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BHA seeks ‘culturally diverse’ input on British horse racing experience

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has invited people from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds working in racing to share their views. 

A short survey form, funded by the Racing Foundation, has now been opened is completely anonymous and will run until 31 May 2024. The BHA is seeking experiences of the industry via the survey.

BHA Chief Executive, Julie Harrington, commented: “Racing is a global sport and we are proud that talented individuals from around the world and from numerous diverse backgrounds here in Britain have, for many years, chosen to pursue a career in racing.”

The survey is part of a wider research project to explore the opportunities and barriers that might exist for those from ethnically diverse backgrounds looking to fulfil their potential within racing.

“While we have long sought to ensure that racing provides a safe and welcoming space for all, we are aware that we should never be complacent about this issue and so I would encourage people to share their experiences so that we can take steps to give everyone the chance to fulfil their potential,” Harrington added.

The survey is open to everyone working in British racing, particularly people from diverse backgrounds, as well as those who might have worked with or observed the experiences of their ethnically diverse colleagues.

Chair of the Horseracing Industry People Board, Neil Hayward, stated: “The Horseracing Industry People Board is currently engaging with individuals and organisations from across racing and breeding to gather evidence and obtain feedback that will help inform the development of a long-term people strategy.

“This survey is an important part of this process and will help advance our understanding of the opportunities that exist within the sport for people from ethnically diverse backgrounds, but also where they may be barriers to involvement and the need for further support.”

Meanwhile, racing industry employees are also being asked to discuss their views and experiences with the research team through interviews and focus groups

The BHA has stated that these will take place in the coming months and provide an opportunity to explore the feedback in greater detail.

“At the Racing Foundation, we recognise the importance of improving our sport’s diversity and inclusion of people and communities from all backgrounds,” concluded Tansy Challis, Chief Executive of the Racing Foundation.

“Only by listening and learning from people’s lived experience can we take appropriate action to create sustainable change in the industry.

“It is crucial that we understand the challenges and barriers being faced and also identify good practice. We are delighted to support the survey and urge anyone working in racing to participate.”

In September last year, the BHA, in participation with the media stakeholders of Racing TV, At The Races, and the Racing Post, also launched a survey to gather views from the betting public on affordability checks proposed by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC). 

The objective of this was to consolidate the opinions of the betting public in one place, anonymously, to help inform British racing’s collective response to the UKGC. 

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