Last week Chester Racecourse played host to primary school children from a number of schools across the North West for the final of the Racing to School - Count Me In Project. The pilot initiative, Count Me In! organised by BHEST (British Horseracing Education & Standards Trust) aims to help children achieve their potential in maths and literacy within the context of the racing industry. The fun and educational games engage children in a range of learning activities which help to improve their maths and numeracy skills as well as their problem solving and team working skills, develop their confidence and improve their perception of maths.
Three schools from across the Chester, Wrexham and Liverpool area attended Chester Racecourse in their jockey silks to showcase their personally designed games to a panel of judges made up of representatives from BHEST and Chester Racecourse.
Jeannie Chantler of Chester Racecourse said “the initiative is a wonderful idea. Not only does it help children develop within an educational context, it also introduces them to the world of horseracing. We love helping with these kinds of initiatives here at the racecourse”.
After much deliberation the judges announced a winner. Wood Memorial Primary School, Saltney, took first place with St Patricks and Barlows Schools both from Liverpool coming joint runners up. All entrants were awarded a rucksack from BHEST and a pair of free tickets to MBNA Family Fun Day 2nd August at Chester Racecourse.