport to attend and contribute. Many important issues will be debated within the proposition that committed and sustainable community engagement is at the heart of racing’s future strategy.

“At the iconic Ascot racecourse, guests will have the chance to network, discuss shared issues and solutions and be inspired through the challenges likely to be posed by our fantastic line up of speakers.”

The full day seminar programme will follow in due course.

The Racing Foundation has kindly agreed to cover the cost of tickets for up to two representatives of small charities.  To see if your charity is eligible please contact [email protected].

Notes to editors:

1. About Racing Together:

Racing Together is British racing’s community engagement activity and is an open partnership of charities and organisations that work across the sport to benefit others. The initiative is led by the education charity Racing to School and guided by a subcommittee.

Racing Together coordinates, supports, represents and measures British racing’s community engagement and CSR activity. Its vision is for British racing to be known as a ‘force for good’ by helping the communities in which the sport operates. It achieves this by providing practical support and resources; facilitating ideas, collaboration and progress; working on specific nationwide initiatives; hosting inspiring masterclasses and coordinating Racing Together Community Day, while promoting and sharing best examples of community engagement on an ongoing basis. Racing Together is grateful to the HBLB for its annual funding award.

2. About the Racecourse Association 

The Racecourse Association (RCA), formed in 1907, is the representative body for British racecourses. 59 racecourses are members and have equal voting rights.

The RCA has owned RaceTech since March 1998. The RCA serves the interests of its 59 British racecourse members both inside and outside the sport, empowering them to be the best venues that they can be.

The RCA works on behalf of racecourses to represent their views within the sport through the tripartite structure of the Members’ Agreement alongside BHA and the Thoroughbred Group. Outside of horseracing, the RCA works alongside the Government, other sports and leisure venues, and national charities to meet the needs of racecourses.

Additionally, the RCA encourages and facilitates racecourse community engagement, involvement in horse welfare initiatives, responsible drinking campaigns, and various other partnerships within the sport. The Showcase & Awards, the marquee event of British Racecourses to celebrate and reward excellence and innovation, is hosted by the RCA annually in November.

3. Ascot Racecourse Supports 

“Ascot Racecourse Supports” was launched in 2017 and brings together all Ascot Racecourse’s community and charity work into one programme for the benefit of the local community and beyond. Its goals are to support small, local charities and community groups with a focus on children and mental health issues in addition to equine charities.