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How to Become a Greyhound Trainer
If you wish to apply for a Greyhound Trainer's Licence please contact our offices, where one of our staff will be delighted to post you an application form. Greyhound Trainers can train up to a maximum of 12 greyhounds at any one time.

Applicants for a Greyhound Trainer Licence must be 18 years of age.

All questions on the application form are compulsory and must be completed in full (in the applicant's own handwriting) and be supported by two recent passport-sized photograhs,or the application will be returned to the applicant. 

 
References
Applicants must ask permission from two referees of their choice prior to completing an application. One referee must be a Racing Manager of an GBGB racecourse. If you have difficulty in obtaining a reference from a Racing Manager, it is advisable for you to introduce yourself to one.

 
Kennels
Kennels and training facilities must conform to the schedule of minimum requirements for residential kennels. Please also see Rules 212 and 213 in the Rules of Racing. Applicants are reminded that a GBGB licence holder must provide overnight supervision at the kennels and that all Kennelhands must be licensed.

 
Rules of Racing
Applicants must have and be familiar with an up-to-date copy of the GBGB Rules of Racing, they will be examined on them by the Area Stipendiary Steward who makes an inspection of their kennels.

A fee of £66 is required; this includes £60 for Kennel Inspection and £6 for a printed copy of the current GBGB Rules of Racing. An additional £8 should be submitted for each Kennelhand, £10 for each Head Kennelhand. The fee must be attached with the application form. In cases where the applicant requires a refund of the kennel inspection, this will only be possible if the kennel has not been inspected.

 
Annual licence fee
The annual licence fee for a Greyhound Trainer is £40, which expires on 31 December every year. This fee includes the fortnightly publication to the GBGB Calendar.

Applications may take up to 8 weeks to be issued after being received.  Applicants must also be aware that any application for any Trainers' Licence does not guarantee approval by the GBGB Stewards.

 
How to Become a Professional Trainer
If you wish to apply for a Professional Trainer's Licence please contact our offices, where one of our staff will be delighted to post you an application form.

Applicants for a Professional Trainer Licence must be over 21 years of age and normally have held a Greyhound Trainer's Licence or Head Kennel Hand's Licence for at least two years.

All questions on the application form are compulsory and must be completed in full (in the applicant's own handwriting) and be supported by two recent passport-sized photographs,or the application will be returned to the applicant. 

 
References
Applicants must ask permission from two referees of their choice prior to completing an application. One referee must be a Racing Manager of an GBGB racecourse. If you have difficulty in obtaining a reference from a Racing Manager, it is advisable that you to introduce yourself to one.

 
Kennels
Kennels and training facilities must conform to the schedule of minimum requirements for residential kennels. Please also see Rules 212 and 213 in the Rules of Racing. Applicants are reminded that an GBGB licence holder must provide overnight supervision at the kennels and that all Kennel Hands must be licensed.

 
Rules of Racing
Applicants must have and be familiar with an up-to-date copy of the GBGB Rules of Racing, they will be examined on them by the Area Stipendiary Steward who makes an inspection of their kennels.

All questions on the application form are compulsory and must be completed in full in the applicant's own handwriting and be supported by two recent passport-style photographs, or the application will be returned to the applicant.

A fee of £66 is required; this includes £60 for Kennel Inspection and £6 for a printed copy of the current GBGB Rules of Racing. An additional £8 should be submitted for each Kennel Hand, £10 for each Head Kennel Hand, and £10 for each Assistant Trainer Licence. The fee must be attached with the application form. In cases where the applicant requires a refund of the kennel inspection, this will only be possible if the kennel had not been inspected.

Annual licence fee
The annual licence fee for a Professional Trainer is £50, which expires on 31 December every year. This fee includes the fortnightly publication to the GBGB Calendar.

Trainers' applications may take up to 8 weeks to be issued after being received.  Applicants must also be aware that any application for any Trainers' Licence does not guarantee approval by the GBGB Stewards.


How to become a Kennelhand
Licensed Greyhound Racing in Britain is conducted under the Rules of Racing upheld by the Greyhound Board of Great Britain Ltd. The GBGB is the regulatory body, which stipulates rules and provides Licences at the GBGB Licensed racecourses throughout Britain. The racecourses themselves are under independent management and have their own private staff. The sport offers opportunity for a variety of fulfilling careers ranging from Kennelhand to Professional Trainer, Racing Manager and on to Director level.

 
Kennelhand
Greyhound Racing offers excellent opportunities to school leavers who wish to pursue a career working with animals. Academic qualifications are not essential for this career, but it is important that applicants have a strong interest in and concern for the welfare of greyhounds. Trainers look for bright, responsible individuals who are prepared to work fairly long and unsocial hours, albeit with the advantage that much of the work is out of doors. Life is normally hectic but can be exciting especially if you have charge of a high class greyhound. You will certainly be rewarded with loyalty and affection from these loving animals.

 
What is required?

  • Kennels vary in size and numbers of staff but without exception you must be able to work as part of a team, completely loyal to the Trainer and willing to carry out instructions.
  • You may be required to accompany your greyhounds to the various racecourses and so a considerable amount of travelling is entailed. A clean driving licence is an advantage.
  • Daily routine various from kennel to kennel, but basically revolves round the general welfare and training of the greyhound, its feeding, exercise and grooming.
  • At the racecourse the Kennel Hand is responsible to the Trainer whose greyhound has been placed in his or her charge and liases with both racecourse staff and the track Veterinary Surgeon. The Kennel Hand must guide his/her greyhound through the pre-race procedures, which include the weighing, veterinary examination and parading on the track prior to the race.
  • In the absence of the Trainer, the Kennel Hand is responsible at all times for the greyhound in his/her charge.
  • Flexible approach to work as there will be variety both in regime and location.


Promotion is entirely dependent on ability and merit. Head Kennel Hand status can be achieved after two year's service and a further three years is required to achieve Assistant Trainer. Applications for Kennel Hand, Head Kennel Hand, Assistant Trainer are made on your behalf by the Trainer concerned who will provide you with the appropriate form to complete. It must be completed in your own handwriting.  Please note that two recent passport-style photographs are required.

All questions on the application form are compulsory and must be completed in full or the application will be returned to the applicant.

The annual licence fee is £8 for Kennel Hand, £10 for Head Kennel Hand and £10 for Assistant Trainer. The expiry date is 31st December each year. If you would like more information about careers in Greyhound Racing please contact the Racing Manager of your nearest GBGB racecourse. You can also write to the GBGB, Procter House, 1 Procter Street, London WC1V 6DW or email.