Coronavirus Support Package Open for Applications

Further to our message of Friday 17th April, we are pleased to confirm that the details of the support package have been finalised and all of the support elements are now open to applications.

The finalised details, including where and how to apply, are detailed below. Attached to this update are application forms for the PJA Income Support Scheme and the JAT & IJF Coronavirus Hardship Grants.


The PJA Income Support Scheme (PJAISS) has been designed to support those jockeys, as well as valets and agents, who fall outside of existing Government schemes. This scheme is open to all Professional Jockeys, Agents and Master Valets who do not qualify for the Government’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme (SEISS).

PJAISS will pay 80% of average monthly earnings up to a maximum amount of £2500 per month and first payments will be backdated to the 18th March. The Scheme is currently due to run until the end of June and any agreed payments will be reviewed if racing returns sooner than then.

Full details, including qualification criteria, are available on the attached PJA Income Support Scheme (PJAISS) Application Form. Please submit your completed application along with supporting evidence to or via post to The PJA, 39b Kingfisher Court, Hambridge Road, Newbury, RG14 5SJ


For those that do qualify for SEISS any money from the Government will not be paid until June. In order to assist with cash flow whilst waiting for those payments, the Racing Foundation will provide grants to Professional Jockeys, Jockey Coaches, Agents and Valets. These grants will need to be repaid once any monies come in from SEISS as the funds being used are required to meet other hardship issues being experienced across the industry.

You can claim the value of your SEISS claim, which will be for up to 80% of your trading profits up to a maximum of £2,500 per month for 3 months by declaring your eligibility for and intention to utilise the scheme. The eligibility criteria (which must all be met) are as follows:

• Be a current licensed jockey, valet or jockey’s agent

• Have filed a tax return for 2018-19 as being self-employed

• Have traded in 2019-20

• Have trading profits of less than £50,000 and more than half of your total income comes from self-employment. This can be with reference to at least one of the following conditions:

– Your trading profits and total income in 2018/19

– Your average trading profits and total income across up to the three years between 2016- 17, 2017-18, and 2018-19.

The re-payable grant will equate to the SEISS payment you will receive and will be an average of 80% of the average profits from the tax years (where applicable):

• 2016 to 2017

• 2017 to 2018

• 2018 to 2019

To claim the grant, please email Debbie Grey at who is running the scheme on behalf of the PJA and the Racing Foundation confirming:

• You are eligible for the SEISS scheme

• You intend to register for the SEISS scheme

• Your profits as per your tax returns, 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019

Debbie can be contacted on 07876 701952 if you have any questions or require support. Once received, your information will be checked, any queries resolved with you and then sent to Weatherbys Bank for payment to be made.


In addition to the above schemes, further support will be available to PJA members through the Jockeys Association Trust (the PJA’s own charity) and the Injured Jockeys Fund.

We have worked closely with the IJF in creating the Coronavirus Hardship Grant Fund which is designed to relieve or prevent financial hardship. If you need any financial support over and above Government schemes, the above schemes or any other current earnings you can apply for a grant utilising the form which is attached to this update.

Applications will be considered by your local IJF Almoner, who will speak to you directly to discuss the application and request any additional supporting documentation that is required. The IJF will then make their recommendations to the Jockeys Association Trust, whose Trustees will consider each recommendation and authorise any subsequently approved payments via Weatherbys Bank.

Any application should be submitted to the IJF by emailing or posting the application to: PJA & IJF Hardship Grants, Peter O’Sullevan House, 7a Newmarket Road, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7NU.

The following is an initial guideline to the value of grants we would consider issuing, although every application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis: Jockey PRIS Grade Rides in Previous Year Maximum Available 1 Up to 74 £500.00 2 75-114 £750.00 3 115-154 £1,000.00 4 155-199 £1,250.00 5 200-249 £1,500.00 6 250-349 £1,750.00 7 350-449 £2,000.00 8 450-599 £2,250.00 9 600 + £2,500.00

Valets and Agents suffering from financial hardship and in seek of financial support can apply for a Grant from Racing Welfare’s Covid 19 Hardship Grant scheme. Full details are available at

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Please note that all of the above funds are from charitable sources, including from the PJA’s own charity. The funds aren’t limitless and longer term support for some is likely to be needed, so please be mindful of this when applying.

If you need any help or assistance with any of the forms, or have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the team.

The PJA Team – Dale, Izzy, Nigel, Paul and Vicky

Paul Struthers – 07966 590105/01264 730770,

Dale Gibson – 07970 149415,

Izzy Desailly – 07771 656396,

Vicky Lee – 01635 778108/ 07585 633400,

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