Did you know 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem this year?

This year, on Wednesday 16 May, we will be holding a raceday in partnership with Plymouth & District Mind and Racing Welfare to raise awareness of mental health problems and the support that is available to help tackle these issues.

Unfortunately there still continues to be a great deal of stigma associated with mental health issues. We want this raceday to give people the opportunity to open up to friends, family or colleagues and start a dialogue in a relaxed environment.

Our raceday dedicated to mental health will take place during Mental Health Awareness Week, from Monday 14 until Sunday 20 May. The focus of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week is stress. Research by the Mental Health Foundation has shown that two thirds of people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime and stress is a key factor in this.

Whilst stress is at the forefront of this year’s campaign, help and support is available for the myriad of other mental health problems which can arise; further research suggests that one in four of us will experience a mental health problem this year.

Did you know…

  • Suicide is the most common cause of death for men aged 20-49 in the UK
  • One in four of us will experience a mental health problem this year
  • At any given time, one in six working age adults have symptoms associated with mental ill health (sleep problems, fatigues etc.) which do not meet the criteria for diagnosis
  • 2.3 million – the number of people who are out of work with a mental health condition
  • Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental health condition
  • Only one quarter of people with mental health problems seek treatment
  • Mixed anxiety and depression is the most common mental health disorder in the UK

Source: Mental Health Foundation

Mental Health Support

Nobody should suffer in silence. Help is always at hand.

For more information on the support that is available, please contact:

Plymouth & District Mindwww.plymouthmind.com
Racing Welfarewww.racingwelfare.co.uk

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Newton Abbot Racecourse – #InYourCorner

February 2017

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today reaffirmed its commitment to tackling mental health problems in sport by announcing the appointment of the mental health charity Mind as an advisory body to assist the sport achieving its commitments to the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation.

The BHA has also pledged its support to the national #InYourCorner campaign , run by Time to Change, designed to improve attitudes towards mental health, especially among men under the age of 45.

The BHA, alongside Racing Welfare, joined the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) as signatories to the mental health charter in May 2016. The charter was developed by the Sport and Recreation Alliance and the Professional Players Federation with the support of Mind and Time to Change in 2015. It aims to create a welcoming, inclusive and positive environment for everyone to participate in sport and recreation, encourage people to talk about mental health and support people to seek help and support when needed.

The BHA is pleased to announce that Mind will be working together with the BHA to ensure that the BHA actively meets its obligations to the charter. This includes supporting the mental health and wellbeing of staff through delivering mental health awareness training, supporting the BHA to deliver workplace wellbeing events and activities and reaching out to local communities through linking BHA with the local Mind network to deliver events and activities.

Moreover, the BHA will raise awareness of mental health and reduce stigma and discrimination through working with Time to Change to promote the “#InYourCorner” campaign which launches nationally today, 23 February.

The #InYourCorner campaign wants people to understand that being in a mate’s corner can make a big difference if they’re experiencing a mental health problem, and that there are simple things we can all do, such as reaching out by text or phone, listening without judging and being yourself and not changing with that person.

Matt Mancini, Welfare Development Manager for the BHA, said:

“The life of a jockey or racing groom can be tough. There are unique challenges that come with it. But we want everyone in racing to understand that they are not alone. You are surrounded by people who might be sharing your challenges or who can provide help and advice. This is why the #InYourCorner campaign is so relevant to racing, and why we will be giving it our full support.

“I’m also delighted that we will be working with Mind to deliver on the promises we made when we signed the Mental Health charter. Together we want to educate everyone involved in the sport about the support that is available to them, and that it is always the right thing to do to speak to someone if you think you need some help. We want to break down the stigma that is attached to mental health and tackle it head on, and it is pleasing that the mental and physical wellbeing of participants is one of the core areas that Government has confirmed that the forthcoming Levy replacement will contribute towards.”

Jo Loughran, Director of Operations at Time to Change, said:

“We’re delighted to be working with the BHA to improve attitudes towards mental health right across the horse racing community – jockeys, racing grooms and supporters. Our research clearly shows that mental health problems are just not on the radar for men so partnering with trusted organisations like the BHA is a great way to get our messages across.

“We know that men feel strongly about brotherhood and friendship and can play a vital role in looking out for their friends’ mental health and wellbeing. Our new campaign aims to show that being in your friend’s corner doesn’t have to be difficult or awkward. Breaking the cycle of men feeling unable to reach out has never been more urgent. We need to help men realise they can make a real difference, even change someone’s life.”

Speaking about their partnership with the BHA to deliver the commitments of the Mental health Charter, Hayley Jarvis, Community Programmes Manager for Mind, said:

“From the elite level down to grass roots – sport can be used to reduce stigma and encourage positive conversation about mental health, which is why we’re delighted to support the BHA’s commitment to the Mental Health Charter for Sport and Recreation.

“Sport brings people together. The benefits of physical activity for mental health and wellbeing are well known, and sport has been used to support people with mental health problems for some time. We are looking forward to working closely with the BHA to incorporate mental health into their strategy to make sport more accessible to people with mental health problems and use it as a force for social change.”

Dawn Goodfellow, Chief Executive of Racing Welfare, said:

“As a leading provider of mental health and wellbeing support services to British racing’s workforce, Racing Welfare is delighted to partner with the BHA and PJA on these exciting new initiatives.

“The importance of good mental health has moved up the agenda for employers as national campaigns gain momentum and raise awareness of the need for preventative support. Never has there been a more significant time for British racing to demonstrate its commitment to the wellbeing of its participants.

“Racing Welfare is dedicated to ensuring that everyone working in the racing and breeding industry is able to access support 24/7. The #InYourCorner campaign, MIND and the Mental Health in Sport Charter will help us achieve this together.

“Anyone employed or formerly employed in the racing and breeding industries can access confidential listening and counselling services free of charge via Racing’s Support Line on 0800 6300 443 or to find out more go to www.support.racingwelfare.co.uk/app/answers.

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Every year Newton Abbot Racecourse receives a large number of requests from charities and for charity-related events and activities.

PLEASE NOTE: We have already selected which charities the racecourse will be supporting in 2018 and will not be accepting any further requests this year.

The racecourse therefore allots a set number of prizes at the beginning of each year for distribution, however there are a number of criteria that must be met first to be considered.

Before submitting a request please ensure you can meet the following criteria:

  • Newton Abbot Racecourse is only able to respond to requests made directly by registered charities or local schools. The racecourse does not make donations of prizes or sponsorship to requests made by individuals raising money on behalf of organisations or unregistered charities
  • Requests must be made by letter and include the charity’s registered number
  • The racecourse only donates to local causes within a 10 mile radius.

Each year the racecourse supports at least five charities in various ways. In order to ensure a varied spread of good causes, we support different charities every year.

If you feel that your request meets the above criteria, please write to us at Mr P Masterson, Newton Abbot Racecourse, Newton Road, Newton Abbot, TQ12 3AF.

Due to the volume of requests received it may not be possible to respond to all requests individually. If you have not received a response within 28 days then regrettably your request has been unsuccessful.

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Racecourse Association

With 57 racecourse members, the Racecourse Association works with racecourses around the country to increase and develop income streams and ensure the highest professional standard in all aspects including health and safety, and management. They actively find ways to promote the interests of the industry.

British Horseracing Authority

The role of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is to ensure that there’s a high level of continual development in the sport. With a responsibility to provide attractive and exciting racing, and ensuring the highest standards for sport and participants, the BHA represents and promotes horseracing in the UK.

Racehorse Owners Association

With over 7,000 members, the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA) looks to protect the interests of racehorse owners across the UK. Funded almost entirely from membership income, the ROA plays a key role in British racing politics.

National Trainers Federation

With the objective of representing and protecting trainers’ interests, the National Trainers Federation has grown to be a reliable and respected organisation. It’s a professional body for licensed racehorse trainers, providing a range of publications and services. On hand to provide support, advice and information, the National Trainers Federation offers access to a wide range of professionals.

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Accommodation Near Newton Abbot Racecourse

If you’re looking to combine your holiday to South Devon with some unmissable horseracing at Newton Abbot, take a look at some of the local accommodation near the racecourse in Newton Abbot. If you’ve stayed in accommodation near Newton Abbot Racecourse and it’s not on our list, please let us know so we can update this section.

Newton Abbot Premier Inn

Situated on the racecourse site, you’re already on site to enjoy a day at the races. The hotel, which opened in 2012, shares the site with a Beefeater restaurant and has 61 bedrooms with rates from just £35 per night.

It’s a great base for exploring what Newton Abbot and the surrounding areas have to offer, including Exeter, Torquay and Plymouth.

www.premierinn.com 0871 5279300.

Bovey Castle

History, glamour, excitement and adventure – Bovey Castle is a truly luxurious award-winning hotel set in beautiful countryside surroundings. A place where you can live out your dreams, then put your feet up. In the heart of Dartmoor National Park, the Castle overlooks the beautiful Edwardian gardens and meandering championship golf course set in the valley of the River Bovey.

Enjoy the luxuriously appointed décor, outstanding service and attention to detail. Where else can you wear your Hunter wellies at 8am, golf spikes at 3pm and Manolo Blahniks for dinner? While offering guests luxury and indulgence, this is not a stuffy hotel where you can’t sit on the furniture or let your kids enjoy themselves.

The bedrooms have been designed with you in mind and offer comfort and luxury to meet your high standards. The leaded panes and lofted ceilings contrast with modern day flat-screen televisions with high-speed wireless internet connections, games and movies.

Relax in the holistic spa or take a dip in the indoor pool with jacuzzi, steam room and sauna.

Set within the beautiful grounds are 14 three-storey country lodges. Each lodge has three en-suite bathrooms and almost all are laid out over three floors and able to sleep eight people. Each property is built from local granite and vaulted with English oak, all echoing the enduring character of Devon’s moorlands.

Situated amongst woodland, bordered by lakes and perfected lawns the lodge provides guests with their own private sanctuary. Guests can enjoy the hotel facilities and housekeeping services are still available, allowing you to enjoy benefits of Bovey Castle as well as desired independence.

www.boveycastle.com 0844 4740077

Glen Cottage

This 17th-century cottage is located within a beautiful secluded garden. Set in six acres of tranquil grounds, this cottage offers an ideal base to discover what Devon has to offer. The bed and breakfast provides a haven away from the hustle and bustle.

www.glen-cottage.co.uk 01626 852209


For total privacy, Lurcombe’s self-catering apartments offer a quiet and private setting, perfect for those looking to switch off. Within a short distance is the A38, granting you easy access to a number of Devon’s most popular destinations, including Newton Abbot Racecourse.

www.lurcombe.co.uk 01626 821027

Coast View Holiday Park

A perfect destination for families looking to holiday in Devon, Coast View Holiday Park has all you need and more. With use of their onsite facilities, including their indoor heated pool and café bar, you can unwind with the family whilst making the most of the Devonshire countryside. With a number of nearby beaches and with plenty to do in the area, your family can relax and enjoy their holiday.

www.coastview.co.uk 01626 818350

Coombeshead Farm Holiday Cottages

Set in an unspoilt rural area of Newton Abbot, this non-working farm has been transformed into three spacious holiday homes. Set in 25 acres of countryside, there’s plenty to explore and discover. Just one mile from Chudleigh and under 20 minutes to Newton Abbot, you can combine the thrill of horseracing with the tranquillity of the Devonshire countryside with a stay at Coombeshead Farm Holiday Cottages.

www.coombesheadfarm.net 01626 853334

Best Western Passage House Hotel

For an action-packed holiday in Devon with the family, the Passage House Hotel is in the perfect location to enjoy a range of activities and days out. With spectacular Devon riverside views and a range of hotel rooms and holiday apartments, you’ll have a great holiday. The family-friendly hotel is situated near the A38 and M5, giving you great access to the rest of the South West.

www.bw-passagehousehotel.co.uk 01626 355515

Ilsington Country House Hotel

This family-owned and run hotel is located within the Dartmoor National Park only 8 miles from the Racecourse. Set within 10 acres of land, a choice of two restaurants and onsite leisure facilities make Ilsington the perfect place to celebrate your winnings! Holds a 2016 AA Hotel Silver Star award and 2 AA rosettes for fine cuisine; also awarded ‘Gold’ in the ‘Spa and Wellbeing Experience’ category in the 2015 Devon Tourism Awards and ‘Gold’ in the ‘Hotel of the Year’ category of the English Riviera and South Devon Tourism and Hospitality Awards 2015.

www.ilsington.co.uk 01364 661452

Orestone Manor

Orestone Manor is a country hotel and restaurant, located by the sea in the pretty South Devon coastal village of Maidencombe. With all the things to make your stay one to remember, from luxury bedrooms, fine food, stunning public areas and more, this family-run hotel offers all you need right on your doorstep.

www.orestonemanor.com 01803 897511.

Devon Holiday Cottages

Original Cottages draws together cottages from sixteen local brands. Experts in their area, their in-depth knowledge and on-the-ground availability is invaluable to ensuring they offer holidaymakers the best cottage holidays around.


Discovery Holiday Homes

Discovery Holiday Homes has a superb collection of self-catering cottages and homes to suit all budgets and requirements. Their rental portfolio ranges from traditional beachside cottages to central apartments, superb villas, fantastic 5 star beach huts in Shaldon to remote Dartmoor cottages, plus getaway pads and large collections of properties further afield.


Sykes Holiday Cottages

The leading UK holiday cottage booking company with a fantastic range of self-catering cottages located across the whole of Devon. From cosy rural cottages to stylish seaside apartments, we have properties that welcome your four legged friends and include hot tubs for relaxing under the stars. You can always find a good deal on your next cottage holiday, we regularly have special offers, off-season reductions and last minute deals. Your perfect place awaits.


If you’re a local accommodation provider near Newton Abbot Racecourse and would like us to add your hotel, guest house or holiday cottages to our website, please get in contact by emailing us at marketing@newtonabbotracing.com.

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Over the course of the season we employ more than 200 members of staff to ensure our customers enjoy an unforgettable experience at our racecourse.

If you have exceptional customer service skills and a passion for horseracing – why not join our team?

Job vacancies at Newton Abbot Racecourse

Raceday Staff Vacancies

Are you looking for a temporary job this year? Are you hardworking and reliable? Do you love horseracing? If so, apply to join our raceday team.

We are looking for the following to become part of the team to work on racedays:

  • Catering staff
  • Car parking staff
  • Office staff
  • Till operators
  • Bar Staff

To apply for these positions, please email a copy of your CV to pmasterson@newtonabbotracing.com ASAP. We regularly look for temporary members of staff to join our team and so there is no closing date for these roles.

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Situated just 10 miles south of Exeter Racecourse, Newton Abbot Racecourse is a flat, oval, tight, left-handed circuit of about 1m 1f that favours the handy type.

There are seven fences to a circuit and a very short run-in.

The Devon racecourse offers views from the Course and Paddock Enclosures, alongside the Family Enclosure situated in the centre of the course. Download our 2018 Brochure for more information.

Ever wondered what the horse’s view is like from around the course? Take a look at our video where you can ride the course.

Visit England Quality Assured Racecourse

The Directors of Newton Abbot Racecourse are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a Quality Assured Racecourse Award by Visit England

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In 1866, the present location of Newton Abbot Racecourse in Devon was purchased by local racing enthusiasts to create a space to celebrate equine sport in the region.

The racing took off immediately, growing hugely popular. However, it was quite some time before the racecourse was equipped to be considered a proper racing venue.

These regular race meetings have only ever been brought to a halt twice by the outbreak of the two world wars. Throughout the First World War, the racecourse was occupied by troops and used as a prisoner-of-war camp. During the Second World War only one day’s racing was held until peace was declared. The end of the war was celebrated with a huge crowd of 17,500 on August Bank Holiday in 1945.

In 1969, Her Majesty the Queen Mother opened the main grandstand. Corporate facilities were built in 1990 and each year more modern facilities have been added to attract passionate racegoers and businesses to this Devon racecourse. In 2016, the racecourse celebrated its 150th anniversary. To find out more about Newton Abbot Racecourse’s history, view our 150th Anniversary Book

Do you have old photographs from the racecourse or memories of what racing was like? If you do, we’d love for you to share your photos and stories with us on Twitter or Facebook.

Newton Abbot Racecourse today

Thanks to a rolling winter programme of redevelopment at the racecourse, it is very different from the old days with improved facilities available each year. Come and see for yourself how much the racecourse has changed – join us on one of our racing fixtures at Newton Abbot Racecourse, Devon.

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