Together with our colleagues across the industry, we are responsible for delivering a comprehensive training and development programme so our jockeys can be recognised for their skill, athleticism and courage and represent the best values of British horseracing.
Through a far-reaching support system provided by JETS, the PJA, BHA, BRS, NRC and employers, UK based jockeys can enjoy one of the best development programmes in the world, creating a safe and inclusive environment for athletes to flourish. The programme covers physical, practical, emotional and intellectual aspects of development. The key components of the programme are outlined below.
Jockeys are required to carry out a Pre-Licence Fitness Assessment before attending a Licence course. Licensing courses are designed to ensure that applicants have the skills, knowledge, fitness and attributes required to ride under Rules, safely and competitively and be ambassadors for the racing industry.
CPD (Continued Personal Development) Workshops for Claiming Jockeys
These regional workshops are provided to all claiming Jockeys to complement and support the coaching they receive within the Jockey Coaching Programme (JCP). The programme offers a combination of practical workshops and theory sessions with content adapted for the 7lb, 5lb and 3lb stages. The sessions are hosted by a range of presenters including many former jockeys delivering on key areas below:
• Technical & Tactical Riding skills
• Fitness & Nutrition
• Mental and Psychological
• Lifestyle & Personal Development
• Career and finance
• Communication and media
• Health and safety
Jockey Coaching Programme
Under the supervision of the Coaching Development Manager, Kevin Darley, all Claiming jockeys are entitled to access the services of the 22 Jockey Coaches who are based all over the country. Offering a wealth of experience, the Coaches provide invaluable support and assistance helping their jockeys with technical riding sessions, course walks, race analysis as well as help dealing with more personal issues. Often Jockey Coaches can signpost their jockeys in the direction of other support services offered by the PJA, IJF and JETS.
Personal Development Plans
JETS has two Personal Development Managers who work with jockeys from the very start of their career developing a bespoke Jockey Personal Development Plan which is structured to provide support in a range of key personal and professional areas to ensure each jockey reaches their potential and is well prepared for their lives ahead.
Careers & Training Support
Via JETS, all jockeys can receive advice, support and funding for a vast range of training or education courses. These can vary from one off basic skill sessions, evening courses, distance learning or full time further education courses. Many jockeys now take the opportunity to boost their experience during the off season or during injury periods. JETS also offers careers guidance and help preparing for interviews.