Doncaster’s Jockey School set to be in TV spotlight

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Staff at Doncaster’s Northern Racing College are set to star in a new documentary called Jockey School.

The fly-on-the-wall documentary – set to be broadcast on Channel 4 tomorrow night at 10pm – follows the journey of a group of troubled teens aged between 16 and 18 as they undertake a 10-week course in the first stages of looking after racehorses.

The programme shows how the college – British racing’s centre of excellence for education and training in the North – sets out to combine a rigid structure and routine with these teenagers’ passion for horses to give them a fighting chance of a better life.

Dawn Goodfellow, college chief executive, said staff welcomed the chance for people to get an insight into such an ‘exciting industry’.

She said: “We are all very much looking forward to the screening of Jockey School.

“It gives us the opportunity to show off the fantastic opportunities the College opens up for young people of all backgrounds in one of the world’s most exciting industries.”

During the course, the teenagers are put through their paces, and made to cope with the rigours of early-morning starts, discipline and hard work, as well as facing the no-nonsense approach of experienced instructors.

Student Tyler Stafford, from Durham, said the course had been a ‘very worthwhile’ experience.

The 16-year-old said: “We were taught all of the basics, and Doncaster was the best place possible to have gone for what I want to do.”

The documentary was filmed between September and November last year, and follows the pupils up until their graduation.