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    3 Apr 2020 - News

    Racing2Learn — Learning and Development platform launched for the Horse Racing industry

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    Racing2Learn is the horse racing industry’s new online learning and development platform, as launched by 1st4sport and the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) today. NARS are delighted to have played a part in the project, giving us the ability to be able to offer parts of our Union Learn educational program to racing staff all around the country.


    The platform aims to educate and upskill anyone involved in the racing industry, encouraging them to be the best they can be, whatever their role.

    1st4sport has worked closely with the BHA and the development group to tailor the learning platform to the requirements of the horse racing industry. It consists of:

    • e-learning programmes; some of which carry CIMSPA endorsed CPD points
    • downloadable learning resources
    • a calendar of key dates, including learning and training events.

    The learning platform will help reach racing industry staff across the country, giving them the opportunity to become more skilled, knowledgeable and develop themselves in the best way personally, to help them in their own career. Additionally, to assist the valued and hard-working staff of the racing community the National Association of Racing Staff (NARS) have subsidised access to the platform for all.

    Registration and access to the eLearning courses and resources is free to anyone who is involved with the racing community including stable and stud staff, jockeys, trainers, racecourse staff, vets and those who work in the administration of the sport.

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    NARS’ Chief Executive Officer George McGrath, said:

    “As the racing staff’s representative body, we are determined that our members have the same access to education that every member of society has, and to provide that learning free of charge where we can.

    Racing needs riders and grooms but it also needs racecourse managers, chefs, stewards, clerks of the course, project managers and many, many more. By accessing the Racing2Learn platform, we can help all racing staff to understand the industry better, as well as help them to achieve their ambitions.

    We are delighted to be involved with this platform, widening what we can offer through our Union Learn educational program. With more modules now currently in development and relevant where possible this is a great opportunity for staff to take part in courses remotely.

    Content on the platform has been developed by the BHA, along with coaches and other experts within the horseracing industry, and offers high quality, relevant and standardised learning.

    As well as offering bespoke learning solutions like the Racing2Learn online learning platform, 1st4sport – the awarding organisation of UK Coaching – also offers a wide range of vocational and occupational qualifications within the sport and physical activity sector, including the Equine Groom and Senior Equine Groom Apprenticeship End-point Assessments.

    BHA’s Vocational Training Manager Gill Greeves, said:

    Racing2Learn is an important new feature to the existing comprehensive programme of training and education that exists in our sector.

    It provides a range of interesting and interactive courses, all certified and supported by the achievement of CPD points, and we hope at this challenging time, people will embrace the opportunity to continue their individual learning and development through remote access to an ever-increasing range of courses.

    1st4sport’s Head of Learning and Assessment Services John Clark, said:

    We are thrilled to have been chosen to work on this project with the BHA and their partners within the sport of horse racing, and admire their dedication to upskill everyone within their industry, along with their willingness to subsidise the cost of this for their members.

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