Now in its third year, Racing Staff Week runs from Saturday 30th June until Saturday 7th July 2018. Kindly sponsored by Betfair, the campaign aims to bring the racing industry together to inform the racegoing public and supporters about the passion, skill and dedication of those working behind the scenes to make racing happen.
At every one of the 41 meetings during the week, the vital roles of stud, stable and racecourse staff will be celebrated through the airing of a special Racing Staff Week film, use of #racingstaffweek on social media, racecard adverts and a series of specially named races. Furthermore, individual courses are offering excellent prizes and gifts to staff throughout the week to show their appreciation for their work.
Increased Best Turned Out prizes will be provided at Chester, Pontefract, Bangor on Dee and Beverley during the week, with the latter course also giving commemorative mugs and tins of locally produced biscuits to all staff on the day. In addition to their Best Turned Out prizes, Chester and Bangor on Dee have confirmed that their current offering of complimentary meals and refreshments to all staff will continue into 2019. Stratford will also be giving free food to all staff on their raceday that week, as will Chelmsford and Hamilton Park who provide free meals at all of their meetings.
All Arena Racing Company racecourses are holding a free prize draw in the stable staff canteen to win a chocolate hamper, which will include a voucher for raceday hospitality at that specific racecourse. ARC courses holding meetings during the week include Doncaster, Lingfield, Newcastle, Windsor, Uttoxeter, Wolverhampton, Brighton, Chepstow, Bath, Worcester and Yarmouth.
Newton Abbot and Doncaster are the two host courses for the stable staff charity races on Friday 6th July, the Betfair Racing Staff Week Cup and the Betfair Clock Tower Cup. In addition to the race, Doncaster is also kindly hosting a charity lunch in aid of Racing Welfare again this year.
Sam Cone, PR & Communications Manager for ARC, said: “We’re really pleased to support Racing Staff Week and Racing Welfare who do such great work to support everyone in racing’s workforce. The Clock Tower Cup at Doncaster is a highlight of the week, but we’ll be promoting Racing Welfare’s tremendous work across all fourteen of our fixtures over the next week.”
A complete list of racecourse initiatives is available at www.racingstaffweek.com and is being updated and added to on a daily basis.
The Professional Jockeys Association will be releasing their newsletter to coincide with the start of the week, outlining details of Racing Staff Week to encourage Jockeys to engage with activities. The British Racing School and Northern Racing College will be publishing success stories from previous students to champion the achievements of those who have graduated from their ranks and gone on to make a significant impact within the industry.
Furthermore,the Racegoers Club will be engaging their members to assist with exit collections in aid of Racing Welfare throughout the week.
The Racehorse Owners Association are again generously contributing £100 to up to 30 racing yards across the country towards a yard BBQ or social event for staff and owners during Racing Staff Week, providing an valuable opportunity for owners to get to know the staff that look after their horses better and for trainers to thank the staff for their hard work.
Rewards4Racing are delighted that we are continuing our support of Racing Welfare – every time you shop online with our 4,000 retail partners we will donate to this worthy cause.
Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival – Saturday 21st – Sunday 29th July.
This year our charity partner, Racing Welfare have been chosen as the benefitting charity of this festival and have been invited to carry out exit collections on the dates and venues listed below. Racing Welfare would be extremely grateful to any Rewards4Racing members who might wish to support them by volunteering to help with these collections. You will be provided with a complimentary badge so they can enjoy the racing and Racing Welfare will arrange a designated time and place to meet you where t-shirts and collection buckets will be provided and any quick formalities run through. If you are interested in supporting Racing Welfare in this way then please contact Racing Welfare’s Volunteer Co-ordinator Kat Whiteway at firstname.lastname@example.org