RCA 2018 Annual Report

The Racecourse Association has today published its Annual Report accounting for progress made over 2017/18 against the trade association’s operating plan.

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Publication was slightly delayed to ensure RaceTech’s new deal to support the output from both Racing UK and ARC was included. This deal will ensure a consistent, high quality output from all British Racecourses.

RCA Chairman Maggie Carver’s paper details the new levy scheme and Racing Authority, within which the RCA played a vital role in negotiating. Maggie continues with an overview of the work of both Executive departments and the Showcase & Awards which was rated as the best yet by guests.

In what is his final Annual Report as Chief Executive, Stephen Atkin outlines the RCA’s 2017 Operating Plan and sets out progress made with the key objectives set as well as more dynamic work completed due to circumstances arising throughout the year.

Racecourse Services Director Caroline Davies details the work completed by the numerous committees under her remit including the Technical, Medical and Raceday Experience Groups. The Racecourse Groundstaff Awards, supported by Pitchcare, Watt Fences and Fornells, are also featured with results of the 2017 renewal.

Andy Clifton’s first report as Racing Director focuses on record prize money levels in British Racing of £142.5m which represents a fifth consecutive year of growth. Andy also describes work by the RCA’s racing team to assist with the staging of further customer-friendly fixtures to help grow attendances.

The Racegoers Club, the official club of British Racegoers, celebrated its 50th anniversary and the Club has been celebrating this golden anniversary throughout the year with racecourses and racegoers alike.

RCA Chairman Maggie Carver commented “The Annual Report shows the incredibly varied work completed by the RCA team over the past year. This is testament to our small but high performing team and also the contribution of each of our 59 members whose participation in the work and output of the RCA is of significant benefit to both racecourses and the industry as a whole.

“The advent of the Racing Authority will give the industry a unique opportunity to drive improvements across the board. The RCA is working closely with its tripartite partners (BHA and Horsemen) to respond to this and other challenges we face in the coming months to ensure the continued development of the sport.”