Going racing with a runner

The announcement of a further relaxing of regulations on Monday 19 July marks a significant step in the return to a more traditional racecourse experience.

On most courses, the restricted area will be limited to the Weighing Room Complex only, where existing infection control measures will remain in place. 

This will give owners access to the parade ring to see their horse and speak to their trainer and jockey. To ensure this is a safe and managed environment, the Owners Protocols have been updated with new guidance:

Attendees:

The number of owners (or representatives) per horse that can attend will be determined by individual racecourses in line with their own circumstances, configuration, and available facilities. Racecourses continue to liaise with local health authorities regarding guidance specific to the local area.

Booking:

  • Owners are encouraged to book in advance to help racecourses ensure that appropriate facilities and arrangements are in place to enhance the raceday experience. However, advance booking is no longer essential and therefore badges may be collected on the day.
  • Advance booking should be completed via the RCA’s Privilege Access Swipe System (PASS). To register attendees, owners should log into PASS (https://www.rcapass.com/) and submit the names of the individuals who will attend the racecourse. Owners with a runner at Cheltenham, Kelso or Hexham will be contacted directly regarding their arrangements as these courses do not use PASS and badges cannot be requested through the system.
  • Once a horse is entered to run, registered owners will receive a confirmation email inviting them to register those who will be attending the race meeting. Emails will be sent to the owner email address on the Racing Admin and PASS system, so please ensure your email is up to date on both.
  • For assistance with the PASS system, please contact the PASS helpdesk on 01933 270333 or by email: pass@weatherbys.co.uk.
  • Please ensure you and your guests take photo ID with you.

Face coverings and social distancing:

  • Government requirements from 19 July will vary across England, Scotland, and Wales. As such we advise carrying a face covering with you at all times.
  • For instance, in England, face coverings are no longer a legal requirement, whereas in Scotland and Wales they remain mandatory in certain settings, including indoor areas.
  • Even where face coverings are not required by law, it is recommended that they are worn, particularly in enclosed and crowded areas. This will help reduce the risk to ourselves and others.
  • It is also important that anyone travelling to Scottish or Welsh fixtures familiarises themselves with the relevant government guidance before travelling to the meeting.

Vaccination and lateral flow testing

  • Vaccination against COVID-19 remains the most effective means of bolstering our own protection against the virus, but also safeguarding the racing industry from the risk of disruption. 
  • Therefore, everyone in racing is encouraged to accept their two doses of the vaccination or book an appointment if eligible as soon as possible.
  • We also advise regular lateral flow testing (at least twice per week), which is available for people without symptoms of the virus. Please visit the NHS website for details on how to get regular tests.

Racing’s leaders and the ROA very much appreciate the commitment shown by owners over the past year when their attendance and experience at racecourses has been restricted by the pandemic, alongside the efforts made by participants and officials to observe on-course Covid protocols.

BADGE ALLOCATION

As explained above, each racecourse will have their own policy on the allocation of entry badges and paddock accreditation based on Local Authority edicts and the configuration of the course lay out. Where possible, we have collated details of what each course expects to be able to provide. Please refer to your letter upon entry and declaration for the latest and most up to date details.

How many badges can I have per runner from July 19

All racecourses will make every effort to supply this number of badges, but paddock access is dependent on field size in the race your horse is in. 

Racecourse Number of entry badges Number of paddock badges  Notes
Aintree

6

6

Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).

Ascot 6 6  
Ayr 4 4  
Bangor


6 lunches also available

depends on field size

Parade Ring:

Races with 6 or fewer runners – 6 owners permitted
Races with 7-10 runners – 4 owners permitted
Races with 11 or more – 2 owners permitted

Bath 8 8

Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table

Beverley 6 6  
Brighton 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Carlisle 6 6 Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
Cartmel 6 2  
Catterick      
Chelmsford City Sole - 6
Syndicate - 8
6/8  
Cheltenham 6 6

This course does not use PASS.
Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).

Chepstow 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Chester

6

6 lunches also available

depends on field size  
Doncaster 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Epsom 6 6 Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
Exeter 6 6 Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
Fakenham

6 for Syndicates

4 for Sole Owners

2 Further restrictions may apply to the paddock with a safety limit of 75 in place
Ffos Las 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Fontwell Park 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Goodwood

Sole - 6

Syndicates - 12

6 /12

6 badges include lunch
If the number of badges required is over 6 there will be a charge of £35. Pre-booking is essential

Hamilton Park

6 for Syndicates

4 for Sole Owners

Maximum of 4 dependent on field size

 
Haydock Park 6 6 Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
Hereford 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Hexham 6 2 This course does not use PASS.
Owners with runners will be contacted directly regarding their arrangements.
Huntingdon 6 6 Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
Kelso contact racecourse contact racecourse This course does not use PASS.
Owners with runners will be contacted directly regarding their arrangements.
Kempton Park 6 6 Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
Leicester 6 safety limit total of 130 Safety limit of 23 in the Winners Enclosure
Lingfield Park 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Ludlow

6

6

if numbers allow

Capacity in paddock 75.

Reallocation of entry badges for syndicates if required, Contact course

Market Rasen 6 6 Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
Musselburgh contact racecourse contact racecourse  
Newbury 6 Dependant on field sizes  
Newcastle 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Newmarket 6 6 Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
Newton Abbot 6 6

Owners and Trainers facility will be in operation from the meeting on the 21 August

Nottingham 6 6 Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
Perth contact racecourse contact racecourse  
Plumpton - - Next meeting in September and badges will be aligned to requirements at that time
Pontefract 6 / 8 with advanced notice 6 /8 
  • Additional Entry badges are available to purchase for £10pp.
Redcar 6 6  No reallocation of unused badges due to reworked owners areas, but it's hoped this will be resolved soon
Ripon 6

6

Additional entry badges can be purchased for £10
Salisbury      
Sandown Park 6 6 Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
Sedgefield 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Southwell 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Stratford 6 - speak to course if requiring more. 6

Additional badges are charged at £15

Safety limited for the parade ring is 126

Taunton      
Thirsk 6

depends on field size

Subject to availability, there is a further option to purchase up to x14 discounted Public Enclosure entry tickets per runner 
Uttoxeter 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Warwick 6 6 Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
Wetherby      
Wincanton 6 6 Syndicates will be offered the choice of Owners badges or a larger selection of General Admission badges (syndicate managers should speak to the individual racecourses at the entry stage to arrange details).
Windsor 8 8

Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table

Wolverhampton 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Worcester 8 8 Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table
Yarmouth 8 8

Additional entry badges for syndicates available. See details at the foot of table

York 6 6

Sole: Up to six extra badges may be purchased (£37each)
Syndicates: Can swap lunch places for additional complimentary six badges. Additional badges over and above this can be purchased but do not provide admission to Owners and Trainers or the paddock
Owners restaurant returns to the 1st Floor of the Melrose Stand

Full details for each track can be found on the Owners Guide to Racecourses here.

ARC Racecourses

There are two options now for owners with runners at ARC courses:

OPTION A - 8 Owners Badges

8 badges are available for each horse, offering complimentary access to the racecourse, as well as the specific Owners facilities.  Complimentary food and a bar will be available to all Owners Badge holders, along with access to the Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure. Owners will be required to register via PASS ahead of the meeting, and can purchase extra badges at the O&T desk at 50% of on the day General Admittance, subject to capacity of O&T facilities.

OR

OPTION B - 15 Complimentary General Admittance Badges

Owners (particularly commercial syndicates) who would prefer to bring a higher number of people to watch their horse race, rather than specific catering or facilities may claim 15 complimentary general admittance badges to attend per horse.  In addition, each horse will be allocated 8 paddock passes to be shared amongst their group to be used ahead of their race.

To claim this option, please contact the specific syndicates email address that will be included in the letter your receive from the racecourse, noting the names of those who you wish to attend, and clearly noting the syndicate leader to whom paddock passes shall be allocated.

If you want more information on specific racecourses, including contact details, latest news and how to watch the racing, visit the Owners Guide to Racecourses page.

SOLE OWNERS, PARTNERSHIPS AND SYNDICATE MANAGERS

How to reserve your tickets when you have a runner:

Prior to your horse being entered:

  • Ensure your email address is up to date at Racing Admin and PASS websites.

Upon Entry:

  • A confirmation email will be sent by the racecourse outlining the PASS weblink to register the nominated names who will be attending the racecourse. 
  • In the case of horses owned by a racing syndicate or racing club, these emails will be sent to the syndicate manager or racing club manager.
  • Please check your spam / junk mail filter in case the email has gone into these areas.
  • For more information on how to use PASS or to set yourself up on the PASS system please refer to the How to use PASS section below. The RCA have produced a number of "How To" videos which will guide you through the PASS process and website. 

Upon Declaration:

  • Once your horse has been declared a further confirmation of declaration email will be sent by the course along with the PASS link providing another opportunity to register the nominated names who will be attending the racecourse. 
  • This email will be after 2pm on the day of declaration.     
  • Owners will have until 4pm on the day before the race meeting to nominate the attendees names.  
  • For any PASS queries please contact the PASS helpdesk on 01933 270333 or by email pass@weatherbys.co.uk Please note that the PASS Helpdesk is available 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and 1pm – 4pm at the weekend.
  • If you have reduced mobility or a disability of any kind and require additional assistance on raceday, please notify the racecourse directly once you have registered your attendance through PASS, and they will assist you further.

Before you set out:

  • Assess your own health using the Personal Health Assessment Questions before you travel. These can be found in the Industry Guides section below.
  • Familiarise yourself with the latest Industry Protocols (below)
  • Make sure you have a Face Mask and photo ID with you

SYNDICATE MEMBERS

How to reserve your tickets when you have a runner:

If you have a runner and are part of a syndicate, your badges will need to be organised by your Syndicate Manager through the PASS system. If you are not the Syndicate Manager you will not have access to the PASS system.

Your Syndicate Manager will have been sent an email from PASS after 2pm on the day of declaration. They will need to log your intention to attend with PASS online and will be required to add an email and/or mobile number to ensure you receive a print at home guest pass.  This information may also be used by the racecourse for Test and Trace purposes. 

You will then be sent an online ticket confirmation for the meeting to your email address.

All you need to do directly is:

  • Assess your own health using the Personal Health Assessment Questions before you travel. These can be found in the Industry Guides section below.
  • Familiarise yourself with the latest Industry Protocols (below)
  • Make sure you have a Face Mask and photo ID with you

 

INDUSTRY GUIDES:

For all further information and access to the FAQ’s please see below:

How to use PASS

How to use the PASS system

To reserve your badges when you have a runner, the RCA have devised the PASS Consierge Service. This allows the racecourse to communicate details of the day with you, helps owners manage their badge allocation and pre-allocate the badges to their guests and allow them to print tickets at home.

For syndicates and partnerships, only the registered owners or nominated partners will have access to the PASS system. Members should contact their syndicate manager for badge allocations.

Owners who have registered with Weatherbys will have received an email from support@rcapass.com inviting them to set up their PASS account.

After you have set up your account, to order your badges each time you have a runner go to www.rcapass.com and use your email address, Member ID (on the front of your PASScard) and your password to log in.

You will then be directed to the "My Fixtures" page. here you will see the fixtures your horse(s) have been declared for. You will see this information from 2pm on the day of declarations.

Select the "More" button next to the relevant fixture name. Here you have the opportunity to enter the names of your chosen guests. Press "Submit" when you have done so. If you enter their email address and phone number the system will automatically send them a print at home ticket. Alternatively, they can pick up their badges upon arrival at the Owners & Trainers desk.

The RCA have produced a number of "How To" videos which will guide you through the PASS process and website. These can be found here:  https://racecourseassociation.co.uk/experiences/owners/

The RCA have produced a fuller guide to using the PASS system. You can read online through our page-turning facility or download the document (8 pages) from this PDF: 

 PASS Help Guide

If you did not receive the initial email to set up your account, or do not have an email registered with Weatherbys, contact the PASS Helpdesk on 01933 270333 or pass@weatherbys.co.uk

Further details on the PASS system can be downloaded here:

 

 PASS Concierge Guide

 

 

If you need assistance in using or setting up your PASS access online, please contact the PASS helpdesk on 01933 270333 or via pass@weatherbys.co.uk. The PASS Helpdesk is available 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and 1pm – 4pm at the weekend.

 

PASScards

The PASScard Consierge scheme is run by the Racecourse Association.

PASScards have been sent to all active registered racehorse owners who were registered pre-COVID. This card has previously acted as your means of admittance when you have a runner. With racecourses now requiring a Test and Trace element to admission, the PASScard is not currently is use and access will only be granted via the pre-booking system outlined above.

In brief - some of the key measures from 19 July

  • The Weighing Room Complex will remain strictly controlled areas, with access restricted only to those working in or requiring access to the area during the raceday. This includes jockeys, valets, medical staff, and some BHA and racecourse officials.
  • Participants in the Weighing Room Complex will be asked to wear face coverings and continue to socially distance at 1-metre-plus (at least 1m, with additional mitigations).
  • Elsewhere on course, the use of face coverings is recommended, particularly in enclosed and crowded areas. Face coverings in certain settings remain a government requirement on Scottish and Welsh courses.
  • Social distancing will continue to be required by government on racecourses in Scotland, with participants and racegoers in England and Wales recommended to avoid close contact where possible.
  • No racecourse attendees will be asked to complete specific pre-entry medical screening, but will instead be encouraged to complete lateral flow tests in advance of raceday and check in using the NHS COVID-19 App on arrival.
  • Virtual declarations remain in place, so trainers and stable staff should continue to register their attendance and any raceday privilege requests in advance of the fixture via Racing Admin

Racegoers Code of Conduct from 19 July

Revised Code of Conduct July 2021

As part of our joint commitment to each other and the communities in which we operate, all racegoers should be aware of the Code of Conduct before entering a racecourse:

For your safety and the safety of others, please make sure to observe the following whilst at our Racecourse:

  • If you’re travelling to the racecourse via public transport, please ensure you adhere to the relevant guidance.
  • Do not travel to the racecourse if you have any Covid-19 symptoms as entry will be denied.
  • For the safety of other racegoers and racecourse staff, please consider wearing a face covering in busy indoor areas or outside where social distancing cannot be maintained. This is a legal requirement in both Scotland and Wales in most indoor areas.
  • Regularly wash your hands, use hand sanitizer and avoid touching your face and dispose of any used tissues appropriately.
  • Familiarise yourself with your entry point [entry time] and location of amenities within the racecourse
  • Some racecourses may choose to operate a cashless event. On-course bookmakers/pool betting operators may accept cash.
  • Enjoy the vast amounts of space around the racecourse and avoid congregating in busy areas (for example, along the rail or by the Winning Post).
  • Make sure all walkways, corridors and doorways etc are clear before you walk through.
  • Follow all signage and the instructions of staff, officials or any emergency service personnel present at the racecourse.
  • Do not try to access areas of the racecourse apart the area detailed on your ticket.
  • Make sure other members of your group have read and understood these guidelines.

Thank you so much for your support and co-operation. We hope you have a wonderful day with us at the races.

Racegoers Q&A from 19 July

Will I have to wear a face covering (ENGLAND)?

Racegoers are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering in areas where you will come into close contact with lots of other people, particularly indoors. This is for the safety of your fellow racegoers.

Will I have to wear a face covering (SCOTLAND)?

Face coverings are mandated by law in most indoor public spaces and areas where social distancing cannot be maintained. This will apply on Scottish racecourses.

Will I have to wear a face covering (WALES)?

Face coverings are mandated by law in most indoor public spaces with the exception of hospitality areas. This will apply on Welsh racecourses.

What about staff, will they be wearing a face covering?

Staff working indoors in specific will abide by Government guidance were appropriate. All staff will be asked to wear a face covering in areas where they will be in close contact with lots of other people, particularly indoors.

Will I need to use the NHS app to check in?

Racegoers are strongly advised to continue to check in with the NHS QR codes provided at racecourse entrances.

If someone is found to be Covid positive, will everyone on the racecourse be asked to self-isolate?

Should an individual subsequently test positive for Covid-19 having attended a race meeting, the venue will be issued with a recommendation notice to be tested. This means that if you checked in, you will be encouraged to take a test as soon as possible. You will only be asked to self-isolate if this test proves to be positive.

If you were a close contact with the individual who tested positive, you will be contacted by Track & Trace and asked to self-isolate as per Government guidance.

Will I need to take a lateral flow test in advance of attending?

All racecourses are strongly encouraging racegoers to ensure they are proven to be Covid negative in advance of attending for their own peace of mind. We recommend taking a lateral flow test 24 hours prior to attending and 48 hours afterwards. If you receive a positive test, please follow this up with a PCR test.

For the avoidance of doubt, if any test returns a positive result please do not attend a race meeting for at least 10 days and subsequently return a negative test after this period. Racegoers can claim a full refund in the event of a positive test.

Do I have to prove my vaccine status to attend a race meeting?

British racing is not currently utilising Covid Certification as a condition of entry.

What facilities will be on course to help with sanitation?

British racecourses will continue to provide copious opportunity for racegoers to sanitise their hands, with alcoholic hand gel stations and wash basin facilities provided.

Will I be able to purchase tickets on the day?

Whilst advance purchase is strongly encouraged where possible (with reduced admission prices when doing so), walk-up tickets will be available for most meetings. If in doubt, please consult the racecourse in question. 

Will the raceday experience be as it was pre-Covid?

British racing has worked stringently with Government, local health authorities and safety groups to safely allow racegoers to return. With the removal of all remaining legal requirements, we are confident that racegoers will enjoy a familiar environment with all of the usual elements that are loved about a raceday: seeing elite thoroughbred racehorses and elite athletes, fantastic food & beverage choices and a variety of betting options. We ask that racegoers remain considerate of their fellow racegoers and respect the environment that they are in for the enjoyment and safety of all on course.


COVID-19 ASSISTANCE:

Racing Relief Fund

The Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) in October launched The Racehorse Relief Fund (RRF), a fund of last resort to support the needs of racehorses whose owners are suffering financial hardship as a result of the impact of COVID-19.
Now open for applications, the fund is part of the package of measures agreed and announced in April by the leadership of racecourses, horsemen and BHA and will initially be funded by the Racing Foundation.
A survey undertaken by the ROA and NTF in April 2020 indicated that, from the 30% of trainers that responded, there were already 77 owners unable to pay training fees and over 1,500 horses possibly at risk of being abandoned. While this situation has yet to materialise so dramatically, the fund has been put in place to help protect those horses that may become abandoned so ensuring the impacts are minimised and horses’ welfare effectively protected.
The RRF will help mitigate potential welfare and financial effects of COVID-19 on racing, supporting horses, trainers and owners. Maintaining horse welfare and assisting businesses financial stability, the RRF will also provide valuable breathing space to trainers and horses to fully assess the right path for a horse, whether in racing or beyond. The fund gives horses significant protection and ensures the industry’s high welfare expectations continue to be met.

Support
The RRF will provide a financial lifeline, allowing horses to remain on licensed yards and for yards to cover daily out of training costs for a period of up to 3 months while the most appropriate future for the horse can be determined. The fund has an initial funding term of three months.

Eligibility
As a last resort fund, ensuring that those in need access support is a matter of priority for Racing. The fund will have strict eligibility criteria to identify that all other options have been explored and the horse is definitely no longer affordable. Owners applying must do so in respect of all their horses, where multiple ownership interests are involved. An Independent Panel will advise on applications to the fund, future options for the horse and have a right of refusal.

How to Apply
An application can be made by either the owner or trainer online at www.rrfund.co.uk. All applications should be supported by training and veterinary records. Full details, eligibility criteria and terms & conditions of the fund can be found in the Fund Details and FAQs sections on the website.

Helplines

Wellbeing

Racing Welfare - 0800 6300 443 https://racingwelfare.co.uk/contact/

NHS 111https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19/

NHS Guidance
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Mind - 0300 123 3393 

Extremely vulnerable people who have received an NHS letter:

If you have received an NHS letter or are caring for someone who has, you can register for further support here www.gov.uk/cornonavirus-extremely-vulnerable or call 0800 028 8327, the government’s new dedicated helpline. 

In Wales, you should have received a letter if at higher risk. If you are in need of extra assistance, you will be advised to contact your local authority for support (contact details will be included in your letter). Any health or social care services you're already receiving, through you local authority, will continue and your health or social care provider will be asked to take additional precautions to make sure you are protected.
In Scotland, if you've received an NHS letter and are in need of extra assistance, you will be provided with details of your local support service. You will also be given details of a text message 
service if you need to arrange a weekly delivery of essentials including medication. Read more on nhsinform.scot. For those at high risk without family or community support, a national helpline has also been set up: 0800 111 4000Read more
In Northern Ireland, GPs will be writing to those most at risk to provide more detailed advice. A helpline is also now available on 0808 802 0020 and you can access help and guidance by emailing covid19@adviceni.net or texting: ACTION to 81025.

 

Government Help:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Online:

 

Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19)

COVID-19: guidance for employees

All businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time To Pay service.

These arrangements are agreed on a case-by-case basis and are tailored to individual circumstances and liabilities.

Eligibility

You are eligible if your business:

  • pays tax or duties to the UK government
  • has outstanding tax liabilities

Webchat

Advisers can only talk to you about problems paying your taxes due to coronavirus (COVID-19). This could be:

  • Self Assessment
  • VAT
  • employers’ PAYE
  • Corporation Tax

They will not be able to transfer you to another webchat team. Speak to an adviser.

Phone

Due to measures put in place to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) we have fewer advisers available to answer your calls.

Telephone: 0800 024 1222

Opening times: Monday to Friday: 8am to 4pm

Workplace Guidance
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/social-distancing-in-the-workplace-during-coronavirus-covid-19-sector-guidance

Information for Employers and Business
For general guidance visit the following pages:

ACAS – https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

 

Information for Employees and the Self-Employed

Check if you are eligible for the Job Retention Scheme here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-you-could-be-covered-by-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme

 

General

News from the Health and Safety Executive: https://www.hse.gov.uk/news/coronavirus.htm#

Access to Racing Welfare Services

Throughout the uncertainties of the past year, a steady beacon of light has shone across the racing industry in the form of the support offered to racing’s workforce by Racing Welfare.

The charity offers professional guidance and practical help to enable people to thrive in a variety of ways and help them negotiate challenges.  It provides a range of resources which promote wellbeing and positive mental health which has been so vital to the industry.

At a time when many of its usual fundraising events have been curtailed the Racing Welfare team have provided podcasts, virtual tours of training centres, preview evenings and a range of activities promoting racing, engaging new and existing participants and making them open and accessible to all. 

Over the past year the charity saw an 80% increase in the number of people using its services.  This has been partly driven by issues related to Covid-19, but also due to the charity continuing to expand and develop its services to be more accessible.  

As a partner to the charity, we are pleased to announce that Racing Welfare has offered to extend access to the following services to ROA members:

  • Racing’s Support Line - ‘in the moment’ telephone support from an accredited counsellor, available 24/7 365 days a year.
  • Access to professional counselling - via telephone or online to suit the individual
  • Telephone Information Service – advice on a range of matters, with all advisors being Citizens Advice Bureau trained.
  • Woebot – an easy to use app created by Stanford-trained psychologists that enables users to access in the moment emotional support 24/7. The app checks in on you, helping you track your mood, identify patterns and give insight into particular issues or concerns that you may not have realised were causing emotional distress. Woebot can teach techniques and tools such as behavioural therapies or breathing exercises.  
  • Sleepstation – accessible through www.racingwelfare.co.uk, Sleepstation is designed to help you overcome your sleep issues with effective, tried and tested methods which are easily implemented into your life.

These services are available now and will be offered for a year, as part of a trial.  Other initiatives are expected to come online later this year.

The exceptional circumstances of the Covid 19 pandemic have brought us all in contact with those affected by isolation, bereavement and business and personal financial pressures.  Owners haven’t been immune to this and many have been balancing these challenges with their responsibilities as an owner and with loyalty to all those involved in the care of their racehorse. 

We hope that members will find access to these services reassuring at a time when some practical support may be most needed. 

To access Racing Welfare’s services outlined above, please see www.racingwelfare.co.uk or call 0800 6300 443 in confidence.  Please introduce yourself as an ROA member to access the services outlined above. 

For further information on the return of owners to racecourses, please contact the ROA on 01183 385680 or via: info@roa.co.uk

It is encouraging to see so many of you taking the opportunity to go to the races under these protocols and we encourage you to get in contact at info@roa.co.uk with any suggestions as to how racecourses might be able to improve the owner experience.