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The National Association of Stable Staff, or NARS as it is commonly known is the Independent Certified Trade Union representing Stable Staff employed by Licensed Racehorse Trainers.

NARS is commited to improving pay, conditions of service and the overall employment position of stable staff.

It was previously called the National Association of Stable Staff (NASS), and prior to that the Stable Lads Association (SLA). The SLA was originally formed in July 1975 after the strike at Newmarket Racecourse over poor pay and conditions. The home of the SLA was based in Derby. In 2007 the organisation changed its name to NASS  and became affiliated to the Trade’s Union Congress. In 2013 the NASS head office moved to The Racing Centre, Newmarket, racing’s headquarters and where a third of the industries staff are based. In 2017 it changed it's name to the current NARS.

An independent union for stable staff employed by licensed racehorse trainers.

  • NARS works to improve your pay, conditions and overall employment position.
  • We offer confidential help, advice and support. We’ll listen to your employment concerns and guide you through your options.
  • We offer training and development too. 
  • Membership is free.
Main Trades
Leisure, sport and outdoor activities
Private sport and leisure facilities
Male 998 | Female 1,139 | Total 2,137
Employers represented include:

All licenced Racehorse training yards in the UK.

General secretary
Chief executive: George McGrath
Cost of membership


Membership benefits

NASS is the Trade Union for Stable Staff and is funded by Part 7 of the BHA Rules of Racing. NASS gives advice, guidance and representation to Stable Staff who have problems in the work place. NASS represents Stable Staff on a number of racing industry committees. NASS negotiates the minimum rates of pay and working conditions for Stable Staff with the National Trainers Federation. These minimum terms are set out in the Memorandum of Agreement and are binding on all licensed racehorse trainers.


The Racing Centre

Fred Archer Way




01638 663411
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