Starting Out

Jockey Coaching Programme

All Apprentices and Conditionals are now allocated a fully qualified Jockey Coach to support them from a technical and pastoral perspective until they ride out their claim and for the first year afterwards. The BHA Jockey Coaching Programme is administered by the British Racing School and is designed to improve both the riding skills of young jockeys and to develop them as all round sportspeople.

The Jockey Coaching Programme started in 2011 and is funded via deductions made from jockeys’  accounts (7.5% of the Riding fee for Apprentices  and 5.625% for Conditionals).

The team of Jockey Coaches have all previously had successful professional careers themselves.  Their role includes one-to-one tuition, supervised course walks and post-race analysis.  Jockeys are coached in all aspects of their careers from technical support, motivation, confidence, fitness and communication skills. 

All Jockey Coaches are UKCC qualified and provide the jockeys with approximately two hour one-to one sessions twice a month.


Any Jockey wishing to be allocated a Jockey Coach should contact Polly Greco at BRS on 01638 675907.

Kevin Darley is the Jockey Coaching Development Manager. He is keen to receive feedback and comments from jockeys and can be contacted on 07974 172675.

Key resources

Jockey Matters: Jockey Coaching