Press release – 28 June 2019
The National Trainers Federation (NTF) is delighted to announce the launch of a new badge scheme in a partnership between Arena Racing Company (ARC) racecourses and RacingGroom.com.
Headed by Shelley Perham, Recruitment and Training
Co-ordinator at the NTF, the new scheme enables members of RacingGroom.com to
visit an ARC racecourse on up to four occasions per year, including two passes
that may be used by guests of the badge holder.
It has been a long-held ambition
by the NTF to enable grooms to attend and enjoy race fixtures, and not just
work behind the scenes. We want these valued members of the team to experience
a day out at the races with friends and family, and have the opportunity to
enjoy the sport they contribute to with such dedication.
Shelley Perham, National
‘We are grateful to ARC for working with us
so proactively on facilitating this badge scheme. RacingGroom.com was developed
by the NTF to communicate value, rewards, and respect to existing racing staff,
and this is just the type of reward we want to be sharing with members.
Racing Staff Week is a spotlight under which
the industry stakeholders and race-going public can all show our gratitude for
the dedicated care of our much-loved racehorses. It is this work ethic and
commitment which makes the quantity and quality of racing on offer in Britain,
possible. We look forward to seeing staff enjoying a race day from the stands
and with friends and family very soon.’
Mark Spincer, Operations Director of ARC
‘We’re really pleased to be introducing this
new badge scheme for Racing Grooms that will sit alongside the ones we already
operate for Owners with the ROA. The
team at RacingGroom.com and the NTF have developed a really useful resource for
Racing Grooms working in British Racing and we hope that this scheme will offer
some enjoyable afternoons and evenings out for them, their friends and families
at our racecourses.’
The ARC RacingGroom.com Badge
Scheme will be eligible for over 500 fixtures across the 16 ARC racecourses per
year. In 2019, racing fixtures featuring
live music at Wolverhampton (Madness and Jess Glynne, 30 and 31 August) and
Doncaster (James on Saturday 17 August) will be included in the scheme.
To access the badge scheme, racing grooms must be signed up to
RacingGroom.com which is free and simple to do. For the full terms and
conditions for the ARC RacingGroom.com Badge Scheme, please visit
http://www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk or http://www.racinggroom.com.
For any further
information or queries, please contact Shelley Perham, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trainers Federation, 9 High St, Lambourn, Hungerford RG17 8XL
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RacingGroom.com, a new website and resource
focused entirely on the rewarding career of racing staff. The site is designed
to address recruitment and retention of young people in horse racing with a two
- Communicate value, rewards, and respect to existing racing staff
- Inspire and inform potential racing staff about the invaluable role of racing grooms,
and how to get involved.
possible through funding from Racing Foundation, the website is a real resource
for all; racing staff, stakeholders and employers and can be utilised to
complement the existing careers advice services. It is vital that the industry
seeks to attract, engage with, mentor, inspire and care for the racing grooms,
on which 14,000 horses (source: British Horseracing Authority) in
training in Britain, rely on. The site serves as both an information service
and signpost; to direct users to training providers, health and wellbeing
support, job boards, and the relevant industry bodies. RacingGroom.com also
serves to inspire newcomers into the industry, dispelling myths about the roles
of racing staff, highlighting the real perks and benefits, and career
progression opportunities. RacingGroom.com ensures that grooms have a central
resource to access all the information they need to embark on, or develop their
are two elements to the website, a front end with all the information on how to
become a groom and to inspire anyone exploring racing groom as a career choice.
Then there is a community hub, which is free to join. The hub is really
dedicated to those serious about working as a groom, or are already doing so.
It highlights exclusive rewards, access to trainer and racecourse information,
health and wellbeing support, further information on training options and
providers, and even has a unique CV and cover letter building tool.
Racing Company (“ARC”) is the largest racecourse operator in the UK. In 2019
ARC Group racecourses will host 570 fixtures with 1.2 million people attending
racing at one of ARC’s racecourses each year.
is made up of the following sixteen racecourses: Bath, Brighton, Chepstow,
Doncaster, Ffos Las, Fontwell Park, Great Yarmouth, Hereford, Lingfield Park,
Newcastle, Royal Windsor, Sedgefield, Southwell, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton and
runs four of the six all-weather racecourses in the UK offering three different
types of surface for horses to run on: Polytrack at Lingfield Park, fibresand
at Southwell Racecourse and tapeta at Newcastle and Wolverhampton Racecourses –
the only tapeta racing surfaces in Europe.
information about ARC can be found at www.arenaracingcompany.co.uk.