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, NHC 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.
COVID 19 UPDATE – Due to the current restrictions we’ve amended the different aspects of training and development below in order for jockeys to get the most out of the support network whilst racing is suspended.
Jockey Coaching Programme
Jockey coaches are all still available via phone and WhatsApp messaging and are good sounding boards for jockeys who are not riding. They can offer remote training sessions and can signpost you to other services that you might wish to take advantage of whilst not racing. Don’t forget you can log on to the app and:
- View your coaching sessions and any videos your coach has uploaded
- View and evaluate your Personal Development Plans, review your goals and actions
- View your skills profile
- View your Racing Excellence series race reports and Documents
- Watch Jockey Matters Videos
Strength & Conditioning
Although Injured Jockeys Fund centres, gyms and leisure centres are closed there is an awful lot of things you can do from your own home to stay active and keep yourself fit and healthy. Why not try new something new like Yoga or Pilates. The IJF have composed some dedicated ‘Performance’ videos for you to try at home. You can also get in touch with the IJF teams to get a personalised plan.
IJF Performance Videos
Oaksey House team: 01488674242
Jack Berry House team: 01653 602090
Peter O'Sullevan House team: 01638 676200
This is good opportunity to get free and confidential advice from the PJA nutrition team. Address all areas of your diet and nutrition, practice your cooking and prepare yourself for when racing resumes. The nutrition team can help you with meal ideas so you can control and maintain your weight in this unprecedented time.
PJA Nutrition section
Contact PJA Nutrition Team
Facebook: PJA Nutrition Team page
Julia Scott Douglas (East Midlands): 07768 996296 email@example.com @juliascottdouga
Dan Martin (North & LJMU): 07902 151916 firstname.lastname@example.org @nutritiondan
Hannah Trotman (South): 07772 508999 email@example.com @HannahTrotman
Oliver Whiteman (Newmarket): 07534 080829 firstname.lastname@example.org @WhitemanOliver
MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING
This is a particularly testing time for everyone and for jockeys in particular. The mental health provision for jockeys is very accessible so you don’t have to suffer in silence. Mental health support is available through the Injured jockeys Fund and the PJA.
PJA Mental Health and Wellbeing Page
Peter O'Sullevan House - 01638 676200 email@example.com
Oaksey House - 01488 674242 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Berry House 01653 602090 email@example.com
PJA Performance Consultant - Aodhagan Conlon firstname.lastname@example.org @aodhaganconlon
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.
Even though jockeys aren’t racing, there are plenty of goals that they can set themselves using the PDP postcards so please work with Phil and Lisa to set and review some goals.
The Professional Jockeys Association is the first point of call with jockeys who have any financial queries during the current lockdown. Please contact them for more information on the support packages available for jockeys.
Did you know…?
You are able to pause the Sky Sports and Racing TV parts of your Sky subscription; you can still watch the channels however you don’t pay for those parts of the package.
Sky Sports Pause - Activate
Racing TV Pause - Activate
Professional Jockeys Association
Injured Jockeys Fund
National Association of Stable Staff -NARS
Money Saving Expert
Careers & Training Support
Via JETS, all jockeys can receive advice, support and funding for a vast range of training or education courses. We have updated the Training Courses page with a range of distance and online learning options. Please browse through and if there are any that interest you, either sign up to free courses or contact JETS with regards to funding. This is a good time to research second careers that may be of interest to you even if it’s just a case of ruling options out as well as an in!
Jockey Matters Films
Have you caught up with the Jockey Matters Film series? The films cover a range of different areas from nutrition and fitness to addiction and mental resilience. Please take the time to view them on our Videos page.