New Jockey Academy looking for aspiring riders

  • The new Jockey Academy, delivered by South Gloucestershire and Stroud (SGS) College in association with Cheltenham racecourse, is looking for aspiring jockeys aged 16-19.

    Starting in September, this bespoke 36-week racing specific academic course will be delivered by experienced tutors at the home of National Hunt racing, Cheltenham racecourse. Students will be taught modules in fitness, strength, conditioning, diet and nutrition. Practical study will include placement with a nominated racehorse trainer and local equestrian centre that will cover riding and horse management skills.

    Upon successful completion of the course students will achieve a BTEC Level 2-3 (equivalent to 1-2 A levels). They will then be provided with a guaranteed work placement as an apprentice or conditional jockey with a racehorse trainer for either Flat or National Hunt.

    Head coach of the Jockey Academy will be Graham Skeats. Graham has a wealth of experience both as a jockey and principal work rider for some of the best racehorse trainers in England. He has also worked as head man and assistant trainer to one the finest trainers in the country, managing staff and mentoring apprentices. Graham has an excellent reputation within the sport and is very much looking forward to ensuring every student achieves their full potential.

    Overseeing the Academy will be SGS College director of sports academies, Simon Panes, who has a wealth of experience in developing and managing sports programmes alongside education.

    SGS College is nationally recognised for delivering high quality sport programmes, with many students securing professional careers within their chosen sport, competing at the highest level and representing their country.

    National Hunt trainer, Jonjo O’neill comments: “I am delighted to endorse the SGS College Jockey Academy in association with Cheltenham racecourse. This exciting initiative provides both training and mentoring that will help secure the future of racing.

    “I look forward to working with the Academy and welcoming the students to Jackdaws Castle.”

    Please contact Simon Panes or Graham Skeats for further information.

    Simon Panes
    Telephone: 0117 919 2634
    Mobile: 07974 771410
    Email: simon.panes@sgscol.ac.uk

    Graham Skeats
    Mobile: 07742 640800
    Email: graham.skeats@sgscol.ac.uk


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