Educational Bursary For Licensed Jockeys Launched By IIJ

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The new scheme will benefit Irish jockeys | Racingfotos.com

A bursary scheme for all current or former licensed jockeys who wish to further their education, retrain or upskill was launched by the Irish Injured Jockeys (IIJ) on Tuesday. Funded by the Pierce family in memory of their late mother Kathleen, who was an avid racegoer, the scheme will make grants available to support the educational and career development goals of all licensed jockeys. The aim is to provide jockeys with enhanced career prospects when they leave racing. Equuip, Horse Racing Ireland's education and training division, will support IIJ in managing the scheme.

Irish Injured Jockeys General Manager, Michael Higgins, said, “This educational bursary scheme has been made possible by the generous donation from the Pierce family and will allow Irish Injured Jockeys to offer practical supports for educational and career development for all licensed jockeys. This is an area where we plan to devote increased resources to and I would encourage any current or former licensed jockey, thinking of returning to education or training, to consider applying for financial support. We are grateful to Equuip for their knowledge and experience in helping to manage the scheme. Details of the scheme, including how to apply are available on our website.”

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