• World-famous Turner joins 5 Star Active – a formal network partnership of cutting-edge ‘Sport for Development’ charities delivering services to young people – as ambassador
  • Turner will mentor, support and act as a role model to young people across the UK who have experienced backgrounds of poverty, violence, abuse or neglect
  • Turner was the first female jockey to ride 100 winners in a UK season, the first past 500 career victories the first outright Group 1 winner and the first female jockey to become a full-time professional
  • “I want to show and encourage young people that whatever they want to do in life it can all be done,” says Turner, who has ridden for the Queen

Friday 20th March 2015, Oval Cricket Ground, London, UK: The UK’s leading female jockey – Hayley Turner – has been announced as the new ambassador for 5 Star Active as part of their partnership launch at the world famous Oval Cricket Ground in London.

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5 Star Active is a formal network partnerships of cutting-edge ‘Sport for Development’ charities delivering services to young people managed by the award-winning Active Communities Network.

Delivering services to young people and working in partnership across the UK and Ireland, 5 Star Active programmes are open to all young people but are especially targeted at those who have experienced backgrounds of poverty, violence, abuse or neglect.

With solutions built on evidence and experience, 5 Star Active has become a key driving force addressing the youth crime, education and employment agendas and engages, mentors and supports young people, within their local neighbourhoods, helping to tackle poverty, create opportunities and inspire change.

Speaking about the announcement, Hayley Turner said:
“My job as a jockey is really intense and it takes over your life, and even though I am not going to be retiring in the near future, I am not going to ride forever, so I am thinking about what else I can offer.

“I am not from a massively wealthy background or related to anyone in horseracing to have a ‘leg up’ – I’ve done it all from scratch and on my own. The young people I will be working with are in the same position; having to make their lives on their own. I’ve been in the same position and I want to show and encourage them that whatever they want to do in life it can all be done.

“5 Star Active is something I can contribute to big time. The experiences I have had to get where I am now have been a rollercoaster – it’s not been smooth. I have learned a lot and I am keen to share my experiences and hopefully help the young people. The more I do with them, the more I will enjoy it.”

Hayley has certainly not wasted any time as ambassador, as last month she took a group of young people around  Lingfield Park Racecourse where she took part in a question and answer session over lunch, posing for photos and then gave a live insight into the technicalities of riding.