The Jockey Club enters the procurement outsourcing parade ring

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
8 October 2014

The Jockey Club has launched an enterprise to provide procurement and other outsourcing services to sports organisations.

The club, which operates 15 racecourses in the UK including Cheltenham and Aintree and runs The National Stud, has set up Jockey Club Services (JCS) to offer procurement, ticketing, loyalty, finance, accounting, HR, IT, customer-related marketing, payroll, stadium wi-fi, live music booking, production and consultancy services.

JCS already provides outsourced procurement support to Hampshire and Kent county cricket clubs, and has basic agreements in place with 11 clubs in the Football League.

Paul Fisher, group managing director of Jockey Club Racecourses and JCS, said: “Business services aren’t the glamorous end of sport, but they’re a vital part of the engine room of any sport business.

With the buying power of 15 racecourses within The Jockey Club group, our procurement pilot has so far generated savings of up to 40 per cent for the participating clubs.”

Shaun Harvey, chief executive of the Football League, added: “With 72 clubs across England and Wales, the Football League has considerable buying power when clubs work together. We’re delighted to be partnering with JCS to ensure that by joining forces, clubs in the Football League can get the very best prices for all the day-to-day essentials that any business needs.”

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