Your financial support for
training and development

To train as a racing groom, there may be Government funding available depending on your age.

There could be funding from the racing industry too. Please speak to the British Racing School, the National Horseracing College and the Scottish Racing Academy, who can advise you on the funding that might be available.

Once you have a role in racing, you may be eligible for a training award or grant, including:


National Trainers Federation Charitable Trust (NTFCT) Toby Balding Award

The Toby Balding Award is now held every two years. Details for the new bi-annual Toby Balding Award in 2024 will be available shortly.

Toby Balding OBE was a great supporter of anyone looking to make their way in horseracing. The annual award named after him offers an exciting opportunity for ambitious employees in British racing yards to widen their knowledge and train to acquire new skills. We would encourage all trainers to embrace this award by supporting those loyal members of their staff to apply and help them advance to a more senior role.

More information and details on how to apply will be available on the NTF website:


National Trainers Federation Charitable Trust Grant

The National Trainers Federation Charitable Trust (NTFCT) awards training grants for training which helps applicants develop their skills and enhance their employability within the industry. Examples include LGV driver training, equine osteopathy and dentistry and racing secretary courses.

To be eligible, you must have worked in the racehorse industry for at least five years.

More details and a link to the application form can be found on the Racing Welfare website.

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Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards sponsored by Godolphin

With £128,500 in prize money, the Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards, sponsored by Godolphin, celebrate and recognise the remarkable dedication and commitment of those working at the grassroots of horseracing.

Nominations for the 2025 Thoroughbred Industry Employee Awards sponsored by Godolphin will open later in 2024.


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