The Racing Talent Training Centre (RTTC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong Association of Sports Medicine and Sports Science and Guangdong Vocational Institute of Sport, in order to provide local talent with resourceful education and training opportunities.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club aims to provide opportunities to jockeys currently riding or retired to further their studies and personal development through partnerships with respected institutions in Hong Kong.
The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK) is a government-funded tertiary institution dedicated to the advancement of learning and teaching through academic and research programmes on teacher education, social sciences and humanities disciplines. EdUHK has been supporting athletes’ pursuit of a dual career with its pledge to be an ‘Elite Athlete Friendly University’ in 2018.
Hence, RTTC has signed a MOU with EduHK. Under the spirit of MOU, the RTTC may nominate jockeys to apply for the full-time or part-time Bachelor of Health Education (Honours) with a flexible admission mechanism. This aims to provide continuing education opportunities for elite athletes with a solid foundation for career development after retirement.
Hong Kong Association of Sports Medicine and Sports Science (HKASMSS) and RTTC have signed a MOU to provide medical support, fitness monitoring and sport psychology counselling services to our trainees. With the help of HKASMSS, we anticipate an improvement in the performance of racing trainees and the effectiveness of training. Both parties will also collaborate in organising workshops, seminars, and educational activities to promote Racing Medicine and Science and the international racing industry.
To realise exhibition racing at Conghua Racecourse, The Hong Kong Jockey Club has been planning to nurture aspiring jockeys in the Greater Bay Area. Therefore, RTTC wishes to partner with an accredited education institution to recruit potential young talents to join as apprentice jockeys and work riders.
Guangdong Vocational Institute of Sport (GDVIS) was founded in August 1956 (Formerly Guangdong Provincial Sports School). In May of 2003, GDVIS was endorsed as a full-time sporting vocational college by People’s Government of Guangdong Province. Previously under the Guangdong Provincial Sports Bureau, it was managed by Department of Education of Guangdong Province from June of 2021. GDVIS aims to nurture all-rounded racing talents with the vision to be the most influential national training base for the horse racing sport.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club and GDVIS are keen to strengthen collaboration. Through rounds of negotiation, both have agreed to sign a MOU to launch a school-business partnership for the development of racing talent. The partnership includes racing talent identification and recruitment, internships for adult students and the establishment of a Professional Sports Training Course (Horse Racing) for students under the age of 18. This collaboration aims to nurture quality apprentice jockeys and racing talents from the Mainland.