Hall Green are the first BAGS tracks to offer permit trainers a chance to run in graded races.
While GBGB are finalising plans to allow five tracks to start a trial, racing manager Rob Coulthard is taking contact details of anyone who would like to sign up to join Hall Green as soon as the scheme is approved.
He said: “I think permit racing is a great idea. I remember it well first time around and it was a great success. I don’t get why anyone would think it was an issue for BAGS tracks. If I am concerned about any of our professionals being a bit ‘hot’ they don’t get to run on BAGS anyway.
“Besides we have non-BAGS meetings too and there would always be plenty of races to take part in.
“I think small kennels are the way forward. As things stand only wealthy people can afford to build big kennels but a lot of young people will love to train their own dogs.
“We have Ross Williams who is in his early twenties who has five or six dogs with us. Him and his girlfriend love to turn up on a Saturday night with four or five runners. They are so enthusiastic, it is great for the game. I would love to have another 15 Ross Williams’ at the track.”
To place your interest, contact Hall Green racing office on 0870 840 7371.
The GBGB Board today agreed to support an initiative to create a newly recognised Owner Trainer Licence. Broadly speaking, this type of licence will allow an owner who wishes to train no more than 2 of their own racing greyhounds, to race at licensed GBGB tracks without the need for residential kennelling provisions and inspection. The relevant processes and procedures required in order to facilitate the new licence are being developed to enable the new licences to be issued as soon as practicable.
Shawfield (above) and Pelaw Grange are two tracks keen on 'permits'
GBGB agrees to new 'permit' licence scheme
BY JONATHAN KAY OF THE RACING POST
THE GBGB has sanctioned the return of a permit-type scheme, with Thursday's board meeting approving the introduction of a new owner-trainer licence.
“The GBGB today agreed to support an initiative to create a newly recognised Owner Trainer Licence,” said a short statement.
“Broadly speaking, this type of licence will allow an owner who wishes to train no more than two of their own racing greyhounds to race at licensed GBGB tracks without the need for residential kennelling provisions and inspection.
“The relevant processes and procedures required in order to facilitate the new licence are being developed to enable the new licences to be issued as soon as practicable.”
A number of non-Bags tracks had been pushing for such a scheme – Pelaw Grange and Shawfield this week reported fielding numerous inquiries from people wishing to train greyhounds from their homes.
A decision on the fate of the Derby was not on the Thursday board agenda.
GREYHOUND BOARD OF GREAT BRITAIN - PRACTITIONER DIRECTORS
The GBGB is seeking to fill two vacancies for Practitioner Directors on its Main Board.
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL TRAINER
Any GBGB Licensed Professional Trainer is invited to state in writing why he/she should be considered for the position of trainer representative on the Board. Nominations should be accompanied by the names and signatures of two fellow trainers as proposer and seconder.
Any owner with a greyhound registered in their name with GBGB is invited to state in writing why he/she should be considered for the position of owner representative on the Board. Nominations should be accompanied by the names and signatures of two fellow owners as proposer and seconder.
Nominations should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
The Nominations Committee
6 New Bridge Street
The closing date for nominations is Friday 6th January 2017.
The GBGB Nominations Committee will review each application having regard for such factors, including, but not limited to, as the nominated person’s honesty, integrity, reputation, competence and capability as well as whether their appointment would facilitate the effective functioning of the Main Board and the delivery of good corporate responsibility. Nominees must be prepared to foster constructive relations with fellow directors, members of GBGB committees and nominated representative groups and be prepared to accept and work within the principle of collective responsibility.
The GBGB Nominations Committee will select from the nominations up to three candidates for each position (to be ratified by the Board), following which an election under the auspices of GBGB’s independent auditors will take place. It is anticipated that the successful candidates will take their places as Practitioner Directors at the GBGB Main Board meeting on Thursday 23rd March 2017.
The GBGB Nominations Committee made its recommendations regarding Practitioner Directors at the meeting of the Main Board yesterday.
The Committee reported that only one nomination had been received for the role of Practitioner Director to represent Professional Trainers. Peter Harnden who is attached to Nottingham was nominated by Pat Rosney and Laurence Tuffin and was supported by other leading professional trainers.
The Committee discussed whether the nomination process should be re-opened. However, after noting that every Professional Trainer had been given the opportunity to apply but had not, and into taking account of the quality of the application, the Committee recommended that Peter Harnden’s nomination should be accepted by the Board.
The Board accepted the nomination and Peter will join the Board at its scheduled meeting on 23rd March.
GBGB Chairman Tom Kelly who also chairs the Nominations Committee said, ‘While it was a little disappointing to receive just one nomination, Peter’s application was first class and we are convinced that he will make a major contribution to the work of the Board and champion the cause of trainers throughout the country.’
Peter Harnden said, ’It is an honour and privilege to be given a chance in this position. You can be assured I will give this 100% to help create a better future for all my fellow trainers.
The Nominations Committee reported that there had been an exceptional response to the call for nominations for the role of Practitioner Directors for Owners.
The ten nominations that had been received were of a high quality and the Committee recommended that six of the applicants should be invited to meet the Nominations Committee who would then recommend three of them to the 23rd March Board meeting.
A vote for GBGB registered owners would then be held, as originally planned, which would enable the successful applicant to take his / her seat on the Board at the 18th May meeting..
I question who in their right mind would want to join the board of an organisation of a body that is currently being investigated by the city of London police over allegations of fraud and bribery. In my opinion this process should be delayed until the conclusion of the police investigation.