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26 August 2021

Entries Open for the Inaugral CATS Personal Development Awards

Racing Welfare’s Careers Advice and Training Service (CATS) have opened the entries for their inaugural CATS Personal Development Award.  The CATS team are also delighted to announce that the award will be sponsored by Hartpury University.  

The CATS Personal Development Award aims to recognise the person who has put the most dedication and effort into developing their career in racing after using the CATS service.  The judges will be looking for someone who has been proactive and has taken every opportunity available to develop themselves in the racing industry. 

Entries close on Monday 04 October, after which three finalists will be invited to an awards lunch at the final meeting of the season at Newmarket Racecourse on Friday 29 October, at which the winner will be announced.  To find out more about the awards and to make an entry visit www.cats-racingwelfare.co.uk/the-cats-personal-development-awards/.

CATS, which is generously funded by the Racing Foundation, was launched in 2017 And, to date, the service has supported over 350 racing industry staff with their career development.

The service, which is available to everyone working in the British horseracing industry, provides practical assistance to help with professional development, job seeking skills, returning to work and changing career within the industry.  Alongside providing funding for training, CATS can also help people looking to transfer to a career in racing or to return to the sport after a period away.

Dawn Goodfellow, Racing Welfare Chief Executive, said, “The development and expansion of the Careers Advice and Training Service has been a key focus for us over the last four years and I am incredibly proud of the number of people the service has supported within our industry to date. This new award is the icing on the cake and will highlight the passion and dedication that so many of the workforce have for their careers in our sport. To have Hartpury University on board as the award sponsor is a real honour, they bring with them a wealth of experience as specialist education providers in agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing, with a number of racing specific courses on offer.”

Located in Gloucestershire, their 360-hectare campus is home to over 4,000 university and college-level students studying degrees, A-levels and diplomas, as well as undertaking cutting-edge industry research. The university offers degrees in International Horseracing Business as well as racehorse performance and rehabilitation, amongst others.

Rosie Scott-Ward, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Hartpury University said “It’s fantastic to be able to extend our support for the British horseracing industry in this way, recognising aspirational achievements that are positively impacting the industry. The teaching and research on our horseracing business and performance degrees at Hartpury are underpinned by innovation in equestrian wellbeing – as we strive to find creative ways to lead best practice for riders, horses and other professionals. We’re very much looking forward to working together to continue to drive forward this mission.’’

Entries for the awards close on Monday 04 October.  For all the information you need and to enter the awards, visit: www.cats-racingwelfare.co.uk/the-cats-personal-development-awards/.

The Careers Advice & Training Service (CATS) has now been suspended. Via our welfare officers and our support line, beneficiaries can still access careers advice, support, signposting to job boards and industry bodies as well as training grants.