UK Coaching Week
June 7 – 13 is UK Coaching Week and the BHA will be marking the occasion by highlighting the many opportunities available for people working in racing to develop their skills.
From coaching for jockeys and work riders and other regional training activities, to the many dozens of training modules available via the Racing2Learn platform for staff throughout all sectors of the industry, thanks to funding from the Racing Foundation there is something out there for anybody looking to enhance their career prospects.
Our jockeys are athletes and like all top sportspeople, coaching helps to refine their remarkable talents in order to help them perform at the highest level every day. Since 2011, the BHA’s Jockey Coaching Programme has provided coaching and mentoring designed to improve levels of horsemanship and professionalism in the sport, as well as promoting a good life balance and career planning.
A team of vastly experienced coaches, led by Kevin Darley and featuring the likes of George Baker, Mick Fitzgerald and Michael Hills, work on a regional basis to deliver a curriculum covering nine specialist areas. Technical and tactical skills, fitness and nutrition guidance and advice on how cope mentally with the rigours of life in the saddle and more are covered throughout these specialist courses.
Raceday jockeys are not the only people with a vital role to play on the back of horses in British racing. Up and down the country, stable staff provide care for the equine stars and help them reach their physical and mental peak in time for their major targets throughout a season.
It stands to reason that better riding technique benefits everybody in a yard, improving safety and welfare for horses and staff, and through a network of coaching backed by funding from the Racing Foundation and the Horserace Betting Levy Board, racing staff have benefitted from coaching to improve their skill in the saddle.
Coaching opportunities in racing are not limited to those working directly with our equine athletes. Through the Racing2Learn platform, professionals from across the industry can aid their career development courtesy of a host of specially tailored modules. Online learning blended with yard based and regional training removes many barriers to training – staff can develop their skills and knowledge in their own time, at their own pace and often in their own home or workplace.
Whether you work in breeding, on the racecourse, in regulation or elsewhere, Racing2Learn is packed with courses that are available for you to undertake in your own time and from the comfort of your own home.