Doncaster MPs Caroline Flint and Rosie Winterton visited the Northern Racing College in Rossington this week.
Col Stephen Padgett, Chief Executive of the Northern Racing College welcomed two Doncaster MPs, Rosie Winterton and Caroline Flint, at The Stables, Rossington Hall, Doncaster and showed them what the college has to offer as one of only two dedicated training centres in Britain accredited by the British Horseracing Authority.
The NRC opened in 1984 and prides itself on being a centre of training excellence in the north, providing training to deliver people that meet the staffing needs of British Horse Racing, including owners, trainers, breeders and racecourses.
Caroline said “For thirty two years, the Northern Racing College has helped young people fulfil their dream of working in the racing industry. This college is a Doncaster success story. It is wonderful to have this centre of excellence here in our borough.”
The MPs had the opportunity to see the excellent facilities provided at the college and met with some of the staff, trainees and their horses. The college have as a priority the maintenance of high standards of horse welfare and the health and safety of employees and trainees.
Rosie said: “It has been fascinating to see the facilities and training methods at the Northern Racing College. More than the home of the St Leger classic, Doncaster is one of the great centres of the British horse racing industry and part of the backbone of this great sport, providing the next generation of talented stable staff, trainers and jockeys here at the Northern Racing College.”
British racing now enjoys a training and qualifications structure that is the envy of other racing nations and training is compulsory for all stable staff aged 18 or under.
Col Stephen Padgett said “We were delighted that Caroline and Rosie were able to visit the College today. They were both very interested to see excellent training preparing people for the many interesting, exciting jobs that are available in racing. Courses at the NRC aren’t easy, training is quite intense, but we don’t require people to have previous experience with horses, they do have fun and virtually everyone goes straight from here into employment in the industry.”