The National Association of Stable Staff (NASS)

The National Association of Stable Staff, or NASS as it is commonly known is the Independent Certified Trade Union representing Stable Staff employed by Licensed Racehorse Trainers.

NASS is commited to improving pay, conditions of service and the overall employment position of stable staff.

It was previously called the Stable Lads Association (SLA).  The SLA was originally formed in July 1975 after the strike at Newmarket Racecourse over poor pay and conditions.  The home of the SLA was based in Derby.

In 2007 the organisation changed its name to its current status and became affiliated to the Trade’s Union Congress.  In 2013 the NASS head office moved to The Racing Centre, Newmarket, racing’s headquarters and where a third of the industries staff are based.

The website was designed in July 2015 and can be viewed by visiting