The Racing Centre
A Centre for Racing in the Racing Centre
The New Astley Club (or the Racing Centre as it is now known) on Fred Archer Way is an independent charity that has been a long-standing facility for stud and stable staff. Originally founded by Sir John Astley in 1893 and stood in its current location since 1975, the club has always been popular amongst the racing community and is a home from home for its 1400 members.
The new development has been carried out after a strategic review and consultation period with the community, members and stakeholders. Nearly £600,000 has been raised to support the charities revamp which has seen it create a new identity asThe Racing Centre reflecting the variety of services on offer on a daily basis.
At the heart of that development is RACEFIT; a fitness and rehabilitation service, which boasts a brand new state of the art gym equipped with racehorse simulator and a treatment room.
RACEFIT will provide a subsidised fitness and injury rehabilitation service to stud, stable staff and jockeys helping to keep the workforce fit and healthy and supporting them in returning to work after injury. Osteopathy and Physiotherapy will be available on site through the treatment partner KPO.
As part of the refurbishment a new entrance and reception area has been created with one to one meeting rooms and modern changing facilities. Whilst on the first floor a new Head Office has been installed for the National Association of Stable Staff. In addition, several small meeting rooms which will house the Racing Chaplin, Injured Jockeys Fund Almoners and Racing Welfare Officers when required, which demonstrates the reasoning behind the name change to The Racing Centre.
The Racing Centre enlisted Newmarket Computer Services originally to manage their IT support, this has since increased to the hosting of their website and management of their email and cloud backup systems. In time this will also involve a website rebuild to better show off the charity as a whole.
To view the Racing Centre website please visit www.theracingcentre.org