New jobs are on offer at Oxford Stadium as greyhound racing makes a comeback.

Speedway has already made a successful return, and greyhound racing is next.

The stadium needs paddock stewards, track staff and racing office staff to assist with the sport’s return.

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The return of greyhound racing next month will be a boost to punters who enjoyed the sport in Oxford for more than 70 years until it finished in 2012.

The roles will be part-time initially, with a view to going full-time once the racing schedule increases.

Candidates are being hired by to join a dedicated team of staff responsible for ensuring the highest standards of greyhound welfare and integrity. 

Roles will be part-time initially, with a view to turning full-time once the stadium’s racing schedule is expanded later this year. Full training will be provided for all roles by Oxford Stadium’s experienced and qualified team where necessary.

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Racing office stewards and paddock stewards will work to ensure race nights are operated in line with the Greyhound Board of Great Britain’s (GBGB) strict rules and regulations.

Track staff will be responsible for preparing and maintaining the safest racing surface possible.

Oxford Stadium racing manager Kiaran O’Brien said the roles are perfect for jobseekers wishing to work in an exciting and professional environment where new and existing skillsets can be developed.

Mr O'Brien added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for people in Oxford to be at the heart of our stadium’s regeneration.

"We’re looking for bright, talented and friendly individuals with a passion for greyhounds who wish to be part of our exciting team.

“It is essential our race meetings prioritise greyhound welfare and care and operate to the highest levels of integrity to ensure we meet the Greyhound Board of Great Britain’s Rules of Racing regulations.

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“A basic knowledge and passion for greyhound racing would be advantageous, but we are committed to providing internal training and progression pathways both at Oxford and in partnership with our sister venue Towcester – home of the English Greyhound Derby.”

Race nights will be held on Fridays initially before being expanded to Saturday nights as well. Plans are also in place to host meetings on Sundays and Tuesdays before the turn of the year.

Two major Category One competitions – the highest standard of greyhound racing – will also be held with £10,000 first prizes agreed for events over 450 metres and 645 metres in partnership with bet365.

Mr O'Brien added: “Oxford Stadium has the potential and facilities to be the best greyhound racing track in the country.

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“The stadium has an outstanding history and is easily accessible for people living close to our doors and within the stadium’s immediate vicinity who are in search of a fun night out.

“We want to deliver the best race night experience possible, and our team of racing office, paddock and track staff will be integral to ensuring we fulfil this objective.”

Candidates interested in learning more about Oxford Stadium’s latest vacancies should email with their CV and contact details.

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This story was written by Andy Ffrench, he joined the team more than 20 years ago and now covers community news across Oxfordshire.

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