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The National Horseracing College (NHC) is currently fundraising for a new riding simulator that helps the learners to build fitness, and balance and improve their riding technique; better riding increases their career opportunities and is a significant benefit for the welfare of the horses.
The NHC courses are mostly practical, requiring a high level of fitness. Over the past five years, the tendency towards a sedentary lifestyle with an increase in screen time and a reduction in outdoor activities, has led to many of our young learners having low levels of fitness and muscle tone which impacts on their ability to manage elements of the Foundation Course.
On average, 45% of the NHC learners are from disadvantaged backgrounds many of whom have little or no previous experience with horses prior to commencing the Foundation Course. The Foundation Course, a 12-week residential programme, provides a unique opportunity for learners to gain a range of national and industry-recognised qualifications along with the skills required to gain employment as a Racing Groom in the horseracing industry.
Simulator training is factored into the learners’ timetable on an almost daily basis. The NHC has two new simulators thanks to generous funders, however the third one, considerably aged but currently used daily, will have to be replaced soon, at a cost of £38,500. There is currently just over £12,000 raised from the generosity of funders and from fundraising activities, requiring a further £26,500 to be raised.
The simulators are used extensively by existing racing staff to maintain their fitness and technique. The NHC Rider Coaches provide expert simulator tuition when required which provides the NHC with a facility to generate income and to build on the sustainability of the charity.
Want to volunteer for something different? Are you adventurous? Sporty? Musical? Or someone who wants to make a difference to help young people? Did you previously attend the NHC and would like to give something back? Could you be an NHC Fundraising Ambassador?
We’re looking for motivated people to create and take part in sponsored activities to raise funds for the NHC. Perhaps you have ideas but are not sure which charity to fundraise for. Please choose the NHC as your nominated charity.
Anything goes in fundraising – as long as it’s fun! If you need the motivation to challenge yourself, to do your next race, climb a mountain, do a couch to 10km, ride 50km, be the quizmaster at an event with friends we will provide that unwavering motivation while our horses and young people will be your inspiration.
The easiest way to start fundraising is to go to Just Giving; click on ‘Start Fundraising’ and set up your fundraising page in collaboration with the NHC. If you need photos or any info, then please do get in touch via info@theNHC.co.uk
The next step is to go for it! Ask your friends and work colleagues to get involved and keep tagging the NHC to keep us updated. We will share your efforts and strive to keep you motivated! #NHCFundraising
We rely on our amazing supporters to help us to achieve our ambitions of providing young people with the opportunity to develop their skills and gain experience in preparation for rewarding careers in the horseracing industry.
The majority of our students are 16 – 18 years old, some are as young as 14. We are instrumental in changing the lives of these young people, by giving advice, guidance and developing the required skills to go out into the world and to experience rewarding careers with horses.
Most of our horses are ex-racers that have retired from the track to enjoy a second career training the next generation of racing staff. They love their work and are loved and cared for 365 days a year by students and staff.
Although some of the horses have their original owners that provide their equipment, many of them have been gifted to the NHC which means we rely on our fantastic sponsors to support with food, bedding, tack, rugs, and donate towards the cost of the farrier, vets and dentist fees and any other expenses required.
We have between 45 – 60 horses on-site. Keeping them happy and healthy is a daily requirement and any help is appreciated.
If you would like to make an online donation, please click here.
Alternatively, please download the donation form and send it to National Horseracing College, The Stables, Rossington Hall, Great North Road, Doncaster, DN11 0HN.
There are many ways your business and your staff can support us:
Please contact info@theNHC.co.uk 01302 861000 or download the donation form and send it together with a cheque payable to National Horseracing College, The Stables, Rossington Hall, Great North Road, Doncaster, DN11 0HN.
Support is required in a range of volunteering opportunities such as marketing, functional skills training, planned maintenance work and events.
Leaving a gift in your will to the National Horseracing College can help ensure we support trained staff into the horseracing industry and give a second home to retired racehorses every year.
National Horseracing College: Charity Number 700405
Thank you in advance for your kind generosity. Please do get in touch with your ideas.