Trainers and stable staff are considered the backbone of horse racing, yet they appear to be facing a precarious future. Identifying and implementing specific bespoke interventions for trainers and stable staff is a challenge until the research and understanding around the varying areas of mental health and well-being within the racing industry are better understood. The overarching aim of this research is to investigate the mental health, well-being and coping strategies amongst trainers and stable staff within the Irish racing industry to allow the development of a Mental Health in Equine Sport education programme. A survey will be distributed to all trainers and stable staff to investigate their current lifestyle and occupational behaviours, the prevalence of common mental health disorders and well-being and associated risk factors. Using a qualitative approach, semi-structured interviews will be conducted to further explore unique stressors and coping strategies used. These findings will all be interpreted to develop, implement, and evaluate a pilot Mental Health in Equine Sport education programme. This study will provide a framework to offer a safe and supportive environment for trainers and stable staff within Irish horse racing, improving employment standards, enhancing welfare support services, ensuring career pathways and education programmes are available.
· Essential. Applicants should hold or expect to attain, as a minimum a 2:1 Honours degree, or equivalent, in Psychology or Sport and Exercise Science OR a related discipline
· Hold a taught MSc degree in one of the above disciplines
· Work or research experience within National Governing Bodies of Sport
· Interest in the Horse Racing Industry
· Experience undertaking or delivering sport psychology or mental health workshops
· Statistical analysis using appropriate software
· Conduct and analysis of qualitative interviews
Knowledge & Experience
Very strong interpersonal skills
Very high level of academic writing
Personal organisational skills
Ability to work as part of a larger team
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit evidence of competency in English, please see WIT’s English Language Requirements for details.
· Good verbal communication skills
Skills & Competencies
· Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate on application that they meet SETU’s English language requirements and provide all necessary documentation. See Page 7 of the Code of Practice. In order to be shortlisted for interview, you must meet the SETU English speaking requirements so please provide evidence in your application.