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Racing home workshops aim to shed light on challenges faced by working mothers

Women in Racing has launched a series of six free to attend workshops across the country under the banner of Racing Home.  The initiative has been developed in partnership with The Racing Foundation, Kindred Group and Oxford Brookes University.

Following on from Women in Racing’s successful 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 promote a better understanding of the decisions working women face daily.

Taking place throughout March and April, the dates for the workshops are as follows:

  • 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

Each regional event 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.  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.” 

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. Women in Racing has laid out an aim for the workshops to allow all participants of our sport to share their experiences and contribute no matter what their role. 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.

Lewis stressed the importance of this, saying, “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 is 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.” 

Increasing the diversity of their workforce is an issue high on the agenda for many organisations, and as such the partnership aligns strongly with Kindred’s organisational aims.  Anna Jein, Sustainability Manager at Kindred Group commented, “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.”

For more information and to register, visit www.womeninracing.co.uk