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The British Racing School was established in 1983. It is owned by a Charitable Trust and therefore any income generated is re-invested back into the School.
The original aim of the School was to provide purpose built facilities to promote and encourage young people who had the potential to ride as professional jockeys. Since then, the School has developed and flourished to its current position as the Centre of Excellence for training in the racing industry, providing a whole range of different courses and training.
As a Centre of Excellence for training in the horseracing world, we aim to provide a range of training of the highest standard to meet the needs of the racing industry, and to meet the needs of our learners.
What this means is that:
- We are committed to producing top quality training.
- We are always working to improve what we do.
- The training we provide is relevant to the practical needs of those who are working the industry.
- We obtain feedback from trainers, employers and others so that lessons can be learnt and improvements made.
How do we do what we do?
"It is important that we continue to strive to be better tomorrow than we are today in everything that we do" - Rory MacDonald, Chief Executive.
It costs about £3 million a year to run the School. The majority of the income, to meet the running costs, comes from Government funding via the Skills Funding Agency. This is topped up with industry funding based on the number of trainees we place in jobs. The balance is made up through charges for courses other than the Foundation training, and a contribution made by the trading company. However, any major capital expenditure or project has, in the past, had to be met by charitable donations and fundraising. We are eternally grateful for the generosity of our donors over the years and the continuing support that they give us.