The Racing Media Academy – Class of ’22 Announced
Racing Media Academy Class of 2022 announced
The 10 students who will make up the first cohort of the Racing Foundation-funded Racing Media Academy (RMA) have been announced following a competitive selection process.
The students will start their training at The British Racing School in April 2022 before going on to gain paid work experience at one of racing’s elite media houses.
Equine Productions, ITV Racing, JSC Communications, Racecourse Media Group, Racing Post, RaceTech and Sky Sports Racing have all collaborated with the Academy for the first time to offer journalism and media opportunities for individuals from underrepresented backgrounds.
The Academy had just short of 200 applications for the 10 sought-after places with applicants representing a cross section of society in terms of age, nationality, religion, sexuality and disability.
Ami Amersy is a 20-year-old boxing promoter from Manchester and has been selected for a placement with the Racing Post.
“I’m most looking forward to learning how social media marketing techniques are implemented to increase the amount of readership in sports fans,” said Ali, who learned more about racing as part of the BHA’s Step on Track Programme.
The idea for the Racing Media Academy was born after broadcaster and entrepreneur Josh Apiafi identified there was a barrier to getting new diverse talent into the horseracing media. He subsequently approached the media outlets mentioned above for a partnership collaboration and the Racing Foundation for funding.
Josh Apiafi said: “I am supremely proud to see the Class of ‘22 of the inaugural Racing Media Academy.
“Ensuring there is a route to increase greater diversity within our media channels is crucial as we work towards racing’s workforce and fan base becoming more representative of today’s diverse society.
“From an initial idea 15 months ago, it has been incredible to see what can be achieved when industry collaboration comes to the fore.
“I’d like to firstly thank the Racing Foundation for their funding of the first Racing Media Academy, Lee Moulson, for his untiring work ethic to bring this to life, as well as our seven media partners.
“Together, they have changed 10 people’s lives for the better by opening up new opportunities.”
Racing Media Academy Class of 2022
ALI AKBER AMERSY, Manchester
ALEXIA CHESTER, Nantwich
CHARLES DAY, Wolverhampton
HANNAH HENN, Northampton
Sky Sports Racing
SOPHIE MANNERS, London
LEWIS KNOWLES, Wirral
Sky Sports Racing
ASHLEY SCOTT, Northampton
ALBERT SYMONDS, East Sussex
MICHAEL TEENEY, Newcastle