Women in Racing presents Racing Home Workshops

Women in Racing presents Racing Home Workshops

WIRadmin | Feb. 17, 2020 | In the News

Women in Racing in partnership with The Racing Foundation, Kindred Group and Oxford Brookes University



delivered by Simply Racing


“Racing Home” Workshops is an exciting, collaborative set of six FREE TO ATTEND nationwide workshops developed by Women in Racing in partnership with The Racing Foundation, Kindred Group and Oxford Brookes University.

Following on from Women in Racing’s well received ‘Racing Home’ symposium late last year, the workshops for women across all areas of the sport aim to raise further awareness of challenges working mothers face in the UK horseracing industry. The regional workshops, through the sharing of experiences and the resulting discussions, will ensure a more comprehensive understanding of the decisions working women face daily.

Regional Workshop Dates:

  • Scotland - Ednam House Hotel, Kelso: Wed, 4th March 2020, 12:00 – 3:00pm
  • Midlands - Southwell Racecourse: Sun, 8th March 2020, 10.30am - 1.30pm
  • Newmarket - The Racing Centre: Mon, 23rd March 2020, 12:00 – 3:00pm
  • Lambourn - Oaksey House: Thurs, 26th March 2020, 12:00 – 3:00pm
  • Yorkshire - Pontefract Racecourse: Mon, 20th April 2020, 10.30am -1.30pm
  • London & South - Ascot Racecourse: Wed, 29th April 2020, 10.30am -1.30pm

To register for your chosen workshop please visit: http://bit.ly/2tGqwHy

Each regional workshop will explore in depth how it feels to be a working mother in the horseracing industry, to understand the decision making that takes place, to explore the impact of returning to work after maternity leave and examine the role that men can play.

The impact of having children and the work/life balance are topics which women are often hesitant to discuss openly as they fear it could affect their career prospects and alter their employer’s, colleagues’ or management’s perception of them. The workshops will allow stud and stable staff, racecourse employees, jockeys, vets, trainers, administrators, indeed all participants of our sport to share their experiences and contribute. In tandem with research from Oxford Brookes the workshops aim to positively impact on the day to day lives of working women in the horseracing industry.

Women in Racing Chair, Tallulah Lewis said: “Women in Racing was founded to support women across all sectors of the sport. We are extremely excited to be taking our Racing Home project through to its next phase and provide a great opportunity for women working in the sport to be part of the conversation and raise awareness of this significant topic. We are absolutely delighted to have received a grant from The Racing Foundation and also sponsorship from The Kindred Group and Oxford Brookes University without whom we would not be able to continue this work. We will continue our work to highlight topics that we believe women across the sport face and help ensure that racing can benefit from the findings of this work in the years ahead.” 

Rob Hezel, Racing Foundation Chief Executive said: “The Racing Foundation are delighted to support these events. At a time when racing is struggling to attract, recruit and retain staff and when the importance of diversity in the workplace has never been better understood, efforts to secure mothers within the workforce could not be more relevant. Having successfully worked with Women in Racing and Oxford Brookes University previously we are confident they will deliver a series of successful events which we hope will contribute to the evolution of employment practices within British racing.

“At Kindred, we strongly believe that a diverse workforce enhances the quality of performance and decision-making, by covering different experiences and views. We aim to achieve a 50/50 gender split across our senior management by 2023, so we find this partnership to be hugely relevant. We focus on improving our diversity in many ways and believe this programme can help us learn more about how to ensure we keep female colleagues in the organisation. Women in Racing are doing a fantastic job at raising awareness of diversity in the Racing Industry and we are proud to support their future work”, said Anna Jein, Sustainability Manager at Kindred Group.

Dr Anne Laure Humbert, Director for the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice at Oxford Brookes Business School said: "The Centre is excited to be working with Women in Racing on this important project. Exploring the challenges working mothers face in the British horseracing industry builds directly on our 2017 report - 'Women’s representation and diversity in the horseracing industry' - and gives us the opportunity to create new knowledge to inform employers about the support these women need."


For more information and registration visit www.womeninracing.co.uk



For more information please contact:

Tallulah Lewis

Women in Racing Chair


07919 488 666

Dena Merson



About Women in Racing

Women in Racing is a network aiming to develop the profile of women within horseracing and provide support to women wishing to secure appointments from grassroots through to senior and board level in the sport. Its objectives also include attracting more women into horseracing, strengthening connections, collaborating on approaches to help promote the health of the sport and to enhance its reputation as an attractive sector in which to build a career.

Since it was founded in 2009, it has achieved significant milestones including a successful mentoring scheme and a Bursary fund alongside a busy calendar of educational and social events.  Membership costs from £15 per year.



About Simply Racing

Simply Racing is a consultancy specialising in horseracing that blends racing knowledge with business expertise, ensuring solutions both relevant to racing and current in terms of business practices and methods. Our consultants provide a combination of pedigree and performance with specialisation in leadership coaching and staff development, mediation, project and event management, marketing and public relations.

Simply Racing offers business solutions and helps prioritise and develop people, be they in an office, racecourse, stable or stud environment and will support and promote your organisation



About The Racing Foundation

The Racing Foundation was established in January 2012 by the British Horseracing Authority, the Horsemen’s Group and Racecourse Association, as a charity, to oversee the distribution of funds to charitable causes within racing following the sale of the Tote. We are registered with the Charity Commission under the law of England and Wales (no. 1145297). Our purpose is to make a difference in racing by acting as a catalyst and a funder of improvement. The Trustees of the Racing Foundation are Ian Barlow (Chairman), Linda Bowles, Susannah Gill, Mark Johnston, Louise Kemble and William Rucker. Since inception, the Racing Foundation has granted over £15million to charities associated with the horseracing and Thoroughbred breeding industry in the UK, supporting work in social welfare, education and training, horse welfare, equine science research, and heritage and culture..



About Kindred Group

Kindred Group is one of the world’s leading online gambling operators with business across Europe and Australia, offering over 26 million customers across 11 brands a great form of entertainment in a safe, fair and sustainable environment. The company, which employs about 1,600 people, is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm Large Cap and is a founding member of the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) and founding member of IBIA (International Betting Integrity Association). Kindred Group is audited and certified by eCOGRA for compliance with the 2014 EU Recommendation on Consumer Protection and Responsible Gambling (2014/478/EU). Read more on www.kindredgroup.com.

Nasdaq Stockholm, KIND-SDB


About Oxford Brookes University

Set in a historic student city, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK’s leading modern universities, that attracts nearly 3,000 international students from more than 140 different countries and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation as well as strong links with business and industry.

Oxford Brookes research is impactful, world-leading and touches people’s lives in so many ways. The University is making a tangible difference to communities locally, nationally and internationally, tackling some of the world’s biggest problems.