The British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre Set to Become English Partner Venue for Scottish Racing Academy

A new partnership between the British Thoroughbred Retraining Centre (BTRC) and the Scottish Racing Academy (SRA) will see the SRA delivering their education programme in England.

The Scottish Racing Academy already collaborates with multiple partners in Scotland to deliver qualifications and now, through the new partnership with BTRC, based in Lancashire, will be expanding to offer Scottish qualifications in England. The SRA was developed to assist with addressing the well-reported challenges associated with the attraction, recruitment and training of potential stable staff. The SRA are committed to providing inclusive opportunities, including entry level accredited learning and provide learner-centred training for those wishing to pursue a career in racing, as well as supporting people already working in the industry who wish to upskill their knowledge and expertise.

For many years, BTRC has had a well-established education programme which has proved highly popular with equestrian students, offering work placements for both national and international students wishing to learn more about Thoroughbred horse care.

The BTRC are committed to developing their education programme in collaboration with the Scottish Racing Academy and will now assist with the expansion of their Schools Academy through the delivery of their SQA approved short courses and qualifications such as the National Progression Award in Horse Care and Racehorse Care respectively (Level 4/5 which is equivalent to Level 1/2 in England). It is hoped that these courses will provide an overview of careers within the industry.

Dr. Eleanor Boden, Chief Executive of the SRA, said of the new partnership, “I am so pleased that the Scottish Racing Academy and the British Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre will be working together to provide exciting accredited learning opportunities for people who would like to work with thoroughbreds or learn more about racing.”

BTRC Chief Executive, Gillian Carlisle added, “We are delighted to become a centre in England to deliver qualifications through this new partnership with the Scottish Racing Academy. Horse welfare and education is a priority for the Charity and we are excited about the future courses that will be available for both those who have some experience already with horses, but also those that have never had an opportunity to consider working with horses especially here in the North West”.


Published: 20 February 2023